Sept. 20, 1999
THE GAME: Washington (0-2) plays the second of three straight home games at Husky Stadium when the Huskies play host to Colorado (2-1) Saturday, Sept. 25 at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised regionally by ABC Sports. A capacity crowd of 72,500 is expected.
THE SERIES: Saturday's game with Colorado will be the ninth in the series between the two schools. Colorado holds a 5-3-1 lead in the previous meetings, including victories in the last three meetings. The Buffaloes hold a 3-1-1 advantage in the games played at Husky Stadium. This will mark the first time the teams have played in Seattle since the 1989 season when the fifth-ranked Buffaloes defeated the 21st-ranked Huskies 45-28. The two teams have met in postseason bowl games twice, including the last meeting in the series. In 1996, eighth-ranked Colorado defeated the 13th-ranked Huskies 33-21 at the Holiday Bowl. Washington pinned a 20-17 loss on Colorado during the 1985 Freedom Bowl. The first meeting in the series came in 1915, when Gil Dobie's Washington team defeated the visitors from Boulder 46-0. That victory was part of the 61-game undefeated streak (58-0-3) Dobie had as Washington's head coach from 1908-1916.
TELEVISION: Saturday's game will air live regionally on ABC Sports. Keith Jackson will call the action while Dan Fouts provides the color commentary. The game will also air on tape delay on Fox Sports Net Northwest on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. PDT. Tod Pickett (play-by-play) and former Husky quarterback Sonny Sixkiller (color) will call the game for Fox Sports.
RADIO: Once again in 1999, KOMO AM-1000 will broadcast all of the Husky games, serving as the flagship of the 27-station Husky Football Radio Network. The network covers nearly all of Washington as well as parts of Alaska, Oregon and Nevada. Bob Rondeau (play-by-play), Chuck Nelson (color) and Bill Swartz (sidelines) return to provide the call. Westwood One/Host Communications will also air the game on its nationwide network with Doug Logan (play-by-play) and Fran Curci (color commentary) calling the action.
THE ANGLE: Washington head coach Rick Neuheisel faces his old team when the Huskies and Buffaloes renew their rivalry that will includes a rematch in Boulder next season on Sept. 16. Neuheisel was the head coach at Colorado from 1995-98, compiling a 33-14 record, including three bowl victories. He was an assistant coach for the Buffaloes under Bill McCartney in 1994.
THE LAST MEETING: The last time the Huskies and Buffaloes met was during the 1996 Holiday Bowl in San Diego. Colorado won that encounter 33-21. Thanks to a pair of first-quarter touchdown runs, Washington jumped out to a 14-0 lead. Colorado used a 76-yard scoring pass from Koy Detmer to Rae Carruth and a 31-yard interception return for a score by Nick Zigler to tie the score. Washington retook the lead on the next play when Jerome Pathon returned the Buffaloes' kickoff 86 yards for a score. It was the Huskies' first kickoff return for a score since the 1979 season. From there, it was all CU. Darrin Chiaverini caught a seven-yard TD toss and Jeremy Aldrich added a 42-yard field goal to give Colorado a 24-21 halftime advantage. The Buffaloes added to their lead in the third quarter with another field goal by Aldrich. In the final period, Detmer connected with Carruth for a four-yard score to finish the scoring. Detmer was named the game's MVP after completing 25 of 45 passes for 371 yards and no interceptions. Corey Dillon, playing his final game as a Husky, finished with 140 rushing yards. UW quarterback Brock Huard completed 21 of 37 passes for 203 yards and one interception. Carruth topped all receivers with 162 yards on seven catches.
COACHING AGAINST THE HUSKIES: Several members of the current Husky coaching staff were on the sidelines, coaching for the Buffaloes, the last time the two teams met. Offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell, defensive coordinator Tim Hundley, safeties/special teams coach Bobby Hauck and cornerbacks coach Chuck Heater were all assistant coaches on the Buffaloes'1996 Holiday Bowl championship squad.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Saturday's Colorado game includes some family ties for Husky senior all-purpose player Joe Jarzynka. Jarzynka's younger brother, Tom, is a sophomore on the Boulder campus. Planning on majoring in business, the youngest Jarzynka sibling did not pursue any athletic interests in college. Like his older brother, Joe, Tom was a standout football and soccer player at Gig Harbor High School. Both brothers enjoy outdoor activies, primarily skiing.
