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July 30, 2008 9:02 AM

Wednesday links

Posted by Bob Condotta

I love the smell of links in the morning:

--- Here's a little interview I did with SoCalSportsHub.com, attempting to give some answers to some questions they had about the Huskies this season. I'll point out that in the question on the defense, I meant to say that you can't lay the fact that it the Huskies had the worst defense in school history last year, in terms of yards allowed, entirely on the secondary.

--- So who would guess UW fans would find an ally in the Jake Locker-Jimmy Clausen debate from the Notre Dame Scout.com site? IrishEyes has an interesting feature, rating all the teams on Notre Dame's schedule this year --- including Notre Dame --- by their strength at QB. And concludes that UW and Locker is third, just ahead of Notre Dame.

--- Ted Miller ranks the Pac-10 cornerbacks and lists both Oregon starters in the top five, but none of UW's.

--- Sunday Morning Quarterback names what it calls the All-Up-And-Coming Team, featuring the offense. There are lots of Pac-10 guys included but not Huskies.

--- The Winnipeg Sun has a nice feature on former Husky LB Joe Lobendahn, emerging as a key player for the Blue Bombers. It struck me kind of funny that the headline says "He packs quite a punch'' considering former UW coach Rick Neuheisel once joked that Lobendahn's nickname should be "Hawaiian Punch'' given his position and that he was from Honolulu.

--- Isaiah Stanback spent part of practice the other day getting tips from Michael Irvin. UW fans will be able to get a good look at Dallas' training camp this year as the team will be featured on the HBO series Hard Knocks.

--- Marques Tuiasosopo spent practice Tuesday working with Oakland's No. 1 offense with starter JaMarcus Russell resting a sore elbow (he split time with fellow backup Andrew Walter). Doesn't sound serious, but I ust keep thinking this is the year Tuiasosopo finally gets a real chance.

--- Here's more on Oakland's QB situation, as well as a note that Louis Rankin is working out as a kickoff returner and that that job is wide open. The Raiders will finish the pre-season with a game against the Seahawks in Seattle on Aug. 29, which could prove particularly interesting for UW fans with four former Huskies attempting to make the Oakland roster this season.

All for now.


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