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Purple was in his blood


The reasons behind freshman defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim deciding to become a Husky are a little different than most.

As Molly Yanity's story in the P-I relates, Te'o-Nesheim lost his father when he was 14 to a aortic aneurysm. His dad had been a painter, and had worked on Husky Stadium when it was renovated some 20 years ago. So Daniel figured a part of his dad is at the stadium, and that's where he wanted to play.

Another sad story: Linebacker Dan Howell lost his father to a heart attack 11 days ago. The junior is still trying to adjust.

According to Bob Condotta's blog, the Huskies did get some good news: tight end Michael Gottlieb should play Saturday, after missing time due to injury.

UCLA's Bruins will enter Husky Stadium on Saturday (4 p.m. PDT on TBS) with one of the oldest sophomore starting quarterbacks in the nation: Ben Olson, a 6-foot-5 left-hander who graduated from Thousand Oaks, Calif., High in 2002. They also enter with one of the top-rated passers in the NCAA, who also happens to be Olson, 23. So expect the Bruins to throw, and throw deep, a lot, if this Daily News story is right. Olson is just one of UCLA's new starters this season.

Caesar Rayford is still enjoying his 15 minutes of fame after blocking the game-tying extra point last Saturday.

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