THE HOT HAND: Washington sophomore wide receiver Chris Juergens has been the hot receiver so far in the young Husky season. Juergens led the Huskies with seven catches for 75 yards in the season opener vs. BYU. Last week he recorded eight receptions for 96 yards against Air Force. Juergens set career best for receptions in both games and his yardage mark vs. the Falcons is also a career high. Juergens currently ranks second in the Pac-10 conference with an average of 7.5 receptions per game. Arizona's Dennis Northcutt leads the lead with a 7.75 average (31 receptions in four games).
HARRIS BACK TO FORM: Husky fans are delighted to see wide receiver Gerald Harris return to top form after being slowed by injuries the past two seasons. Harris is currently second on the team with 10 receptions for 89 yards. Harris set a career high with nine receptions against Air Force last week. Last season he caught 25 passes while appearing in just eight games. After suffering a bruised kidney while making a reception vs. Nebraska, Harris missed a three-game stretch vs. Arizona, Utah State and California. Harris sat out the 1997 season after suffering a devastating preseason knee injury. Currently a fifth-year player, Harris plans on applying to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligiblity following the 1999 season.
HITTING THE CENTURY MARK: Last week's 100-yard rushing performance marked the second time sophomore tailback Braxton Cleman reached the century mark during his career. He had 11 carries for exactly 100 yards (9.1 avg.), including a career-best 40-yard gain. Cleman had a 100-yard rushing performance last season vs. UCLA. Cleman's effort vs. Air Force marked only the fourth 100-yard rushing game by a Husky running back over the past two seasons (14 games). Classmate Willie Hurst turned in back-to-back (114 and 155) rushing efforts vs. UCLA and Washington State last year.
SLOW START: Washington's 0-2 start is the first in the program's history since the 1985 team opened the season with losses to Oklahoma State and BYU. The Huskies went on to post a 7-5 record. The Huskies also started 0-2 in 1975. Ironically, that season also marked the debut for another first-year Husky coach, Don James. The all-time winningest coach in UW history (153-57-2), James posted a 5-6 record his second season at the helm for Washington. In his third year the team started 1-3 before going on to appear in the Rose Bowl. The Huskies' current three-game losing streak is the longest since the end of the 1997 regular season. The last time Washington lost four consecutive games was in 1974.
ARNOLD'S RUNBACK: True freshman running back Paul Arnold set a Washington record when he returned an Air Force kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown last week. The previous long kickoff return record of 99 yards was jointly held by Anthony Allen (1979) and Jim Krieg (1971). Arnold's runback actually began seven yards deep in the endzone. His return was the first kickoff return of his career and only the sixth time he had touched the ball during his career. Arnold is the 17th player in Pac-10 history to return a kickoff 100 yards for a score.
NO MORE KO DROUGHTS: When Jerome Pathon returned a kickoff 86 yards for a score in the 1996 Holiday Bowl, it marked the first since 1979 a Husky player had run a kickoff back for a score. Since then, Washington has managed a kickoff return for a touchdown in each of the last three seasons. In 1997, Ja'Warren Hooker ran back a kickoff 89 yards for a score in Washington's 58-28 win at Arizona. Last season, Toure Butler kept the streak alive with a 98-yard return for a score vs. BYU. This year, Paul Arnold accomplished the feat with a school-record 100-yard return vs. Air Force.
COLORADO CONNECTIONS: Sophomore safety Wondame Davis is the only player on the Husky roster who hails from Colorado. Davis attended Manual High School in Denver where he earned All-Colorado defensive honors during his senior season. Junior linebacker Odell George was briefly enrolled at Colorado in 1996 before he was forced to transfer to Walla Walla Junior College after failing to clear NCAA admission requirements. George transferred to Washington last year and is currently sidelined due to a knee injury.
NO TIME OFF: Washington plays 11 straight games this year without the benefit of a bye week. The Huskies started the regular season one week later than most teams. The last time Washington played 11 consecutive weeks in a row came during the 1990 season.
TUI'S PASSING MARKS: Junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo has set career highs for passing attempts in Washington's last two games. He threw 43 passes vs. Air Force after opening the season with 36 tosses at BYU. Tuiasosopo's previous high coming into this year was 30 vs. Oregon in 1997, his first career start. His 22 completions vs. BYU bettered his previous high of 15 vs. Oregon (1997) and California (1998). In two games this year, Tuiasosopo has passed for 432 yards. Last year, in 11 regular-season appearances, he pssed for a total of 484 yards. His current attempts (80) and completions (42) numbers are higher than his totals (79 att./40 comp.) from last season.
