Updated Oct 14, 2012 - 11:14 pm
University of Washington Huskies Blog
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 @ 5:26pm
By Brady Henderson
When Washington football was in the throes of one of the worst stretches in the program's history, the lack of talent translated to plenty of losses and not many pro prospects.
"I'm not a very big guy but I can throw the ball with the best of 'em," said former UW quarterback Keith Price, "and I thought I proved that today." (AP) | More photos
Much has changed since then. Running back Bishop Sankey, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and quarterback Keith Price were the headliners Wednesday at Washington's pro day, which was the latest reminder of how far the program has come.
Here are some notes on what went down:
Price was on point. Price wasn't invited to the NFL scouting combine despite his record-setting career at UW, which made Wednesday's workout that much more important. He was happy with his performance, and understandably so given how exceedingly sharp he looked during his throwing session. His accuracy and arm strength stood out during his 50 throws, some of which he delivered after maneuvering around simulated pressure. He ended with a pair of heaves that traveled about 60 yards in the air, the first just off the fingertips of the receiver and the second a few feet overthrown. The final tally, for what it's worth: 46 of 50, including one perfectly-placed pass that was dropped. "He threw the ball great," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "Threw it about 65 (yards). That's far enough."
Sankey shows his hands. Sankey vaulted to No. 1 on several analysts' rankings of the top running back prospects thanks to what was by all accounts a strong performance at the combine. For some, though, a questioned remained: his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. "I just wanted to come out here and take away any questions about my hands, and I feel like I did well," he said. "I didn't have any drops today, and I felt good and smooth running of my routes. So it went well." Sankey did not run a 40-yard dash Tuesday, taking part in position work only.
ASJ still on the mend. Seferian-Jenkins did not take part in any on-field drills Wednesday, still recovering from surgery on a stress fracture in his foot that was discovered at the combine. He said the diagnosis was a surprise because while he had a sore foot during his final season at UW – after which he was voted the nation's top tight end – it was never something that limited him. "I was walking around, playing with it," he said. "I didn't really think anything of it." Seferian-Jenkins said he expects to be medically cleared by April 25 or 26.
Seahawks well represented. A large contingent of Seahawks representatives were in attendance Wednesday, including the majority of their offensive coaching staff. In addition to Carroll and general manager John Schneider, on hand were Darrell Bevell (offensive coordinator), Carl Smith (quarterbacks), Dave Canales (assistant quarterbacks/quality control), Kippy Brown (wide receivers), Pat McPherson (tight ends), Sherman Smith (running backs) and Nate Carroll (assistant).
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Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 2:02pm
By Brady Henderson
Washington quarterback Cyler Miles will not face criminal charges over an alleged assault in February, Paul Silvi of KING 5 television reports.
The school has yet to comment on the report.
Miles, a sophomore, was the Huskies' presumptive starter until he was suspended indefinitely along with wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow amid an investigation by Seattle Police as to whether the two were involved in an alleged assault during a post-Super Bowl celebration near UW's campus.
Silvi's report made no mention of Stringfellow.
During an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz" earlier this month, Huskies coach Chris Petersen indicated that he would let the legal process play out before making a decision on either player's status. That decision could become evident Tuesday if Miles and/or Stringfellow are present when UW resumes its spring practice schedule.
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Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 1:17pm
By Brent Stecker
The Washington Huskies will make NCAA men's basketball history on Nov. 13, 2015, when they play the Texas Longhorns in Shanghai, China.
The game, which Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced Saturday, will be the first regular-season game of any U.S. collegiate or professional sports league to be held in China.
The Pac-12 hopes to make a non-conference basketball game in China an annual occurence, according to a press release from the University of Washington.
The game will start at 11 a.m. in Shanghai, making it a 7 p.m. primetime game on Pacific time. It will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Prior to the 2015 contest, the Pac-12 will have an All-Star squad tour China this August. The team, which will be coached by Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson, will play play two or three exhibition games against top Chinese professional teams and one game against a Chinese university team.
Saturday, March 8, 2014 @ 3:52pm
By Brent Stecker
If his spring practice workload is any indication, John Ross is going to be all over the field for the Huskies in 2014.
