Huskies Battle Cardinal In Homecoming Game
Oct. 25, 1999
SEATTLE - Washington (4-3, 3-1) returns to Husky Stadium to face Stanford (5-2, 5-0) at 12:30 p.m. PDT on Oct. 30. The game will be televised to a regional audience by ABC Sports. It is Washington's homecoming game for the 1999 season. A capacity crowd of 72,500 is expected at Husky Stadium.
TELEVISION: ABC Sports will televise the game. Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts will call the action from the booth while Todd Harris will provide sideline reports. Fox Sports Net Northwest will air a replay of the game on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 4 p.m. PDT. Tod Pickett and Sonny Sixkiller will call the action.
HOMECOMING: Saturday's Stanford game is Homecoming for Washington. The Huskies' all-time record in homecoming games stands at 37-23-3. Washington is 15-4 in homecoming games since 1980. The Huskies are 6-8 all-time against the Cardinal during Homecoming. The last time the Cardinal was the Huskies' homecoming opponent was in 1983 when Washington posted a 32-15 victory.
RADIO: KOMO AM-1000 broadcasts 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.
THE SERIES: Saturday's game will be the 72nd meeting in the series between Stanford and Washington. The Huskies lead the series 35-32-4. Washington owns a 17-16-3 advantage in games played in Seattle and is 16-14-3 in games played at Husky Stadium. This is UW coach Rick Neuheisel's first game against the Cardinal. Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham is 0-2 against the Huskies.
Washington owns a two-game win streak in the series. The Huskies have won the last nine games played in Husky Stadium. Stanford's last victory in Seattle came in 1975. The two teams have not met since the 1996 season. Washington has dominated the series in recent years, winning 16 of the last 18 meetings, dating back to the 1977 season. Prior to that, Stanford had pieced together a 10-game win streak in the series. The two teams first met in 1893, Washington's fourth season of fielding a varsity team. Stanford is the first Pac-10 team Washington ever faced.
THE LAST MEETING: Junior tailback Corey Dillon made his first start for Washington and led the Huskies to a 27-6 victory against Stanford at Husky Stadium. The Cardinal held a 6-3 advantage in the first half thanks to a pair of field goals by Kevin Miller. The Huskies tied the game early in the third quarter when John Wales converted his second FG of the game. The Huskies pulled away in the final quarter, scoring 21 unanswered points. Wide receiver Jerome Pathon caught six passes for 128 yards, including a pair of fourth-quarter scores.
Dillon provided UW's other touchdown as he finished the contest with 173 yards on 36 carries. Dillon also added 45 receiving yards and 42 kick return yards to total 260 all-purpose yards. In the second half, the Husky defense was outstanding. Washington held Stanford to a pair of first down, minus 16 rushing yards and a total of 47 yards of total offense. Todd Husak was forced into action during the game when Chad Hutchinson was forced out of the game at the end of the second quarter with a concussion.
THE REUNION: During Saturday's game, the 1959 Husky football team will be honored on the 40th anniversary of its appearance in the 1960 Rose Bowl. Over 60 members of that team, including head coach Jim Owens, are expected to return to Seattle for a Friday evening dinner and Saturday's game. The 1959 team marked the first time since 1943 that the Huskies appeared in the Rose Bowl. It was also the first Husky team to win the Rose Bowl, defeating sixth-ranked Wisconsin 44-8. Washington posted a 10-1 record in 1959 and allowed just 73 points in 11 games.
The following season, the Huskies returned to the Rose Bowl and defeated Minnesota 17-7.
INJURY REPORT: After staying relatively healthy for the first half of the season, the Huskies have suffered some substantial injuries during their last two games. Sophomore split end Chris Juergens is doubtful with a sprained ankle vs. California. Backup free safety Renard Edwards is questionable with a sprained ankle vs. California. Sophomore outside linebacker Jafar Williams is probably after suffering back spasms vs. California. Senior DE Mac Tuiaea is questionable with a sprained knee he suffered against Arizona State. Sophomore backup tailback Braxton Cleman is doubtful after suffering a partially collapsed lung vs. Arizona State. Sophomore offensive guard Rock Nelson is probable after suffering a pinched nerve in his neck vs. Arizona State. Senior cornerback Jermaine Smith is probable after a sprained ankle suffered in practice prior to the Arizona State game. Five other notable players are out for an extended period of time: Sophomore DT Joe Collier (one to two more weeks, knee), junior CB Toure Butler (season, both knees), sophomore WR Patrick Reddick (season, knee), RS-freshman TB Jelani Harrison (nerve/back) ... junior TE John Westra is out with a knee injury (ACL & MCL) suffered vs. Air Force.