OPPORTUNISTIC DAWGS: Washington has done an excellent job this season of converting opponent turnovers into points. The Huskies turned three BYU misques into 21 points in the season opener. Last week Washington followed up Air Force's lone turnover with another score. On the flip side, the Huskies have allowed just one touchdown after five turnovers (all vs. Air Force) this season.
THE COACH: Rick Neuheisel is in his first season as the head coach at Washington after taking over the program January 9. He is 0-2 at Washington with a five-year record of 33-16 (.673). He is the 23rd coach in Washington's history and just the fourth Husky head coach in the past 42 years. Before coming to Washington, Neuheisel compiled a 33-14 (.702) record during his four years as head coach at Colorado (1995-98), including postseason victories in the Cotton, Holiday and Aloha Bowls. Prior to his first head coaching opportunity, Neuheisel worked as an assistant coach for seven seasons, including the 1994 campaign at Colorado. A 1984 graduate of UCLA, Neuheisel served as an assistant at UCLA (1986-93) under Terry Donahue. The 38-year-old Neuheisel was born in Madison, Wisc., and grew up in Tempe, Ariz., where he attended McClintock High School. Originally a walkon at UCLA, Neuheisel won the starting quarterback position as a senior and led the Bruins to the 1983 Pac-10 Championship. His collegiate career was highlighted by the 1984 Rose Bowl where he led UCLA to a 45-9 victory against Illinois. This past year he was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. Washington fans remember Neuheisel's memorable performance at the Rose Bowl when he completed 25 of 27 passes (including 18 straight at one point) to set an NCAA record that was broken only last season by Tennessee's Tee Martin. Neuheisel still holds the Bruins' single-season (69.3) and career (68.3) completion percentage records.
INJURY REPORT: For the Colorado game, RS-freshman ILB/SS Rashad Peters is out due to an ankle sprain suffered in fall practice ... senior TB Maurice Shaw is probable due to a hamstring pull suffered in fall practice ... junior ILB Derrell Daniels is probable after missing the Air Force game due to a sprained ankle suffered vs. BYU ... junior TE John Westra is out with a knee injury (ACL & MCL) suffered vs. Air Force. Five other notable players are out for an extended period of time: sophomore DT Joe Collier (4-6 weeks, knee), junior CB Toure Butler (both knees), sophomore WR Patrick Reddick (knee -- to have surgery soon), RS-freshman TB Jelani Harrison (back) and junior OLB Odell George (anterior cruciate ligament).
HOT TICKET: Just how big is Washington's home game with Colorado on Sept. 25, when first-year Husky coach Rick Neuheisel faces his old team? This summer Neuheisel worked the 15th annual Celebrity Waiters Luncheon and Auction in Seattle to raise money to fund leukemia research. At the fundraiser he offered up a package that included attending the pregame talk with the team, running down the tunnel at Husky Stadium during the team entrance and sideline guest passes. The winning bid was $30,000.
AIR FORCE RECAP: The combination of five turnovers, a blocked punt, and Air Force excersing its option game to perfection, spelled a 31-21 loss for Washington in the Huskies' home opener. The Falcons netted 275 rushing yards on 63 carries (4.4 avg.) and ran for four scores. Air Force was led by halfback Scott McKay, who gained 106 yards on 14 carries. Falcons' quarterback Cale Bonds added 77 rushing yards, including three scoring carries. He also completed six of 11 passes for 65 yards. After the Falcons jumped out to a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter, the Huskies fought back to even the score at halftime. Freshman kicker John Anderson booted 33- and 30-yard field goals in his first two collegiate attempts and Braxton Cleman topped off his 66-yard first-half performance with a two-yard gain to tie the ball. Miscues did the Huskies in during the second half. Washington fumbled the ball away on their first drive and then had a punt block that Air Force converted into a score two plays later to open a 21-14 lead. The Huskies third possession of the third quarter and first drive of the fourth quarter both ended in turnovers. Still, Air Force scored only once following a Husky turnover and did not take a 24-14 lead until there was 6:08 to play. Washington's hopes of a comeback ended on their next possession when QB Marques Tuiasosopo tossed his third interception of the day and Air Force scored one play later. The Huskies second half saw them turn the ball over four times, have a punt blocked, and go three-and-out, in their first six second-half drives. Sophomore tailback Braxton Cleman was impressive for the Huskies, totaling 100 yards on 11 carries. Washington wide receivers Gerald Harris (9 for 78) and Chris Juergens (8 for 96) both had outstanding days. Tuiasosopo completed 20 of 44 passes for 195 yards, but was intercepted three times. The loss ended a streak of 13 consecutive home-opening wins for the Huskies.
