Dawgman Insider Blog - December

Culver City LB Victor Burnett joined the Dawgman.com crew Saturday morning on KJR and talked a lot of recruiting and what helped him make his decision and how much purple he got under the tree on Christmas day...

Posted by Scott Eklund
12/26/2009
4:00 pm

Burnett Podcast

Here's the link to the interview Dawgman.com did with Culver City LB Victor Burnett.


Posted by Scott Eklund
12/23/2009
2:30 pm

Dawgman.com radio show this weekend

Even though it's the middle of the Holiday season, Dawgman.com is still hard at work covering recruiting as well as both the football and basketball programs. This weekend they will be on KJR 950 AM from 8:00 am to 9:45 am on Saturday and they will be talking to one of Washington's top commits -- Culver City LB Victor Burnett...

This weekend the Dawgman.com guys will be on from 8:00 am to 9:45 am and we will have Culver City LB Victor Burnett on to talk about things including why he chose Washington and how he continues trying to get players like Josh Shirley and Hayes Pullard to commit as well.

We'll also talk a lot of recruiting as well as the progress the team made throughout the season.


Posted by Scott Eklund
12/23/2009
2:30 pm

Husky Spring Ball begins March 30th

Year two of the Sarkisian era of Husky Football kicks off on Tuesday, March 30th when the Dawgs take the field for the start of spring practice and Husky fans will notice a change to the date and time of the annual spring game...

Gohuskies.com announced today some dates that should interest Husky fans. Included is the date of the annual spring game which will be a change from what fans are used to...

Talk about it: here


Posted by Scott Eklund
12/23/2009
12:45 pm

Callier talks about future plans at Washington

Washington has three players planning to enroll early enough to take part in spring football and one is Warren (Downey, Ca.) RB Jesse Callier. On Wednesday, Dawgman.com was able to speak with the talented back and he updated us on things including where Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian has told him he will begin his career at Washington

Washington recruited many big-time backs this year, but narrowed their focus to two of the top runners in the country and when Warren RB Jesse Callier and Citrus Hill (Perris, Ca.) decided to commit to the Dawgs they had two backs who rank in the top 11 runners yardage-wise in the entire country.

"I saw that I was number seven overall which was pretty amazing to me," Callier told Dawgman.com. "I mean, I knew I was having a great season, but to be number seven in the country, that just showed my hard work and the hard work of my teammates paid off."

Callier finished the season with 3,010 yards and 43 touchdowns while leading Warren to the playoffs and with that performance Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian let it be known exactly where he plans to put the talented back when he arrives.

"He came down and did an in-home with me and my family and almost right off he said 'I'm not letting you go over the offensive side of the ball'," Callier said with a chuckle. "He said he wanted my playmaking abilities on the offensive side and that made me happy because I love playing running back and it makes me want to prove him right."

Callier will finish up his school-work on January 31st and he said he's on pace to enroll at Washington in mid-March so he can be in Seattle early enough to take part in spring football drills.

"I can't wait to get up there," Callier said. "I'm looking forward to getting started and beginning that new chapter of my life. It will be tough to leave my family and friends, but it's exciting too."

Callier noted that since his season ended, his coaches were fielding calls from several Pac 10 schools inquiring about his interest in them and that "I told them I was solid to Washington. That was pretty much it."

We'll continue to check in with Callier and touch base with him as we get closer to signing day on February 3rd.

Talk about it: here


Posted by Scott Eklund
12/22/2009
10:45 am

Two Husky commits get All-City honors by L.A. Times...

Two Husky commits - RB Melvin Davis from Narbonne and DE Brent Williams from Taft - received All-City honors from the LA Times this morning.

Talk about it: here


Posted by Scott Eklund
12/20/2009
6:30 am

Porter interview with Dawgman.com on KJR

On our radio show Saturday morning, we were lucky enough to speak with Bothell OL Colin Porter. He talked about some of the toughest players he's faced, two of his teammates who are big-time football players as well as Husky offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto and what he expects once he arrives at Montlake next June...

Dawgman.com with Bothell OL Colin Porter


Posted by Scott Eklund
12/17/2009
3:00 pm

Three Huskies named to Freshman All-Pac 10 team by the Sporting News

Three Husky players were named by the Sporting News to the Fresham All-Pac 10 team. CB Desmond Trufant, RB Chris Polk and WR James Johnson were all honored for their performances during the 2009 season...

