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Archives: April 2006


NFL draft hopefuls

No college players from the state of Washington were taken Saturday in the first three rounds of the NFL draft.

Here’s a list of players hoping to hear their names called Sunday — or to sign as free agents:

Jerome Harrison Tailback 5-9 200 WSU

Joe Toledo Off. tackle 6-5 335 UW

Erik Meyer Quarterback 6-1 210 EWU

Robin Meadow Off. tackle 6-4 325 UW

Troy Bienemann Tight end 6-4 255 WSU

Will Derting Linebacker 6-0 245 WSU

Manase Hopoi Defensive line 6-3 285 UW

James Sims Tailback 6-0 205 UW

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Stanback shines

Senior Isaiah Stanback showed why he has emerged as the Washington Huskies’ No. 1 quarterback as he hit three long passes that led the Purple to a 24-3 win over the Gold in UW’s annual spring game.

On Saturday, Stanback capped the opening drive with a 43-yard touchdown to Anthony Russo, who broke wide open past former tailback Shelton Sampson.

The margin jumped to 14-0 when Stanback hit newcomer Chancellor Young for a 55-yard touchdown behind defensive back Durrell Moss, who seemed to be peeking in the offensive backfield.

Finally, Stanback found Cody Ellis for a

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Pac-10 hoops

We all knew Washington would lose four key seniors from this season’s basketball team, but the past few days may be indicating that they won’t be alone in Pac-10 rebuilding next season.

UCLA’s Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo are investigating leaving for the NBA. So are California’s Leon Powe, and Arizona’s Mustafa Shakur.

Any or all may return. And if they do, any or all of those teams would return with proven Pac-10 talent that young UW won’t be able to match.

If any or all leave, the race becomes just that

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Purple-Gold format

The spring game format likely will include quarters of 12 to 15 minutes of running clock with the normal clock stoppages in the final two minutes of each half.

There will be kickoffs and punts, but quarterbacks will be protected. Coach Tyrone Willingham said Thursday he hasn’t yet decided how the teams will be divided, but that he will do so with an eye toward a competitive game.

Kickoff is 12:45 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.


Spring Fling

The Purple-Gold football game is only part of the all-day Spring Fling activities at the UW campus Saturday.

Athletic events will include a volleyball scrimmage at 10 a.m., the football game at 12:45 p.m., a men’s tennis match vs. Oregon at 2 p.m., and a softball game against Oregon State at 2 p.m. Admission to all games is free.

The UW Alumni Association/Big W Club will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the east end zone area of Husky Stadium.

Also, an open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30

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Blooming in spring

Coach Tyrone Willingham said kicker Michael Braunstein had kicked his way to the top of the depth chart, ahead of redshirt freshman Ryan Perkins of Olympia and senior Michael Book of Renton.

"I’m doing the best since I’ve been here right now," Braunstein said. "I’ve finally got my mindset where it needs to be. It’s been a little bit off, just the whole transition, and the hip surgery, and I’ve finally got my head where it needs to go, and I’m ready to start the next two years and do what I came here to do."


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