BIG BOOT: Thanks to his outstanding kicking during the BYU game, Husky junior Ryan Fleming currently figures 10th nationally in punting with a 45.1-yard average. The Huskies are 22nd in the NCAA stats in net punting at 39.2 yards per kick. Fleming tied the Washington school record for longest punt with a 73-yard effort against the Cougars. Fleming now shares the mark with Don Feleay, who had a 73-yard punt vs. Navy in 1975.
THE COACHING STAFF: Experience abounds amongst Washington's nine assistant coaches. Eight of the nine coaches have been a coordinator on the collegiate level and two, Keith Gilbertson and Steve Axman, have been head coaches. Gilbertson guided the Idaho program from 1986-88 and was the head coach at California from 1992-95. Axman was the head coach at Northern Arizona from 1990-97. Most of the current staff have a previous coaching connection with Husky head coach Rick Neuheisel. Offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell was the offensive coordinator at Colorado from 1995-98. He was also a teammate of Neuheisel's at UCLA, catching two touchdown passes from him during the Bruins' 1984 Rose Bowl victory against Illinois. Defensive coordinator Tim Hundley coached defensive tackles at Colorado from 1996-98 and was a member of the UCLA staff from 1990-95. Axman, the quarterbacks coach, was the offensive coordinator at UCLA from 1987-88. Safeties coach Bobby Hauck was at Colorado from 1995-98 and coached with Neuheisel at UCLA from 1990-92. Cornerbacks coach Chuck Heater was a member of the Colorado staff from 1993-98. Running backs coach Wayne Moses coached with Neuheisel at UCLA while he was the Bruins' running backs coach from 1990-95. Heater is the only coach on the Washington staff who had not coached or played in the Pac-10 Conference prior to this season. Both Randy Hart and Tom Williams have served as defensive coordinators -- Hart at Washington and Williams at Hawai'i.
SENIOR SHORTAGE: Football coaches are fond of saying that you win with your seniors. First-year Husky head coach Rick Neuheisel does not have many seniors on the current Washington roster he can turn to. The current depth chart features just six senior starters. Slotback Dane Looker and offensive tackle Kurth Connell are the lone senior starters on the Husky offense. Defensive end Mac Tuiaea, defensive tackle Jabari Issa, inside linebacker Lester Towns and cornerback Jermaine Smith are the only seniors on the defense. The Huskies current depth chart is made up of 11 seniors, 14 juniors, 14 sophomores, five redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen.
FIRST TIMERS: Seven Washington players recorded their first career start in the Huskies' season opener at BYU. That list includes OG Rock Nelson, C Kyle Benn, TE Jerramy Stevens, NT Larry Tripplett, OLB Jafar Williams, ILB Derrell Daniels and FS Curtis Williams.
CAREER STARTS: Senior defensive end Mac Tuiaea holds the distinction of having the most career starts on this year's Husky team. Tuiaea enters this week's game with 34 career starts. Here's a breakdown of the top career starts leaders among Husky players: DE Mac Tuiaea (34), CB Jermaine Smith (30), ILB Lester Towns (24), DT Jabari Issa (23), OG Chad Ward (22), ILB Marques Hairston (20), OT Elliot Silvers (13), OLB Jeremiah Pharms (13), CB Toure Butler (12), FL Gerald Harris (10).
THE SCHEDULE: In its preseason college football edition, Sports Illustrated named Washington's schedule the toughest in the nation. The Huskies' slate includes six games against teams that played in bowl games last year. The 11 Husky opponents combined to post a 80-47 (.630) record last season. Of the five teams that did not make a bowl trip, three (Oregon State, Arizona State, California) finished narrowly out of contention with 5-6 records. Three UW foes posted 10 or more wins last season (Air Force, UCLA, Arizona). Five UW opponents (Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA and USC) were preseason top-25 teams in 1999 while BYU topped the list of others receiving votes in both major polls.
