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May
3rd

Nigel Williams-Goss says he will transfer to Gonzaga

Washington' Nigel Williams-Goss in action against Utah in an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Seattle.(AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Washington’ Nigel Williams-Goss in action against Utah in an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Seattle.(AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Nigel Williams-Goss didn’t need to leave the state to find his fresh start.

The former Washington Huskies point guard, who announced his decision to leave the program on April 10, said on Sunday that he plans to transfer to Gonzaga.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Williams-Goss must sit out the 2015-16 season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining thereafter.

As a sophomore in 2014-15, Williams-Goss led the Huskies with 15.6 points and 5.9 assists per game, en route to second-team All-Pac-12 honors. He announced in early April that he would continue his collegiate career elsewhere, telling the News Tribune at the time that “with all the change in the last two years, all the transfers that have left, Coach T.J. (Otzelberger) leaving the staff, there’s just a lot of change in the program, and I feel like I only have two years of eligibility left, and I’m just kind of looking for a fresh start.”

He hopes to find it with the Bulldogs, who advanced to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 1999. Gonzaga and UW, which have not played each other since December 2006, are scheduled to renew their annual series during the 2016-17 season, when Williams-Goss will be eligible to play. Read more »

May
2nd

Michael Hartvigson, Jesse Callier to try out at Seahawks rookie minicamp (plus updates on other Huskies)

A pair of former Huskies, TE Michael Hartvigson and RB Jesse Callier, tweeted about opportunities they will have in the near future to try out for a chance to catch on with the Seattle Seahawks. Read more »

May
2nd

WR Kasen Williams reportedly signs with Bengals

Kasen Williams wasn’t drafted, but it appears the former Huskies receiver will have a chance to earn a roster spot with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Williams, whose career at Washington was plagued by a gruesome leg injury suffered eight games into the 2013 season, has reportedly signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent. Read more »

May
2nd

Agent tweets Andrew Hudson has agreed to terms with Buffalo Bills

Former Huskies defensive end Andrew Hudson, who had 77 tackles and 12.5 sacks as a fifth-year senior in 2014, has agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills, according to a tweet by his agent.

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May
1st

Transcript of Hau’oli Kikaha’s conference call with New Orleans reporters

Here’s a transcript of Hau’oli Kikaha’s teleconference earlier today with reporters in New Orleans. The Saints picked Kikaha 44th overall in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday.

Can you talk about your draft process?  How many times did you meet with the Saints?  Did you take a visit here to New Orleans?

“First of all it has been an amazing experience and a long journey with me and my friends and everyone that brought me to this point.  As far as the Saints are concerned, I met with them a few times and enjoyed all of our interviews.  I did not go on a trip.  I talked to the guys a fair amount and then it kind of stopped for a while and I wasn’t sure, but anyhow I am very excited to be a part of this organization and contribute where I can.” Read more »

May
1st

Hau’oli Kikaha drafted 44th overall by New Orleans Saints

Former Washington player Hau'oli Kikaha sprints as he works out at Washington's pro day Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Seattle. Potential first-round picks Danny Shelton and Shaq Thompson were among about 20 former Washington players who worked out for NFL officials and others. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Former Washington player Hau’oli Kikaha sprints as he works out at Washington’s pro day Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Seattle. Kikaha was selected 44th overall Friday by the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The all-time sacks leader in Washington Huskies history will continue his football career in New Orleans.

The Saints selected Hau’oli Kikaha, the prolific edge rusher from Hau’ula, Hawaii, with the 44th overall pick in the NFL draft on Friday — the 12th pick of the second round — giving the Huskies four players drafted in the same year for the first time since 2004.

It’s also the first time in UW history that four Huskies have been picked in the second round or higher. On Thursday, the Huskies had three players picked in the first round – Danny Shelton, Marcus Peters and Shaq Thompson – for the first time in school history. Read more »

May
1st

Morning links: A big first day of the NFL draft for the Huskies

University of Washington defensive lineman Danny Shelton, left, bear hugs NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the Auburn High grad celebrates being selected No. 12 overall by the Cleveland Browns with in the NFL draft Thursday. CHARLES REX ARBOGAST — The Associated Press
University of Washington defensive lineman Danny Shelton, left, bear hugs NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the Auburn High grad celebrates being selected No. 12 overall by the Cleveland Browns with in the NFL draft Thursday. CHARLES REX ARBOGAST — The Associated Press

It was a big day for UW football on Thursday, with three UW players chosen in the first round of the NFL draft for the first time in school history. It’s possible the Huskies could have a fourth player, Hau’oli Kikaha, drafted in today’s second or third rounds. If not, Kikaha will certainly be picked on day three, which would give the Huskies four players chosen in a single draft for the first time since 2004 (Reggie Williams, Terry Johnson, Marquis Cooper, Cody Pickett).

Let’s get to some links. Read more »

May
1st

Transcript of Marcus Peters’ conference call in Kansas City

Via the Kansas City Chiefs, here’s a transcript of the conference call former Huskies cornerback Marcus Peters did with Chiefs reporters on Thursday after being drafted No. 18 overall.

Q: Were you surprised?

PETERS: “I was really surprised but at the same time, after meeting with the organization and having some good sit‐downs, it’s a blessing to be a part of this great organization. Their building, they have a wonderful system there and I’m just blessed to be a part of the Kansas City Chiefs.” Read more »