UW's two-year starter on the offensive line is back for the first time since surgery in September to repair a dislocated knee cap and torn quadriceps. A SoCal home remedy prepared him to play center.
Dawgs take the practice field under the lights.
Huskies and Cougars will square off on the day after Thanksgiving at 12:30 p.m.
Dawgs take on Colorado Saturday morning on FX television.
Huskies to play two games in less than one week for first time since 1944.
Dan Cozzetto enters his fifth season as the Huskies' offensive line coach and run game coordinator in 2013. During each of his four seasons on Coach Steve Sarkisian's staff, he's mentored a line that has blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher while also paving the way for record-breaking quarterback performances.
Last fall, despite losing three starters to injury and another to the NFL, the Husky offensive line helped sophomore tailback Bishop Sankey rush for 1,439 yards, the third-highest single-season total in UW history.
In 2011, Coach Cozzetto's line paved the way for Chris Polk to rush for 1,488 yards, the second-highest total in school history and the third straight 1,000-yard season for Polk. In the meantime, the line pass blocked for quarterback Keith Price, who broke UW records for efficiency, completion percentage and touchdown passes.
The lone senior starter on the 2012 offensive line, left tackle Senio Kelemete, who Cozzetto converted from the defensive line after Kelemete's freshman year, was selected the Arizona Cardinals in the 2012 NFL Draft.
In 2010, Cozzetto oversaw a line that was responsible for blocking for a 1,000-yard rusher for a second straight season. Despite having to use seven different starting combinations due to injury and illness, the Husky line ushered Polk to 1,415 rushing yards, at the time the second-highest single-season total in UW history.
During his first season in 2009, Cozzetto oversaw an offensive line that made steady improvement during the course of the season, culminating with dominant performances in the final two weeks of the season, when the Huskies rushed for a combined 442 yards.
The 2009 offensive line also paved the way for Polk's 1,113-yard season, the seventh-highest rushing total, at the time, in UW history and the most ever by a freshman.
This is Cozzetto's second stint with the Huskies, as he also served as the UW offensive line coach in 2003.
In 2008, Cozzetto was the tight ends coach at Arizona State, his second stint with the Sun Devils, as he'd been ASU's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 1992-99.
A 30-year coaching veteran, Cozzetto has coached for a total of 16 years for four different teams in the Pacific-10 Conference. Cozzetto coached under Dennis Erickson for a total of five seasons: at ASU (2008), Idaho (2006), the San Francisco 49ers (2004) and at Oregon State (2000-02). He has also served as an assistant coach at Washington (2003), California (1990-91) and Idaho (1979-89) under other head coaches.
During Cozzetto's eight seasons as ASU's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, his offenses averaged 396.3 yards of total offense per game and Cozzetto guided a total of 20 offensive players, including eight offensive linemen who were selected in the NFL Draft.
In 1999, Cozzetto led a Sun Devil offense that averaged 172.1 rushing yards-per-game. Offensive tackle Marvel Smith and tight end Todd Heap both earned third-team All-America honors, while Heap, tailback J.R. Redmond and Smith earned First-team All-Pac-10 and tight end Kendrick Bates, tailback Delvon Flowers, offensive tackle Victor Leyva and guard Scott Peters earned honorable mention all-conference accolades.
Cozzetto's 1998 offense averaged 411.8 yards per game, the third straight season ASU cracked the 400-yard mark. That year, ASU averaged 259 yards per game passing, which at the time was the highest average in school history. Center Grey Ruegamer was named All-America. Additionally, Redmond and Ruegamer earned first-team All-Pac-10, and wide receiver Lenzie Jackson, fullback Jeff Paulk and tackle Marvel Smith received honorable mention All-Pac-10.
In 1997, Cozzetto's offense led the Pac-10 in rushing (193.8 yards per game) and was fourth in total offense (406.5). Offensive linemen Kyle Murphy and Ruegamer were first-team All-Pac-10 and third-team All-America. Cozzetto helped guide Murphy, Redmond and Ruegamer to All-Pac-10 recognition.
Cozzetto's offense for the 11-1, 1996 Pac-10 Conference Champion and Rose Bowl participant Sun Devils was one of the most potent and dangerous in school history, averaging 474.4 yards per game and 42.6 points per game.
Leading the way was quarterback Jake Plummer, a Heisman Trophy finalist and the Pac-10 Conference's Offensive Player of the Year. Plummer was one of eight offensive players for ASU to earn All-Pac-10 recognition.
Also, Cozzetto mentored four offensive players to earn All-America honors, including tailback Terry Battle, Plummer, wide receiver Keith Poole and left tackle Juan Roque (a consensus All-America). In the past 35 seasons, only the 1981 Sun Devil squad topped ASU's 234.1 rushing yards-per-game average that year. Also, Cozzetto's offense helped to accumulate the 64 touchdowns, the second-highest single-season total in Sun Devil history.
During Cozzetto's first four seasons at ASU, 18 offensive players for the Sun Devils earned All-Pac-10, and in 1995, left tackle Juan Roque earned second-team All-America.
A native of Spokane, Wash., Cozzetto went to Gonzaga Prep and graduated from Idaho ('79), where he played tight end, linebacker and guard on the football team. He and his wife, Debbie, have two sons (Adrian and Ryan) and two daughters (Rachel and Tara).