GOING FOR 600: The Washington football team enters the Colorado game in search of its 600th all-time victory. Heading into this week's game with the Buffaloes, the Huskies hold an all-time record of 599-333-50, good for a winning percentage of .638. The University of Washington's first recognized football game was November 28, 1889, a 20-0 loss to the Eastern College Alumni. The first-ever UW win was a 14-0 defeat of the Seattle Athletic Club on December 17, 1892. Among Pacific-10 Conference schools, only USC has surpassed the 600-victory mark, with 667 heading into the 1999 season. Only 15 Division I schools have posted 600 or more all-time victories. Here's a look at those programs (number of victories reflects total prior to the 1999 season):
Rank Team Wins 1. Michigan 786 2. Notre Dame 762 3. Nebraska 731 4. Alabama 722 5. Texas 726 6. Penn State 724 7. Ohio State 711 8. Tennessee 690 9. Oklahoma 682 10. USC 667 11. Syracuse 625 Georgia 625 13. Army 614 14. Louisiana State 607 15. Colorado 601 16. Washington 599
TV SCHEDULE: Several of Washington's games have already been selected for television this season. The Huskies' season opener at BYU was televised by ESPN. Washington's home opener vs. Air Force was moved to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate Fox Sports Net. The Sept. 25 matchup with Colorado will be broadcast by ABC Sports. The Huskies' Oct. 2 home game with Oregon will be televised by Fox Sports Net. It will mark only the fourth night game in Husky Stadium history. Washington's matchup with Arizona State on Oct. 16 at Husky Stadium will be broadcast by ABC Sports. Additional games are expected to be televised and will be announced either 12 or six days prior to kickoff.
THE NIGHT GAME: Washington's Oct. 2 home game against Oregon will mark only the fourth night game in Husky Stadium history. The game was moved to 7:15 p.m. PT to accommodate a national television broadcast by Fox Sports Net. Washington's previous night games were against Oklahoma State (1985), Nebraska (1992) and Arizona (1998).
A RARE OPPORTUNITY: First-year Husky coach Rick Neuheisel could become the first Division I coach to guide two programs to their 600th all-time victory. Neuheisel's first win as Washington's head coach will be the 600th all-time victory for the school. Last season he was the head coach at Colorado when the Buffaloes recorded their 600th win in a game against Iowa State.
LET THERE BE LIGHTS: Thanks to a $750,000 gift from Fox Sports Net, Husky Stadium was outfitted with permanent television quality lights this summer. In the past, television networks had to rent temporary lighting systems for late afternoon or evening broadcasts. Husky Stadium did feature a basic lighting system that could be used for practices or non-televised events. Washington is one of five Pac-10 schools Fox Sports Net is working with to improve their stadium lighting systems.
FIRST-YEAR RESULTS: Here's a look at what some of the most notable UW football coaches did in their first season with the Huskies. Among the coaches listed below, six won their first game as the UW head man: Jim Lambright, Darrell Royal, Ralph Welch, James Phelan, Enoch Bagshaw and Gil Dobie:
Coach Year Record League Bowl Jim Lambright 1993 7-4 5-3 Ineligible Don James 1975 6-5 5-2 None Jim Owens 1957 3-6-1 3-4 None Darrell Royal 1956 5-5 4-4 None John Cherberg 1953 3-6-1 2-4-1 None Howard Odell 1948 2-7-1 2-5-1 None Ralph Welch 1942 4-3-3 3-3-2 None James Phelan 1930 5-4 3-4 None Enoch Bagshaw 1921 3-4-1 0-3-1 None Gil Dobie 1908 6-0-1 n/a None
CAPTAINS: In a vote of teammates, senior defensive lineman Jabari Issa, senior inside linebacker Lester Towns and junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo have been named captains of the 1999 Husky team. For Towns, it is a rare feat in that he is serving as captain for the second straight season, something that hasn't been done since Ray Pinney earned the post in 1974 (Coach Jim Owens' first season) and again in 1975 (Coach Don James' first year). Besides Pinney and Towns, only four other Washington football players -- Frank Griffiths (1889-90), Jack Lindsay (1896-97), Ray Eckmann (1921-22) and Sonny Sixkiller (1971-72) -- have spent two seasons as a team captain.
