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Probably a good thing Bruns doesn’t have a Heisman vote

No secret, one of receiver Cody Bruns’ best friends is Kellen Moore.

The two starred together at Prosser High School before Bruns came to the University of Washington, and Moore went on to Boise State.

“Anytime I go home, we hang out quite a bit – go golfing … in Sunnyside,” Bruns said. “He’s got a little game. He’s played quite a bit of golf.”

Of course, now he’s got Jake Locker – another quarterback in the Heisman Trophy candidate – throwing him passes.

I asked him who he’d give the higher grade to on:

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Locker’s one rule at BYU: Give the ref the ball after touchdowns

Locker about 2008 BYU game audio (8-30)

Editor’s note: I’m back from my week-long “furlough” from UW football (as many of you might know, I was in charge of the staffing of the U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay. Golf is my other beat.

A little reminiscing took place Monday as both coach Steve Sarkisian and Jake Locker held their first weekly regular-season press conference in the Founders Club at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Naturally, the question came up to Locker about the 2008 controversial game against Brigham Young – this weekend’s UW opponent in Provo, Utah.

Locker still remembers, especially since the controversy features what he did – or did not – do with the ball after he scored the game-tying touchdown with two seconds remaining at Husky Stadium.

After doing a somersault into the west end zone, the ball came out of the quarterback’s hands and went 20 feet into the air. Officials flagged Locker for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for excessive celebration, and the Huskies’ ensuring PAT kick – roughly a 35-yard field goal – was blocked. BYU won 28-27.

The moment still bothers Locker. His lip curled when he thought about it Monday, too. Then he talked about it:

“I felt bad because I put our team in a situation that was more difficult than it should have been,” Locker said. “I think, looking back on it, I told them after the game, ‘I’m sorry that we were put in that situation and we lost the game because of it, but I’m not sorry for what I did because I was enjoying the game, I was having fun.’ And I wasn’t trying to embarrass BYU at that point.”

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Fellner listed as top free safety as UW releases depth chart

No real shockers as coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff released the 2010 opening two-deep chart leading up to the game Saturday at Brigham Young University.

Some things that caught my eye:

• Nate Fellner has apparently won the free safety job over Will Shamburger – although Shamburger should play a ton.

• With much speculation about who would start opposite Desmond Trufant at cornerback, Quinton Richardson held off Adam Long for the job.

• Despite De’Shon Matthews having a stellar fall camp, the starting right defensive-end spot went to Everrette Thompson, who is expected to be less than 100

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Heaps will play for BYU against Huskies

Huskies fans – you won’t have to wait long to see what you missed out on.

Freshman Jake Heaps – the former Skyline High star and News Tribune state player of the year who chose BYU over UW – will split time at quarterback with Riley Nelson when the Cougars play UW next week, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said on Friday.

According to the Associated Press, Mendenhall said Nelson and Heaps have different styles that will make it difficult for defenses to prepare to stop the Cougars.
Nelson backed up Max Hall last season and played in seven games.

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Friday UW football practice

Here’s a practice report from columnist Dave Boling, who is helping out on the UW beat this week while Todd is covering the US Amateur Golf Tournament:

Having been converted from defensive tackle to offensive guard and then tackle in successive seasons, Senio Kelemete was asked if he had any thoughts on which position the Washington Husky football staff might try him next.
“I think as soon as Jake leaves … quarterback,” Kelemete suggested, hinting that he might be considered a candidate to replace Jake Locker.

Kelemete has proven his versatility, but the fact that he’s 6-4, 290 pounds

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Fall camp, Day 14: Red zone work

The Huskies went through two practices today. The morning session involved a lot of red-zone offense and defense. The evening session starts at 6:45.

One of the highlights of the morning was an interception by safety Will Shamburger at the goal line. “Heck of a play there,” coach Steve Sarkisian said. “Will has just kind of carried over from spring ball. He’s been impressive all the way through.” However, Sarkisian said he hasn’t seen much to separate the candidates to play safety opposite Nate Williams, noting that Shamburger brings more coverage and Nate Fellner more physicality.

Sarkisian said linebacker Cort

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Fall camp, Day 13: Dawg eyes shift to BYU

By this time next week, it will be game week. And by this time the week after that, the season will have begun and either a crucial win or a loss will be in the books.

And that was part of coach Steve Sarkisian’s message to his troops as the week began.

“When we met last night I had to show the guys on the calendar, two weeks from tonight we’re going to be back home, we’re going to be in the office working, you guys are going to be back in your apartments and we’re either going to be 1-0 or 0-1, and that sucker is coming quick in two weeks,” he said. “We just wanted to make sure it is on the horizon, but we still have some things we need to get done before we start focusing on that game.”

So, what’s on the agenda for the week that began at a sun-splashed Husky Stadium this afternoon?

“For me I’m still stressing pad level,” he said. “I think we need to get lower, we need to play lower, we need to get more violent with out hands at the line of scrimmage. It’s been something that we assessed with the team and will work towards with the team this week. We’re really trying to just hammer home all of the special situations in the kicking game, just all of the different scenarios that can come up so that we’re comfortable when those things come about. And then the third part of it is starting to peek at BYU to make sure that the things that are already in that game plan, if they’re not already installed yet are installed for our guys so it’s not new to them when we get that game plan in.”

Before it fades to far back into the rear-view mirror, we also asked the coach how the Saturday scrimmage looked after reviewing it on film.

“I was really maybe a little too hard on the offense after the scrimmage,” he said. “I thought the defense played well. The offense did some good things, but you can’t shoot yourself in the foot. That’s something that we’ve had to address and we’ve continued to address. You can’t line up illegally, or illegal procedure, hands to the face and holdings and expect to be an effective offensive football team. When you put yourself in first and longs and second and longs, it’s hard to execute for an extended period of time. But I thought that there was some good things there. I was really impressed with our running game. We ran the football extremely well.”

One starter sitting out practice today was middle linebacker Cort Dennison.

“Just a little sprained knee — nothing serious,” Sarkisian explained. ‘He was probably due a day off anyway. It felt like he was playing ever snap in there for the defense, so it was probably good for him to get a rest and it was probably good for our other mikes to have to play.”

And the prognosis for the Tuesday two-a-days?

“Realistically, he probably could have went today if he had had to,” Sarkisian said. “We could hold him out in the morning, but we’ll see how it looks.”

Similarly, offensive tackle Senio Kelemete was kept out of work, but could have played if needed.

However, the coach seemed more concerned about receiver James Johnson (ankle), who continues to gingerly jog stadium steps while his teammates practice.

Finally, we also got a little time with quarterback Jake Locker, also looking ahead to the opener in Utah.

“It’s exciting,” he said. “We’re less than two weeks away now. It is an opportunity. We’ve all been waiting since we got done last year. To have the opportunity to go out and play again on Saturdays for real is really exciting.”

On what’s left to do:
“For us, as a football team, our focus is going to be the same as it always is. We can’t control wins and losses, but we can control the effort that we put out there, the attention to detail and execution we put out there and how we play as a team. If we go out and focus on that against BYU, we’ll put ourselves in position to win the football game. Then it comes down to a few plays here and there and being able to really focus in, and it’s tough. If we’re able to do that throughout the course of the season, and especially early on, we’ll put ourselves in a good situation and be in a good place as a team.”

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