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Mid-afternoon reading ... Montana to make the start

Sorry for the delay, but I had some stuff to get to before I drive south to Corvallis.

Obviously, Nick Montana will be making his first college start on Saturday. Here's my story about Sark's decision to go with Montana.

After a Thursday practice in which Montana took all the snaps with the first team for the third day in a row, with his parents Joe and Jennifer watching, Sarkisian elaborated on the decision.

“It just felt right,” Sarkisian said. “I loved how Nick had looked the last couple of days. Keith’s not 100 percent (healthy), obviously you can tell. I thought Keith looked much better today. He’s moving better. I think he’ll be available in emergency status on Saturday. For our team, it’s the right thing to do. For Keith, it was the right thing to do. Nicky’s earned it. He’s done a nice job.”I also wrote this story on Oregon State defensive end, who went to Foss High School in Tacoma and wasn't offered a scholarship from the Huskies.

So with the Washington Huskies visiting Reser Stadium on Saturday, the former Foss standout and current Oregon State defensive linemen was asked about not being offered a scholarship by the team he grew up watching.

“I hope they regret it,” he said quickly.

Yep, Scott, they do.

A redshirt freshman, Crichton has blossomed into one of the best young defensive linemen in the Pacific-12 Conference. He ranks third in the Pac-12 with 10.5 tackles for a loss and leads the Beavers with four sacks, while also tying a school record with four fumbles forced this season.

Could Crichton be doing that for the Huskies? Perhaps, if they would have offered him a scholarship.

“I was going to consider Washington one of my top schools,” he said. “They didn’t offer me.”

Why not? Crichton was the Narrows League defensive MVP as a senior and a member of The News Tribune All-Area team.

“We evaluated him,” Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said. “It’s just one of the tough decisions you have to make. We decided not to go on him, and he’s gone to Oregon State, and he’s played really good football for them. We missed.”