Aug. 12, 2005
SEATTLE - As the Husky football fall camp continues, the first real break in the action comes Saturday, when the UW holds its annual Picture Day at Husky Stadium from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
After three straight days of split-squad practices, the team will practice once, as an entire unit, Saturday morning before eating lunch and then heading out to the Husky Stadium field to meet with Husky fans.
Dawg fans that have made attending Picture Day a yearly tradition are well aware of the unique event. Fans can interact with any and all Husky players and coaches, pick up the new schedule posters and grab a bite to eat, all at no charge.
In the meantime, Husky players look forward to Picture Day each year as both a time to meet fans and for the boost it provides during the long fall camp.
"It's good to meet everybody and to see how much everybody cares," junior offensive guard Stanley Daniels says. "Every camp, your body gets beat up and then Picture Day is kind of a highlight. You get rejuvenated by all the people that come out to support you."
"It's a lot of fun," senior quarterback Casey Paus says. "There are a lot of people out there that support and have faith in this team. It's fun seeing the same people each year. They always come back with pictures for you to sign. It's a good experience for everybody."
Each year, most newcomers to the team, especially those that came to the UW from somewhere other than the Puget Sound area, don't know what to expect from Picture Day. The event usually comes as a pleasant surprise.
"It was a much bigger and more overwhelming experience than I ever would have expected," Paus recalls of his first Picture Day, prior to the start of the 2001 season. "So many people showed up and they all knew everything about you. It showed me how much everyone follows Husky football."
"Coach said `Picture Day' and I just figured we were going to take pictures," Daniels remembers of his first time, in 2002. "We get out there and we end up meeting all kinds of people from everywhere. It was pretty fun. I wasn't a superstar or anything. I was just a regular freshman, and yet all the fans still wanted my autograph. It made me feel good about being here."
In other news Friday, Coach Tyrone Willingham announced the return of redshirt freshman outside linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo to the fall practice roster. Tuiasosopo, who is still recovering from an off-season, non-football-related injury, participated in practice Friday afternoon.