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Jamora remind you of somebody? It's Te'o-Nesheim

It's Hau'oli Jamora's on-the-field temperament, and the off-the-field demeanor that reminds University of Washington football players of one star from yesteryear.

Daniel Te'o-Nesheim.

For much of the first six games, Jamora - a true freshman from Laie, Hawaii - has been sharing one of the defensive-end positions with Talia Crichton, a sophomore. Both are undersized pass rushers.

When Crichton hurt his knee on a third-down run by Oregon State's Ryan Katz early in the fourth quarter, Jamora saw his most extensive playing time - and responded admirably.

He led the UW with two tackles for loss, including one-and-a-half sacks.

If Crichton is unable to go Saturday at Arizona, Jamora will be expected to shoulder a bigger portion of the workload.

"A real effort guy," UW coach Steve Sarkisian said. "I don't know if he's the most talented kid, but he plays extremely hard. He provides quickness for us."

Hmm ... sounds like that guy his teammates keep comparing to.

"When (Jamora) came in, it was actually weird - his work ethic, and (the way)he worked really hard and he was always doing extra, and his personality was kind of like T'eo.

"It's really almost weird how much alike T'eo he is - and we obviously know the amazing player T'eo was, so hopefully he'll be able to play like T'eo once he's a little older."

Does Williams ever relay the Te'o-Nesheim comparison to Jamora?

"I tell him that all the time. Everyeone always does," Williams said. "He just laughs it off."

Jamora displays the same amusing, aloof personality traits Te'o-Nesheim did during his tenure at the UW (2005-09).

"They’re laid back, calm, goofy," UW linebacker Cort Dennison said. "But when you get them on the field, they switch into football mode, and turn in some great plays."

Other stuff from Monday:

* The UW offensive line continues to be a revolving door, and Sarkisian commented on his latest grouping from the Oregon State game, moving Drew Schaefer out to right tackle, Gregory Christine inside to center and starting Colin Porter in place of Erik Kohler (mononucleosis), who is out.

"Drew Schaefer at right tackle provides a little more stability, a little more athleticism out there to handle some of these rush (defensive) ends that we're faced with," Sarkisian said. "I felt like we needed to be bigger at guard, especially with Kohler out, so that's why Porter's moved in at guard, with Tolar on the other side. And Greg Christine's a bright guy, and he can get us blocking the right people at the right time, so that's why he's in at center."

Koehler, who attended the Oregon State game (he even jumped into the post-touchdown celebration pile), is day-to-day, Sarkisian said.

* Quarterback Jake Locker had a trying last week. He was still adversely suffering from an upper-chest cold. Then, he was limping around with a quadriceps bruise.

But on Saturday against the Beavers, Sarkisian wasted no time in testing out Locker's mobility, calling for a rollout pass to D'Andre Goodwin, which netted 28 yards on the first play from scrimmage.

"It (bruised leg) didn’t feel awful all week. I think having a little less reps throughout the course of the week helps, definitely," Locker said. "And then Thursday and Friday, were kind of light. I had a long day Saturday as well to kind of just hang out and get some treatment on it and get some of the swelling out. It looked and felt great on Saturday."

* The UW offense fired away as if it was shot out of a cannon Saturday, scoring three touchdowns in nearly a 20-minute span.

Then the Huskies went dry, for the equivilent of the next 42 minutes, which is the longest amount of time the UW has gone without scoring this season.

"I think you can relax a little bit," Sarkisian said. "And then you jump offsides four times, and then you have second-and-longs and third-and-longs, and it gets hard. You can make it hard on yourself, never mind what they are doing.

"But that's typical of teams when they start, 'It's that good, it's that easy - you can lose your edge in a sense and step back. So we've got to do a better job of trying to keep them locked in.

"I was watching the USC game Saturday, and they scored 42 points in the first half, and then in the second half they can barely get a field goal. It just happens. It's human nature,; that's why we coach to try to fight that.''

* As he does every week, Sarkisian reviewed every aspect of the UW-Oregon State film - and came away with an opinion about the pass interference penalty called on cornerback Desmond Trufant against Oregon State tight end John Reese on a fourth-down play in the second overtime.

Trufant did have his left arm on Reese's body as the pass fell incomplete - something the second-year UW coach saw as incidental.

"I thought it was a nice play by Tru," Sarkisian said. "It was unfortunate."

* The Huskies not only got to celebrate a victory once, but twice.

Their first run-on-the-field moment was tempered by the Trufant penalty. A few minutes later, after Oregon State tight end Joe Halahuni dropped a game-winning pass on a two-point conversion, again the UW sideline stormed the field.

"It’s kind of fun, though," Sarkisian said. "You get to plan your celebration for the second one, because if you didn’t like the first one, you can change it up for the second one."

* Around the UW, it's hailed as 'The Shoe Play' - the deflection that linebacker Mason Foster turned into a game-changing play in the Huskies' 36-33 win over Arizona.

The plays still holds special significance to Foster.

"It’s cool. To have that, and be a part of a big play like that, and win in Husky Stadium (is cool)," Foster said. "I want to make more plays this year, and be known for bigger things this year … but it’s always a great memory for me."

Plenty of times, that interception off a Delashaun Dean's shoe, and right to Foster, was shown on highlight shows across the country last season.

"Haven’t seen it too much this year," Foster said. "It was defientely a big play – one of those crazy, little, bizarre things that happen in football."

* Predictably, Halahuni, a former Orting High star, had a difficult time after the game Saturday. He declined to speak to reporters. And even with 50 family and friends at the game, the junior kept his head down and walked to the bus, speaking to nobody.

* On a funny side note, I asked Locker on Monday if his dog, "Ten," still atttends as many home games as last season.

He said the dog stays home now, primarily because when he's around the trailer he stays in during the game, fans feed the animal all sorts of human food - enough that is spoils the dog's appetite the next two days.

** MONDAY PRACTICE UPDATE: A little more than usual, in terms of guys returning to team activity. Running back Johri Fogerson (upper leg), offensive tackle Erik Kohler (mononucleosis) and receiver Devin Aguilar (hip flexor) all were back and working with the No. 1 offense – albeit it was no-contact in shorts and helmets. … Defensive end Cameron Elisara (shoulder), who saw his most significant work in a month against Oregon State, wore the hands-off red jersey Monday, and did only light work during individual drills. … Defensive end Talia Crichton (right knee) was at practice wearing a big brace over his lower right leg. On his radio show, Sarkisian noted the injury would likely keep him out an "extensive" amount of time, meaning he's all but out for Saturday.