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Huskies ranked 25th in preseason coaches poll

USA Today’s preseason coaches poll — sponsored by Amway — is out this morning, and Washington is one of six Pac-12 teams included, checking in at No. 25.

The Huskies finished just outside the coaches top 25 at the end of last season, receiving enough votes for what would have been the No. 26 spot. They were ranked No. 25 in last season’s final AP poll.

As far as I can tell, this is the first time UW has cracked the preseason top 25 in either the coaches or AP poll since 2003.

Here is the full ranking: Read more »


Poll: Who is the Huskies’ most important player?

This is obviously a pretty subjective question, but with camp beginning next week, let’s see who you, the fine readers of this blog, believe to be the Washington Huskies’ most important player in 2014.

Is it a member of the Huskies’ experienced defense? Or an unproven quarterback who could make a big difference offensively? An offensive lineman? A receiver? We’ve given you eight choices in the poll below. If your pick isn’t on that list, select “other” and let us know in the comment section who you’d go with. We’ll lay out the results in some detail in a future blog post.

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UW announces fall camp schedule

Washington released its fall camp schedule a little while ago. Three practices will be open to the public: Aug. 9, 13 and 16.

A few other notes:

— Media are asked not to report injuries from practices, aside from those announced afterward by coach Chris Petersen, who has said he isn’t likely to comment on injuries that aren’t long-term.

— “Game week” practices begin Monday, Aug. 18, with new interview policies and all that, which will be detailed at a later time. Most camp practices will be open to media in their entirety, with players — except freshmen, redshirt freshmen and those who are injured — available for interviews afterward.

On to the schedule, per UW’s release: Read more »


2016 point-guard recruit Jermaine Haley commits to UW

Per an announcement by his AAU coach Pasha Baines, 6-foot-6 point guard prospect Jermaine Haley from Burnaby, Canada, plans to play for the Washington Huskies.

It will be a while before Haley, a 2016 recruit, can sign a national letter of intent. But assuming he eventually does, he would give the Huskies a lengthy point guard to succeed Nigel Williams-Goss whenever he decides to pursue a pro career. Read more »


Abner Thomas, special assistant to UW football, dies at age 86

Some sad news out of Montlake today as it was announced that Abner Thomas, a longtime special assistant, mentor and counselor on Washington’s football support staff, died Sunday. He was 86.

Anyone who attended UW football practices would likely recognize Thomas, who greeted reporters and other practice attendees throughout the years with a smile and a warm hello. Read more »


Wrapping up Pac-12 media days

Washington head coach Chris Petersen calls to his team on Saturday, April 19, 2014, during the team's spring NCAA college football game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington head coach Chris Petersen calls to his team on Saturday, April 19, 2014, during the team’s spring game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

With Pac-12 media days — both of them! — now in the past, let’s wrap it all up with some links.

Here’s our main story in today’s newspaper, focusing on Cyler Miles‘ one-game suspension to start the season.

— Here’s our notebook with more from Chris Petersen on the medical retirement of Tumwater native Jaimie Bryant.

— And if you missed it last night, we posted a lengthy transcript of Petersen’s lunch-time interview with a few reporters on Thursday afternoon. Read more »


More thoughts from Chris Petersen on players getting in trouble, recruiting, Jonathan Smith, Budda Baker and sleep schedules

As is usually the case at Pac-12 media day, a few of us reporters had the chance to sit down during lunch with Washington coach Chris Petersen and discuss a wide array of topics, ranging from football to golf to the importance of a good night’s sleep. Here’s a transcript of nearly everything he had to say.

(On preparing for Pac-12 grind) “The guys who have to be ready for the week-in, week-out dogfight and grind is the players. Our coaches are always the same as coaches. But those are going to be hard-fought games every week.”

(On talent level at UW) “I think so. Like I’ve said, I think there are some really good players. We’ve got a few holes that we’ve got to fill. I think there are some places we don’t have quite the depth that we need. Overall I’ve been impressed with players like Ben (Riva), go down the list, Hau’oli (Kikaha). There are some good players.” Read more »