Trying to wrap up some stuff for our preview section so we got a late start on the links. Our Huskies preview will run tomorrow in our paper.
Here’s my heavily trimmed notebook from today’s paper which just talks about the idea of the Huskies not overlooking Eastern Washington.
Because of what the Eagles did last season, albeit at the lower level, the Huskies aren’t looking past them.
“I don’t think you can overlook a team that won a national championship, at any level,” said junior cornerback Desmond Trufant, who’s older brother, Isaiah, was an all-Big Sky player at Eastern from 2004-05.
Eastern has 60 players from the state of Washington and 41 players from the west side of the state, including former Huskies running back Demetrius Bronson, who transferred in the offseason.
Trufant and Lakes grad Jermaine Kearse rattled off a list of players they played with or against.
“They have some talent over there,” Kearse said. “You can’t look past them. They are going to come over here ready to play and we have to expect it.”
The potential for a trap undoubtedly has the coaches nervous, no matter the positive vibe coming from the August camp. The plan is for the Huskies to emerge from the first month with a 3-1 mark — a home win Sept. 10 against another middling nonconference opponent, Hawaii, followed by a loss on the road to vengeful Nebraska, then a conference-opening win at home Sept. 24 against Cal.
So Sarkisian was in sales mode Monday, selling the opponent and opener to players as well as customers.
“I think the kids are really going to embrace the atmosphere,” he said, “and we are hopeful our fans embrace the ball game as well.”
If not, a loss to Eastern would un-do a great deal of what happened last year, as well as cast doubt on young quarterback Keith Price. Not to mention Sarkisian.
That’s the hazard of attempting nourishment from a cupcake. Choke on it, and it never looks good in the obituary.
Pac 12 North
Cal: The pressure is on Cal coach Jeff Tedford to have success.
“Because it’s our next upcoming game. It’s like the championship. If we lose this game, it’s a done season,” Thomas said.
Oregon’s schedule for 2012 has been re-done. The Ducks will host Fresno State now. And they are trying to get out of a game with Montana State. Some of the shifting was due to Kansas State pulling out of two games.
Oregon State: If Markus Wheaton doesn’t play on Saturday, the Beavs will be without five starters in the season opener.
Stanford: Here’s another story on big tight end Levin Toilolo’s comeback from knee surgery.
Washington State: We ran our WSU preview today at the TNT. Contributor Howie Stalwick has this story on defense end Travis Long.
Pac 12 South
ASU: Here’s some highlights from Dennis Erickson’s Monday press conference. Cornerback Deveron Carr will be playing for the first time since Oct. 2.
Colorado: The Buffs had a possible transfer quarterback from Texas on campus on Monday. Safety Ray Polk wants to make big plays. That might be necessary against pass-happy Hawai’i in the opener.
USC: D-Coordinator Monte Kiffin expects the USC defense to be better, which isn’t hard to do since the unit gave up more than 400 yards per game last season.
UCLA: Much traveled defensive tackle Brandon Willis is back at UCLA and wants to stay there.
Utah: Transfer cornerback Keith McGill wouldn’t talk to the media until he earned his Utes logo on his helmet during fall camp.