Husky Football Team Prepares for Hurricanes
Sept. 3, 2000
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THE GAME: Washington, ranked No. 15 in the most recent Associated Press poll and No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, takes on Miami, Fla. (#4 AP/#4 ESPN) this Saturday, Sept. 9, in a 12:30 p.m. game at Husky Stadium. The game is a matchup of the 1991 co-National Champions as the Huskies finished No. 1 in the final coaches' poll while the Hurricanes took the top spot in the AP rankings. Shortly after that season, the two teams signed a deal to play four games. The first of those was in 1994, when the Huskies snapped the `Canes' 58-game home winning streak. The first meeting at Husky Stadium was originally scheduled for 1998, but that game was postponed.
THE SERIES: The 1994 Washington-Miami game in the Orange Bowl is the only meeting between the two schools. In a game that was to be dubbed "The Whammy in Miami" (so named by Husky lineman Bob Sapp), No. 19 Washington pulled out a 38-20 upset of the fifth-ranked Hurricanes, breaking Miami's NCAA-record 58-game home winning streak. Trailing 14-3 at halftime, the Dawgs posted 25 points in the third quarter and never looked back. Fullback Richard Thomas scored on a 75-yard screen pass from Damon Huard, cornerback Russell Hairston returned an interception 34 yards for a score and Sapp recovered a fumble in the endzone, all in the third period. Huard also scored in the fourth quarter on a seven-yard scramble. Napoleon Kaufman led the Huskies with 80 rushing yards and Huard completed 14-of-26 for 217 with two interceptions and a TD. Frank Costa completed 20-of-43 for 261 yards.
WASHINGTON-MIAMI TIES: Seeing as Washington and Miami are farther apart from one another than any two Division I-A schools in the continental United States (offically 3,303 miles), it's no surprise that there aren't many ties between the two teams. Washington has two players from Florida on its roster - sophomore kicker John Anderson and freshman tailback Rich Alexis, who both attended Pope John Paul II High School. There are no Washingtonians on the Hurricanes' roster. In the coaching staff, there is one significant connection as Miami wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson, a graduate of the University of Idaho, coached wide receivers at Idaho under current UW offensive coordinator Keith Gilbertson in 1987 and 1988, when Gilbertson was the Vandals' head coach, and also coached under Gilbertson one season (1995) at California. Also, longtime Husky head coach Don James played quarterback for the Hurricanes (1952-53), setting five school passing records (all since broken) before graduating in 1954. James is a member of the Miami Hall of Fame. Despite his connections to both programs, James will not attend Saturday's game, as he is currently on vacation in Africa with former Husky Athletic Director Mike Lude. Also, Rick Neuheisel and Butch Davis enter Saturday's game with identical career records of 41-19.
SECOND TIME FOR DAVIS: Saturday's game will mark the second time Miami head coach Butch Davis has coached against the Huskies. He was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State in 1980 when Washington defeated the Cowboys 24-18. That game was played in Stillwater.
TELEVISION: ABC television will show the Washington-Miami game to a split-national audience., including New York. Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Bob Griese (color) and Lynn Swann (sidelines) will call the game for ABC. The game will also be replayed Sunday afternoon, beginning at 3:00 p.m., on Fox Sports Net Northwest. All 11 Husky games this season will air the following Sunday at 3:00 p.m. with Tod Pickett on the play-by-play and legendary Husky quarterback Sonny Sixkiller providing the color commentary.
RADIO: KOMO AM-1000 broadcasts all of the Husky games, serving as the flagship of the 23-station Husky Football Radio Network, which covers nearly all of Washington and parts of Alaska, Oregon and Nevada.Bob Rondeau (play-by-play), Chuck Nelson (color) and Bill Swartz (sidelines) provide the call. Westwood One will also broadcast the game on its national network of stations, with Brad Sham and Fran Curci calling the action.
AGAINST THE BIG EAST: Washington has played only eight games ever against the current members of the Big East Conference. The Huskies are 1-0 against Miami, 1-1 against Syracuse and 1-4 against Pittsburgh, for a 3-5 record against Big East teams. The Huskies beat Syracuse 21-7 in Seattle in 1973 and lost 22-20 in Syracuse in 1977. Pittsburgh beat UW 21-0 in the 1937 Rose Bowl, and also in Seattle in 1939 and 1979 and in Pittsburgh in 1963. UW' lone win was a 22-17 victory at Husky Stadium in 1961.
Rankings Remarks: Miami, ranked fourth in both this week's Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, is the highest ranked opponent to visit Husky Stadium since UCLA came to Seattle ranked third in the AP standings. Since 1990 the Huskies are 6-8 in games against top-10 opponents. That includes a 1-7 record in the last eight matchups.
THE COACH: Rick Neuheisel is in his second season as the head coach at Washington. He is 8-5 at Washington with a five-year career record of 41-19 (.683). He is the 23rd coach in Washington's history and just the fourth Husky head coach in the past 42 years. Last year, he became the first Husky head coach to lead the Dawgs to a bowl game in his first season in charge as Washington played Kansas State in the Culligan Holiday Bowl. 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 39-year-old Neuheisel was born in Madison, Wis., 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 in 1998 by Tennessee's Tee Martin. Neuheisel still holds the Bruins' single-season (69.3) and career (68.3) completion percentage records.