CB Desmond Trufant, RB Chris Polk and WR James Johnson all received Freshman All-Pac 10 honors by the Sporting News today.

Three Cougars, WR Gino Simone, TE Skylar Stormo and DE Travis Long also received recognition.


Posted by Kim Grinolds
12/17/2009
11:45 am

Dawgman.com on KJR

Dawgman.com on KJR this Saturday 8-10. We'll talk about Jake Locker returning as well as what's going on with recruiting. We'll also have on special guest OL commit Colin Porter from Bothell. We'll talk to Colin about the two epic games against Skyline, get his scouting reports from the best players he played against this year as well as insights from him on what's going on with recruiting.
Posted by Scott Eklund
12/17/2009
7:45 am

Taula and Ducre to visit in January

I spoke with Servite DT Kirifi Taula last night and he let me know that he will be visiting on January 22nd.

"Coach (Nick) Holt was down here and spent some time with me and my family," Taula said. "He talked about what they are doing up there and how I would fit into things. I've known him for a while since he was down at USC so there's definitely a comfort level with him and that whole staff actually."

Taula didn't play last week in Servite's 16-6 win over Edison (Huntington Beach). This weekend the Friars will take on Rocklin in the finals of the CIF Div. II playoffs.

"I had a broken arm from earlier in the season," Taula said. "I planned to come back for the playoffs though, but I hurt it again against Mission (Viejo) so I didn't play last week.

"This week is real important though so I'll battle through it."

In addition to his visit to Washington, Taula will visit Oregon State on January 15th and Arizona on the 29th and plans to make his decision shortly after that.

Washington has also set a visit with newly offered Greg Ducre, a cornerback from Crenshaw High School.

"Washington offered me a week or two ago," Ducre said in a brief conversation. "I've set up my visit for January 15th with them, so I definitely have interest in them."

Ducre's teammate Hayes Pullard ranks at the top of the Husky wish list and recently talked with Ducre about his visit.

"He said it was real fun and a great school," Ducre said. "They are recruiting him really hard and he really likes them a lot. They are definitely a school on the rise down here in California."

Crenshaw takes on De La Salle this weekend in the CIF Div. I state finals and Ducre has been a big part in their 14-0 season to date. He's filled up the stat sheet posting 56 tackles, two interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble and a blocked punt.

Ducre has already visited the other two schools who have extended offers -- Arizona State and Colorado -- and said Washington will likely be the last visit before he makes his decision.

"I know they are looking for corners, so it's an opportunity I need to look at," Ducre said. "I like coach (Demitrice) Martin a lot and feel like he'd be a great coach to play for."

Talk about it: here


Posted by Scott Eklund
12/15/2009
12:18 pm

Word broke Monday night on KING 5 that they would have an exclusive look at a "recruiting violation" by the University of Washington. After the report came out, things looked dim for the Huskies, however Seattle Times beat writer Bob Condotta followed up on some things and cleared up the matter showing this was more of a "muchado about nothing" situation than anything else...

-- The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta went a little more in-depth in his follow-up story than the KING 5 report did and he corrected some things in the report and added to them to clear up matters.

Talk about it: here


Posted by Chris Fetters
12/14/2009
3:35 pm

Sarkisian on Locker

Here's a quick summary of what Steve Sarkisian said on a media teleconference Monday after Jake Locker announced that he was going to stay at Washington for his final season.

This was some great news today. Speaks volumes to the type of character Jake Locker is.

Took his time, did all the due diligence.

This was not an emotional decision. It was based on the facts provided.

He's got a relatively good idea as to where he was going to go in the draft.

This was based on what he wants out of his life.

Don't think the evaluation was going to reveal anything different than what's already out there. Doesn't quite hold the same relevance as a borderline prospect.

In typical Jake fashion, came into the football office with his dog. "Coach, I'm staying."

With Sark and Nuss in the room, the doors wide-open. "That's the kind of guy he is. There's no hidden agenda. He's not a kidder. He's a straight-shooter."

We gave a good high-five and a hug.

