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July
2nd

Bovada sets over/under for Huskies’ win total at 4 (but favors the over)

The online gambling site Bovada has released over/under lines for each major-college football team’s regular-season 2015 win total, and Washington’s over/under is set at four wins.

There’s a bit of a caveat there. These aren’t predictions, necessarily. They’re simply betting lines constructed to encourage as much action as possible on both sides. And in UW’s case, the line is a little different than most other teams, in that Bovada has set odds that clearly favor the “over.” The money line on the “over” for UW is -350 (meaning a person would have to bet $350 just to win $100), while the money line on the “under” is +225 (meaning a successful $100 bet would yield a $225 profit). So, Bovada has essentially installed the “over” as a heavy favorite, in UW’s case. No other Pac-12 team’s over/under odds differ as drastically, making it a bit of a strange line.

Here are Bovada’s over/under lines for the rest of the Pac-12: Read more »

June
30th

Newcomers arrive at UW for LEAP, summer school

It’s that time of year again, when incoming University of Washington freshmen athletes (and other newcomers) begin their participation in LEAP — the Learning Experience Achievement Program, designed to help “bridge” the transition between high school and college for student-athletes.

Anyway, below is a list of each incoming Huskies football player who is either participating in LEAP — freshmen only — or is otherwise enrolled in summer school. The only exceptions from UW’s 2015 signing class are long-snapper A.J. Carty (Servite High School/Santa Ana, Calif.) and defensive end Myles Rice (Bush High School/Richmond, Texas), both of whom have reportedly decided to greyshirt, delaying their enrollment until at least January. Rice, you might recall, tore his anterior-cruciate ligament in October.

Pos/Name/Year/Hometown/High School/College Read more »

June
25th

Ex-Husky Robert Upshaw goes undrafted

Robert Upshaw’s dismissal from the University of Washington men’s basketball program might have cost him more than most analysts projected.

The talented but troubled 7-footer was not selected during Thursday’s NBA draft in New Jersey.

That rates as somewhat of a surprise, considering many mock drafts still included Upshaw’s name – mostly in the second round – in the week leading up to the draft, and though he was dismissed from two college programs in the past three years, his size and talent as a shot-blocker seemed too tantalizing for all 30 teams to pass up.

But all 60 picks – which included 10 centers – passed without Upshaw’s name being called. His off-court troubles – which he admitted recently included drug abuse – might have contributed to such a precipitous fall, though Upshaw was also reportedly flagged for a heart issue earlier this month at the NBA draft combine and had to suspend his training for a time because of it.

His agent, Bill Duffy, told DraftExpress.com that Upshaw was already aware of the condition and that doctors had cleared him to play with it in the past, but it’s possible that it caused some teams to stay away. Read more »

June
24th

Looking at Robert Upshaw’s projected status on eve of NBA draft

Washington's Robert Upshaw in action against Oregon State in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Washington’s Robert Upshaw in action against Oregon State in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

There was a time early in the 2014-15 season when it seemed former Washington Huskies center Robert Upshaw had a chance to hear his name called in the first round of the NBA draft, which commences 4 p.m. Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (ESPN).

And while that’s still considered possible, many projections have Upshaw, the 7-footer who set UW’s single-season blocks record in just 19 games, somewhere in the second round, where he’s viewed as a “boom or bust” prospect.

That seems to be somewhat of a consensus — that Upshaw’s talent as a shot-blocking defensive star earns him consideration as a first-rounder, but that his troubled past, including dismissals from both Fresno State and Washington, might make teams a little nervous about investing in him with a guaranteed contract. He’s since opened up about battling drug addiction, which he speaks about in some depth in this Fox Sports story. An excerpt: Read more »

June
22nd

Huskies QB Cyler Miles retiring from football due to injury

Washington quarterback Cyler Miles passes against Washington State in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington quarterback Cyler Miles passes against Washington State in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington announced today that quarterback Cyler Miles will not return to the team, which in itself is not surprising news.

But it’s a bit of a surprise that the stated reason for Miles’ retirement, per UW, is a persistent hip injury that apparently bothered the Centennial, Colorado, native throughout his career.

UW announced on March 13 that Miles was taking a voluntary leave of absence for unspecified reasons, and after he missed all of spring football, it appeared increasingly unlikely that he would return to the team.

That notion was only bolstered when the Huskies added junior-college transfer Tony Rodriguez earlier this month, a signing that now assures the Huskies will have four scholarship quarterbacks available when fall camp begins.

“I am grateful to Coach Petersen and his staff for all the opportunities I have been given here at Washington,” Miles said in a statement released by the school. “I am disappointed that my hip injuries will not allow me to continue playing, but I am committed to earning my UW degree and will leave the program with many great friendships and valuable lessons learned.” Read more »

June
18th

Huskies sign JUCO WR Nik Little

Nik Little, a receiver from Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, has signed a financial-aid agreement to play for the Washington Huskies and will join the program for the upcoming season.

A school spokesperson confirmed Little’s signing on Thursday afternoon.

Little is listed on the Golden West roster at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds. He’s the second junior-college transfer to sign a scholarship agreement with the Huskies this offseason — the first was quarterback Tony Rodriguez from City College of San Francisco. Read more »

June
12th

WR Kasen Williams signs with Seahawks

Kasen Williams’ performance at the Seattle Seahawks rookie minicamp last month was apparently good enough to garner a contract as an undrafted free agent.

The Seahawks officially announced on Friday that Williams, the former Huskies receiver, has signed with Seattle and joined the 90-man roster.

Williams, the former Skyline High School star, went undrafted following an underwhelming senior season at UW in which he caught just 20 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. A severe leg injury ended his junior season after just eight games, and though Williams recovered in time for the start of the 2014 season, he didn’t look like the same player who caught 142 passes for 1,726 yards during his first three seasons. Read more »

June
9th

Huskies announce signing of JUCO transfer QB Tony Rodriguez

The Huskies made it official on Tuesday morning, announcing the signing of quarterback Tony Rodriguez, who played the last two seasons at City College of San Francisco.

Rodriguez has three years of eligibility remaining to play two seasons. He signed a financial-aid agreement, because the national letter of intent signing period has passed.

“We’re really happy that we were able to find Tony,” UW coach Chris Petersen said in a statement released by the school. “He’ll add an immediate boost to the competition at the quarterback position this fall.” Read more »