Best of the Best: Saturday's matchup will pit not only two top-15 teams, but also two top-3 coaches. How so? Washington head coach Rick Neuheisel and Miami head coach Butch Davis, with identical 41-19 (.683) coaching records, are tied for second for victories among active Division I-A coaches (min. 5 years). The two also rank among the top-15 active coaches by winning percentage.
TWIN 600 WINS: Last season, Husky coach Rick Neuheisel became the first Division I coach to guide two programs to their 600th all-time victory. Neuheisel's first win (31-24 vs. Colorado) as Washington's head coach was the 600th all-time victory for the school. In 1998, he was the head coach at Colorado when the Buffaloes recorded their 600th win in a game against Iowa State.
FIRST-YEAR CLUB: In addition to becoming the only Washington first-year head coach to guide his team to a bowl game, Rick Neuheisel is one of just 17 coaches in the history of the Pac-10 Conference to accomplish the feat. Oregon State first-year coach Dennis Erickson joined Neuheisel on that list last year.
First-Year Results: Rick Neuheisel became the first Husky coach to take his team to a bowl game in his first year on the job. Neuheisel's seven wins also equalled Jim Lambright's record for most wins by a first-year coach. Here's a look at what some of the most notable UW football coaches did in their first season with the Huskies.
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 has a previous coaching connection with Husky head coach Rick Neuheisel. 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 quarterback's 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 and new offensive line coach Brent Myers are the only coaches 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.
LAST WEEK VS. IDAHO: The Huskies increased their all-time record against Idaho to 31-2-2 with a 44-20 win in front of 70,117 fans at Husky Stadium. Husky quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo led the team in rushing yards (80) and passing yards (223), moving past former quarterback Chris Chandler into sixth on the all-time total offense list with 4,638 career yards, just 305 yards behind No. 5 Cary Conklin. Tui's favorite target was junior Todd Elstrom, who set a career-high with 104 receiving yards, including a 32-yard touchdown to knot the game at 7-7 in the second quarter. Vandals tailback Willie Alderson went 82 yards for a score on the game's opening play, the fourth-longest rush ever by a UW opponent. After that rush, however, the Huskies defense clamped down on the Vandals, surrendering just 63 yards on the ground over the rest of the game. Six Vandal turnovers resulted in 30 Husky points, including a 35-yard fumble return for a TD by sophomore Ben Mahdavi, and a blocked punt by Mahdavi that led to a 1-yard score for sophomore tailback Paul Arnold. Washington improved to 78-27-6 (.703) in season openers, and 80-24-5 (.757) in home openers.
DRIVING IN THE COMMUNITY: While the Husky players put together scoring drives on the field, the Washington athletic department scores in the community with drives of another sort. This season, fans will be provided with three opportunities to help the Huskies make a difference in the lives of Seattle's less fortunate citizens, first with the KCPQ Toy Drive on Oct. 7 at the Oregon State game, followed by the UWAA Blanket Drive on Oct. 21 vs. California, and closing out the season with the UWPD Food Drive on Nov. 11 vs. UCLA.
Mahdavi Proves Worthy: At the first team meeting of the season Husky coach Rick Neuheisel announced that walkon linebacker Ben Mahdavi had been awarded a scholarship. Mahdavi is the only walkon player this season to receive a scholarship. Mahdavi made his head coach look good in the season opener against Miami when he came up with two of the Huskies' biggest plays. Midway through the second quarter he scooped up a fumble and raced 35 yards for a touchdown. Early in the fourth quarter he blocked a Vandal punt that UW recovered on the one-yard line and converted into a touchdown. A backup inside linebacker, Mahdavi also recorded seven tackles, a career high. Coming out of Mercer Island High School, Mahdavi had originally signed a national letter of intent at Utah, but opted to transfer before the start of the 1998 season. Mahdavi, a former all-state wrestler, first appear on a Husky roster as a fullback.
Youth Movement: Washington's two-deep roster is loaded with players who saw their first playing time last week against Idaho. The Husky offense includes four freshmen or redshirt freshmen. The defensive two-deep includes seven freshmen or redshirt freshmen. A total of nine true freshmen played against Idaho. Derrick Johnson scored on a 22-yard reverse to become the first Husky true freshman to score in a season opener since Andy Fuimaono scored on a two-yard run in Washington's 55-0 victory against UTEP on Sept. 11, 1982.
Sack Story: Washington's three quarterback sacks against Idaho equaled the most they recorded in a single game during the 1999 season. Twice last season the Huskies had three sacks (California and Washington State). Ossim Hatem and Marcus Roberson both recorded their first Husky sacks during the game while Derrell Daniels had the fourth overall during his career.