THE COACH: Rick Neuheisel is in his first season as the head coach at Washington after taking over the program January 9. He is 4-3 at Washington with a five-year record of 37-17 (.685). 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.
FORMER HUSKIES: Several members of Stanford's coaching staff have Husky ties. Cardinal offensive coordinator Bill Diedrick was an assistant coach from 1994-97. He worked as the Huskies' offensive coordinator from 1994-95 and the quarterbacks' coach in 1996-97. Denny Schuler was a secondary coach at Washington in 1975. Stanford running backs coach Buzz Preston was a graduate assistant for Don James in 1983.
STANFORD TIES: Washington outside linebackers' coach Tom Williams graduated from Stanford in 1992. He was a four-time letterman at inside linebacker for the Cardinal from 1989-92. As a senior, Williams helped the Cardinal to a 10-3 record that included a 6-2 league record and a share of the Pac-10 Championship with Washington. That Bill Walsh-coached team defeated Penn State in the Blockbuster Bowl and finished ninth in the final polls. Williams was a District 8 Academic All-American and a Pac-10 All-Academic selection as a senior.
PICK TOTALS UP: Washington's defense has eight interceptions so far this year, including two that were returned for touchdowns. That's good news after the 1998 defense managed only five interceptions. Sophomore cornerback Anthony Vontoure leads the Husky secondary with three interceptions (ranking him 20th nationally) while senior cornerback Jermaine Smith, junior free safety Curtis Williams and sophomore Omare Lowe each have one pass theft. Vontoure and inside linebacker Jamaun Willis both ran back interceptions for scores against Oregon State. Vontoure's return went for 44 yards while Willis' covered 24 yards. Those scores marked the first time since the 1997 Aloha Bowl that the Huskies have returned an interception for a score.
Ironically, Washington ran back two interceptions for scores in the bowl appearance vs. Michigan State. Last season's interception total (five) is the lowest in the history of the Washington program.
SAD SACKS: After leading the Pac-10 and finishing second nationally with 51 sacks last season, the Huskies are finding tackling the opponent quarterback a stiffer challenge this year. Washington enters the Stanford game with just eight QB sacks this season. Jeremiah Pharms and Derrell Daniels lead the team with two sacks apiece.
THE BIG PLAYS LOG: For the second year in a row, Washington is having difficulties producing big plays on offense. The Huskies have four rushing plays this year over 25 yards and 12 passing plays that have covered that distance.
Last year's team totaled just 23 plays of at least 25 yards. Defensively, the Huskies have allowed just four rushes of over 25 yards. Opponents have managed to complete 16 passes for at least 25 yards. The Huskies did rely on the Big Play to post a 31-27 victory at California. Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo had passing plays go for 55, 83, 39 and 36 yards. Tuiasosopo averaged 30 yards per reception on his 10 completions. The Huskies accumulated 320 yards of their total offense on just 10 of the 62 plays they ran during the game.
LESTER'S BACK IN FORM: After playing last season with a nagging foot injury, Husky senior linebacker Lester Towns has returned to his old form this year. Towns is currently second on the team with 46 tackles and is tied for the team lead on the defense with six tackles for loss. Towns led Washington against Arizona State with 10 tackles. He has looked much quicker this season and he attributes that to overcoming some early-season apprehension about his foot injury. It was during the spring of 1998 that Towns dropped a 45-pound weight plate on his foot. He had surgery that spring and again following the 1998 season.
DAWGS ON THE RUN: Washington capitalized on a solid rushing attack during its three-game win streak against Colorado, Oregon and Oregon State. Over the last five games, the Huskies have averaged 48.6 rushing attempts per game, roughly 69 percent of the offensive plays during that stretch. With junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo capable of running an option-oriented offense, the Huskies were superb grinding out yards on the ground and controlling the game clock. The UW offensive line, considered a "weak link" by preseason pundits, has gelled into a cohesive unit. In the Huskies' win vs. Colorado, the Huskies rushed the ball 52 times for 205 yards and controlled the clock for 36:27. Washington upped all of those numbers vs. Oregon by running the ball 57 times for 256 yards and managing the clock for 38:26.
Against Oregon State, the Huskies turned in a 254-yard rushing effort with 52 carries. Washington controlled the clock a season-high 41:17 vs. the Beavers. Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst came off the bench to rush for 85 yards and two scores on 19 carries against Colorado and set career highs with 30 carries for 161 yards and one score against Oregon. At Oregon State, he gained 108 yards and two scores on 17 carries vs. the Beavers.
