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Morning links: Huskies' depth at running back takes a hit

With school starting this week, Washington will practice a little earlier in the morning, so our interview schedule is moved up by about an hour. But Tuesday still means defensive player and coach interviews, as usual. And links:

--- Here's our story from Monday's press availability, focusing obviously on the loss of running back Jesse Callier to a ruptured Achilles tendon. The injury is Callier's second season-ending ailment of his career, the first being the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in the 2012 season opener against San Diego State. Losing Callier means sophomore Dwayne Washington is now the most game-experienced back available on UW's roster. Washington has 92 career carries, with 47 in 2013 and 45 so far in 2014. Redshirt freshman Lavon Coleman has 65 carries, all of them obviously coming this season. And fifth-year senior Deontae Cooper has 56 career carries (43 last season and 13 so far this year).

--- Adam Jude writes that Washington needs to bring its A-game to compete with Stanford on Saturday.

--- ESPN has a less-than-optimistic outlook on Washington's bowl chances.

--- Here's a look at where Stanford stands coming off its bye week.

--- California doesn't have time to dwell on its Hail Mary loss to Arizona.

--- Is Marcus Mariota the best player in the country?

--- Oregon State's defense is adapting well to in-game adjustments.

--- An ex-USC player is suing the school and former coach Lane Kiffin.

--- UCLA's kicker has history with Arizona State.

--- Colorado's offense is making progress.

--- Arizona State has to pressure UCLA's quarterback to win on Thursday.

--- Utah quarterback Travis Wilson learned from the big hit he took against Michigan.

--- Arizona is taking advantage of its conditioning.

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