Aug. 9, 2000
Seattle - The University of Washington football team welcomed 24 freshmen and two transfers to Husky Stadium Wednesday for their first practice as Huskies. Washington coach Rick Neuheisel was enthusiastic after the morning workout.
"I was impressed, I think that there are a lot of kids that certainly possess great athletic ability," Neuheisel said. "They look rough and raw because this is the first time they have been put through the paces, but for the most part I think we are going to be very excited about the athleticism they will bring to the program. We are going to be very excited not only for this particular season but down the way."
There are several openings on both offense and defense in which Neuheisel needs young players to fill. "On the defensive line there is need for players and players in a hurry and Marcus Roberson and Josh Miller looked good to me today," he said.
Roberson of Compton, Calif. was optimistic after his first practice. "I was excited but a little nervous because there are such high expectations. If I keep my mind straight, hustle, and work hard then things will fall into place. Good things will happen."
The player that received the most attention at the luncheon after practice was freshman linebacker Zach Tuiasosopo who will line up everyday in practice across the ball from his older brother Marques who is the Huskies starting quarterback. "Off the field I love him. On the field we both know we have to do whatever it takes to win and if that means I have to lay a hit on him then that's what I'll do."
"I think we are going to have a great contention of Washington athletes. I thought the guys did very well, it's not uncommon to get to a day like this and say 'I thought he could do this better' but I really didn't have that impression with any of our kids today."
Freshman practice continues Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
The team begins its week long training camp in Olympia on Saturday at Evergreen State College.