Aug. 29, 2011
UW Game Notes
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THE GAME: The Washington football team kicks off the 2011 season this Saturday, Sept. 3, as reigning NCAA FCS champion Eastern Washington makes a visit to Husky Stadium for the first-ever meeting between the two. The Huskies, under third-year head coach Steve Sarkisian, enter the 2011 campaign riding a four-game winning streak, which was capped with a 19-7 victory over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl last Dec. 30. The Huskies finished the 2010 season 7-6 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-10, good for third place. The Eagles went 13-2 overall, 7-1 in the Big Sky Conference, and won the FCS championship with a thrilling 20-19 win over Delaware. This Saturday's game kicks off at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on ROOT Sports TV (formerly FSN Northwest). The 2011 season marks the first year of the Pac-12 Conference thanks to the addition of Utah and Colorado. It's the first change to what was the Pac-10 since 1978, when Arizona and Arizona State were added. After the EWU game, the Huskies remain at home to face Hawai'i on Sept. 10 (12:30 p.m., ROOT Sports). Sept. 17, the Dawgs return to Nebraska for the third meeting with the Huskers in one calendar year.
SEASON OPENERS: Washington is 81-34-6 all-time in season openers, good for a mark of .694. Since 1989, Washington has posted an 11-10 record in season openers - 6-1 at home, 5-8 on the road, 0-1 neutral site. The Huskies' last season-opening win came in 2007, at Syracuse, and their last season-opening win in a home game was 2006, vs. San Jose State. In that 21-season span dating back to 1989, the Huskies have opened vs. a ranked team nine times: vs. No. 15 Stanford in 1993 (W, 31-14), at No. 17 USC in 1994 (L, 24-17), at No. 20 Arizona State in 1996 (L, 45-42), vs. No. 19 BYU in 1997 (W, 42-20) at No. 8 Arizona State in 1998 (W, 42-38), vs. No. 11 Michigan in 2001 (W, 23-18), at No. 12 Michigan in 2002 (L, 31-29), at No. 2 Ohio State in 2003 (L, 28-9), at No. 21 Oregon in 2008 (L, 44-10) and vs. No. 11 LSU in 2009 (L, 31-23).
TELEVISION: The Washington-EWU game will air live to a regional audience on ROOT Sports television (formerly FSN Northwest) with Tom Glasgow, former Husky and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon, Jason Stiles and Jen Mueller providing the commentary. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs each Wednesday evening on FSN. The program is an up-close look at each Husky game, with features, one-on-one interviews and sideline video.
RADIO: The Washington ISP Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game on 16 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Many game broadcasts will also be carried on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (EWU-UW is on channel 196) and can be heard over the internet at gohuskies.com.
ENTIRE STAFF RETURNS FOR THIRD SEASON: The UW's entire full-time coaching staff returns, in tact, for a third straight season in 2011. Dating back to the mid-1950s, before which records are incomplete, the 2011 season marks the first time in Husky history that the entire coaching staff has remained the same for three straight years. Last year's feat of returning an entire staff for just two straight years marked the first time that had happened at the UW since the 1989 and 1990 seasons.
HUSKIES vs. EAGLES HISTORY: Washington and Eastern Washington will be meeting on the football field for the first time in history. Not counting games against clubs, military teams and high schools (mostly late 1800s and early 1900s, or during the World Wars), Washington has faced a total of six in-state, college teams. The Huskies are 13-0 vs. Puget Sound (games spanned from 1910-1934), 3-0 vs. Gonzaga (1915-1933), 3-0 vs. Vashon College (1895-1901), 66-31-6 vs. Washington State (1900-2010), 28-2-3 vs. Whitman (1894-1944) and 5-0 vs. Whitworth (1906-1944).
WASHINGTON-EWU TIES: There aren't many connections between the UW and EWU coaching staffs in terms of anyone having served on the same coaching staff. However, Husky offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto was on the Oregon State staff when EWU receivers coach Junior Adams was a wide receiver for the Beavers in 2000. Additionally, EWU linebackers coach Josh Fetter played at Idaho, graduating in 1996, meaning he played for the Vandals when current UW assistants Nick Holt and Mike Cox were on the Idaho staff (Cox was Fetter's position coach), and he was also a teammate of current Husky coaches Joel Thomas and Doug Nussmeier at Idaho. As far as the players go, obviously both teams have many players from the state of Washington. However, the Husky squad includes just two players from the Eastern part of the state: WR Cody Bruns (Prosser) and TB Bishop Sankey (Spokane/Gonzaga Prep). EWU wide receiver Nick Lenoue also went to Gonzaga Prep. Several other UW players attended the same high school as EWU players: UW's Brendan Lopez and EWU's Rusty Haehl (Belleuve); UW's William Chandler, Connor Cree, Cooper Pelluer, Kasen Williams, Evan Zeger (as a junior) and EWU's Jase Butorac, Evan Day and Tyler Washburn (Skyline); UW's Tre Watson and EWU's Bobby Gentry (Kennedy); UW's Jamaal Kearse, Jermaine Kearse, Sione Potoa'e and Willis Wilson and EWU's John Goldwire (Lakes); UW's Cort Dennison and EWU's Will Katoa (Salt Lake City, Utah/Judge Memorial); and UW's Will Mahan and EWU's Nick Gauthier (Bakersfield (Calif.) College). Of course, EWU tailback Demetrius Bronson began his college career at Washington, having transferred after last season. Finally, EWU freshman Jay Deines is the younger brother of UW women's soccer standout Kate Deines.