Here's a breakdown of the Huskies offensive picture this year:
Rushing Passing Time of Game Att. Yds. Att. Yds Possession BYU 28 86 36 237 25:17 Air Force 26 138 44 195 29:06 Colorado 52 205 23 210 36:27 Oregon 57 256 21 211 38:26 Oregon State 52 254 20 93 41:17 Arizona State 42 153 26 206 28:56 California 40 133 22 300 26:59
Here are some more interesting aspects of the Huskies' rushing game.
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 46 times. The Huskies' record stands at 41-4-1 (.902) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 16-1-1 when rushing for 200 yards.
HURST'S BURSTS: Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst has been the hammer in Washington's rushing game this year. During Washington's three-game winning streak, Hurst piled up 354 rushing yards (118.0 ypg.) on 66 carries. He rushed for five scores during that span. Last season Hurst managed just four rushing TDs all season.
HURST TOPS 1000: Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst reached the 1000-yard rushing mark in his career last week at California. Here's a look at his career numbers:
Year G-S TC Yds. Lost Net Avg. TD LG AVG/G 1998 10-6 149 576 38 538 3.6 4 45 53.8 1999 7-6 113 536 33 503 4.5 5 41 71.9 Totals 17-12 262 1112 71 1041 4.0 9 45 61.2
AKBAR AT 'EM AGAIN: Washington sophomore strong safety Hakim Akbar is not showing any signs of experiencing a "sophomore slump." Tabbed a Freshman All-American last season by The Sporting News, Akbar is once again a key figure in the Husky defense. He leads Washington with 56 tackles, including 25 solo stops. He has two tackles for loss, recovered two fumbles and caused one fumble. He has also been credited with breaking up four passes.
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 HOT HAND: Washington sophomore Chris Juergens has been the hot receiver this season for the Huskies. UW coach Rick Neuheisel calls him a "young Danny Farmer." Juergens leads the team with 33 catches for 433 yards and is averaging 61.9 receiving yards per game. He has topped the team in receiving in five of seven games this year.
Against Colorado, it was his nine-yard reception for a touchdown with 5:37 to play that proved to be the winning score in UW's 31-24 win. Juergens led the Huskies with seven catches for 75 yards in the season opener at BYU.
Against Air Force, he recorded eight receptions for 96 yards. Juergens set career best marks for receptions in both games and his yardage mark vs. the Falcons was also a career high until he bettered that mark with 105 yards vs. Arizona State (eight receptions). Against Oregon, he had six catches for 91 yards.
Last season, as a true freshman, Juergens set several rookie records, while finishing 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' five touchdown receptions were also a freshman record.
Juergens' Great Start
Name Receptions 1. Paul Skansi (1979) 31 2. Chris Juergens (1998) 27 3. Jason Shelley (1992) 20 4. Scott Phillips (1973) 18
Juergens Freshman vs. Sophomore Year Comparison
Year G-S Rec. Yds. Avg. TD LG YPG 1998 10-3 27 414 15.3 5 66 41.4 1999 7-6 33 433 13.1 1 34 61.8 Totals 17-9 60 847 14.1 6 66 49.8
TUI'S PASSING MARKS: Junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo has made a nice transition into the starting quarterback's role this season. Prior to this season, he had made three regular-season starts in his first 20 games. He has passed for more than 200 yards in five contests and just missed (195) vs. Air Force. He had the best 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.
Last week, while his passing efforts were not his best, Tuiasosopo came up with the best "big play" day of his career to lead the Huskies past California. He completed passes of 55, 83, 39 and 36 yards. He finished with 300 passing yards on just 10 completions. Here's a few more of Tui's passing notes:
Tuiasosopo's Career Numbers
Season G-S Att. Comp. Int. Yds. Pct. TD LG Avg. 1997 9-1 64 37 1 650 .578 3 54 72.2 1998 11-2 79 40 5 484 .506 2 51 44.0 1999 7-7 188 111 8 1452 .590 9 83 207.4 Totals 27-10 331 188 14 2586 .568 14 83 95.8
FANTASTIC FOURTHS: Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo has been at his best late in games. His fourth-quarter effort vs. Colorado was a classic. The Husky junior quarterback guided the Huskies to a pair of touchdowns and rallied the team from a 21-17 deficit to a 31-24 victory. In the final 15 minutes, Tuiasosopo completed six of seven passes for 112 yards and the two scores. He did not have a rushing attempt in the final quarter. Tuiasosopo's 36-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Harris was the longest scoring toss of his career (at the time).