PACIFIC SACK EXCHANGE: Washington finished the 1998 season second among all NCAA Division I teams with 51 sacks. Southern Mississippi edged the Huskies out with 52 total sacks. Washington's total was good enough to lead the Pac-10 in sacks. The next closest Pac-10 schools were Arizona (46 in 12 games) and California (37). Washington easily bettered1997's sack total of 40 and just missed tying its all-time single-season record of 52 set in 1990. Twice during the season (California and Utah State) the Huskies set a school record with 13 sacks. Washington's previous school record for sacks was 10 set vs. BYU in 1986. Sack records are only available since 1982. Here's a look at UW's top sack seasons:
Year Sacks 1. 1990 52 2. 1998 51 3. 1991 48 4. 1982 47 5. 1996 46
SCHOOL'S NEARLY OUT: Three Husky seniors -- linebackers Lester Towns and Marques Hairston and cornerback Jermaine Smith -- have completed the requirements to earn their bachelor's degrees in sociology. All three remain in school this fall and have not yet graduated so as to retain their playing eligibility. All three are fifth-year seniors.
JABARI'S HONORS: Senior defensive tackle Jabari Issa enters the 1999 season as the Huskies' most highly honored player. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound lineman was named to the 1999 Playboy All-America team this summer while also making the Football News second team and Athlon's third team. Last year, the Foster City, Calif., native earned first-team All-Pac-10, making him to the only Husky to make the Pac-10's first-team defense. He also won Washington's L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year Award at the annual awards banquet.
JUERGENS MAKES MARK AS FROSH: Washington sophomore Chris Juergens got his Husky career off to a fast start as a freshman last season. Now a starter, he backed up last year and finished second on the team with 27 receptions for 414 yards. His yardage total was the best ever by a Husky freshman and his reception total was second only to Husky legend Paul Skansi (31 in 1979). Juergens had a six-yard TD catch vs. UCLA to set the single-season record for the most TD receptions (five) by a freshman. Here is where Juergens figured on the freshman receptions and the reception yardage lists:
Name Receptions 1. Paul Skansi (1979) 31 2. Chris Juergens (1998) 27 3. Jason Shelley (1992) 20 4. Scott Phillips (1973) 18
Name Yards 1. Chris Juergens (1998) 414 2. Jason Shelley (1992) 382 3. Paul Skansi (1979) 378 4. Scott Phillips (1973) 369 5. Andre DeSaussure (1995) 277
SUPER JOE: As a junior last year, Washington senior receiver/return man Joe Jarzynka was probably the most versatile player in college football. A two-way player? Last year, Jarzynka was college football's only four-way player. The Pac-10 coaches took note of Jarzynka's abilities by naming him a first-team all-conference pick as a special teams player. On offense, Jarzynka shared time at H-back with Dane Looker and Chris Juergens. As a receiver, Jarzynka had 11 receptions for 92 yards. Jarzynka led the Huskies in punt returns with 45 and was second in kickoff returns with 16. Jarzynka, who has a reputation of never fair-catching a punt, averaged 8.9 yards per return and 20.6 yards on kickoff returns. What really set Jarzynka apart was his role of placekicker, a role he will relinquish this season. Jarzynka made his college kicking debut vs. Utah State and booted 35- and 20-yard field goals in that game. Jarzynka converted 19 of 22 PATs during the season and six of eight field goals, including a 44-yarder at Washington State. A walkon who was awarded a scholarship, Jarzynka is usually the smallest player on the field at 5-7 and 175 pounds. The Oakland Tribune named Jarzynka the Pac-10's top special teams player in its mid-season report card. Sports Illustrated cited him as one of the top 10 special teams players in the nation.
