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Morning links: Travis Feeney adjusting to new role as ‘BUCK’ linebacker

The Huskies resume practice this morning at 10:30, with the newcomers again practicing in a separate session at 4 p.m. First, let’s wrap up Day 1 of camp with some morning links.

--- Our story in today’s newspaper details Travis Feeney’s move to the ‘BUCK’ linebacker position, which Hau’oli Kikaha occupied with great success a year ago.

An excerpt:

The school’s career and single-season sack leader is currently plying his pass-rushing trade for the New Orleans Saints, so the Washington Huskies must use this fall camp, in part, to assign and develop the heir to Hau’oli Kikaha’s throne at “BUCK” linebacker.

The hybrid-linebacker-rush-end position proved to be a perfect fit for Kikaha in defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski’s scheme last season, when, as a fifth-year senior, he totaled 19 sacks and became the fifth unanimous All-American in school history, then landed in New Orleans as a second-round draft pick.

So it makes sense that as fifth-year senior Travis Feeney prepares to assume the BUCK position in 2015, he’s reached out to Kikaha for guidance.

“I had a couple conversations with Hau’oli,” Feeney said after the Huskies began fall camp with a two-hour practice Saturday morning at Husky Stadium. “I’m actually going to be sending him stuff to evaluate, tell me what I can do to work better at it. He has all the moves, so he can help me out.”

--- Just in case you missed our notes from last night’s newcomers practice, here you go.

--- Adam Jude also wrote about Feeney’s move to “BUCK” in The Seattle Times.

--- Larry Stone writes that expectations are a little lower in what many are expecting to be a transition season for the Huskies.

--- Here’s a recap of Day 1 from the UW Daily.

--- Washington State also held its first practice of camp on Saturday.

--- Here’s a Saturday practice report from Arizona State.

--- Arizona likely lost an offensive lineman for the season.

--- Devontae Booker had a nice day at Utah’s first full-contact scrimmage.

--- USC’s 2015 recruits -- a full class, this time -- have arrived.

--- There’s some thought in Boulder that Colorado should finally be ready to win in the Pac-12.

--- Oregon State regained a healthy offensive lineman on its first day of camp.

--- Here’s a preview of California training camp.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple