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There has been a lot of talk lately about the re-forged physiques of John Timu and Keith Price and their weight room efforts. Quarterback Price bulked up to 202 pounds, adding mass to shield his body better during Saturdays, while Timu moved up to 238 pounds to prepare for a move to middle linebacker, the quarterback of the defense. A 200 plus pound captain in the middle of each side of the ball for the Huskies makes this year’s team even stronger.
These physical recalibrations weren’t just solo efforts though. The mass gain was a plotted and executed team effort involving the coaching staff, the strength staff, and the athletic trainers. Rachel Hall, an athletic trainer with Husky Football, heads the team’s high-powered nutritional offense.
“The lifting program is meant for them to gain weight. [The] problem is you can’t gain weight unless you’re eating right. That’s how everything came together for Timu and Keith,” said Hall.
Hall and the other trainers make sure that the players never go hungry, providing them with an endless supply of bagels, nuts, and fruit. She explained that it is all a part of maintaining players’ metabolisms.
“We have our nutrition bar set up so that they can come at any point in the day,” said Hall. “Whether it’s at 6:30 in the mornings or 6:30 at night when they’re going to meetings, they constantly have food available to them so they can keep that fire burning.”
Even outside of the provided foods and training table meals, Hall and the athletic trainers work to influence the players’ eating habits, steering players to foods fit for Division I athletes, and away from junk foods. Hall took that even further, directing an intern to turn words of wisdom into a physical learning device. And their design leaves an impact on student-athletes.
In the back entrance of the training room there is now a 4 foot by 3 foot poster board that looks fresh from a high school science fair, posted with warnings about soft drinks and other beverages that students in a fast paced world normally turn to quench thirst and boost energy. But, attached to these beverages are bags of granulated sugar with the exact amount of sugar contained in each can or bottle. Hall hopes to also attach a negative connotation to these energy boosters.
“You’re in Seattle and you see everyone with a coffee in their hand or a soda, it’s just society today, so then we were talking about sugar with the guys, and so the bulletin board came about to physically show them what you’re putting in your body,” said Hall.
The strength and conditioning staff of Ivan Lewis works to put the players’ bodies in top athletic shape. However, as Hall referenced, it all begins with how you provide the body with the nutrition and energy it needs to excel in a football environment.
“I relate it to your car being empty. You have to put gas in it and after practice, these guys burn over 1000 calories so now they have to fill their tanks back up,” said Hall.
“I make sure I sit down with Ivan and discuss when we should get them food, whether it be before workouts, after workouts or during workouts. These guys are starting to eat during practice, because most of them can’t go 20 minutes without being hungry, let alone during an activity like a football practice. Therefore, we’re getting our players food constantly and you’ll see it during games and they keep that blood sugar up and that helps keep their energy levels up.”
Hard work pays off, especially for Tre Watson. After recently being named one of Saturday’s starting cornerbacks, we are proud to announce that Tre has been awarded a scholarship due to his excellence displayed on and off the field. Tre transferred from Central Washington and sat out last season due to NCAA rules, and has since had a big impact on his fellow teammates and Coach Sark.
“It’s such a unique opportunity this time of year to award somebody a scholarship based on their effort,” said Coach Sark. “Tre’s the type of person who came to the University of Washington with a purpose and he exemplifies what it means to be a Husky. I’m extremely proud of Tre Watson.”
To earn a Division I scholarship is extremely special in its own way, but to walk-on, become a starter, and then earn a scholarship is a classic story in sports. We hope Husky fans are as excited as we are about Tre’s achievement.
We wish Tre all the best and continued success.
Hometown: West Hiils, CA
High School: Chaminade Prep
Today marked a familiar feeling in the Husky Football offices: Game Week. That countdown that all college football fans have until the first game of the season is finally diminishing to near zero. The first Monday practice took place, and Coach Sark gave his first official weekly press conference of the 2012 season. The public finally obtained the Husky depth chart, getting a more exact idea of who the Dawgs will be putting on the field when they face off against San Diego State on Saturday. Football season is back. Hang your Husky flags, grab your number 17 jersey, put the finishing touches on your pump-up mix (may we suggest Phil Collins) and come take the next step with your 2012 Dawgs. One more thing:
Hometown: Norwalk, CA
High School: Orange Lutheran
Information has been gathered, depth charts solidified, talent assessed, and plays galvanized into the memories of players. The 2012 University of Washington Football Team Fall Camp came to a close yesterday, marking the end of the intensive crash course in Husky Football 101. Upperclassmen are refreshed on the schemes learned over the past few seasons and springs, and the frosh are initiated into the intellectual and physical club that is Division I Football.
This ending signals the beginning of the season. The Dawgs face San Diego State University in less than a week from now at CenturyLink Stadium. But, if camp is just ending, how do players change gears so fast to be ready for the Aztecs on September 1?
“It changes in the sense that you’re finally going against someone other than your teammates. Now your whole mindset changes: game coming up in a week. All of fall camp has been week in and week out going against your teammates, trying to get each other better,” said fifth year wide receiver Cody Bruns.
New Graduate Assistant Andrew Rolin, who played for the University of San Diego at quarterback, repeated that sentiment.
“You get tired of competing against and hitting your own team. You are just ready to go compete against that week’s opponent,” said Rolin.
As Coach Sark touched on at Raise the Woof, this year’s camp has been noticeably tougher, with increased urgency required because of the schedule that the team faces. But don’t think that these pressures are all externally driven. This year’s Dawgs can handle the demands that are placed on them by the staff and their teammates, especially as the talent and maturity rises in the program.
Rolin has also noticed that the University of Washington Football program has a different environment to it as compared to other schools during fall camp.
“There is consistency of energy and passion both in the meetings and the practice fields every day,” he said. “It never comes down.”
Hometown: Auburn, WA
High School: Auburn
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