Under Construction: Just northwest of Husky Stadium is the current construction site of Washington's new indoor practice facility. Set to open late next summer, the 100,000-square foot building will include a full football field (120 yards) plus a running track. That is not the only recent physical improvement to the Husky football scene. In addition to the installation of the new FieldTurf playing surface in Husky Stadium, the team moved into a newly renovated lockerroom in Bank of America Arena. The Husky athletic training room and equipment room have also been completely renovated and expanded in the Arena. When the Arena renovation project is complete in late November, the team will benefit by new meeting rooms for each position coach.
New Field: Washington, after spending the last 32 years playing on AstroTurf at Husky Stadium, will play on a brand new surface in 2000. The Husky Stadium AstroTurf has been replaced by FieldTurf, a synthetic sports surface that duplicates the playing conditions of real grass. The field was installed in July, thanks to a gift from the Seattle Seahawks, who will share Husky Stadium for the next two seasons. Over the last few years, FieldTurf has been installed in a number of stadiums, most notably Memorial Stadium at the University of Nebraska, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Tropicana Field. UW, along with Tennessee, was one of the first two college football programs to install AstroTurf in 1968. Cross-state rival Washington State has also installed FieldTurf during the off-season.
Sharing With the Seahawks: The Seattle Seahawks will play the 2000 and 2001 seasons at Husky Stadium while their new stadium is constructed on the site of the old Kingdome, which was imploded last spring. The Seahawks open their exhibition season Sat., Aug. 5, against the Indianapolis Colts. In 1996, the Seahawks played two exhibition games and three regular-season games at Husky Stadium while repairs were made to the ceiling of the Kingdome. The Seahawks will play two preseason games and eight regular season games (plus any home playoff action) on the UW campus in each of the next two seasons.
For-Ward: Husky senior guard/tackle Chad Ward will be a strong candidate, literally, for Outland and Lombardi Trophy honors this season. A senior from tiny Finley, Wash., Ward is in his fourth season as a starter on the offensive line and has never redshirted a season at Washington. This summer, during the team's annual testing day, Ward set a school record with a 733-pound squat. He has power cleaned 430 pounds, bench pressed 500 pounds, recorded a 31-inch vertical leap and been timed in the 40-yard dash in 5.09 seconds. "When the pro scouts ask about Chad, and we tell them his power clean numbers, their eyes bulge out," says Husky strength coach Bill Gillispie. "He is about as powerful of a offensive lineman as I have ever seen." Ward will play both guard and tackle for the Huskies this season.
PAC-10 PREDICTION: In the annual preseason media poll conducted by the Pacific-10 Conference office, Washington was a narrow favorite to win the conference title. The Huskies edged second choice USC by only three points, but garnered 16 first-place votes to the Trojans' 11 in the second-closest voting in the poll's history. The preseason poll has successfully predicted the eventual league champion 17 of 39 times and only twice in the last seven years. The Huskies were last picked first in the poll in 1997, and finished the year in fourth place.
Decade & Century Honors: Lindy's preseason magazine named a Pac-10 Team of the Decade and of the Century, and former Washington star Steve Emtman figured prominently. Emtman, who won both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award and finished fourth in the 1991 Heisman Trophy ballotting, was named the Defensive Player of the Decade and Century. The other Husky to make the All-Century first team was George Wilson (1923-35), who was listed as a defensive back. Back Hugh McElhenny and lineman Max Starcevich made the Pac-10 All-Century second team. Besides Emtman, three Huskies made the All-Decade first team (tailback Napoleon Kaufman, offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy, free safety Lawyer Milloy) and four made the second (receiver Mario Bailey, center Olin Kreutz, defensive end Jason Chorak and inside linebacker Dave Hoffmann). Emtman was also named to the Walter Camp All-Century team.
A New Millenium: On Oct. 28, when Washington takes on Stanford at Stanford Stadium, the Huskies will play the 1,000th game in the school's history. Only 39 Division I teams will enter the 2000 season having played 1,000 games. Through 992 games so far, Washington has an all-time record of 606-336-50 (.636) and is one of only 18 teams with 600 or more all-time wins.
BROTHER ACT: Washington has featured a number of strong sibling pairs through its history, including many such combinations in recent years. This season, senior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo is joined on the UW roster by younger brother Zach Tuiasosopo, an freshman linebacker. Also teaming up are junior safety Hakim Akbar and his older brother, junior transfer Mikal Akbar, a receiver. Frosh offensive lineman Aaron Butler is the younger brother of former Husky linebacker Hillary Butler (1990-93) while junior defensive end Jonathan Schmidt is brother to former Husky captain Donovan Schmidt (1991-94). Here's a list of some notable recent brothers to play for the Huskies (years lettered in parentheses): Damon (1993-95) and Brock (1996-98) Huard, Dave (1989-92) and Steve Hoffmann (1992, 94-95), Jeff (1987, 89-90) and Shane (1989-92) Pahukoa, Mark (1987-89), Matt (1990-93) and Darius (1995) Jones, Ryan (1994-95) and Ben (1996-98) Kadletz, and Jay (1989-92) and Damon (1991-92) Barry.
