Ronney Jenkins is confident. So confident he said he'll walk from Seattle to his home in California if he single-handedly fails to top last year's team rushing total against Washington Saturday.
`I think I'm halfway good enough to get more than two yards," Jenkins said as BYU prepares to face the ninth-ranked Huskies. "Two yards is ridiculous. I'm not bashing running backs from BYU or anything like that. I (just) think we should do a lot better."Jenkins, a sophomore who missed all of last season because of an Honor Code violation, is coming off a career-high 171-yard rushing performance in BYU's 26-6 upset of No. 14 Arizona State last Saturday.
"I think I can do a lot of things. I'm obviously blessed with a lot of things," Jenkins said. "If I stay focused, I really think personally that I can put things together. And I think as a team, if we can stay focused, we can put things together."
With a struggling passing attack that has just 26 completions and 348 yards over two games, BYU is counting on continued consistency on the ground.
Against Washington, it's more than crucial.
The Huskies have limited the Cougars to just 16 yards on 52 attempts in victories the past two seasons.
"If we stay focused," Jenkins said, "I don't see why we'll have any trouble."
MOVING ON UP: LaVell Edwards enters the Washington game as the eighth winningest football coach in Division I history. With 235 victories, Edwards is just five away from surpassing former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes for No. 7.
TOUGH GUY: BYU middle linebacker Rob Morris said teammate Brad Martin, who was involved in a car accident Friday and played in Saturday's game with seven stitches in his forehead, acted a bit strange during walk-throughs prior to the Cougars' 26-6 win over Arizona State.
"Brad (was) running his own defense. He's going the wrong way on the blitzes. He's doing everything wrong," Morris said. "And (then) this guy comes out and plays a full game. He's one of the toughest guys I've ever met. He had my respect before this, but he's really got it now."
Martin wound up making six tackles against the Sun Devils.
INTERNET QUARTERBACK: BYU starter Kevin Feterik will chat with fans on ESPN.com Thursday at 7 p.m. MDT. He will discuss college football players and their dealings with the media. To participate, visit: (www.ESPN.com).
HIGHEST RANKING: A 4-0 start has lifted BYU's women's soccer team to its highest national ranking ever. The Cougars, who host New Mexico and Idaho State this weekend, are 14th in the latest coaches' poll.
TOURNEY TIME: BYU's women's volleyball team (5-1) welcomes Texas Tech, Northern Illinois and Central Michigan to Provo for the Mizuno Classic Friday and Saturday at the Smith Fieldhouse. The Cougars have matches scheduled for both nights at 7 p.m., as well as noon Saturday.
QUOTABLE: "It's a whole lot easier to be funny when you win." - Edwards, after drawing laughs at Tuesday's Big 5 Huddle.