Unleashed: Tyler Davis Is Like UW Baseball: Out Of Nowhere
Coach Chris Petersen says he will determine "down the road" if and when suspended quarterback Cyler Miles will return to the team for fall camp in August. For now, the Huskies still have co-candidates to replace Keith Price in 2014
New coach Chris Petersen says he can't wait to see all his dynamic outside linebacker can do in a game this season – on defense, offense and on special teams. "That's intriguing," Petersen says.
UW's new coach allowed co-captain Hau'oli Kikaha to miss the first months of offseason workouts to pursue his passion: studying the culture and history of the Pacific Islands in French Polynesia. "Certain guys earn certain privileges," Petersen said of the team's top pass rusher and star, 3.53-GPA student.
Braden Bishop's national-highlight catch is the latest eye-opening development in a roaring spring for 14th-ranked UW (20-5-1, 8-1 Pac-12). Now No. 19, second-place Oregon (21-8, 6-3) arrives for a three-game series that will measure how far the Huskies have come.
Selfless, adaptable Mercedes Wetmore played her UW-record 126th and final game for the Huskies Monday night. That was after being their remarkably efficient point guard for three consecutive 20-win seasons – for three head coaches. Now, it's directly to softball. "I'm very lucky," she says. So are the Huskies.
The new coach predicted this first spring practice with the Huskies would be "ugly." And in his mind, he's been proven correct. "We will get it, eventually. The eventually needs to be the sooner eventual than the later eventual."
Unleashed: Husky Baseball's "Perfect Storm"
The new, $15 million "Diamond on Montlake" shimmers on a sunny, blue-sky, debut night on Lake Washington. More than 100 former Huskies turn out to see a decades-old dream come true -- and UW rally to beat Arizona 8-7. "It's just awesome."
After thinking – many times – he'd never pitch again because of a torn elbow ligament, junior right-hander Jeff Brigham is wowing scouts with a 98-mph fastball. He is undefeated with a 1.29 ERA through five starts. And he is acutely aware of the need to have a Plan B for life beyond baseball.
The Huskies are taking two weeks off from spring practice for finals and UW's spring break. Quarterback Lindquist has three finals, including an acting one in which he plays a post-9/11 firefighter.
From exit-row seats to heart-rate monitors, dinner at Nigel Williams-Goss' house and gawking in the casino, there is so much more to UW's appearance at the Pac-12 tournament than meets most eyes.