Looking to Catch On: It's no secret that the Huskies are pretty inexperienced at the wide receiver position. With the graduation of Gerald Harris, Dane Looker and Joe Jarzynka from last year's squad, and with an injury keeping Chris Juergens out of action, Todd Elstrom is the only Husky wideout that caught a pass in 1999 (not counting backs and tight ends). Elstrom led UW against Idaho with six receptions for 104 yards (both career highs) and a touchdown, while sophomore Wilbur Hooks (5 rec., 59 yards), junior Wondame Davis (2 rec., 20 yards) and freshman Justin Robbins (1 rec., 12 yards) each recorded their first career reception.
Overflowing in Experience: Unlike the receiving corps, the offensive line has all kinds of experience. Washington has eight returning lettermen on the offensive line, six of whom have started in at least one game. The eight letterman linemen have combined to earn a total of 17 varsity letters, have played in a total of 180 regular season games and have started 74 regular season games. In terms of experience, senior Chad Ward leads the way, having appeared in all 33 games of his career, starting 30. Senior Elliot Silvers has made 21 starts and played in 36 games. Seniors Dominic Daste and Matt Fraize have played in 30 and 33 games, respectively.
Squad Breakdown: Washington returns a total of 50 letterwinners (26 offense, 21 defense, 3 kickers/punters) from last season's squad, while 28 letterwinners (16 offense, 12 defense) have departed. Officially, eight offensive and seven defensive starters return in 2000, as well as both the starting kicker (John Anderson) and punter (Ryan Fleming). On offense, the returning starters (`99 positions) include QB Marques Tuiasosopo, TB Willie Hurst, SE Chris Juergens, TE Jerramy Stevens and offensive linemen Kyle Benn (C), Rock Nelson (G), Elliot Silvers (T) and Chad Ward (T). Also back on the offense is FB Pat Conniff, who started six games in 1999. The defense sees the return of NT Larry Tripplett, OLB Jeremiah Pharms, OLB Jafar Williams, ILB Derrell Daniels, SS Hakim Akbar, FS Curtis Williams and CB Anthony Vontoure. With 17 total returning starters, Washington is tied with both USC and UCLA for most in the Pac-10.
Experience by the Numbers: With 50 returning lettermen and 17 returning starters, it's clear that the 2000 Washington squad is experienced. To further illustrate that point, consider: the players that accounted for all but one pass thrown last year return in 2000. Between them, Marques Tuiasosopo and Cody Pickett threw 299 passes, while departed wideout Dane Looker threw one. Five of Washington's six top rushers are back in 2000 and returning players accounted for 1,636 of the UW's 2,087 rushing yards last year (78.4 percent). The receiving corps is a bit less experienced as returners accounted for 1,245 of the UW's 2,276 receiving yards last season (54.7 percent). On the defensive side, returning players compiled 543 of Washington's 728 total tackles (74.6 percent) and 11 of 14 interceptions (78.6 percent). Between them, UW returning players have started a total of 178 career games entering the coming season, not counting "starts" by punter Ryan Fleming (22) and kicker John Anderson (11).
Aussie Rules: : Junior receiver Ja'Warren Hooker will probably have to rely on internet access in the Olympic Village this fall to follow his Husky football teammates' successes. Hooker, the 2000 Pac-10 champion in the 100 and 200 meters, was named to the 4x400 relay squad for the United States Olympic Team in July and will join the U.S. squad in Sydney for the 2000 Olympic Games. Hooker finished seventh in the 400-meter finals at the Olympic Trials, but was selected to six-man relay team. Hooker sat out the 1999 football season to concentrate on track and it's very unlikely he would play this fall after his return from Sydney. In two football seasons (1997-98), Hooker caught 15 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns. He also had seven kick returns for 249 yards and a TD.
Position Changes: Several Huskies have made position changes during the off-season. Here are the most notable of those: Chad Ward, a starter at offensive guard each of the last three seasons, will begin the 2000 season as a starting tackle ... starter Larry Tripplett moves from nose tackle to defensive tackle ... Jafar Williams, who started as an outside linebacker last year, moves to the inside in 2000 ... Wondame Davis, who started three games at cornerback in 1998 and was a regular reserve in the defensive backfield last year, has switched sides to play split end in 2000 ... returning starters Hakim Akbar and Curtis Williams have switched spots, Akbar is now a free safety and Williams is the strong safety ... Ben Mahdavi, a reserve fullback last year, has moved to inside linebacker.
Recent Changes: Since the 2000 media guide was published, there have been several changes to the Husky roster in terms of number and position switches. Former cornerback Lenny Haynes is now a wide receiver. Willie Hurst, who tried slotback and is listed as such in the media guide, is back at tailback. Former quarterback Adam Seery is now a safety. Ken Walker, who played linebacker last year, is now a fullback, and his number has changed to 45. Freshman Derrick Johnson is now a cornerback, as is freshman RayShon Dukes. Dukes, formerly No. 6, has also seen his uniform number change, to 8. Freshman receiver Mike Smith is now number 88 and freshman offensive lineman Andre Reeves has changed to number 73.
