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Sophomore Jeff Lindquist named UW’s starting quarterback against Hawaii

Sophomore Jeff Lindquist has been named Washington’s starting quarterback for the Huskies’ season opener at Hawaii on Aug. 30, UW coach Chris Petersen announced Friday.

Lindquist, listed at 6 feet 3, 246 pounds, will be making his first career start. He beat out redshirt freshman Troy Williams (6-2, 194) in a competition that began last spring.

“Jeff Lindquist will start. We’ll go with him and see how he does,” Petersen said after practice. “He’s done a great job from spring through now. I will say this: Troy Williams has done a really nice job, too. And I think we were splitting hairs trying to figure this out. Both have different skillsets they bring to the table, but at this point we feel like we need to give Jeff the nod and let him roll, let him get some things done and let him go from there.”

Lindquist, the former Mercer Island High School star, grew up rooting for the Huskies, and this opportunity to start, he said earlier this week, is “obviously something I’ve dreamt about. I just want to do whatever I can do to get the team ready and help us start off on the right foot.”

Sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles, suspended for the season opener, “definitely factors into” the quarterback competition after the Hawaii game, Petersen said.

Williams, too, will continue to compete for the job, Petersen added.

“Jeff’s going to go and he’s going to get a good opportunity to go. We don’t want anybody looking over their shoulder, but a guy’s got to go produce,” Petersen said. “After this first game, we’ll kind of reevaluate and see where we are.”

Lindquist made his most impressive push for the starting job during last Saturday’s final public scrimmage, when he led the No. 1 offense on its two best drives of the day, both resulting in rushing touchdowns by a running back. Unofficially, Lindquist was 7 of 15 passes for 84 yard, but most important to Petersen and UW offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith was that Lindquist didn’t commit any turnovers — which has been an issue for Williams throughout fall camp.

“There might’ve been a few less critical errors out of (Lindquist),” Petersen said. “I think they’re all such young guys that haven’t played a lot that you’re going to have those (turnovers). That’s probably one thing right then and there. I think he made some plays when we scrimmage, but so did Troy — I want to make that clear. This will be a constant battle, a constant competition, and they’ve got to keep improving and progressing and we’re excited to watch it.”

Williams was 7 of 14 for 36 yards and threw the only interception of Saturday’s scrimmage. That’s consistent with the strong-armed redshirt freshman’s play for much of fall camp; for every well-thrown long ball Williams had, he seemed to counter it with a forced pass that too often ended up in the hands of the defense.

Miles, who made one start for the Huskies last season in place of the injured Keith Price, was 10 of 16 for 145 yards in the scrimmage. He didn’t have any turnovers, either.

As a redshirt freshman, Lindquist appeared in three games in mop-up duty. He didn’t attempt a pass but finished the season with two carries for 10 yards. At 240-plus pounds, he’s a durable running threat, but certainly a pass-first quarterback.

Smith, the first-year offensive coordinator, said earlier this week that Lindquist’s understanding of the new offensive schemes “has been pretty impressive. He’s really worked hard at it, diving into the playbook. I think his demeanor and his approach on the field is really good. He’s positive — a positive outlook every time he walks out there. Great energy at practice, and over time you come to appreciate that.”



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Ackley’s 3-run HR sends Mariners past Red Sox 7-3

BOSTON — The Seattle Mariners have scored in only two innings the past two days, and that’s still been enough to beat slumping Boston.