JARZYNKA'S RETURNS: Last season, Joe Jarzynka quickly made a name for himself as one of the best special teams players in UW history. Jarzynka had 45 punt returns in 1998 to set a Husky single-season record. Jarzynka had the same amount, or more punt returns, than eight of the other nine Pac-10 teams, largely because he never once signalled for a fair catch. His 402 return yards were more than five Pac-10 teams and rank as the third best single-season total in UW history. Here's a look at Jarzynka on several special teams' lists:
Single-Season Punt Returns Player No. 1. Joe Jarzynka (1998) 45 2. Nesby Glasgow (1978) 38 3. Beno Bryant (1990) 36 Andre Riley (1986) 36 5. William Doctor (1988) 35 (Pac-10 Record: 47 by Mike Battle, USC, 1967)
Single-Season Punt Return Yards Player No. Yds. 1. Beno Bryant (1990) 36 560 2. Bill Cahill (1971) 26 421 3. Joe Jarzynka (1998) 45 402 4. Andre Riley (1986) 36 392 5. Steve Bramwell (1964) 29 314
Career Punt Return Yards Player No. Yds. 1. Beno Bryant (1989-93) 106 1019 2. Steve Bramwell (1963-65) 59 704 3. Bill Cahill (1970-72) 49 668 4. Joe Jarzynka (1996-99) 59 637 5. Calvin Jones (1970-72) 47 596 Nesby Glasgow (1975-78) 86 579
THE RUNNING QB: Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo was second on the team in rushing last year with 327 yards on 43 carries, and in rushing TDs with seven. Only current Jacksonville Jaguar quarterback Mark Brunell has rushed for more TDs in a season as a Husky quarterback. Brunell had 10 rushing TDs in 1990 and eight in 1992. Here's where Tuiasosopo ranks on UW's single-season lists for rushing yards by a QB and rushing TDs by a QB:
Name Yds 1. Dennis Fitzpatrick (1974) 697 2. Tom Manke (1967) 483 3. Mark Brunell (1990) 444 4. Kermit Jorgensen (1961) 331 5. Marques Tuiasosopo (1998) 327
Name TDs 1. Mark Brunell (1990) 10 2. Mark Brunell (1992) 8 3. Marques Tuiasosopo (1998) 7 4. Dennis Fitzpatrick (1974) 6 5. Billy Joe Hobert (1991) 5 Tom Porras (1978) 5
PLAYING THE TRUE FRESHMEN: During Washington's first six seasons of the decade of the '90s, the Huskies had six freshmen see playing time. Since the 1996 season a total of 25 freshmen have played, including 10 in 1997 and eight in 1998. This year, several true freshmen have a strong shot to play early in the season. This year, four true freshmen -- tailback Paul Arnold, placekicker John Anderson, tight end Kevin Ware and safety Levi Madarieta -- have already seen playing time.
PRODUCTIVE DEBUT: Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst set the Washington record for rushing yards by a freshman with 538 yards in 1998. Hurst bettered the old mark of 421 yards set by Husky Hall of Famer Joe Steele in 1976. Hurst also recorded the best rushing day ever by a true freshman making his first start. Against Arizona, Hurst carried 29 times for 93 yards and recorded his first touchdown on Washington's first offensive play of the game. The only other true freshmen running backs to start at Washington were Greg Martin (vs. Arizona State, 1975), Joe Steele (vs. Stanford, 1976) and Greg Lewis (vs. UCLA, 1987). Steele had the best debut of that trio, rushing for 41 yards on eight carries and one score.
LOOKER'S COMING OUT: Considering his story, Washington senior wide receiver Dane Looker had a most impressive college debut in the Huskies' 42-38 win last season at Arizona State. Coming out of Puyallup High School, he was considered too small (159 pounds at the time) to play receiver at the major college level. He enrolled at Western Washington and played point guard on the basketball team for two seasons. In 1997 Looker transferred to Washington and redshirted the season as a transfer. He participated in spring drills, but missed the final week and the spring game due to a strained hamstring. Playing his first college game ever at ASU last September, Looker caught 11 passes (including eight in the first half) to tie a 28-year-old UW school record. He totaled 108 receiving yards and pulled in two TD passes, including one on a deflection. This year, Looker is slated as the Huskies' starting slotback. As a senior at Puyallup High School, he was quarterback Brock Huard's top receiver.
LOOKER HITS THE CHARTS: Thanks to a pair of record-setting performances last year, senior Dane Looker had one of the top pass catching seasons in UW history. Against USC, Looker pulled in 12 catches to set Washington's single-game record. He had tied the old record of 11 receptions in the season opener vs. Arizona State. Looker led UW with 64 catches for 662 yards. His 6.4 receptions per game average ranked third in the Pac-10 and 15th in the nation, and he led the Huskies in receiving in eight of the 10 games in which he played. Here's where he ranked on the UW single-season receptions list:
Player No. Yds. TD 1. Jerome Pathon (1997) 69 1245 8 2. Dane Looker (1998) 64 662 5 3. Mario Bailey (1991) 62 1037 2 4. Jim Krieg (1970) 54 738 2 5. Andre Riley (1987) 53 1039 4
RANKED WIN STREAK GROWS: Washington's upset of eighth-ranked Arizona State in last year's opener marked the 10th straight year the Huskies have defeated an opponent ranked in the top 20 of the Associated Press poll. In fact, Washington has defeated a top-20 team in 21 of its last 22 seasons. The only break in the streak came in 1988 when the Huskies played only two games against nationally-ranked foes -- UCLA (No. 2) and USC (No. 3), losing both of those games.