1999 Honors: A rundown of some of Washington's more notable postseason honors in 1999 (returning players only): PK John Anderson was named a first-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News, and was named to the All-Pac-10 team by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Tacoma News-Tribune and Football News ... SS Hakim Akbar was named second-team All-Pac-10 ... P Ryan Fleming and SE Chris Juergens were both named Region VIII Academic All-America ... TE Jerramy Stevens earned second-team honors on The Sporting News Freshman All-America team ... NT Larry Tripplett was second-team All-Pac-10 ... QB Marques Tuiasosopo earned second-team All-Pac-10 and was a first-teamer, according to the Tacoma News-Tribune and Football News ... the News-Tribune tabbed him as the Pac-10 Offensive MVP ... CB Anthony Vontoure was a Football News All-Pac-10 first-teamer ... OT Chad Ward picked up second-team All-Pac-10 honors.
Team of the 1990s: By almost any gauge, Washington was the Pac-10's team of the decade. Washington's 82-35-1 (.700) during the decade was easily the best among the 10 conference schools, 11 wins and .094 ahead of second-place Arizona. With a 58-21-1 Pac-10 (.731) mark, the Huskies also had 11 more league victories than the next nearest conference opponent, UCLA. Washington's overall record in the decade was the 12th-best in Division I. Washington made eight bowl game appearances in the 1990s and won four Pac-10 titles. With an average home attendance of 71,790 during the decade, the UW easily out-distances every other conference school in that category. Husky players earned first-team All-America honors 17 times in the last 10 years and 43 Huskies were first-team all-conference. In addition, Washington linemen won the Pac-10's prestigious Morris Trophy (given to the top offensive and defensive linemen in the league each season) seven times.
Tui in 2000: Washington senior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo is off to a solid start in 2000. In the season opener against Idaho, Tuiasosopo led the Huskies in rushing with 80 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown. Tuiasosopo completed 16 of 30 passes for 223 yards, one score and one interception. The game marked the fourth time during his career that he has accounted for more than 300 yards of total offense.
Tui Makes Move on 200 List: Senior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo threw for 223 yards in Washington's season opening victory against Idaho to record the 10th 200-yard passing game in his career. That moves him into a tie for fifth place on UW's all-time list. Brock Huard, currently in his second season with the Seattle Seahawks, tops the list with 14 200-yard passing performances.
Tui Over 1,000: Husky quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo rushed for 80 yards in the season opener against Idaho to bring his career rushing total to 1060 yards. Tuiasosopo rushed for 112 yards as a freshman in 1997, 327 yards as a sophomore and 541 yards last year. The Idaho game marked the sixth time in Tuiasosopo's 32-game career he has led the Huskies in rushing.
TOTALLY TUIASOSOPO: Senior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo proved to be one of the most versatile signalcallers in the nation during the 1999 season. No game proved that more than his record-setting performance in Washington's 35-30 victory against Stanford. He passed for a career high 302 yards and rushed for a career-high 207 yards to become the first Division I player to ever pass for 300 yards and rush for 200 yards in a game. There have only been three other Division I players to rush and pass for 200 yards in a game. There have only been six other times when a quarterback has passed for 300 yards and rushed for 100 yards. His 509 yards of total offense broke Washington's old school record of 419 yards set by Cary Conklin in 1989 vs. Arizona State. His 207 rushing yards ranks as the 12th best rushing performance in UW history. Tuiasosopo became only the fifth Husky quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game. He was the first since Dennis Fitzpatrick gained 249 rushing yards vs. Washington State in 1974. Tuiasosopo's total offense figure ranks as the fourth best game in Pac-10 history.
TUI'S PASSING MARKS: Senior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo made a nice transition into the starting quarterback's role last season. Prior to the 1999 season, he had made three regular-season starts in his first 20 games. In 1999, he passed for more than 200 yards in seven contests, just one game short of the Huskies' single-season record of eight set by Cary Conklin in 1980. Tuiasosopo had a career-high passing effort, with 302 yards vs. Stanford. A week earlier, at California, Tuiasosopo came up with the best "big play" day of his career to lead the Huskies past the Bears. He completed passes of 55, 83, 39 and 36 yards. He finished with 300 passing yards on just 10 completions. Thanks to those passing totals, he becomes the first UW quarterback to post back-to-back 300-yard passing games since Sonny Sixkiller did it in 1970. Tuiasosopo had the most accurate passing game of his career in Washington's 34-20 victory against Oregon. Tuiasosopo completed 17 of 21 (.809) of his passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns to help defeat the Ducks. Here's a few more of Tui's passing notes from the 1999 season: o Tuiasosopo passed for 2,221 yards on the year, the third-highest total among Pac-10 quarterbacks. Oregon State's Jonathon Smith led the league with 2,784 passing yards while Stanford's Todd Husak had 2,688. o Tuiasosopo's passing total of 2,221 yards ranked as the fifth-best season in UW history. o Tuiasosopo set career highs for passing attempts in Washington's first two games. He threw 43 passes vs. Air Force after opening the season with 36 tosses at BYU. Tuiasosopo's previous high coming into last year was 30 vs. Oregon in 1997, his first career start. o His 22 completions vs. BYU bettered his previous high of 15 vs. Oregon (1997) and California (1998). o He registered back-to-back career highs in passing yards with 300 vs. California and 302 vs. Stanford. o Tuiasosopo's 83-yard touchdown pass to Todd Elstrom tied as the second longest in UW history. o During a three-game stretch that covered the Oregon, Oregon State and Arizona State games, Tuiasosopo completed 75% (47 of 63) of his passes. o Tuiasosopo had seven 200-yard passing games. The Husky single-season record is eight games set by Cary Conklin (1989).