Dustin Ackley‘s three-run homer capped a seven-run fourth inning that carried the Mariners to a 7-3 win Saturday, sending the Red Sox to their seventh straight loss.After rallying against closer Koji Uehara for five runs in the ninth and a 5-3 victory Friday night, the Mariners broke loose just once again Saturday en route to their ninth win in 12 games.”I don’t care how we get them as long as we get them,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “That was nice, to bounce back like that.”The victory increased Seattle’s slim lead over Detroit for the second AL wild card.Ackley was prepared for Brandon Workman after earning a 12-pitch walk his first time up.”That first at-bat was huge, kind of seeing everything,” Ackley said. “He threw me everything he had. Changeup, curveball, cutter, fastball. That was a good at-bat, that first at-bat. It gave me a gauge for the rest of my at-bats against him.”Trailing 3-0 in the fourth, the Mariners chased Workman (1-8) with their big inning.Chris Denorfia had an RBI double, and Chris Taylor and Jesus Sucre added run-scoring singles before Ackley hooked a drive around the right-field foul pole. Workman’s wild pitch allowed Denorfia to score the tying run.Boston designated hitter David Ortiz had his streak of reaching base four times in four straight games halted, but he did walk and was hit by a pitch before leaving with a bruised left elbow.Dustin Pedroia had a double and two singles for the Red Sox.Tom Wilhelmsen (2-2) struck out three in 1 1/3 innings of relief after starter Chris Young couldn’t make it out of the fourth.Young gave up three runs on seven hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings, his shortest start since his second of the season when he lasted just three innings at Miami.Workman lost his seventh consecutive start, getting tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.”He gets through the first three innings in good shape,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “In the fourth inning where things started to slip away from him, he still pitched ahead in the count, and unfortunately was unable to put a number of hitters away.”Workman didn’t feel good from the start.”The ball was up all day for me,” he said. “You can’t pitch like that. You can’t pitch everything belt high. That’s what I did today and they took advantage of it.”Boston took a 3-0 lead with single runs in the first three innings.David Ross had an RBI double for the Red Sox before getting ejected by first base umpire Vic Carapazza.HELPING HANDSeattle relievers came in leading the AL with a 2.43 ERA. They combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits. “Obviously, the goal is to go as deep into the game as possible and turn it over to them, but they’ve been unbelievable time and again when I turn it over to them,” Young said.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: The team hopes CF Michael Saunders (oblique strain) can resume his rehab assignment soon. It was halted Friday for a few days because he had flu-like symptoms.Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts was held out of the lineup after getting hit in the head by Felix Hernandez‘s pitch Friday night. “Anytime you get hit in the head — like he did last night — he’s got to go through a protocol,” Farrell said. “He will today just to see if there’s any concussion symptoms.” Farrell also said RHP Joe Kelly is in line to make his next start. Kelly left Friday’s game after feeling slight discomfort in his shoulder.UP NEXTRHP Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.57 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for Seattle in the series finale Sunday. He’s been hit hard by the Red Sox in three career starts, giving up 12 runs in 12 2/3 innings.RHP Allen Webster (3-1, 4.73) gets the ball for Boston. He’s given up three or fewer earned runs in four of his five starts this season.WARNINGSBoth dugouts were warned after Boston’s Alex Wilson hit Robinson Cano on the backside below the hip with a pitch in the seventh. Ortiz was hit on the left elbow by Charlie Furbush‘s fastball, and Yoenis Cespedes had to get out of the way of Danny Farquhar‘s high fastball in the sixth.BIG MOVEThe Red Sox announced during the game that they signed Cuban defector Rusney Castillo to a seven-year contract, beginning in 2014. The 27-year-old outfielder hit .324 in 2011 and .332 in 2012, his two best years in Cuba.

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Seahawks Blowout Win over Chicago Asserts Seattle as NFL’s Ultimate Juggernaut

Even though preseason games are meaningless when it comes to wins and losses, head coach Pete Carroll had to be encouraged by what he saw from both the first-team offense and first-team defense. 

Not only did quarterback Russell Wilson and Co. throw up 31 unanswered points, but defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s defense sacked quarterback Jay Cutler twice, intercepted him once and held Chicago’s first-team offense scoreless. 

That’s an impressive feat considering the Bears finished the 2013 regular season with the eighth-best offense in the NFL. Yet the Seahawks accumulated the best defense in the league last year, so them shutting out the Bears’ first-team offense should’t be that surprising. 

What was surprising was the fact that All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch looked liked he was in midseason form. Despite only carrying the ball on three separate occasions, the 28-year-old showed good vision, a quick first step and sufficient speed around the corner (especially on his seven-yard touchdown run).