In Washington's victory against Oregon, Tuiasosopo was 4-4 passing in the final quarter for 66 yards, including two TD tosses. He added three rushes for 12 yards.
Tuiasosopo's Fourth Quarter Breakdown
Passing Rushing Total Game A-C-I Yds TD Att. Yds TD Off. BYU 20-13-0 116 0 6 24 2 140 Air Force 7-3-1 27 0 3 1 0 27 Colorado 7-6-0 112 2 0 0 0 112 Oregon 4-4-0 66 2 4 12 0 78 Oregon State 2-2-0 17 0 3 25 0 42 Arizona State 10-8-0 69 0 2 21 0 90 California 7-3-1 87 0 4 21 0 108 Totals 57-39-2 494 4 22 104 2 598
TOTALLY OFFENSIVE: Junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo finally got a break from the action in Washington's fifth game of the season. Tuiasosopo took Washington's first 335 offensive snaps this year before true freshman quarterback Cody Pickett replaced him in the third quarter of Washington's 47-21 win vs. the Beavers. Tuiasosopo currently tops the Huskies in total offense with an average of 244.0 yards per game.
Tuiasosopo has rushed for 256 yards this year and passed for 1452 yards. He is currently averaging 38.7 offensive plays (pass or rush) per game, which puts him on a pace to set break Cary Conklin's single-season record of 433 attempts. Conklin also owns the record for total offense yards (2,502) he set in 1989.
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 28 receptions for 408 yards. He is coming off the best game of his career, a 111-yard effort at California that included a season-best 55-yard reception.
Earlier this year, Harris set a career high with nine receptions against Air Force. He has recorded TD receptions vs. Colorado and Oregon. 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 eligibility following the 1999 season.
Harris' Career Stats
Year G-S Rec. Yds. Avg. TD LG YPG 1996 11-2 6 107 17.8 2 67 9.7 1998 8-6 25 257 10.3 2 35 32.1 1999 7-5 28 408 14.6 2 55 58.3 Totals 26-13 59 772 13.1 6 67 30.0
DAWGHOUSE DOMINANCE: Husky Stadium has been a tough place for Pac-10 teams to win this decade. Since 1990, UW owns an impressive 32-6-1 (.833) record at home against Pac-10 opponents. The 1997 (2-2) season marks the only time the Huskies have lost more than one conference matchup at home.
THE FRESHMAN KICKER: When Washington freshman kicker John Anderson booted a 50-yard field goal against Oregon State, it ended a 16-year stretch where the Huskies had not recorded a 50-yard kick. 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, the Huskies have made 224 field goals over the last 17 seasons without making one at least 50 yards. Anderson was two-years old when Jaeger made the last 50-yard field goal.
Playing at Home: Washington has won 48 of its last 60 (.808) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (48-11-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 96-23-2 (.802) at home and are 66-16-2 (.798) 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 RED ZONE: The Huskies have done a very good job of putting points on the scoreboard when they penetrate the opponent's 20-yard line this season. Washington has converted 19 of 23 trips inside the Red Zone into points. The Husky defense, on the other hand, has done a nice job of making it tough on opponents inside the Red Zone. Washington has allowed opponents only 18 touchdowns on 33 opportunities. Here's the breakdown of Washington and the Huskies' opponents when they penetrate the Red Zone (20-yard line):
UW Opp. Inside the Red Zone 23 33 Scores 19 24 Touchdowns 16 18 Field Goals 3 6 Missed FGs - 1 Blocked FGs - - Lost Fumbles 1 3 Interceptions - - Loss of Downs 3 4 Time Expired - 1 Punt - -
GETTING HIS KICKS: Washington punter Ryan Fleming is coming off one of the top performances of his two-year Husky career. 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's current punting average (42.0) has him in line to be the first UW punter to average better than 40-yards per punt since John Werdel averaged 41.0 in 1991. Fleming's current average is the best by a Husky punter since Jeff Partridge averaged 42.1 yards in 1982. 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 has pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line on nine of his 33 punts this year.