MISSING THE TROJANS: For the next two seasons (1999 and 2000), Washington will not play one of its biggest Pac-10 rivals as the Dawgs will "miss" USC. Under the Pac-10 scheduling system, each school plays eight conference games a year and misses the same opponent for two straight seasons. In 2001 and 2002, the Huskies will not play Oregon. This year, the UW renews its series with Stanford after a two-year hiaitus.
THE 100-YARD FACTOR: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 141-34-3 (.801) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. Washington's only 100-yard game this season has been by Braxton Cleman (100 yards) vs. Air Force.
THE SHUTOUT STREAK: Washington's 31-21 loss to Air Force marked the 206th consecutive game in which Washington has not been shutout. That's the best streak among Pac-10 schools. BYU has the nation's longest streak at 302 games (NCAA record), while Texas is second with 217 games. The last opponent to hold the Huskies scoreless was UCLA (31-0) on Nov. 7, 1981. Washington has played 136 Pac-10 games since then without a shutout -- the second best current streak among Pac-10 schools.
Team All Games Pac-10 Games Washington 206 136 Washington State 168 181 Oregon 160 118 Arizona 93 62 UCLA 56 39 California 0 36 Arizona State 42 29 Stanford 33 70 USC 18 11 Oregon State 15 10
PLAYING AT HOME: Washington has won 46 of its last 57 (.816) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (46-10-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 94-22-2 (.806) at home and are 64-15-2 (.803) since 1986. Washington piled up a perfect 6-0 record at home during the 1996 season. That marked the Huskies' 11th perfect season in Husky Stadium. It was also the fourth perfect home slate in the 1990s, having won every home contest in 1991, 1992 and 1994.
WINNING IN THE '90S: Washington's 75-32-1 record in the 1990s is the best among Pac-10 schools and figures as the best for Pac-10 play. Here's a look, broken down by overall games and Pac-10 games:
Overall Team W L T PCT 1. Washington 75 32 1 .699 2. UCLA 68 39 0 .636 3. Arizona 67 42 1 .614 4. USC 64 43 3 .596 5. Oregon 63 46 0 .578 6. Arizona State 56 46 0 .549 7. Stanford 54 51 2 .514 8. California 52 53 1 .495 9. Washington State 50 55 0 .476 10. Oregon State 25 76 1 .250
Pac-10 Only Team W L T PCT 1. Washington 52 19 1 .729 2. UCLA 45 28 0 .616 3. USC 42 28 2 .597 4. Arizona 41 33 1 .553 5. Arizona State 38 33 0 .535 6. Oregon 36 36 0 .500 Stanford 37 37 0 .500 8. Washington State 30 43 0 .411 9. California 28 43 1 .396 10. Oregon State 9 60 1 .129
HUSKIES IN THE NFL: Washington had 41 of its former players listed on NFL preseason rosters in 1999. That list includes eight Huskies who were drafted from 1997's squad, and two from the 1998 Huskies. A total of 10 Washington players were drafted in 1997 to lead all colleges, and two others signed free agent contracts. Washington had six quarterbacks (Mark Brunell - Jacksonville, Chris Chandler - Atlanta, Billy Joe Hobert - New Orleans, Damon Huard - Miami, Warren Moon - Kansas City and Brock Huard - Seattle) listed on NFL teams. All but the two Huards are expected to enter the season as a starter.
BREAKING FROM TRADITION: For just the second time in nine years, Washington did not open the season against a Pac-10 opponent. Last year's season opener at Arizona State marked the third time in four years that the Huskies and Sun Devils opened the season against each other. This year the Huskies will not face a Pac-10 opponent until Oregon visits Husky Stadium on Oct. 2. This year's schedule marks only the second time during the decade of the '90s the Huskies will have played all three non-conference foes before beginning the Pac-10 schedule.
MORE MEDIA: In addition to radio and television, there are several other ways to follow the Huskies this season:
Radio on the Internet: KOMO's radio broadcasts are available on the internet via broadcast.com. To listen, you'll need a RealPlayer. Go to www.gohuskies.com and follow the links to find the broadcast.
Teamline: Fans can pay to listen to radio broadcasts of all Husky games by calling (800) 846-4700 and entering access code 5939. A Visa or MasterCard is required. To contact Teamline regarding special rates, call (800) 225-5321.
Coach's Show: Husky Talk with KOMO Radio's Bob Rondeau and head coach Rick Neuheisel will air every Monday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m.