Aug. 12, 2000
Olympia - The Washington football team held its first full practice at Evergreen State College in Olympia on Saturday. It marked the first time the returning varsity players were paired up with the 24 Husky newcomers. Second-year coach Rick Neuheisel split the squad for a pair of morning workouts. The entire team practiced as one unit for over two hours in the afternoon.
"It was a good start," Neuheisel told members of the media after the first day of practice. "There was a lot of nervous energy out there today. As we settle down I think we'll improve rapidly. At least that's my hope."
Washington will practice at Evergreen State College through Aug. 19 when the team will hold its first scrimmage of the fall. The team's first day of pads practice will come on Wednesday. The team returns to Seattle following the scrimmage and will take the 20th off before resuming practice on Aug. 21 in Husky Stadium. Washington opens its 2000 season on Sept. 2 against Idaho at 12:30 p.m. in Husky Stadium.
Notes from Day 1
Washington junior cornerback Anthony Vontoure was not present for the team's first day of practice. Neuheisel said Vontoure had not completed all of his summer school academic commitments and expected him to begin practicing within several days.
"We have to draw a line and make kids understand they must do what they need to do as students to be able to perform as athletes," Neuheisel said.
Several players lined up at new positions when the Huskies opened camp.
Adam Seery, a redshirt freshman, worked with the Washington safeties. He was used as a backup quarterback during spring drills.
Ken Walker, a junior, has moved back to fullback from inside linebacker. He played the position sparingly as a sophomore.
Riah Martin, a junior, has moved from tailback to cornerback.
Mike Rogers, a junior from Tacoma, did not report for camp.
Mahdavi Earns Scholarship
Sophomore inside linebacker Ben Mahdavi, from Bellevue, was awarded a scholarship at the Huskies' team meeting on Friday evening. Mahdavi lettered in 1999 as Washington's long snapper on the punt team. He worked his way into a backup linebacker position during spring drills. Mahdavi had originally attended Utah on a football scholarship in 1998 before transferring to Washington.