RANDOM HUSKY NOTES: The Oregon State game marked the first time in senior wide receiver Dane Looker's career (17 games at the time) that he did not record a reception ... junior fullback Pat Conniff recorded his first receiving touchdown vs. Oregon State ... of Washington head coach Rick Neuheisel's 37 all-time wins, 23 have been by more than 10 points ... Willie Hurst's 41-yard touchdown run vs. Oregon State is the longest rush of the season by a Husky ... when Anthony Vontoure and Jamaun Willis returned interceptions for touchdowns against Oregon State, it marked the first time a Husky player had run back a pick for a score since the 1997 Aloha Bowl, which also marked the last time two UW players (Lester Towns and Tony Parrish) returned interceptions for scores ... Washington's 45-0 halftime lead vs. Oregon State marked the first time the Huskies had scored 45 points in the first two quarters since a 45-3 lead against Kansas State during the 1991 season ... Ryan 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. ... redshirt freshman Ben Mahdavi scored Washington's first touchdown of the season when he recovered a fumbled punt for a score at BYU. The play was only the second during Mahdavi's career. Ironically, Mahdavi came to Washington after originally enrolling at Utah, BYU's arch rival... Washington's defense went into the California game having surrendered just 14 points during the first quarter this year. The Golden Bears scored 14 points in the first quarter themselves ... the Huskies have scored 63 points in the fourth quarter this year after totaling just 31 fourth-quarter points all of last year ... What do starting UW junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo and walkon sophomore free safety Nick Olszewski have in common? More than you might think. The two players are cousins ... Washington coach Rick Neuheisel on his team's penchant for running the ball "We (coaching staff) are going to get thrown out of the Drop Back Passing Club." ... Marques Tuiasosopo's 83-yard touchdown pass to Todd Elstrom vs. California ties as the second-longest completion in UW history.
FULLBACKS ARE BACK: One position that has not been featured in the Husky offensive scheme the past few years has been the fullback. That has all changed this year. Junior Pat Conniff and senior Maurice Shaw have combined for 38 carries totaling 193 yards (5.1 avg.) this season. Last season, Conniff as the primary fullback, recorded 18 carries all season for 60 yards. Conniff has caught seven passes this year after recording just two receptions all of last season.
Shaw has split time between the fullback and tailback slot. He took over the rushing duties for the Huskies against California and posted a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.
STARTING 0-2: History indicates that Husky teams do not typically post a strong record when they get off to a 0-2 start, like this year's team did. Washington has started 0-2 12 times during its history, including eight times since the 1945 season. Only the 1965 (Rose Bowl) and 1985 (Freedom Bowl) team managed to qualify for a bowl game.
The 1975 team posted a 6-5 record, but did not qualify for a bowl game. The '85 squad managed the best comeback after a slow start. That season the Huskies finished 7-5, including a 20-17 win vs. Colorado in the Freedom Bowl.
STARTING 2-0: Starting 2-0 in Pac-10 play has been a good sign for Husky teams in the past. Since 1977, when Washington starts 2-0 in the league, the Huskies have played in a bowl game every season (13 times), except for the 1993 season when the team was on probation and ineligible for a postseason contest.
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. For his efforts, he was named a Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the 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.
CALIFORNIA RECAP: Washington used a familiar plot line in its 31-27 victory at California last week -- a comeback. The Huskies rallied from a 24-10 third-quarter deficit to post a 31-24 victory. The win was the Huskies' 17th straight against the Bears and the game marked the sixth time in during the current win streak that Washington has come from behind to post the win. The Bears got on the scoreboard first when Sekou Sanyika returned an interception on the third play of the game to the UW one-yard line.
The Bears scored on their first play to take a 7-0 lead. Washington answered with a five-play, 43-yard scoring drive capped by a 19-yard touchdown pass from Marques Tuiasosopo to Jerramy Stevens. The Huskies took a brief lead when John Anderson booted a 24-yard field goal on their next possession.
Cal freshman running back Joe Igber, who finished with 182 rushing yards, scored late in the first quarter to give Cal a 14-10 lead. The Bears used another interception by Sanyika to add a field goal to their lead during the second quarter.
Cal opened the second half with a nine-play 82-yard drive to increase its score to 24-10. The Huskies answered when Tuiasosopo found Todd Elstrom over the middle and he raced 83 yards for a score. After stopping Cal on back-to-back drives, the Huskies marched 88 yards on eight plays to tie the game at 24-24 when Maurice Shaw smashed his way into the endzone on a nine-yard run.
The Huskies avoided disaster when Delta O'Neal intercepted Tuiasosopo on Washington's next drive, and returned the ball to the UW 24-yard line. The Husky defense held and only allowed a Cal field goal. After both teams traded punts, the Huskies mounted their final scoring drive, an eight-play, 78-yard effort, that ended with Shaw scoring from two yards out on third down.
