Everybody, including offensive line coaches throughout the Pacific-10 Conference, is aware of what Daniel Te'o-Nesheim brings to the University of Washington's defensive-end position.
He's totaled 161/2 sacks the past two season on a defense that didn't get as many opportunities to come after the quarterback as, say, Southern California or Oregon State because the Huskies trailed big often times in the second half.
So, who is Te'o-Nesheim's partner in crime on the other side? It's Darrion Jones, who, like Te'o-Nesheim, is a fifth-year senior, and one of the few remaining players from former coach Tyrone Willingham's first recruiting class in 2005.
Jones is stuck in between being a hefty inside linebacker, and a light-in-the-butt defensive end. He's 6-foot-2, 256 pounds.
But coaches, including defensive line coach Johnny Nansen, think Jones is in store for a big season, even if he shares playing time with sophomore Kalani Aldrich or even Everrette Thompson when he returns to good health.
No player on the defense jumped up in bench-press greater than Jones (450 pounds to 500 pounds) in the offseason. And where the offensive linemen really see it isn't necessarily in his shoulders and arms, but in his hands as he pushes his way past them.
"I feel more explosive," Jones said.
The odd statistic for the week? In 22 career games, he's never had a sack. By comparison, Te'o-Neshem has 19 sacks in 37 career games.
"The goal is one (sack)," said Jones, when asked if he has a number in mind he'd like to get to this season. "I didn't have any last year. I can't set a higher number than that yet."
Some Friday morning developments:
&bull The ever-changing injury situations – linebacker Matt Houston (arm) will be out up to a month with a torn biceps. He had been challenging for time with the second-string defense. … Center Ryan Tolar (toe) was held out for precautionary reasons. Coach Steve Sarkisian said he didn't want the right toe to flare up to become "turf toe." … Cornerback Matt Mosley (knee) was an addition to the injury list. He dinged it at the end of practice Thursday, joining safeties Victor Aiyewa (head) and Jason Wells (achilles), running back Johri Fogerson (right ankle), offensive linemen Morgan Rosborough (shoulder) and Terence Thomas (foot), and defensive tackle Craig Noble (knee) on the sideline. … Linebacker Joshua Gage (hand) has a cast over his right hand, but practiced.
&bull Not only has Wilson High product Desmond Trufant, who was just cleared by the NCAA to return Thursday, been thrown into the fire on defense, but coach Steve Sarkisian wants the true freshman to get a tryout in the punt return game.
"He did it in high school," Sarkisian said. "The guy is very talented, so we're just trying to give him opportunities and throw him out there at corner and some other spots."
&bull Speaking of true freshmen, receiver James Johnson was used on an end-around play early in Friday scrimmaging (no pads). He and Jordan Polk could develop into serious weapons on that play.
&bull The team finished up in hurry-up mode. Each offense started at its own 20-yard line, and started with 70 seconds. Starting quarterback Jake Locker (5-of-6, 41 yards) got the team to the opposing 35, but the field-goal unit had difficult getting on the field, and it appeared no kick attempt had gotten off before the clock had expired.
Sarkisian explained it as being a clock malfunction.
"They got a first down, and the clock should stop, so the field-goal team got out there and the clock ran out. It was a problem upstairs with the clock," Sarkisian said. "But I thought the mechanics went well. It was a situation where the offense was down by two points at the end of a game and needed to get into field goal range. I thought they got that done."
Backup Ronnie Fouch got his turn, and on the first play, threw it right to linebacker E.J. Savannah for an interception.
&bull Speaking about the UW's final preseason scrimmage Saturday, which starts at 3 p.m., Sarkisian wants to see his offense put a "10- 12-play drive together, cohesively work together and … find the tempo of an offense."