John Ross, primarily a kick returner in 2013, will figure in more at receiver and even defensive back in 2014. (AP)
Washington's speedy sophomore made a name for himself as one of the team's primary return men in 2013, but he figures to also be a big part of the passing game as a receiver in head coach Chris Petersen's offense in 2014. And as if that wasn't enough, his ability to play defensive back – which he did a few times last season – is still very much on the table.
Ross worked out at all three spots over the Huskies' first week of spring practice (though his time on defense was brief), and even he's surprised at how easily he's taken to handling the multiple roles.
"I feel like after being a year in now, I kinda adjusted to (juggling three positions) faster than I thought I would," Ross said after practice Saturday afternoon.
'Faster' is always the operative word with Ross, though it's usually because of his lightning-quick foot speed, which is the reason why Washington is looking to use him in so many different ways. It's also the reason behind the signature play of his UW career thus far, a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against BYU in the Huskies' Fight Hunger Bowl victory.
In addition to seeing reps at each position, Ross is getting a little more attention at receiver, where it's less crowded this spring as senior Kasen Williams continues to work his way back from a broken leg and sophomore Damore'ea Stringfellow is indefinitely suspended.
Similarly, the quarterback position is thinner for the Huskies than originally anticipated, as sophomore Cyler Miles was suspended at the same time as Stringfellow. As a result, sophomore Jeff Lindquist and redshirt freshman Troy Williams are getting a ton of snaps as the only two quarterbacks in action this spring.
"They're fired up," Ross said of the quarterbacks. "I love their energy. They come out every day and they're just very excited to throw the ball to us, and they're taking advantage of every opportunity."
So is Ross.
He worked regularly with Lindquist and Williams last year, and his familiarity is allowing him to make the most of his chances.
"Last year I was always rotating in and out with those guys, so our chemistry level is just only getting better," Ross said.
That chemistry, combined with Ross' speed, should spell trouble for opposing defenses next season, as Ross explained.
"It's getting dangerous."
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 @ 10:35pm
Suspending three players before the first spring practice certainly wasn't how Chris Petersen wanted to begin his career at Washington.
"I've been doing this long enough to know that it comes with the job. It's part of the job," Petersen said. "These guys are still young guys that are developing and trying to figure things out, and that's our job is to try to help educate them. As we know and through our experiences, guys are going to make mistakes. Part of the thing is helping these guys figure it out and mature and do things the right way and mature.
"But it's a hard, painful process at times, no question."
The absences of quarterback Cyler Miles and wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow didn't come as a surprise as Washington began spring practices Tuesday. That of linebacker John Timu, however, did. The three-year starter and two-time defensive captain was suspended for the first two weeks of spring ball after he was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of vehicle prowling, which were deferred in King County District Court last month.
Petersen did not comment on the specifics on Timu's suspension, though he noted that the alleged crime took place well before Washington's current coaching staff arrived.
"So we deal with it how you're supposed to and you move on," he said.
Miles and Stringfellow, meanwhile, remain indefinitely suspended for their alleged involvement in an assault that took place last month near UW's campus. Neither player has been charged, and Petersen indicated that he'll wait for the legal process to play out before making a decision on their statuses with the team.
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Monday, March 3, 2014 @ 3:34pm
By Brent Stecker
Entering Washington's spring football practices, the excitement around the arrival of new coach Chris Petersen has been matched only by the uncertainty surrounding indefinitely-suspended quarterback Cyler Miles and wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow.
Quarterbacks Jeff Lindquist (pictured) and Troy Williams will get plenty of work during spring practice with Cyler Miles suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. (AP)
"There's been no talk about those guys," Petersen said of Miles and Stringfellow, who were suspended Feb. 6, four days after two Huskies players allegedly assaulted a man near campus after the Seahawks' Super Bowl win. "They haven't been here, we've moved on, and we're going. And it's not about those guys, it's about the guys in the room. That's the message."
And it's loud and clear.