Jake spent a lot of time with his family

On why - "I think he's valued the experience. He improved immensely. I set a goal for him to complete 60 percent of his passes. Fell just short at 58. There's still room to grow. We'll get right back to work after the holidays.

On next year - "I love our football team. In only graduating two seniors on offense and three seniors on defense, we're really young."

"Hopefully we can continue to make people proud."

On Heisman campaign - "We touched on it. I've been through it with a few other guys. And part of that process prepares you for the next level."

Locker's situation most similar to Carson Palmer. At the beginning of a rebuilding phase. As he came back and the coaches saw him mature, he made huge strides.

Did the last couple games help in his decision-making? "It helped immensely." Defense was great and they showed an ability to run the ball with Polk. "It painted a picture of where we're headed and what we can get done."

On Locker being UW's top recruit for 2010. "I really didn't try to talk him into staying. This process was about supplying information."

On leaving as a junior - "The numbers don't support doing it."

The team didn't have a meeting today. Jake told his closest teammates personally, then sent a mass text out to the whole team to let them know first.

No mention of baseball. Will work with the coaches directly in the film room. Off-season up to him to work on the nuances, to stay on pace with what they are doing.

Savannah - nothing new on him getting a sixth year.

No roster additions or subtractions, but he did make note of the 30 new season tickets sold since Jake's decision earlier today.

Talk about it: here
Posted by Chris Fetters
12/14/2009
11:55 am

Quick Sione Potoae update

Washington has an in-home with Sione this afternoon before their team banquet. Don't know who specifically will be there, but it sounds like Johnny Nansen is heading down there to talk to the family. I'd really doubt if Sark is there, as he can only visit the family once before February.

There's a phrase coaches would use to describe these sessions. When it comes to committed kids taking trips, this type of maintenance is called 'hosing them off'. As in hosing off all the stink of the visit and get them back thinking about the things they were when they first made their commitment.

And he also believes the rumor on the football board about Jake Locker leaving that was apparently started by someone associated with Lakes football is rubbish.

Talk about it: here
Posted by Scott Eklund
12/14/2009
8:00 am

Monday News Links...

-- For those hoping that Jim Harbaugh would leave Stanford, keep on hoping. He's become one of the hottest head coaching candidates in the country but finally signed his three-year extension over the weekend.

-- Scout.com's Chris Fetters reported last night that Aiea DT Lawrence Lagafuaina will take a visit to Hawaii, but it won't be until after the holidays. The Husky commit made it clear when he committed that he still planned to visit his hometown school.

-- UW has been extending offers to plenty of juniors and they are already in on one of the most explosive players in the west in Crenshaw's DeAnthony Thomas. Scout.com's Scott Kennedy posted the talented footballer's highlight reel this morning.

Talk about it: here


Posted by Scott Eklund
12/13/2009
10:45 pm

Sione Potoae officially visits USC

Scout.com's Scott Schrader got in touch with Lakes head coach Dave Miller and he gave an updated on how DT Sione Potoae's visit to USC went this weekend.

Talk about it: here


Posted by Chris Fetters
12/12/2009
4:00 am

Deontae Cooper KJR Podcast Link

The podcast of Deontae Cooper's conversation with the Dawgman guys on KJR is now up on their page. The link is below.

Dawgman.com KJR Podcast Central
Posted by Scott Eklund
12/11/2009
8:30 am

Friday Morning News Links...

For obvious reasons, Jake Locker continues to be the topic of discussion for Husky Nation. He tops the list of newsworthy items this morning, but there are other Husky-related things to discuss as well...

-- If you haven't had the chance yet, take a look at AANDY's newest MEANDERINGS on the Hardcore Football Board. It's an enlightening and somewhat sobering look at the choices in front of Jake Locker.

-- Husky commits Nick Montana and Erik Kohler, along with the rest of their Oaks Christian teammates, will play for the Northern Division title tonight against Serra.

-- Meanwhile, Keanon Lowe and Jesuit, ranked number two in the state, will take on top-ranked Sheldon in Oregon's 6A State Championship game on Saturday.

-- Last night, ESPN's Ted Miller compared and contrasted the Preseason All-Pac 10 team with the Postseason list.