Omare Lowe intercepted Kyle Boller's desperation throw with 19 seconds left to seal the victory. Tuiasosopo finished with a career high 300 passing yards despite completing only 10 passes. The Husky offense rolled up 433 yards and averaged 7.0 yards per play on a Cal defense that entered the game leading the Pac-10 in defense. The victory was the 17th straight in the series vs. California.
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. 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 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 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.
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 37 career starts. Here's a breakdown of the top career starts leaders among Husky players: DE Mac Tuiaea (38), CB Jermaine Smith (33), ILB Lester Towns (29), DT Jabari Issa (28), OG Chad Ward (27), ILB Marques Hairston (20), OT Elliot Silvers (18), OLB Jeremiah Pharms (18), FL Gerald Harris (14).
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.
THE 600TH WIN: Washington's 31-24 victory against Colorado marked the 600th win in Washington's history. Here's a look at the other 15 Division I schools whom have also achieved that mark:
Rank Team 1. Michigan 791 2. Notre Dame 766 3. Nebraska 736 4. Texas 732 Penn State 732 6. Alabama 727 7. Ohio State 716 8. Tennessee 694 9. Oklahoma 686 10. USC 670 11. Syracuse 630 Georgia 631 13. Army 617 14. Louisiana State 609 15. Colorado 605 16. Washington 603
TWIN 600 WINS: First-year Husky coach Rick Neuheisel becomes 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 his 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.
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 an 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.
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
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 signaled 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. This season, Jarzynka has all 22 of the Huskies' punt returns plus four kickoff runbacks. His best day this season came against Oregon State when he returned four punts for 96 yards, including 47- and 30-yard runbacks that set up Husky touchdowns.
Here's a look at Jarzynka on several special teams' lists:
Career Punt Return Yards
Player No. Yds. 1. Beno Bryant (1989-93) 106 1019 2. Joe Jarzynka (1996-99) 75 801 3. Steve Bramwell (1963-65) 59 704 4. Bill Cahill (1970-72) 49 668 5. Calvin Jones (1970-72) 47 596 Nesby Glasgow (1975-78) 86 579
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
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 have played, including 10 in 1997 and eight in 1998. This year, seven true freshmen - tailback Paul Arnold, placekicker John Anderson, tight end Kevin Ware, wide receiver Quentin Morgan, safety Levi Madarieta, offensive tackle Wes Call and quarterback Cody Pickett - have already seen playing time.
The Running QB: Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo is currently second on the team in rushing with 256 yards on 83 carries and three scores. Last year 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. Here's where Tuiasosopo ranks on UW's single-season lists for rushing yards by a QB and rushing TDs by a QB:
Single-Season Quarterback Rushing
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
Single-Season Quarterback Rushing TDs
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
CONFERENCE OPENERS: This season, for just the second time since 1989, Washington played all three of its non-conference games before facing a Pac-10 opponent. The only other time that has happened during the previous 10 years was the 1997 season. Since 1990, the Huskies are 8-2 in Pac-10 openers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Washington also names a game captain each week.
Those players have been: None (BYU), Renard Edwards (Air Force), CB Jermaine Smith (Colorado), OT Kurth Connell (Oregon), TE Anthony Mizin (Oregon State), SB Dane Looker (Arizona State) and NT Toalei Mulitauaopele (California).
The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 143-34-3 (.803) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. Washington has three 100-yard game performances this season: Braxton Cleman (100 yards) vs. Air Force and Willie Hurst (161 yards) vs. Oregon and (108 yards) vs. Oregon State.
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. 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.
Later in the season, at USC, he had 12 receptions to set a Washington single-season record. Looker finished his junior season 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
Looker's Career Numbers
Year G-S Rec. Yds. Avg. TD LG 1998 10-6 64 662 10.3 5 51 1999 7-3 13 189 14.5 0 39 Totals 17-9 77 851 11.1 5 51
Ranked-Wins Streak Grows: Washington's upset of 25th-ranked Oregon On Oct. 2 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.
The Shutout Streak: Washington's 31-24 victory at California marked the 211th 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 307 games (NCAA record), while Texas is second with 221 games. The last opponent to hold the Huskies scoreless was UCLA (31-0) on Nov. 7, 1981. Washington has played 137 Pac-10 games since then without a shutout - the second best current streak among Pac-10 schools.
Team All Games Pac-10 Games Washington 211 140 Washington State 172 184 Oregon 164 122 Arizona 97 65 Arizona State 47 33 Stanford 37 73 USC 23 16 Oregon State 19 14 California 5 40 UCLA 1 1
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 hiatus.
