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:
• The deep ball: “Jake throws a great deep ball. Kellen is a little underrated for his arm strength, but we all know Jake can chuck it. Jake has great arm strength, and has worked on it this summer. I’ve noticed a big improvement.”
• On the out pattern: “Man, no comment.” He did laugh.
• Overall comfort in their respective offenses: “That’s tough.”
If Bruns had a Heisman vote – and he doesn’t – who would be at the top of his ballot?
“Best of luck to Kellen … but I have to go with my teammate – for sure,” Bruns said.
Editor’s note: From columnist Dave Boling, who was filling in for me while I work on season preview tab capsules. He was on the opening Pacific-10 Conference teleconference:
Rather indelicately, Sarkisian was asked on his teleconference if he recalled that BYU was the team that knocked out Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (shoulder) in the opener last season.
Was he worried about the same thing happening to Locker?
Sarkisian said he didn’t expect there to be extra emphasis on protecting Locker, since it’s not exactly breaking news that he’s valuable to them.
“One of our main principles on offense is to protect the quarterback,” Sarkisian said. “That includes everybody, not just the offensive line, but the tight ends, the running backs; it’s the quarterback understanding when he’s hot and when he’s not.”
BYU utilizes a zone-blitzing scheme, Sarkisian said, so “we’ve got to be smart enough to do some max protection things to make sure we can block all the zone-pressure stuff.”
Also, in injury-related news, receiver James Johnson (ankle) was back up to full speed. Defensive end Kalani Aldrich (knee) was limited, and linebacker Brandon Huppert (knee) was on the sideline doing rehab work.