Talk about it: here


Posted by Chris Fetters
12/10/2009
6:00 pm

Dawgman.com on 950 KJR this Saturday will have on special guest Deontae Cooper. We'll be on 8-10:30. Deontae will be talking about his year, his commitment to Washington as well as his plans on enrolling in school next month. We'll be talking a ton of recruiting, as well as the latest on UW QB Jake Locker. We will also be taking your calls and answering your emails.


Posted by Chris Fetters
12/9/2009
10:20 am Angelo Chol Update
Scout.com's Eric Bossi caught up with San Diego (Calif.) Hoover C/F Angelo Chol. Earlier in the summer Chol had UW as his No. 1 team, but has since backed off those comments. Click here to read the full story.
LOCKER WATCH DAY FOUR - (UPDATE: 9:55 AM) - More links
Most of these surround Jake applying for an NFL evaluation, as well as where some people believe he'll end up in the NFL Draft.

Scott Johnson, Everett Herald - Huskies' Locker asks advisory board to evaulate his draft value

Todd Milles, Tacoma News-Tribune - Sarkisian, Locker meet to plot future

Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN - His latest 2010 Big Board (subscription required to read more than his top-5, of which Locker is No. 5
Posted by Scott Eklund
12/9/2009
9:30 am

The next big weekend for official visits...

Several of Washington's 26 commits have already visited, but many still have yet to take their official visit.

I got a message from O'Dea OL Ben Riva and it sounds like the next big recruiting weekend will likely be the second or third week of January.

Joining Riva on the list of unvisited commitments is his teammate, FB Zach Fogerson along with the Lakes trio of DT Sione Potoae, DE/LB Darius Waters and Jamaal Kearse, Bothell teammates Colin Porter and Michael Hartvigson, Oaks Christian's Erik Kohler and Nick Montana, the Jordan (Long Beach, Ca.) duo of LB Princeton Fuimaono and S/WR Johny Timu, Auburn S/LB Chris Young, Nabonne RB Melvin Davis and Jesuit (Portland) ATH Keanon Lowe.

Most of the local players have been to most, if not all of the Husky home games and it's a mere formality for them to take their official visit since they've been to the campus many times.

But this is a chance for Washington to pay for everything for the California kids, show them around the city and for the prospects to get to know their future teammates.

Young will not visit until probably the last weekend of January since he won't be taking his SAT until January 21st and players are not allowed to take visits until they have taken one of the approved tests (ACT or SAT).

During Christmas break, prospects are much easier to get in touch with so we should be able to have updates on most of them before the end of the year.

Talk about it: here


JAKE LOCKER WATCH DAY THREE - (UPDATE: 12:05 PM) - The Husky Honks - Dave 'Softy' Mahler, Dick Baird and Hugh Millen - spoke on the subject of Jake's decision, and also about Millen's piece in the Seattle Times detailing the statistics on juniors that leave early for the NFL Draft.

Millen had Jake as the Top Pot Donut Top Dawg of the week for his play against Cal. Softy said he thought Baird would go with Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. 49-straight starts. Said WSU tried to triple-team him twice.

Softy went to talk about the 'big elephant in the room', and gave Millen huge props for his article in the Times about why Locker should stay. Softy asked Baird if he read it ('piece of journalistic amazement'). Baird said it was 'totally Hugh'. He wanted to throw a bone to Tim Lappano, who recruited Locker to UW.

Softy said he thinks Locker was coming to UW anyway. Then he turned to Hugh and asked if he was Hugh's son, what would he tell him? Hugh said he would lay out the information and let him make the decision. Softy was looking for more, and Hugh said the first thing he would do is look at the finances. Worst-case scenario 15 million minimum, so he'll never have to have a job he doesn't want to do.

Then he would tell his son to get as much insurance as possible. Now you're covered. If he gets hurt, he's set. If he doesn't get hurt, he's set. And then he said as you make your way through life, money is important, but life experience is just as important.

He said his biggest highs and lowest lows were in the NFL. You look in the mirror and ask yourself if you're ready. Ships look good in the harbor, but they are built like ships for a reason; go out there and live the life you want to. Mentioned Phillip Rivers' 183-million dollar contract. The money will be there. Now it's just a matter a living your life on things that are more important than money, so stay at Washington and live the life you were meant to live.