Miles was expected to be the front-runner to start at quarterback in 2014, but since he won't be participating this spring, there will be plenty of reps for Washington's two other signal-callers – sophomore Jeff Lindquist and redshirt freshman Troy Williams.
"They're gonna get more work than they ever probably dreamed," Petersen said. "We don't have any starters at that position for sure, and so we'll just get them a lot of work. And guys need to not worry about their rank in the depth chart; they just need to get better each day."
It's much more likely for a team to have three or four quarterbacks in the spring than two, so Petersen has some different expectations for Washington's.
"(I just want) a guy to come back for the second day and not have his arm thrown off 'cause we only have two quarterbacks," Petersen joked. "Two guys is great for them – they're gonna get all kinds of reps, but you probably would like a little more depth as a coaching staff."
Petersen was known to take advantage of any player with ability to play on both sides of the ball during his time at Boise State, and it sounds like he's going to keep that going with the Huskies.
"We might have some guys doing some double-duty. We'll just kinda see how that goes down the road," he said. "We have to maximize our talent. ... We've just had decent success over the years of using some guys in certain packages."
Petersen made mention of a few players that could play both ways.
"John Ross has played a little bit of defense," he said of the wide receiver/kick returner. "I know Shaq (Thompson) was a heck of a running back in high school, but he's a pretty good linebacker too. ... (Defensive back) Jermaine Kelly's already been lobbying for receiver, and I've seen him play in high school and he's not bad, so we'll see."
• WR Kasen Williams – who suffered a broken leg and displaced ligaments in his foot Oct. 26 against Cal – will not see any action on the field this spring, Petersen said. OL Dexter Charles and WR Taelon Parson will also be out. Five Huskies will be limited: OL Micah Hatchie, DB Kevin King, LB Scott Lawyer, LB Cory Littleton and TB Ryan McDaniel.
• Petersen said K Cameron Van Winkle – who was sidelined for most of 2013 with a back injury – is good to go this spring: "He's pretty good. He's been kicking a little bit, so he's completely on track and really ready to do some kicking."
Monday, March 3, 2014 @ 9:43am
By Brent Stecker
The Chris Petersen era is upon Washington.
The Huskies set to begin their first spring practice Tuesday under the former Boise State mentor, who brings a 92-12 career record, numerous former Broncos assistants and a reputation for intensely-focused practices to Montlake. But for as much hoopla and hype Petersen brought to the program with his hiring, there are some pressing matters from this offseason that will be at the forefront this spring.
Here are the five biggest questions as Washington begins spring practice:
1. Who is the quarterback?
Sophomore Cyler Miles was the odds-on favorite to replace the graduated Keith Price as the starting quarterback, but his indefinite suspension for a violation of team rules threw a giant wrench into those plans. Miles was suspended Feb. 6 along with wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow, four days after two Washington players allegedly assaulted a man near campus on the night of the Seahawks' Super Bowl win. Jeff Lindquist, a 6-foot-3, 236-pound sophomore, and Troy Williams, a 6-2, 200-pound redshirt freshman, will battle it out to be Washington's signal-caller come Tuesday.
2. Is the rocky transition to the Petersen era over?
The suspensions of Miles and Stringfellow weren't the only negative headlines the Huskies made after Petersen replaced Steve Sarkisian as Washington's head coach last December. In between Petersen's hiring and UW's Fight Hunger Bowl win last December, defensive-line coach Tosh Lupoi and the Washington program were investigated by the NCAA over allegations that Lupoi paid for a recruit's tutoring. Though the NCAA closed the case in February and said no penalties would be handed out, Lupoi is no longer associated with the school after a $300,000 separation settlement was reached. Even with Lupoi out of the picture, it's yet to be seen if Petersen and his influx of new assistants have turned a completely new leaf for the program.
3. What kind of offense will Petersen be running?
The Huskies had a fair amount of success in their first season of an up-tempo, no-huddle offense in 2013, but with Sarkisian gone and Miles' familiarity with it not part of the equation at the moment, Petersen's options are seemingly wide open when it comes to what system he'll look to run. For what it's worth, Petersen also ran an up-tempo offense last season with Boise State, though he's well-known for building an offense around the skills of his quarterback. And when it comes to that, refer back to question No. 1.
