From his standards off the field to the meticulous way he practices the Huskies on fundamentals to him frowning on French fries, new coach Chris Petersen is installing what he calls "a new culture" to UW football. The players are absolutely receiving the message.
The team is still getting used to the new standards of Chris Petersen and his staff. The coach announces John Timu is suspended for two weeks and Jesse Callier is away to correct academic issues.
She is one of only three known transfers from a service academy to become a UW student-athlete. And "she amazes me," says her coach, Jill Hultquist. The qualities that got Allen to West Point are why she left and returned home to be a Husky.
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"I've never had anxiety on this day," Chris Petersen says. That's because Washington's new coach is sure of himself. Sure of his assistants. Sure of his proven, winning program. And very sure of the "OKGs" that have fully dedicated themselves to Petersen, and thus to Husky football.
The driven goalkeeper is so much more than a rising star in the Pac-12. She's a molecular biology major. She has a 3.96 GPA. And she is the first Husky student-athlete in 20 years – maybe ever – to win UW's prestigious president's medal as the university's top student in her class.
After three years in the Israel Defense Forces and a childhood spent dodging rocket attacks, the son of an architect and lawyer outside Tel Aviv has shoulders, wit and a sense of place larger than most seniors. Or graduates.
It's still early. And, yes, the Huskies have had fast Pac-12 starts before only to fizzle late. But the two biggest keys to UW (11-6, 3-1 Pac-12) sustaining this revival and belief are entirely within their control: More defense; and more free-throw shooting.