Softy said the biggest problem with this is that when you're 21, can a kid like that make a mature decision and forget about things like that amount of money. Baird said the most he ever made playing pro ball was $125 per game and all the beer he could drink, so he can't relate to the numbers being thrown out there. But when he sees him score a TD against Cal and you can tell how much his teammates rally around him, that's why you play the game. You're only a senior once. The program has already turned the corner, so he doesn't need to worry about that.

Hugh added that if they can agree Jake has played at such a high level, his financial security is already assured. Now you talk about 'more money', like his second NFL contract. So that even bolstered the point more to stay home, because the financial security is there.

Softy asked Hugh, in his heart of hearts, is Jake coming back, and he said yes. Doesn't know that, and it wouldn't surprise him if he left, but he's looking at it as a value statement. Jake could have been a millionaire out of high school playing baseball, and he told the baseball execs not to even draft him.

Softy brought up the conversation he had Monday with Scott Locker, Jake's Dad. Scott wouldn't say on the air what Jake should do, but he did say a lot of things that led Softy to believe he thinks Scott wants Jake to play one more year. Dick said he thinks the whole town of Ferndale would want him back.

Hugh added that the way Jake has lived his life up to now and the way he's played at UW - the way he's runs guys over and how competitive he's been, a once-in-two-generations talent - the money is going to be there. It's all based on his athleticism and god-given abilities alone.

Softy talked about the deadline, and Baird said that Jake would still be at UW working out and staying in shape. Still three-and-a-half weeks away from maybe knowing. He added that he should just say he's returning during the team banquet tonight. Baird said everyone wants him back, but everyone also needs to give him the space to make the best choice to him. And if he leaves, you have to adjust and move on. Said it really hurt when Benji Olson and Olin Kreutz left early, but you have to account for it.

Hugh talked about the idea of Jake being a fourth-year junior, but because UW hasn't been to a bowl game, he's missed roughly 60 extra bowl practices (or the equivalent of 32 regular practices, according to Hugh) that most of those other juniors declaring would have gotten. And that's a huge factor to consider when talking about his development.

Softy said he's done all he can, and Baird said that he's doubting Jake is sitting down and saying he needs to come back because Softy told him he should. Laughs all around.

Talk about it: here
Posted by Chris Fetters
12/9/2009
11:30 am

Husky Honks on E.J. Savannah: Softy and the Honks intimated that the path to getting E.J. back for a sixth year might be opening up. But they really didn't elaborate on why they think it could happen. We'll see...

Talk about it: here


Posted by Scott Eklund
12/9/2009
9:30 am

Huskies need Foster to lead in 2010

As a junior, Mason Foster filled up the stat sheet almost every week. He finished second on the team with 85 tackles, 7.5 tackles-for-loss, three interceptions, 9 passes defensed and an amazing six forced fumbles.

He's a player that has spent the better part of the past two years at or near the top of the conference in tackles. With the loss of Butler and likely Savannah, the Huskies are looking for a leader and Foster is the logical choice to be that person. However, the talent level shouldn't see much of a drop with players like Cort Dennison making a name for himself this fall as he took over for an injured Savannah midway through the season.

Also added into the mix will be youngsters like Jordan Wallace and Tim Tucker who saw lots of time of special teams this fall. Both possess outstanding athleticism and both hit like a ton of bricks when they arrive at the ball.

Foster's speed and athleticism combine with his high Football I.Q. to make him one of the better linebackers and surest tacklers in the conference. He's also shown the knack for making plays in the passing game getting deep drops in zone coverage.

The talented prospect who was a relative unknown until he committed to Washington out of Seaside High School in California, has a very good shot at being drafted in 2011 if he has another big season for the Huskies. Look for him to fill the leadership role that was vacated with the graduation of Butler and Savannah and to lead the Dawgs in tackles next year.

Talk about it: here


Posted by Scott Eklund
12/8/2009
9:30 am

Which Huskies could be First Team All-Pac 10 in 2010?

Yesterday, three Huskies were named second-team All-Pac 10 and seven others were given honorable mention honors. Dawgman.com takes a look at who has the best chances of getting a look at first team honors next year...