4. Will Dwayne Washington emerge as Bishop Sankey's replacement?
With Bishop Sankey busy climbing up NFL draft boards, the Huskies are on the lookout for their new workhorse running back to follow in his record-breaking footsteps. Washington, a freshman in 2013, rushed for 332 yards and four touchdowns on 47 carries, including a breakout 141-yard performance against Oregon State. He'll certainly have competition, but spring practices will be his chance to establish that it's his job to lose.
5. Will John Ross seize a golden opportunity?
Expect a lot of eyes to be on John Ross, the wide receiver/kick returner who was regarded as the fastest Husky throughout his freshman season in 2013. His receiving stats weren't exactly notable – 16 receptions, 208 yards, one touchdown and just two games of 50 or more yards – but his electrifying 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Fight Hunger Bowl established him as a player to watch when spring rolled around. His spot as a returner won't be in question, but with Stringfellow missing and Kasen Williams likely to take it easy coming off a broken leg and displaced ligaments in his foot, will Ross take it as a chance to prove he's a viable starting receiver?
Friday, February 28, 2014 @ 10:12pm
SEATTLE (AP) – The Huskies knew DaVonte Lacy was going to be able to score against them; they just weren't going to let the rest of the Washington State roster follow suit.
Washington State shot just 31 percent from the field and Washington held them without a field goal for the final 13:03 of the game in cruising to a 72-49 victory over the Cougars on Friday night.
"He's a pretty good shooter," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said of Lacy. "...They depend on him so much and if he gets it going he can knock some down. That's really what ended up happening. We did not want those other guys to beat us."
Lacy scored 25 points to lead the Cougars, but the Huskies (16-13, 8-8 Pac-12) kept the rest of the lineup in check. Lacy was the only player to reach double-figures for Washington State.
"We just, plain and simple, did not hit shots," Lacy said. "We had some wide open looks, especially in the second half and we just didn't hit shots."
Washington never trailed as they controlled the game from the opening tip.
Nigel Williams-Goss had 17 points and 12 rebounds with four assists and no turnovers to lead Washington. Andrew Andrews added 16 points and nine rebounds.
"We're not having one guy show up now," Romar said. "Multiple guys are showing up on the same night."
Lacy was the only consistent scoring option for the Cougars (9-19, 2-14) in the first half. Lacy scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting while the rest of the roster shot just 5 of 16 before the break.
"We knew that DaVonte was their best player and when he kind of gets going the other will feed off him," Andrews said. "DaVonte was going to take his shots so we were focused on really trying to limit the other players from getting going."
After Lacy's 3-pointer brought the Cougars within 53-44, Washington answered with a decisive 9-0 run to shut the door.
Williams-Goss picked off a lazy pass from D.J. Shelton and coasted for a breakaway dunk. After a Mike Anderson 3-pointer and layup from Perris Blackwell, Darin Johnson delivered a two-handed slam after a steal to give Washington a commanding 62-44 advantage.
The 3-pointer by Lacy was the last field goal the Cougars would convert in the game.
"We did not play confident at all down the stretch," WSU coach Ken Bone said. "I will try to get these guys to believe that they're better than they're performed tonight and hopefully we can go into that homestretch, those last two games, and play better basketball."
Andrews attacked the hoop and forced the action as the Huskies slowly extended their lead early. He caused Lacy to pick up his second foul with four minutes left in the half. Lacy remained in the game but had to play cautiously to avoid picking up a third foul before the break.
"It's nice when you have a supporting cast making you look good," Bone said. "And tonight (Lacy's) supporting cast just wasn't very productive."
Lacy converted a breakaway layup in the first half to cut the Washington lead to nine, but Wilcox drilled a wide open 3-pointer to give the Huskies a 36-24 lead at the break.
Washington continued to maintain the cushion early in the second half despite the Cougars finding some offensive rhythm. Lacy made a 3-pointer to open the period. Royce Woolridge and Shelton followed with a pair of three-point plays to cut the lead to 40-33, but the Huskies countered every blow.
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