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Huskies links: Azeem Victor looks like he could be a force at middle linebacker

Huskies offensive players and coaches are available to speak with reporters later this morning. Until then, enjoy some darn links.

--- Wrote today about the Huskies third-year middle linebacker Azeem Victor, whose hard-hitting productivity was a highlight during Friday’s season-opening loss to Boise State. An excerpt:

... Bierria said he looks at Victor like “a little, big brother,” and insists he’s not nearly as shy or quiet as he might appear.

“He’ll hit you,” Bierria said, “then he’ll be in your ear telling you, ‘I’m gonna hit you again.’”

Said fifth-year senior linebacker Travis Feeney: “He’s a goofball. He’s a jokester. He’s a funny kid. He’s young, and dude’s ceiling is too high right now. He can go anywhere from here. Guy’s still growing into his body and everything. He’s going to be a monster by this time next year, and he’s going to be a monster this year. (But) next year’s going to be something else.”

His reputation as a big hitter dates at least to last season’s Apple Cup, in which Victor played on the Huskies’ kickoff coverage team.

On the game’s opening kick, Victor barreled into Washington State returner Jamal Morrow after he had caught the ball and taken a knee in the end zone. Flag. Personal foul. Fifteen-yard penalty. Oops.

Victor and Morrow, though, would meet twice more in violent (and legal) fashion. After UW scored to go ahead 14-0 late in the first half, Victor raced down the field and leveled Morrow at WSU’s 19-yard line on the subsequent kickoff. And he hammered him again on the kickoff following UW’s touchdown in the third quarter. Both collisions were celebrated wildly by the Huskies sideline, and rated as “wow” moments among the Twitter crowd.

Victor finished the 2014 season with just five tackles, four of them unassisted. But those two in the Apple Cup had a to-be-continued tone about them.

--- Percy Allen has a good story about Victor playing for his fallen friend.

--- Former Huskies linebacker Victor Aiyewa will apparently write what he describes as a “tell-all story” about playing for coach Steve Sarkisian.

--- Funny, spot-on impression of Isaiah Thomas’ playing style here.

--- A few notes from Washington State practice, where banged-up quarterback Luke Falk looked sharp.

--- WSU coach Mike Leach was asked to clarify some comments he made last year about New Jersey football recruits.

--- Eastern Washington suspended the player who was ejected for taking a late hit on Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams Jr.

--- A recap of the Pac-12 coaches’ teleconference.

--- Interesting story about college football coaches looking miserable on the sidelines.

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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