HUSKIES vs. THE BIG SKY: Washington has faced just one current member of the Big Sky Conference in its football history: Montana. The Grizzlies were a part of the Pacific Coast Conference (precursor to the Pac-12) from 1924 to 1950, and faced the UW 18 times from 1920 to 1951. Washington went 16-1-1 in those 18 meetings with the lone loss coming in 1920 and the tie in 1929.
HOME OPENERS: The Huskies are 86-28-5 in home openers (whether the first game of the season or not), a percentage of .744. (Washington did not play any home games in the 1890 or 1893 seasons.) That mark includes a 28-game streak of home-opener wins that ran from 1908 to 1935. Before falling to Air Force in the 1999 home opener, Washington had won 13 straight such games since falling to Oklahoma State on Sept. 7, 1985.
HOME vs. NON CONFERENCE: Washington has been very tough to beat in home, non-conference games over the last couple of decades or so. Going back to (and including) the 1981 season, the Huskies have posted a 51-13 record against non-Pac-10 foes in Husky Stadium. Those 13 losses have come to Nebraska (2010), LSU (2009), BYU (2008), Oklahoma (2008), Ohio State (2007), Notre Dame (2005), Fresno State (2004), Nevada (2003), Air Force (1999), Nebraska (1997), Notre Dame (1995), Colorado (1989) and Oklahoma State (1985). The wins during that stretch include victories over No. 22 Boise State in 2007, No. 11 Michigan in 2001, No. 4 Miami in 2000, and No. 12 Nebraska in 1992, to name just four. Prior to the 2004 loss to Nevada, Washington hadn't lost a home game to a non-league opponent since falling to Air Force, 31-21, on September 18, 1999. The Huskies had won 10 such games before that Nevada loss.
THE PAC-12: This season, the Pac-10 Conference has added Utah and Colorado to expand to the Pac-12. Washington, which along with California is one of two schools who have been in the conference since its founding in 1915, will play in the Pac-12 North, along with the other three Northwest schools (Oregon, OSU, WSU) and Stanford and California. Under current plans, each school will play all five division rivals, plus four of six teams in the other division each season. This year, the Huskies will not face UCLA or Arizona State. The last time that Washington didn't face UCLA in a season was in 1992 (when the Pac-10 schedule was eight games). The UW didn't face Arizona State in 2003 or 2004.
CAPTAINS: At the end of the spring practice season, the four captains for the 2011 season, as voted by their teammates, were revealed. They are senior linebacker Cort Dennison (Salt Lake City, Utah), senior wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (Lakewood, Wash.), senior offensive tackle Senio Kelemete (Seattle, Wash.) and senior defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu (Kent, Wash.). Kelemete was also voted as a season captain in 2010.
HUSKY STADIUM RENOVATION: Husky Stadium will undergo a massive renovation following the 2010 season. In fact, in order to aid the project, the Huskies will play this season's Apple Cup vs. Washington State Nov. 26 at CenturyLink Field (home of the Seahaws), meaning the Nov. 5 game vs. Oregon will be the final game in the "old" Husky Stadium. The Seattle icon was first opened in 1920. Upper decks were added in the 1950s (south) and 1980s (north). Renovations will completely remake the lower bowl and the south deck. The stadium track will be removed and an operations center for the football team will be built into the west end. For much more information, including a virtual look from every seat in the new stadium, photo galleries and more, go to huskystadium.com.
HISTORIC HUSKY STADIUM: The 2011 season marks the 92nd season of play in Husky Stadium. Original construction on the facility was completed in 1920 when Washington played one game in the new campus facility. Thanks to several major renovations, Husky Stadium's seating capacity has increased to its current total of 72,500. UW's all-time record in Husky Stadium currently stands at 352-168-21 (.670).
FAMILY TIES: As is the case with most seasons of Husky football, there are a number of players on the Washington football team related to either current or former Huskies. The team has one set of brothers in Jermaine (Sr. WR) and Jamaal (RS-Fr. LB) Kearse. Senior TB Johri Fogerson is related to both Nate Robinson (former UW football and basketball player; current NBAer) and former Husky basketball standout Dion Brown. Freshman safety Evan Zeger's father, John, played safety at the UW, lettering in 1980 and 1981, while freshman WR Kasen Williams' dad, Aaron was a four-year letterman (1979-82) wide receiver for the Huskies. Junior linebacker Jordan Wallace is the younger brother of former Husky safety C.J. Wallace. Another junior, Talia Crichton, is a cousin of former DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. Sophomore quarterback Keith Price is a cousin of former UW tailback Jelani Harrison. Freshman fullback Nick Holt is the son of the UW defensive coordinator of the same name (they are actually Nick Holt V and VI). A little further afield, freshman TE Michael Hartvigson is a cousin to former UW baseball pitchers Chad and Grant Hartvigson. Incidentally, at least three Huskies have close family ties to Washington State. Cooper Pelluer's father played at WSU, as did Husky cornerback Desmond Trufant's brother Marcus. Sophomore safety Nate Fellner is the grandson of former WSU head coach Jim Sweeney. Pelluer's uncle Steve, however, was a UW quarterback and his father Scott was an assistant coach at Washington.