The Running QB: Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo finished second on the team in rushing with 541 yards on 138 carries and six scores last year. In 1998, he finished second on the team with 327 rushing yards on 43 carries, and in rushing TDs with seven. Only current Jacksonville Jaguar quarterback Mark Brunell rushed for more TDs in a season as a Husky quarterback. Brunell had 10 rushing TDs in 1990 and eight in 1992.
TUIASOSOPO UP FOR THE UNITAS: Senior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo is one of 23 QBs under consideration for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the nation's top senior quarterback by the Frank Camp Chapter of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The selection committee will narrow the field to five finalists, and announce that list on Oct. 25. The 2000 receipient will be announced Nov. 21 and the award will be presented Dec. 8, in Louisville, Ky., where Unitas will make the presentation himself. Established in 1987, the award has been presented to 13 players, including two Pac-10 quarterbacks - Rodney Peete (USC) in 1988 and Cade McNown (UCLA) in 1998. Oregon's A.J. Feeley is the only other Pac-10 signalcaller on the list of candidates this season.
CAPTAINS: In a vote of teammates, senior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo, senior offensive lineman Chad Ward and junior safety Hakim Akbar were named captains of the 2000 Husky team. For Tuiasosopo, it is a rare feat in that he is serving as captain for the second straight season, something that's only happened six times in Washington history, including last year, when Lester Towns spent his second straight season as captain, the first time since Ray Pinney earned the post in 1974 (Coach Jim Owens' first season) and again in 1975 (Coach Don James' first year). Besides Pinney, Towns and Tuiasosopo, the other four Washington football players to spend two seasons as captain were: Frank Griffiths (1889-90), Jack Lindsay (1896-97), Ray Eckmann (1921-22) and Sonny Sixkiller (1971-72). Washington also names a game captain each week, with junior defensive end Ryan Julian receiving the honor last week against Idaho.
HISTORY LESSON: Successfully rushing the football and winning go hand-in-hand for the Huskies. Since 1990, Washington has rushed for 200 yards in a game 49 times. The Huskies' record stands at 44-4-1 (.908) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 19-1-1 when rushing for 200 yards.
The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 145-34-3 (.805) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. Washington had six 100-yard game performances last season: Braxton Cleman (100 yards) vs. Air Force, Willie Hurst (161 yards) vs. Oregon and (108 yards) vs. Oregon State, Marques Tuiasosopo (207 yards) vs. Stanford, Maurice Shaw (113 yards) vs. Stanford and Paul Arnold (126 yards) vs. Washington State.
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 33 freshmen played, including 10 in 1997 and eight in 1998. In 1999, six true freshmen - tailback Paul Arnold, placekicker John Anderson, tight end Kevin Ware, wide receiver Quentin Morgan, safety Levi Madarieta, and quarterback Cody Pickett - saw playing time. Against Idaho,Washington played a whopping nine true freshmen, including cornerbacks Chris Massey, Derrick Johnson and Roc Alexander, wide receiver Justin Robbins, safeties Jimmy Newell and Greg Carothers, defensive end Jerome Stevens, tailback Rich Alexis and outside linebacker Marquis Cooper.
STEVENS THE NEXT?: In 1998, when Sports Illustrated released a poll of the best colleges for each position, it selected Washington as the top program for tight ends. Sophomore Jerramy Stevens certainly made a case that he'll eventually join that very elite group. Last season, Stevens finished third on the team with 21 receptions for 265 yards and four touchdowns. He had his best pass catching day against Washington State when he pulled down six passes for 53 yards. His most productive game came against Stanford when he caught five passes for 88 yards. His four TD catches are a UW record for freshmen tight ends. To put that in perspective, the best scoring seasons of such former standout UW tight ends as Mark Bruener (3 TDs in 1993), Cameron Cleeland (3 TDs in 1996) and Ernie Conwell (2 TDs in 1994, '95).
