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Morning links: Mel Kiper says Hau'oli Kikaha is midseason defensive player of the year

It's not really a Tuesday morning unless there are links. So here.

--- Here's our story in today's newspaper with some more on yesterday's news about Josh Perkins' one-half suspension for Washington's game at Oregon.

--- Hau'oli Kikaha won't say anything bad about Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

--- The AP writes about Chris Petersen's history with Oregon, where he spent six seasons as an assistant coach from 1995-2000.

--- It's an insider article, but's Mel Kiper names Huskies outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha the national defensive player of the year that midway point, noting his nation-leading 13.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

--- Sporting News re-ranked the top 25 players in college football, with both Kikaha (No. 5) and Danny Shelton (No. 15) listed. No Shaq Thompson, though.

--- John Canzano writes that the Washington-Oregon rivalry is in a coma.

--- Oregon's defensive line is finding confidence in its backups.

--- On Kenny Wheaton, 20 years later.

--- USC defensive end Leonard Williams is making big plays.

--- And Colorado's defense will have its hands full with him.

--- UCLA has its back against the wall at California this weekend.

--- Stanford's tight end is stepping up in the red zone.

--- Arizona State coach Todd Graham says the team that improves the most will win the Pac-12 South.

--- Wrong Arizona, folks.

--- Utah expects to see the same Sean Mannion as last season.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple