The punting gig at Washington is still up in the air. Head coach Steve Sarkisian said Wednesday the competition for the starting punting spot between Korey Durkee, from Gig Harbor, and Travis Coons will continue through this week.
“Travis Coons is an excellent punter as well, he’s done well,” Sarkisian said. “I haven’t done that in the past, having a kicker be a punter and vice-versa. I know it’s worked for other schools around the country, so we want to put the best guy out there that gives us the best chance to be successful. That doesn’t mean Korey’s lost his job, but we’re allowing them to punt every day and find out who is best for the job.”
One other thing this does for Sarkisian? It puts out in public that either guy, each wearing 46, may be in there to actually punt. That’s important a week after having Coons head onto the field undetected and throw a pass instead of kick.
The numbers do back up the need for improvement. Durkee is averaging just 36.9 yards per kick. For comparison, Kiel Rasp averaged 45.6 yards per punt last season.
> Lane Kiffin had another negative go-around with the Los Angeles media Wednesday. He made it 29 seconds into the post-practice interview process prior to a heavy sigh and leaving following a question he didn’t like. Kiffin said the offense worked much better Wednesday in practice than it had recently. He was then asked if it worked better because a previously injured player was back. Here it is:
>An interesting note down in the San Francisco Chronicle’s blog that two big hits from Stanford safeties blew up what would have been 15- to 20-yard pass plays for USC.
> Aaron Fentress at The Oregonian explains how the Ducks’ offensive scheme in part developed from what Rich Rodriguez, Saturday’s foe in the conference’s marquee game of the weekend, conjured up years ago.
61.7: Average rushing yards per game for Bishop Sankey.
2: Times last season Chris Polk rushed for less than 61 yards.
20: Catches for Austin Seferian-Jenkins through three games.
41: Catches for Seferian-Jenkins in 2011.
48: The school record for receptions in a season by a tight end, set by public do-gooder Jerramy Stevens in 2000.