We are getting close to the opening of training camp which begins on August 3rd. No official word yet on if there are any academic, of behavioral casualties with the veteran players, but there are always a few things lingering out there academically, and behavior wise this time of year. Every school always has kids going through summer school scrambling for some extra credits, and some that run into problems off the field over the summer.
There is a possibility that incoming freshmen QB Dominique Blackman, RB Demitrius Bronson and DT Craig Noble may not be available this season, and could possibly delay their enrollment until January according to Ty Willingham.
Willingham points out that they did that with Devin Aguilar, and Anthony Boyles last season and it worked out fine.
Of the three the best bet at this point to make it in before school would be Craig Noble who has qualified GPA, and SAT wise, but only needs to pass the California HS exit exam. Craig could be here sometime in early August if he passes the test. Showing up late for camp pretty much guarantee's that he would redshirt this season unless he comes in and physically blows everyone away.
Molly Yanity of the PI has this snippet on Demetrius Bronson.
According to Bronson's trainer, Ryan Riess, Bronson is taking summer classes with the hope of getting to fall camp as soon as possible. However, if he can't get the results before mid-August, Bronson may end up enrolling in January.
From what we are hearing Jermaine Kearse, and Cody Bruns have been the most impressive freshman WR's during informal workouts since they arrived in campus. Chances are both will be in the rotation this fall and get plenty of playing time. Chicago walk on Sr. Charles Hawkins also figures to get some substantial playing time after continuing to impress. Things can change though once contact begins.
Coach Tyrone Willingham commented to Seattle Times columnist Bud Withers that linebacker E.J. Savannah may have more to worry about beyond his arm injury before he takes the field again. You never know exactly what anything means with Ty speak, but E.J. appears to be in the dog house again.
Ted Miller of ESPN put together a list of the ten best LB's in the conference.
It's not easy being a linebacker in the Pac-10 if you don't play at USC. From Lofa Tatupu, to Keith Rivers to, now, Rey Maualuga and Brian Cushing, the Trojans lead the charge at the position and receive the national plaudits.
Don Ruiz of the Tribune reports that Washington football coach Tyrone Willingham acknowledged Thursday that questions about his job security are causing high school recruits to delay commitments to the Huskies.
“We’re in good position,” Willingham said at Pacific-10 Conference media day. “But the key is, they’re waiting. They want to see how we do. Everybody’s talking to them about the situation with the head coach. They’re just waiting to see, that’s all. But the vibes are all there: They’re ready to go; they’re ready to jump.”
Washington sold 43,516 season tickets in 2007, which represented a gain of nearly 1,000 over the previous season. The UW is currently sitting at 43,048 season tickets sold for the upcoming season. A healthy football program would sell close to 60,000 season tickets. It doesn't take much to get people back on the bandwagon, just a winning season, a bowl game, and the expectation of possible BCS contention in 2009.
In 2001, the program sold more than 63,000 season tickets, how the might have fallen.
Husky Picture Day has been set for August 9th! This annual FREE event will be held at Husky Stadium on August 9th from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. This is your chance to get on the field and get autographs from your favorite Husky Football players and coaches.