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Archives: April 2012

April
28th

Alameda Ta’amu selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers

Defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu became the first Husky player taken in the 2012 NFL draft. The big man from Rainier Beach was selected in the fourth round (109th pick overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ta’amu had been projected as high as a second round pick by some analysts. But he falls to the fourth round and will join Stanford guard David DeCastro on the Steelers.

Here’s the audio of Alameda’s conference call with Steelers

Here’s the transcript below …

How do you feel?  What are your thoughts on coming to Pittsburgh?
Good, I’m feeling good.

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April
28th

Three things to watch for in today’s spring game

Above: Talking with Ian Furness and Jason Puckett about today’s spring game

There are things you should expect to see at today’s spring game at CenturyLink Field. I’m sure at some point Keith Price will make a great throw to Kasen Willliams or Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who in turn will make a ridiculously athletic catch or play after it. I’m certain Josh Shirley will cause some havoc, particularly on third down pass plays. I’m certain Sean Parker will make at least one or two smart plays in the secondary

Those are a

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April
27th

Is today the day for Alameda Ta’amu, Chris Polk and Senio Kelemete?

Of course most people watched the NFL draft last night and as expected no Huskies were taken. Stanford which was thought to have possibly four first-round picks had two players – Andrew Luck and David DeCastro – selected, thought its a sure bet that Jonathan Martin and Coby Fleener get selected in the second round. USC’s Matt Kalil was taken with the fourth pick by the Vikings and defensive end Nick Perry was selected 28th by the Packers.

Tonight will be the second and third rounds of the draft? And Huskies

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April
26th

Ben Riva is ready to be the starting right tackle and a few Husky links

Obviously one of the biggest questions surrounding the Huskies offensive line is who will be the starters at left and right tackle. Micah Hatchie and Ben Riva have taken every snap at as the first-team left and right tackles this spring. For Riva, it’s been an up and down spring – which is to be expected. But he is committed to improving and grabbing that starting right tackle spot.

From my story in today’s paper.

His performance is not surprising to coach Steve Sarkisian. He expected some highs and lows.

“He’s

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April
25th

Bryant decides to stay close, commits to Huskies

From Olympian sportswriter Meg Wochnick

Tumwater defensive lineman Jamie Bryant gave an oral commitment to play football for the University of Washington on Wednesday night.

Bryant, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound junior, picked the Huskies over Washington State, Nebraska and Portland State.

“I didn’t want to leave the state to play football,” Bryant said. “I wanted to go somewhere where my family and friends could see

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April
25th

Wednesday’s practice report with Steve Sarkisian video

Note: At the end of the video you will notice how truly ADD that Dawgaman’s Kim Grinolds while doing interviews.

Full Audio:

The second last practice of spring was pretty spirited with players in full pads. That meant more hitting and a few chippy moments as well.

On the injury front, the Huskies got some good news as senior center Drew Schaefer practiced at a full go after being sidelined for part of the spring

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April
24th

Morning kickoff: Checking in on the Husky Stadium renovation

 

On Monday after practice, we were given an update on the Husky Stadium renovation project. We were also able to tour the construction site as well, which was pretty cool. I tried to take some video, but it was so jumpy you would think I was having seizures while taking it. Instead here’s a photo gallery from the TNT.

From my story in today’s paper …

Perhaps the biggest news is that there has been no news. Nothing has gone wrong and the project is progressing as expected.

Woodward likened himself

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