By Mason Kelley
Brock Huard stood at the 30-yard line, firing perfect spirals into the end zone 70 yards down the field. It was the summer before the 1997 football season, and Huard was getting in a quick workout during a lunch break at Washington’s annual youth camp.
While the left-hander launched high-arching rockets into the arms of sprinting receivers, another lefty quarterback found a spot along the wooden bleachers on the 50-yard-line at Husky Stadium and watched.
With each pass Huard threw, the teenager in the stands thought about what it would be like to walk down the tunnel, pass the plaques marking all of the program’s bowl appearances and step onto the turf as Washington’s quarterback.
Thinking about it would be as close as I would get.
As a 5-foot-10, high-school athlete, I knew I wasn’t going to play Division I football. But I wanted to find a way to stay close to the game.
I ended up at Washington as a student. Instead of competing for starting job in purple and gold, I learned to tell stories. The journey started on Montlake, continued in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – twice – Pocatello, Idaho and Bakersfield, Calif., before leading back to Seattle.
Now that I work for Washington, it feels like coming full circle. Instead of watching Huard throw, it’s Jeff Lindquist, Troy Williams and Cyler Miles. And, instead of being a teenager attending a camp, I am afforded the opportunity to share the stories of Washington’s student athletes.
Each week, The Details will focus on showcasing life on the field and behind the scenes. Throughout my career, at stops ranging from The Seattle Times to a magazine run by the Florida Panthers in the NHL, my goal has always been to write strong profiles on great people.
Each week, The Details will focus on showcasing life on the field and behind the scenes... From Katie Collier to Kasen Williams and the man behind the new mural in the Husky Stadium tunnel, the stories are as rich as they are plentiful.
After spending last year embedded with the football program to create content for CoachSark.com – consider that the beta test – I get the opportunity to move throughout the athletic department. From Katie Collier to Kasen Williams and the man behind the new mural in the Husky Stadium tunnel, the stories are as rich as they are plentiful.
Hopefully, this becomes a spot you visit regularly and, as I dive into this new professional challenge, I’m happy to be back where it all started.