Obviously, if Jake Locker returns, he's got a real shot at earning the top QB spot in the conference, but he has some serious competition to contend with in 2010. Stanford's Andrew Luck, Oregon's Jeremiah Masoli, USC's Matt Barkley and Arizona's Nick Foles all were solid to great this year and all are back in 2010. Locker has the skills and intangibles to intrigue pro scouts enough to project him as a top 10 draft pick, but with the competition for this spot Locker would have his work cut out for him should he return.

RB Chris Polk might have a better shot at earning the top spot. Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers and Oregon's LaMichael James both return in 2010 while Cal's Jahvid Best is expected to leave early for the NFL, meaning Shane Vareen will be the starter in Berkely. Polk's hard-running style and an improved Washington offensive line mean he has a great chance to break 1,000 yard-mark for the second-straight season and could move into the top of the conference rankings by the end of his sophomore season.

At wideout, Jermaine Kearse seems like a candidate, but should Locker not return, I would say his chances are nearly nil. Oregon State's James Rodgers and USC's Damien Williams were first-teamers this year and both are likely to return for their senior seasons. If one or both don't come back, the field is wide open, but Kearse would have competition from players like Ryan Whalen from Stanford and, believe it or not, Jared Karstetter from Washington State. Also keep in mind, that Oregon has a plethora of talented wideouts and should Masoli throw it around more next fall, senior-to-be Jeff Maehl could be a darkhorse as well.

Up front Washington has two linemen who are possibilities. C Ryan Tolar and G Senio Kelemete both received honorable mention recognition and eight of the 10 first and second teamers from this year all graduate. Tolar has a great shot at earning first team honors if he can move back to his more natural position of guard, but that's contingent on Mykenna Ikehara gaining the size necessary to hold up for the whole season.

On defense, expect senior-to-be Mason Foster to get a long look at the linebacker position and, if he returns, E.J. Savannah could get a look there as well. Four of the six top linebackers in the conference graduate this year and Foster is the top returning tackler in the conference. Oregon State's Dwight Roberson and David Pa'aluhi, UCLA's Akeem Ayers and USC's Chris Galippo all had good seasons and should get conference honors next year as well.

Talk about it: here
Posted by Chris Fetters
12/7/2009
2:55 pm

Pac-10 names Jake Locker Offensive Player of the Week:
Locker, a junior from Ferndale, Wash., led Washington to a 42-10 upset win against No. 19-ranked California. Locker accounted for five touchdowns as he completed 19 of 23 passes (.826) for 248 yards and three touchdowns of 40, 21 and 13 yards with no interceptions. On the ground, he rushed 14 times for 77 yards (5.5) and two touchdowns of 19 and 2 yards. Behind Locker, Washington amassed 463 yards of total offense (177 rushing, 286 passing) with no turnovers.

To read the full release, click here.

Talk about it: here
Posted by Chris Fetters
12/7/2009
1:15 pm

Pac-10 releases their All-Conference Awards:
Here is the release from the Pac-10. Washington didn't get anyone on any of the first teams, but WR Jermaine Kearse, DL Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and LB Donald Butler all were second team picks. WR Devin Aguilar, LB Mason Foster, OG Senio Kelemete, QB Jake Locker, RB Chris Polk, C Ryan Tolar and CB Desmond Trufant were all Honorable Mention Selections.

Here are the major award winners:
Offensive Player of the Year: Toby Gerhart, RB, Sr., Stanford
Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Brian Price, DT, Jr., UCLA
Offensive Freshman of the Year: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
Defensive Freshman of the Year: Vontaze Burfict, MLB, Arizona State
Coach of the Year: Chip Kelly, Oregon
Posted by Kim Grinolds
12/7/2009
11:30 am

Burton headed to Portland State?

The coaching carousel is already in full swing as several high-profile coaches are rumored to be headed to this school or that. This year, Washington isn't in the market for a new head man, but one of their former players could be headed to Portland State for his first head coaching gig.

If the rumors prove to be true, former Husky safety Nigel Burton will take over for legendary head coach Jerry Glanville according to Footballcoachscoop.com.

Burton played three years at Washington, starting 35 of 36 games, and then moved on as a grad assistant at South Florida before a five-year stint with Oregon State and spent the past two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Nevada.


