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University of Washington offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Jim McElwain in the same role for the University of Alabama and could be named as early as this week, a source close to the situation told the Tuscaloosa News on Sunday.

Late tonight we received word from multiple sources that Doug Nussmeier is expected to be named offensive coordinator at Alabama early this week.

RB Chris Polk, Washington, 57/4: A physical north-south runner who plays with the physicality characteristic of another Pacific Northwest running back == Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch. Though scouts love Polk’s toughness and consistency, the fact that he’s already twice undergone shoulder surgery is a concern.

“Coach told me before the game, ‘We really need you tonight. You’ve got to step up,'” he said, knowing how much Wilcox would be missed shooting over the Cougars’ 2-3 zone that focused on denying drives by Wroten.

“That was the one play that really made me angry,” he said. “Right after that, they called a technical, and that just added fuel to the fire. … Sometimes when I get angry, I can really start balling.”

First let’s start with the most pressing news, C.J. Wilcox will likely miss next week’s games against California and Stanford due to a stress fracture in his left femur, which causes pain in his hip.

Coach Lorenzo Romar said he hopes to have Wilcox for the Jan. 26 game at Arizona State.

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