FROM SCOTTSDALE -- Today is Washington's big press conference day at the media hotel here, as coach Chris Petersen, linebackers Hau'oli Kikaha and Shaq Thompson, defensive tackle Danny Shelton, running back Deontae Cooper and offensive lineman Colin Tanigawa will be available for interviews. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and five Cowboys players will also be available. For now, links.
--- Our story in today's newspaper focuses on Jeff Lindquist's interesting season, in which he saw the field in a few unique ways.
During UW’s 45-14 victory over Georgia State, Lindquist stepped in at quarterback for a package of wildcat-style plays designed for him to run the ball. He carried three times for 35 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Lindquist has also entered the game on occasion to throw a deep ball, something at which he excels and Miles does not. In the Apple Cup game against Washington State, Lindquist threw what should have been a 58-yard touchdown pass that bounced off Ross’ hands. He also completed a 26-yard pass on a fake punt attempt that was wiped out due to an illegal formation penalty.
His unique involvement in the Huskies’ offense is vintage Petersen. Throughout his eight-year tenure as Boise State’s head coach, Petersen was known for installing specific packages of plays for players who otherwise might not get into the game, if only to keep them more engaged during the week and give them something to look forward to on Saturday.
Lindquist has also appeared on UW’s punt team and serves as the holder on field goals and point-after-touchdown attempts.
Smith said that mentally, Lindquist has “always been in it. Always been ready. We’ve done some small things with him in packages, because he’s been such a good teammate and stayed so involved and dialed in. He watches a ton of film. He’s an awesome kid. He’s a big part of our team.”--- Here's a photo gallery from GoHuskies.com of UW's third practice day in the desert.
--- The Pac-12 improved to 4-0 in bowl games after Stanford's 45-21 rout of Maryland in the Foster Farms Bowl. Not that many people saw it live.
--- UW signee Dejounte Murray banked in a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift Rainier Beach to a 73-70 victory over Jefferson in the Les Schwab Invitational.
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