AKBAR AT 'EM AGAIN: Washington junior strong safety Hakim Akbar did not show any signs of experiencing a "sophomore slump" in 1999. Tabbed a Freshman All-American in 1998 by The Sporting News, Akbar was once again a key figure in the Husky defense. He finished tied for second on the defense with 69 tackles, including 33 solo stops. He had three tackles for loss, recovered two fumbles and caused one fumble. He was also credited with breaking up six passes and recorded an interception vs. Arizona. Akbar led the Huskies with a career-high 16 tackles against Air Force and the Falcons' option-oriented rushing game. Akbar was named the Pac-10 defensive player of the week after leading the team with 10 tackles in the Huskies' 31-24 victory against Colorado. Washington held the Buffaloes to 289 yards of total offense after CU entered the game averaging 527 yards per contest.
THE KICKER: Washington sophomore place kicker John Anderson proved to be one of the most valuable true freshmen in the nation in 1999. Anderson had an outstanding year on the Husky special teams. He converted 13 of 18 field goals and 34 of 35 PATs. He led Washington in scoring with 73 points. Anderson began to make his mark when he booted a 50-yard field goal against Oregon State. That kick ended a 16-year stretch in which the Huskies had not recorded a 50-yard field goal. Anderson's boot was the longest by a UW kicker since Jeff Jaeger converted a 52-yard field goal in 1983 vs. Oregon. Jaeger was also a freshman that season. Since Jaeger's kick, the Huskies had made 224 field goals over the previous 17 seasons without making one from at least 50 yards. Anderson was two years old when Jaeger made the last 50-yard field goal. Anderson went on to prove that long boot was no fluke. He ended the season with three 50-yard field goals to his credit, including a 56-yarder at UCLA to tie the UW school record. That field goal was the longest by a Pac-10 kicker in 1999. It tied as the 14th longest in league history and it was the longest by a true freshman in conference history. His kick was the seventh longest in Pac-10 history since 1989, when use of a kicking tee was eliminated. Anderson has now accounted for three of the nine 50-yard field goals in UW history. When Anderson booted three FGs vs. Stanford, it marked the first time a Husky kicker has done that since John Wales vs. California in 1994. It was the first time a Husky kicker had converted three 40-yard field goals since Brandy Brownlee made three (47, 48, 49 and 30) vs. Texas A&M in 1987.
A FIRST FOR A FRESHMAN?: Washington sophomore kicker John Anderson is believed to be only the second true freshman to kick three 50-yard field goals in a single season. Based on research provided by other Division I sports information departments, Anderson's three 50-yarders last season were a rarity for first-year players. The only other true freshman to equal Anderson was Texas A&M's Tony Franklin. Franklin, who kicked 15 50-yard field goals during his career at Texas A&M from 1975-78, had kicks of 50, 50 and 59 yards his first season as an Aggie. Another Texas A&M kicker, Kyle Bryant, had three 50-yard field goals in 1994 when he was a redshirt freshman for the Aggies. It should be noted that all of Franklin's kicks came when placekickers were allowed to use a one-inch tee. Washington State All-America kicker Jason Hanson, who owns the NCAA career record with 18 50-yard field goals, had two (52 and 51) during his freshman season in 1988.
FLEMING GETS HIS KICKS: Washington punter Ryan Fleming had one of the best seasons punting the ball in recent Husky history. Fleming's average (40.2) was the best by a Husky punter since John Werdel averaged 40.8 yards in 1991. That figures as the seventh best average in UW history. He has had several outstanding moments in the 1999 season. Fleming averaged 44.3 yards per punt on seven kicks in UW's 31-27 victory at California. He outdueled Cal's standout Nick Harris, who entered the game ranked second nationally in punting. Harris averaged just 39.1 yards on eight kicks. Fleming tied the Washington school record for longest punt with a 73-yard effort against BYU. Fleming now shares the mark with Don Feleay, who had a 73-yard punt vs. Navy in 1975. Fleming pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line on 13 of his 50 punts last year. Fleming's 50 punts last year marked the lowest number among the Pac-10's starting punters.
Playing at Home: Washington has won 51 of its last 63 (.810) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (51-11-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 99-23-2 (.806) at home and are 69-16-2 (.805) 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.
The Shutout Streak: Washington's 44-20 win over Idaho last week marked the 217th consecutive game in which Washington has not been shut out. That's the best streak among Pac-10 schools. BYU has the nation's longest streak at 313 games (NCAA record), while Texas is second with 225 games. The last opponent to hold the Huskies scoreless was UCLA (31-0) on Nov. 7, 1981. Washington has played 144 Pac-10 games since then without a shutout - the second best current streak among Pac-10 schools.
ELITE COMPANY: Did you know that Washington is one of seven programs to be ranked among the 15th winningest in the nation for both the decades of the '80 and '90s? The Huskies put together an 83-33-1 (.714) from 1980-89 to rank as the 14th most successful program for that decade. During the '90s Washington's record was 82-34-1 (.705) to rank 12th in the Division I ranks.
Missing THE TROJANS: For the second straight season, 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 years. That system changes in 2002, when teams will miss eachother for only one season at a time.
HISTORIC HUSKY STADIUM: The 2000 season marks the 81th season of play in Husky Stadium. Originally 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. That makes Husky Stadium the 24th-largest college football venue in the nation. It is the 20th-largest on-campus facility in the country. Washington's all-time record in Husky Stadium currently stands at 316-133-21.
