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Morning links: Jake Browning’s high-school coach was mentor to Sacramento State quarterback, too

A few links to start your Friday. We’ll have our game prediction post for the UW-Sacramento State game up a little bit later.

--- Our story in today’s newspaper highlights the relationship between Folsom High School coach Troy Taylor and both the Huskies’ quarterback (Jake Browning) and Sacramento State’s quarterback (Daniel Kniffin). An excerpt:

It was hard enough for Folsom High School co-coach Troy Taylor to watch his former star quarterback, Jake Browning, make his collegiate debut last week for the Washington Huskies.

Taylor said he was “a nervous wreck” before UW’s game last Friday night against Boise State, experiencing what he described as a “helpless” feeling, knowing there was nothing more he could do for the kid who threw 229 touchdown passes at Folsom the past three seasons.

“I was probably more nervous than Jake was, just watching the game,” Taylor said with a laugh after a recent Folsom football practice.

Imagine what he might feel like this week, then, when two of his quarterback pupils will play in the same game.

Browning didn’t just play high-school ball for Taylor (who, by the way, is the California Golden Bears’ all-time leading passer). He also learned from him as a youngster while attending “The Passing Academy,” the popular quarterback skills camp in northern California that Taylor helped co-found.

Among his former students there: Daniel Kniffin, who won Sacramento State’s starting quarterback job this season as a third-year sophomore. He leads the Hornets into Saturday’s 11 a.m. game against UW at Husky Stadium.

Which means Taylor will have a personal interest in nearly every snap.

“You get so accustomed to being around the guys, you start rooting for them like you would a friend,” he said. “I hope they both play well. It’s hard to watch, I tell you.”

--- We also made our weekly Pac-12 picks last night.

--- Percy Allen writes about Sacramento State.

--- The UW Daily has a Sacramento State scouting report.

--- More on the Huskies running game from the Daily.

--- A Sacramento State linebacker hopes for a better outcome against Browning than when he faced him as a high-schooler in 2013.

--- With Victor Aiyewa’s purported “tell-all” story about playing for Steve Sarkisian scheduled to be posted today, here’s a short post from the Los Angeles Daily News in which Sarkisian says he had a good relationship with Aiyewa at Washington.

--- How about this? Former UW quarterback Troy Williams, who transferred after last season to Santa Monica College, is featured in this adidas commercial.

There is one Pac-12 game tonight ....

Utah vs. Utah State, 6 p.m., ESPN2 -- The future of this rivalry is uncertain.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple