With graduation this past weekend, the Husky Football Department wanted to acknowledge the players (in the Sark era) for the past four or five years of their hard dedication towards football and academics. College itself is challenging enough, but these accomplished men were able to dominate both on the field and in the classroom. Coach Sark and the entire football staff are sad to see some of these influential men go, but are excited for what they will bring in the future. A big thanks goes out for all of their hard work and influence on the University.
Edward “E.J.” Savannah
August 31st is getting ever closer, and today Husky Stadium took the next step towards its completion. The first installments of FieldTurf have been laid in the stadium and you can check out the Husky Stadium Web Cams to watch the construction crews lay down the rest of the field here!
Coach Sark announced a new role in the Husky Football Offices yesterday, and we are henceforth welcoming back a Husky legend who has journeyed through the NFL as well as the UW Athletic Department. Damon Huard quarterbacked for five different NFL teams in his 13-year career, and recently was involved with fundraising for the athletic department after he retired from professional football in 2009. He will take over the position of Chief Administrative Officer for the Husky staff and will mainly oversee player development and football analysis.
Damon Huard pictured with Tom Brady before the Patriots' Super Bowl XXXVIII Victory.
The University of Washington Softball team has been on a tear as of late. The Huskies are locked in a close one right now with Missouri in the NCAA Super Regionals, but last night the 11th ranked Dawgs beat the Tigers 2-1. The ladies have been powered by great pitching and defense all season. Last night was no different, and the nation noticed. Second baseman Kelli Suguro‘s diving stop and throw from the ground made SportCenter’s Top 10 last night. Here is this week’s top tweet from @UWAthletics that captures @UWSoftball‘s response to the accolade on video.
This week’s tweet of the week is from a Dawg, as in an actual dog/Dawg who happens to be the dog of a Dawg. We don’t know how he managed to use a smart phone or Twitter, but after the Memphis Grizzlies advanced to the Western Conference Finals, Quincy Pondexter’s Husky pup “Buckets” posted this tweet. Q-Pon, now a lock-down perimeter defender and sharpshooting guard for the Grizzlies was a do-it-all star for the Dawgs, averaging 19.1 points and 7.4 boards per game his senior season while leading UW to the Sweet Sixteen.
During the weeks of spring practice, Jeff Lindquist practiced establishing connections with his receivers. Now, with spring practices over, Jeff and some other Huskies are trying to establish connections with professionals in other fields, as some of the players attended a career mixer last Thursday. As recently told on CoachSark.com, a financial management firm connected with Cody Bruns and added the former Husky receiver to their roster, so events like this one look to take advantage of the fertile Seattle business environment and help the players plan for their futures beyond the football field.
James Atoe, Lawrence Lagafuaina, Siosifa Tufunga, Micah Hatchie, and Sione Potoa'e meet with local business leaders this past Thursday.
Michael Hartvigson and Jeff Lindquist both understand the importance of a good quarterback-receiver relationship, and are applying that model to their career pursuits.
Justin Glenn and Jonathan Amosa finally got the calls they had been waiting for. Yesterday, Glenn signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and we discovered this morning that Amosa will head to Green Bay to be a Packer. Amosa will report to training camp on July 25 while Glenn’s begins a day later.
Danny Shelton showed off some Nate Robinson type skills by dominating in his second sport. In the Huskies’ meet against WSU this past weekend, Shelton threw 16.9 meters in his final throw in the shot put to take home the victory. If you remember back to 2002, Robinson starred for the Huskies as a returner and defensive back, and then after the season, joined the basketball squad here at UW and the rest is history as you can see below with Nate Rob’s playoff heroics.