Ranked-Wins Streak Grows: Washington's upset of 25th-ranked Oregon on Oct. 2, 1999, marked the 11th-straight year the Huskies have defeated an opponent ranked in the Associated Press poll. In fact, Washington has defeated an AP-ranked team in 22 of its last 23 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.
Another packed house: Washington's average of 71,790 fans per home game last year was the eighth highest average in Pac-10 history. The all-time Pac-10 record for average home attendance was set by USC in 1988 (76,063). Washington, however, has seven of the top 10 highest averages in history despite playing in a smaller stadium than either USC or UCLA. Washington also holds the Pac-10 record for total attendance in a season with 504,770 total fans in 1992 (7 games).
Another tough schedule: Last year, Washington faced six team that went on to play in a bowl game. Only nine teams in the nation faced more than six bowl teams, led by South Carolina, who faced nine. This season, Washington's non-conference opponent combined to go 23-13 last season, a winning percentage of .639. This year, the Husky schedule includes six teams that played in bowl games last season.
Huskies in the NFL: Washington had 45 of its former players listed on NFL preseason rosters in 2000. That list includes four players off of last year's UW team: LB Lester Towns (Carolina), WR Dane Looker (New England), DL Jabari Issa (Arizona) and DL Mac Tuiaea (San Diego). Washington also has a remarkable total of seven tight ends on NFL rosters: Eric Bjornson (New England), Jeremy Brigham (Oakland), Mark Bruener (Pittsburgh), Cameron Cleeland (New Orleans), Ernie Conwell (St. Louis), Reggie Davis (San Diego) and Aaron Pierce (Baltimore).
HUSKY QBS LEAD THE WAY: Washington has six former quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL. That's the highest total among all colleges. That group includes: Mark Brunell (Jacksonville), Chris Chandler (Atlanta), Billy Joe Hobert (Indianapolis), Brock Huard (Seattle), Damon Huard (Miami) and Warren Moon (Kansas City).That list does not include former Husky QB Eric Bjornson, who has made his career in the NFL as a tight end, currently with New England.
HUSKY legend: Legendary Husky defensive lineman Steve Emtman, the top pick in the 1992 NFL Draft, will be honored as this Saturday's Husky Legend. Emtman will be introduced to the Husky Stadium crowd between the third and fourth quarters. A 1991 consensus All-American, Emtman anchored a Husky defense that allowed just 67.1 yards per game en route to the 1991 National Championship. He remains the only Husky ever to receive the prestigious Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy, and finished second in the 1991 Heisman balloting.Emtman is now making a difference with the 2000 Huskies, as a volunteer strength coach.
AUTHOR, AUTHOR: "The Glory of Washington," a new book detailing the 110-year history of Washington athletics, will be available in October. The book, written by UW media relations director Jim Daves and W. Thomas Porter, is available by phone (877-424-BOOK) or on-line at www.SportsPublishingInc.com.
CAREER STARTs: (2000 starts/career starts) OFFENSE -- WR: Todd Elstrom (1/6), Wondame Davis (0/3), Wilbur Hooks, Jr. (1/1), Patrick Reddick (0/1). OL: Chad Ward (1/26), Elliot Silvers (1/24), Kyle Benn (1/14), Rock Nelson (0/7), Dominic Daste (0/5), Wes Call (1/2), Matt Fraize (1/1). TE: Jerramy Stevens (1/11), John Westra (0/2). QB: Marques Tuiasosopo (1/16). TB: Willie Hurst (0/15), Braxton Cleman (0/1), Paul Arnold (1/1). FB: Pat Conniff (1/10), Ken Walker (0/1). DEFENSE -- LB: Jeremiah Pharms (1/27), Jafar Williams (1/12), Derrell Daniels (1/12), Anthony Kelley (1/1). DL: Larry Tripplett (1/13), Ryan Julian (1/3), Ossim Hatem (1/1). S: Hakim Akbar (1/18), Curtis Williams (1/13). CB: Toure Butler (0/12), Anthony Vontoure (0/10), Omare Lowe (1/4), Chris Massey (1/1).
RANDOM HUSKY NOTES: The usual UW schedule calls for two non-conference home games and one non-league road game, this year that road game is at Colorado ... during the '90's, Washington went only 4-5 in such games (there was no non-conference road game in '92), but the list of opponents is a strong one: Purdue (1990 win), Nebraska (1991 win and 1998 loss), Ohio State (1993 loss and 1995 loss), Miami (1994 win), Notre Dame (1996 loss) and Brigham Young (1997 win and 1999 loss) ... Washington spent last season in a temporary locker room, training room and equipment room, but moved into their brand new facilities in newly-renovated Bank of America Arena in August ... what do starting UW senior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo and walkon junior safety Nick Olszewski have in common? More than you might think. The two players are cousins ... offensive line coach Brent Myers grew up in North Seattle and used to come to Husky games with his father, who was served as the security guard outside the tunnel during the 1960's and 70's.