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Washington Lineman Singlehandedly Starts Program Comeback

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↵It's been a hard road for Washington football, as the hit on Jake Locker seen above ↵sums up the past five years or so of Husky football in a single image. First the implosion of Rick Neuheisel in a betting scandal, then the first false bottom of the Keith Gilbertson era, and then the real gutter of the winless Ty Willingham 2008 season. It has been as bad a stretch at a major football program in the 21st century as any, and that is being kind.
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↵So if you want a moment when the once-proud University of Washington football program began its ascent from the depths, when it began a long climb back up to respectability after being the Pac-10's token "nearsighted fat child who can't block punches," then please: mark Tuesday, July 14th as the date this happened.
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↵On Tuesday, Husky lineman Skyler Fancher was eating at a Seattle-area Chipotle when a foot chase broke out, and a stolen purse flew from the scene in the hands of a 14 year old thief. Clarification: that should read "a 14 year old thief who could not outrun an offensive lineman with a broken leg."
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↵⇥From there, Fancher chased the kid onto campus — calling the campus police and jumping a wall on the way — and found him hiding in a tree. Soon after, the thief came down from the tree and tried to continue his getaway, but the police had joined the hunt, and he was apprehended as everyone converged on him. ↵
↵Fancher injured the leg in spring practice, and has not been cleared to run by doctors. He hasn't been cleared to jump walls yet, either, but doing both well in flip-flops through the streets surrounding the UW campus certainly bodes
↵well for his prospects at making a full recovery, and for the attitude of the U-Dub football program as a whole. One step at a time, Huskies. Today, a hapless 14 year old purse-snatchercaught in a tree; tomorrow, an upset of USC on the road.
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