Chris Lang played for Jim Lambright and the Huskies from 1995-98. This weekend, he gets to enjoy what he's done as an assistant construction superintendent during the grand renovation of his former stadium. "This is a dream come true," he says.
Saturday's grand unveiling of $261 million Husky Stadium for the opener against Boise State is the latest in 12 months of new, different and distracting for UW football.
From hundreds of 42-inch, flat-screen televisions through an underwater treadmill with an aquatic camera, an "off the charts" locker room and giant scoreboard that is Xbox capable, the new Husky Stadium is wowing. Can it lead to championships?
The former third-string tight end has become the first-string, strong-side defensive end after just two weeks of transition. The Huskies love his size and speed against big, slow offensive linemen.
"Panda." The eater. And the surfer dude. Those three are the returning leaders of the group whose play will determine how well Keith Price, the offense – and thus the entire Huskies team – does in 2013.
Ducre, Peters, Parker and Shamburger; that's the clear starting four so far in a secondary that has lost Desmond Trufant and Justin Glenn from last season.
Coach Sarkisian says Cyler Miles has separated himself from other would-be backups in this 1st week of the preseason. And Friday offered more reasons to believe UW has a bright future forming at QB.
Deontae Cooper is back. He is smiling, gliding and charging on as if his three knee reconstructions in three years never happened. When and if he finally debuts for UW Aug. 31 against Boise State, an entire university and its fan base will do more than smile back.
"I am just really lucky to be out here. I feel really privileged to be back with my team," the 2012 Mackey Award finalist says on his second day back on the field.
"I don't see why we wouldn't be in position to compete for a division championship," Sarkisian says of a team that will have will have Austin Seferian-Jenkins on the field Monday when it begins 24 practices of training camp.
When UW graduate and long-time Husky supporter Kim Jackson called from Atlanta hoping to surprise her dying father, Coach Sark and his staff delivered. Big time. "It will always make me smile."