Posted by Scott Eklund
12/7/2009
8:00 am

Monday News Links...

Here's a look at some of the top stories from this morning and some links from our coverage of Washington's 42-10 thumping of Cal this past Saturday as well as five stories from the official visits that took place this weekend...

-- The Everett Herald's Scott Johnson says Washington has a solid foundation to build on in his article this morning.

-- Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times says Washington's defense could be pretty good next year.

-- Washington beat Cal 42-10 to finish out the season and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim broke the career sacks record in the game.

-- Some of the Husky football players and defensive coordinator Nick Holt shared their thoughts on Washington's big win.

-- Dawgman's Chris Fetters opines on Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian's big job of recruiting Jake Locker to stay for his senior season.

Recruiting Trip Reports...
-- 'Aiea DT Lawrence Lagafuaina
-- Farrington LB/DE V.J. Fehoko
-- Oakland Tech DT Fred Thompson
-- Orange Lutheran LB Garret Gilliland
-- Taft LB/DE Brent Williams

Talk about it: here
Friday, December 4th:
6:20 - Nick Montana, who has verbally committed to Washington, has been named to the Black team for the Under Armour All-American game, to be played January 2nd. Here is the link for both rosters.

Talk about it: here.
2:20 - As noted by Dawgman subscriber deeplennon, Garfield's Tony Wroten, Jr. just put out his top-four teams via twitter. They are Syracuse, Villanova, Oregon and Washington.

Talk about it: here.
2:15 - Just talked with O.D. Vincent and he told me that they've sold approximately 1000 tickets for the giveaway for active police, military and fire personnel and that if he had to guess, they expect maybe 500 more to be given away tomorrow as walk-ups.

As of about an hour ago, 60,200 is the total number for advance tickets sold/given away.

Talk about it: here
1:20 - ESPN just put out a story on building the perfect game day experience - and it starts out with Washington. Unfortunately for UW fans, it also includes Oregon, but it's still some nice props for what is arguably the most unique tailgating experience in the country. Click here to read the whole story.
1:03 - Husky basketball senior Quincy Pondexter will trade in his basketball sneakers for dancing shoes and join the cast of the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker. His one-time guest appearance will be during the 7:30 showing on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at McCaw Hall in the Seattle Center.

Talk about it: here
1:00 - Here is a link to a live webchat, hosted by the Seattle Times, with UW Athletic Director Scott Woodward

Talk about it: here
12:54 - Arizona State has fired offensive coordinator Rich Olson. Olson had been at Arizona State since 2007. He coached under Erickson in the NFL at Seattle and San Francisco and was the Arizona Cardinals' offensive coordinator from 2001-02. Olson also was with Erickson at the University of Miami. Don't be surprised to see former Washington offensive coordinator Tim Lappano reunited with his good friend Dennis Erickson at ASU.
12:26 - Here is a Joshua Quezada update from Scout.com's Allen Wallace. Quezada visited UW last weekend. Cougs and Utes Lead
12:15 - Here are the visitors this weekend that we have been able to confirm. We'll have visit reports when they return home. Visitor List - Cal

Talk about it: here
11:08 - Here are the Dawgman.com predictions for the Cal-UW game this coming Saturday. Dawgman.com Predictions - Cal

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Here are the links from Thursday's newsmakers.

Dawgman.com (Texas Tech) - Tech Gets To Celebrate Twice

Seattle Times (Texas Tech) - Huskies fall 99-92 in OT at Texas Tech

Tacoma News Tribune (Texas Tech) - Texas Tech gets one win, two celebrations

ESPN (UW recruiting) -
UW Recruiting Update from Greg Biggins. Biggins has some great updates on three UW recruiting targets - including one that is visiting this weekend (V.J. Fehoko).

Weather.com - When it comes to the weather Saturday, it could be in the high 30's by the end of the game.

Seattle Times (Deandre Coleman) - Garfield High grad Deandre Coleman learning ropes at Cal, this week's UW opponent

Seattle Times - Huskies make it through NCAA-opening scare

Tacoma News Tribune - Ikehara gets a final-game audition for UW

SeattlePI.com - Huskies face tough task in erratic Cal team


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