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Huskies trying to look ahead to Vegas, not back

Huskies trying to look ahead to Vegas, not back

SEATTLE (AP) Austin Seferian-Jenkins is completely done with what happened in the Apple Cup, from Washington's fourth-quarter meltdown to getting hit by an unruly Washington State fan as spectators rushed the field following the Cougars' overtime victory.

His feelings were mirrored by the entire Washington program on Monday, which finally has a chance to stop talking about blowing an 18-point fourth-quarter lead to its rivals and can start looking ahead to the Dec. 22 Las Vegas Bowl, where they will face No. 20 Boise State.

``It is behind us honestly,'' Seferian-Jenkins said Monday, the first time Washington players have been available since the Apple Cup loss. ``I dropped it after the next day. It's upsetting that we lost to our rival and the way we lost is unacceptable, but no one is really hanging their head on it anymore. We are still playing and that's all that counts. We are still playing and we've got a great opportunity against Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.''

Las Vegas is where the Huskies (7-5) wanted to go all along. But that option was thrown into flux when Washington lost to rival Washington State 31-28 in overtime on Nov. 23 and the Huskies were stuck waiting to see how bowl selections would shake out.

Eventually, the Huskies got their wish when Arizona ended up in the New Mexico Bowl and Arizona State went to San Francisco.

``They're a great team and this is a great opportunity for us,'' Washington QB Keith Price said. ``Obviously, Vegas is a fun place to be, but we're out there for a football game and we'll have time to have fun but ultimately we're out there to win a football game.''

The Huskies' 2012 season finale will be a preview of the 2013 season opener. Washington has heavily promoted opening renovated Husky Stadium next Aug. 31 against the Broncos, part of a home-and-home series that will see the Huskies play on Boise's blue turf in 2015.

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian sees the situation as a chance to develop a mini-rivalry with the Broncos.

``Boise, they've been doing this for such an extended period of time. They've been doing it year after year after year and so, for our guys, this is just another opportunity to go play a great football team that is really well-coached on a national stage,'' Sarkisian said. `` ... It's a really good matchup for both teams and sets the stage for somewhat of an intriguing offseason for nine months before the rematch here at Husky Stadium. I think it's pretty cool.''

While the entire Washington program would like to erase the memory of the final quarter of the Apple Cup, it was especially painful for Price, who threw a costly interception on the first play of overtime. Price watched a replay of the game as soon as he got to his apartment and said it was painful revisiting his mistake.

``This past week has been rough on the team. A lot of guys have been down. Obviously, you don't want to finish the season like that but we have another chance to kind of redeem ourselves,'' Price said.

As if losing to a rival wasn't enough, there was also the video that emerged after the Apple Cup that showed Seferian-Jenkins getting punched by at least one fan and dropped to the turf as the crowd rushed the field in the moments after Andrew Furney's game-winning kick. Seferian-Jenkins spoke to the media after the game and said nothing about the incident.

Washington State officials have said they are reviewing policies and trying to find the person.

For his part, Seferian-Jenkins wants the whole thing to go away. He said Washington officials asked if he wanted to pursue the situation and he told them to drop it.

``I told them not to pursue anything,'' Seferian-Jenkins said. ``They asked me and I said, `No, it's not worth it, it's a waste of time.' Whoever that guy was, it's not a big deal. I hope he was probably intoxicated or something like that. I'm not really worried about it. I'm over it. I think everybody else should be over it. It's not that big of a deal.''

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.

REDSKINS vs. JETS, PRESEASON WEEK 2

Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy

REDSKINS vs. PATRIOTS TV SCHEDULE:

5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live

REDSKINS 2018 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 

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You can see why players get along with Jay Gruden so well in these Mic'd Up segments

You can see why players get along with Jay Gruden so well in these Mic'd Up segments

Most coaches would've let it go. In fact, plenty wouldn't have even noticed. But Jay Gruden couldn't resist.

He just had to get on Quinton Dunbar for his cutoff practice pants.

"The pants gotta be over the knees, didn't you see the uniform code violation?" Gruden barked at Dunbar while mic'd up in Richmond (the first full segment is above). "He's the least swag guy you guys got on defense and I'm just trying to help him out," he later told Deshazor Everett when Everett tried to stand up for Dunbar.

Numerous players bring up how easy Gruden is to get along with when they're prompted to evalute the 'Skins' fifth-year headman. And over the course of just one training camp session, there were a handful of examples backing that up.

There's Gruden telling Jamison Crowder to cheer up ("You always look so grouchy all the time, man"). He then hops over to check in on Morgan Moses, who just added a new baby to his family, before predicting the right tackle will end up with enough kids to fill up two starting offensive lines. 

He even gets along with former members of his team; in Part 2 of his Mic'd Up, he strolls up to now-Jet Spencer Long, quizzes him on New York's offense and then hits Long with, "Ours is better, right?"

Now's the time a certain amount of you especially angry Internet users will starting typing your HE SHOULD STOP JOKING AROUND, YOU SEE BELICHICK DOING THIS CRAP? comments. And, of course, being friendly has no influence on winning in the NFL.

But every person with a job knows that it's much easier to work with a boss that you enjoy being around as opposed to one you try to avoid being around at all costs. You can point to certain areas where Gruden needs to improve, but the fact that he treats each player — from established star to offseason longshot — equally is one place he's excellent in.

Another place he's excellent in? Rightfully calling out those who are wearing pants that are far too short.

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