Winning in the '90s: Washington's 79-33-1 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:
Team W L T PCT 1. Washington 79 33 1 .704 2. Arizona 70 43 1 .618 3. UCLA 69 43 0 .616 4. USC 65 47 3 .578 5. Oregon 65 48 0 .575 6. Arizona State 59 48 0 .551 7. Stanford 57 52 2 .523 8. California 54 56 1 .491 9. Washington State 52 57 0 .477 10. Oregon State 26 79 1 .250
Team W L T PCT 1. Washington 55 20 1 .730 2. UCLA 46 32 0 .590 3. USC 43 31 2 .579 4. Arizona 43 34 1 .558 5. Arizona State 41 34 0 .547 6. Stanford 40 37 0 .519 6. Oregon 38 38 0 .500 8. Washington State 31 45 0 .408 9. California 30 45 1 .401 10. Oregon State 10 63 1 .142
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 did not face a Pac-10 opponent until Oregon visited 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.
HOOKER'S ON TRACK: Washington wide receiver Ja'Warren Hooker has taken the year off as a member of the Husky football team to concentrate on his bid to earn a spot on the 2000 United States Olympic Track and Field Team. Hooker intends on using the 1999 season as a redshirt year and plans to return to the football field next season. Hooker won the NCAA Indoor Championship in the 55 meters in 1997 and finished third in the 100 meters at the NCAA outdoor meet in 1998. Hooker will concentrate on the 200-meters during his Olympic bid.
THE WINNING TRADITION: Washington entered the 1999 season with an all-time winning percentage of 63.7 percent. That figure is good enough to rank the Huskies' program as the 14th most successful among all Division I institutions. Washington began the season with an all-time record of 599-331-50 (.637). Among Pac-10 schools, only USC has a better winning mark (.697).
1000 IN 2000: Washington will play its 1000th all-time game sometime next season. The Huskies began the 1999 season having played 980 games during their previous 109 years of competition. If the Huskies participate in a bowl game this season, the 1000th game will take place Oct. 28 at Stanford. If Washington does not qualify for a bowl game this year, the 1000th game will occur one week later when the Huskies play host to Arizona on Nov. 4 at Husky Stadium. The Huskies will be the 44th Division I team to reach the 1000-game mark in their history.
DAWGS VS. THE NORTHWEST: Washington is off to a 2-0 start this year in its quest to claim the Pacific Northwest Championship. The Huskies have scored victories against Oregon (34-20) and Oregon State (47-21) and will face Washington State Nov. 20 in Husky Stadium.
Some of Washington's oldest and longest rivalries are against the other three northwest Pac-10 schools. The Huskies have faced Oregon 93 times, Washington State in 91 games and Oregon State on 84 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 56-32-5, Washington State 58-27-6 and Oregon State 54-26-4. Combined, Washington has a 168-85-15 (.655) record against its northwest rivals.
ELITE COMPANY: Did you know that Washington is one of six 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 (prior to the start of this year), Washington's record was 75-30-1 (.712) to rank 15th in the Division I ranks. Here's a look at the six programs:
Team '80s Record & Rank '90s Record & Rank Florida State 87-28-3, 8th 97-13-0, 1st Nebraska 103-20-0, 1st 96-15-1, 2nd Penn State 89-27-2, 6th 87-23-0, 6th Miami (Fla.) 98-20-0, 2nd 83-23-0, 7th Michigan 89-29-2, 8th 83-24-3, 10th Washington 83-33-1, 14th 75-30-1, 15th
HISTORIC HUSKY STADIUM: The 1999 season marks the 80th 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 313-133-21.
TOUGH SCHEDULES NOTHING NEW: While the NCAA will not release its list of the toughest Division I schedules until the end of the season, Sports Illustrated tabbed the Huskies' 1999 slate as the toughest in the nation. Playing one of the nation's most challenging schedules is nothing new for the Huskies. Last season, the NCAA rated Washington's schedule the seventh toughest in the nation. In 1997 the Huskies finished sixth in the poll by the NCAA. Washington's 1996 slate was deemed the fourth hardest for that season.
In 1995 Washington's schedule ranked as the seventh most difficult. During that four-year stretch (1995-98), the Huskies were the only program to be ranked every year by the NCAA as having one of the nation's 10 toughest schedules.
