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Nov.
19th

Center shuffle? Huskies trying to clean up shotgun snaps

Washington offensive lineman Colin Tanigawa (64) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Washington offensive lineman Colin Tanigawa (64) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

SEATTLE – An inability to consistently snap the ball properly to the quarterback might lead to a shakeup on the Washington Huskies’ offensive line.

Or it might not.

Fifth-year senior Mike Criste, who started the Huskies’ last two games at right guard, said on Wednesday that he’s been practicing this week at center, with Colin Tanigawa sliding over to play guard.

“I think I’ll be at center, (Tanigawa) at guard and James (Atoe) at tackle,” Criste said. “That’s what we’ve been practicing.”

But Huskies offensive line coach Chris Strausser was more uncertain in his assessment of how UW’s starting front might look against Oregon State on Saturday (7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).

“I’m not really sure about that,” Strausser said of the center position. “He’s (Criste) gotten reps in practice doing that, but we’re still working our way through that. Still, (Tanigawa) has a great chance to play center for us this week.” Read more »

Aug.
21st

Offensive line is Huskies’ most experienced position group, but there’s still room for improvement

Washington offensive lineman Ben Riva (59) runs with teammates during the first session of NCAA college football practice before the upcoming fall season, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington offensive lineman Ben Riva (59) runs with teammates during the first session of NCAA college football practice before the upcoming fall season, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE – Before the Washington Huskies began fall camp, first-year coach Chris Petersen sat outside at a table on a sunny, late-July, weekday afternoon in Hollywood, and he was asked about how nice it must be to have such depth along both the offensive and defensive lines.

He half-agreed with that implication.

“I don’t see the same depth on the defensive line as I do on the offensive line,” Petersen said at Pac-12 media days. “These guys have all played a lot.” Read more »