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Sophomore QB Cyler Miles, left, is suspended for the first game, but he has the most experience of the three battling for the starting job, including leading a 69-27 win over Oregon State last year when Keith Price was hurt.
Chris Petersen doesn’t have an established, experienced quarterback. In that, the Huskies are a distinct minority in a Pac-12 Conference loaded with elite signal-callers.
Why aim for a wild-card berth? Mariners — as they did in 1995 — should think bigger, and shoot for AL West title.
It’s one of the more compelling battles of the exhibition season, and on Friday, Robert Turbin took a turbo-charged step forward. Playing with the first-team offense in the first half, Turbin exploded for 81 yards on 12 carries.
Mariners’ offensive outburst finally matches brilliance of ace Hernandez
Former Mariners pitching coach Bryan Price, now the Reds manager, said in a videotaped tribute, “In my time with you, I always felt like I was with a living legend.”
You can nitpick the Mariners’ weaknesses, or pooh-pooh the wisdom of the second wild card. But the fact remains: The race for the American League’s final playoff spot is deliciously wide open, with the Mariners smack dab in the middle of it.
On Monday, as he roamed around Husky Stadium, UW coach Chris Petersen managed to appear both imperious and hands-on, stoic and animated. At one point, during a well-executed scramble drill, he yelled, “That’s what it looks like, John Ross!”
Lynch’s apparent fears that the Seahawks will cut him loose after this year are legitimate, but what if he rushes for 1,300 yards and leads the Seahawks to another Super Bowl?
The Mariners make two trades for veteran right-handed hitters Austin Jackson and Chris Denorfia, but only moved the needle a little on the worst offense in the American League.
At training camp, Harvin is showing a bounce in his step he hasn’t felt since his heyday with the Vikings. “I’m not worried about holding back,” he says.
With just a few days left until the trade deadline, the Mariners desperately need more bats if they are to realistically stay in the playoff hunt.