As far as the rest of the Seahawks offense goes, Wilson looked to be in midseason form as well. On 20 pass attempts, he tallied 15 completions, two touchdowns, 202 yards through the air and a quarterback rating of 140.0.

However, Wilson couldn’t have put up the numbers he did without a little help from his wide receiving corps. Jermaine Kearse and Percy Harvin both brought their A-games on Friday night. Kearse exited the game with four catches for 63 yards, and Harvin concluded with a 20.3 yards-per-catch average on three receptions. 

Seattle’s aerial attack was on fire. Aside from the eye-opening stat lines from Kearse and Harvin, Christine Michael and Doug Baldwin had their fair share of success as pass-catchers too. 

Baldwin caught both of his targets, and Michael got loose out of the backfield. Clearly, it’s easy to see why the Seahawks were 10-of-14 on third down and 4-of-5 in the red zone. Really, the only mistake the Seahawks offense made as a whole was quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s fourth-quarter interception. 

Defensively, the Seahawks had numerous standout performers, like the offensive side of the ball did. Nevertheless, the defensive MVP of Friday night’s game was cornerback Jeremy Lane. 

No, Lane doesn’t get the same kind of notoriety as Richard Sherman or Byron Maxwell. But, he will eventually if he keeps playing like he did against the Bears. By the time the game was all said and done, he had amassed five solo tackles, three passes defended and one interception. 

Outside of Lane, linebacker Heath Farwell and defensive end O’Brien Schofield both made a case for Seattle’s most outstanding performer on defense. Farewell was everywhere in the run game and even managed to knock the quarterback around a bit (one sack, one quarterback hit). 

Schofield, on the other hand, strictly harassed Chicago’s signal-callers. He recorded a quarterback sack, a tackle for loss and three quarterback hits. 

I bet Coach Carroll is glad Schofield failed his physical with the New York Giants this past offseason. If he hadn’t, the Seahawks would have never had the chance to re-sign him. 

In all, Seattle looked like the most polished team in the NFL on Friday night. This, in turn, means the Seahawks are easily repeat favorites in 2014 and the league’s ultimate juggernaut. 

Shoot, I would even go as far as to say there isn’t a team in Seattle’s class right now. Yes, the Denver Broncos have looked sharp during preseason play as well, but their defense still has a long way to go until it measures up to the one in Seattle.

By , NFC West Lead Writer Aug 23, 2014

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SportsNut Preseason Rankings

2014 Preseason Power Rankings

2014 Preseason Power Rankings

1. Bellarmine Prep Lions

2. Curtis Vikings

3. Lincoln Abes

4.Charles Wright

5. Wilson Rams

6. Fife

7. Franklin Pierce

8. Washington Patriots

9. Foss Falcons

10. Rogers Rams

11. Steilacoom Sentinels

12. Lakes Lancers

13. Life Christian

14. Bethel Braves

15. Clover Park Warriors

16. Spanaway Lake Sentinels

17. Stadium Tigers

18. Mount Tahoma


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Who’s the #1 High School Football Team in the Tacoma Area?

Who's #1 in the area?

Who’s #1 in the area?

Here at Sports Nuts we are constantly debating about who’s the best team in the area!  The WIAA divisional break down and size of school break down, we have schools playing 4A to 2A and also in different divisional leagues like The Tacoma Narrows and the SPSL.  On Sept 1st, we will be listing our 1st preseason Sports Nut ranking!  Who will finish #1 in Dec.  Let the games begin!!

We will be following 18 teams..(2013 record)

Lakes (4-7), Foss (5-5), Lincoln (8-2), Clover Park (3-7), Fife (6-4), Spanaway Lake (2-8), Bethel (3-7), Rogers (4-6), Steilacoom (4-6), Washington (6-4), Franklin Pierce (6-4), Bellermine Prep (10-3), Mount Tahoma (0-10), Stadium (2-8), Life Christian (3-6), Charles Wright (6-3), Wilson (6-4) and Curtis (8-2)