NCAA Toughest Schedules1998
1. Auburn 74-34 .685 2. Missouri 66-36 .647 3. Florida State 74-43 .632 4. USC 76-46 .623 5. LSU 65-41 .613 6. Baylor 68-43 .613 7. Washington 69-44 .611 8. Alabama 67-43 .609 9. Texas A&M 79-51 .608 10. Michigan State 73-49 .598
1. Colorado 76-37 .673 2. Auburn 80-39 .672 3. Florida 72-40 .643 4. Arkansas 71-40 .640 5. Tennessee 77-44 .636 6. Washington 70-42 .625 7. Mississippi 68-43 .613 8. Bowling Green 67-43 .609 9. South Carolina 66-44 .600 10. Alabama 67-45 .598
1. Florida 70-41 .631 2. UCLA 66-41 .617 3. Purdue 68-44 .607 4. Washington 68-46 .596 5. Arkansas 62-42 .596 6. Tulane 63-43 .594 7. Minnesota 63-44 .589 8. Nebraska 70-49 .588 9. Rutgers 57-40 .588 10. Iowa State 59-42 .584
1. Notre Dame 67-37-5 .638 2. Illinois 69-40-2 .631 3. Minnesota 64-38-5 .621 4. Cincinnati 66-40-2 .620 5. Vanderbilt 68-42-1 .617 6. Indiana 66-41-3 .614 7. Washington 64-40-2 .613 8. Purdue 67-42-2 .613 9. Houston 66-42-3 .608 Northwestern 65-41-5 .608
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.
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 (New Orleans), Brock Huard (Seattle), Damon Huard (Miami) and Warren Moon (Kansas City).
DAWGS IN THE PROS: Washington ranked fourth this year among colleges with players on NFL opening day rosters. At the start of the season, there were 33 former Huskies playing for NFL teams.
Notre Dame tops the list with 42 players followed by Florida State with 39 and North Carolina with 36. Penn State also has 33 players currently in the NFL. The next highest Pac-10 team is USC, which comes in 14th with 26 players.
Here's a breakdown of the former UW players and the teams the played for at the beginning of the season: Ink Aleaga (New Orleans Saints) Eric Bjornson (Dallas Cowboys), Jeremy Brigham (Oakland Raiders), Mark Bruener (Pittsburgh Steelers), Mark Brunell (Jacksonville Jaguars), Chris Chandler (Atlanta Falcons), Cameron Cleeland (New Orleans Saints), Tony Coats (Cincinnati Bengals), Reggie Davis (San Diego Chargers), Corey Dillon (Cincinnati Bengals), D'Marco Farr (St. Louis Rams), John Fiala (Pittsburgh Steelers), Frank Garcia (Carolina Panthers), Kevin Gogan (Miami Dolphins), Brian Habib (Seattle Seahawks), Martin Harrison (Minnesota Vikings), Harald Hasselbach (Denver Broncos), Billy Joe Hobert (New Orleans Saints), Brock Huard (Seattle Seahawks), Damon Huard (Miami Dolphins), Napoleon Kaufman (Oakland Raiders), Lincoln Kennedy (Oakland Raiders), Olin Kreutz (Chicago Bears), Lawyer Milloy (New England Patriots), Charles Mincy (Oakland Raiders), Warren Moon (Kansas City Chiefs), Benji Olson (Tennessee Titans), Tony Parrish (Chicago Bears), Jerome Pathon (Indianapolis Colts), Aaron Pierce (Baltimore Ravens), Pete Pierson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), David Richie (San Francisco 49ers) and Rashaan Shehee (Kansas City Chiefs).
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.
COACHES 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.
HUSKY FOOTBALL RADIO NETWORK: The following stations make up the 27-station KOMO Radio Network:
WASHINGTON: OREGON: Seattle (flagship) KOMO 1000 AM Astoria KKEE 94.3 FM Aberdeen KBKW 1450 AM Hillsboro KUIK 1360 AM Bellingham KPUG 1170 AM Portland KOTK 1080 AM Centralia KELA 1470 AM Forks KVAC 1490 AM ALASKA: Grand Coulee KEYG 98.5 FM Fairbanks KCBF 820 AM Kelso KLOG 1490 AM Haines KRSA 94.9 FM Moses Lake KWIQ 1020 AM Juneau KSUP 106.3 FM Mt. Vernon KBRC 1430 AM Petersburg KRSA 580 AM Olympia KGY 96.9 FM Sitka KRSA 94.9 FM Omak KOMW 680 AM Wrangle KRSA 94.9 FM Port Angeles KONP 1450 AM Shelton KMAS 1030 AM NEVADA: Spokane KTRW 970 AM Las Vegas KSHP 1400 AM Tri-Cities KTCR 1340 AM Wenatchee KPQ 560 AM Yakima KMWX 1460 AM