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For first time in school history, 3 Huskies picked in first round of NFL draft

Dressed in a traditional Samoan outfit, Danny Shelton – a 6-foot-2, 339-pound nose tackle – stepped on the stage, scooped the NFL commissioner up in his arms and lifted him about a foot off the ground.

Shelton, who was selected No. 12 overall by the Cleveland Browns on Thursday during the first round of the NFL draft in Chicago, could not contain his excitement, and Roger Goodell served as a comical outlet.

“It was a little bit planned,” Shelton told Cleveland reporters during a conference call, “but it was just an exciting time, so I had to do it.”

But Shelton’s celebration was only the beginning of what turned out to be a historic first round for the Washington Huskies.

Six picks later, the Kansas City Chiefs grabbed former Huskies cornerback Marcus Peters with the No. 18 overall selection, giving UW a pair of first-round picks for the first time since 1995.

And seven picks after that, at No. 25 overall, the Carolina Panthers picked Shaq Thompson, an All-American who played linebacker, safety and tailback for the Huskies as a junior in 2014.

It’s the first time in school history that three Huskies were picked in the first round. It had been 20 years since the last time UW had two players picked on the first day, when tailback Napoleon Kaufman (No. 17) and tight end Mark Bruener (No. 27) each went in the first round in 1995. Read more »


Shaq Thompson picked No. 25 overall by Carolina Panthers

For the first time in school history, the Washington Huskies have three first-round NFL draft picks in the same year.

That became official when the Carolina Panthers drafted linebacker Shaq Thompson with the 25th overall pick. Danny Shelton (12th) and Marcus Peters (18th) were picked earlier tonight. Read more »


Marcus Peters drafted No. 18 overall by Kansas City Chiefs

Marcus Peters, the former Huskies cornerback, was selected No. 18 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday in the first round of the NFL draft.

Peters is the second Husky to be taken today. Danny Shelton went No. 12 overall to the Cleveland Browns. They become the first UW duo to be drafted in the first round since RB Napoleon Kaufman (No. 17) and TE Mark Bruener (No. 27) were each taken in the first round in 1995.

Peters was dismissed by Huskies coach Chris Petersen in November for repeated rules violations, but was widely viewed as one of

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Danny Shelton picked No. 12 overall by Cleveland Browns

Danny Shelton, the Washington Huskies All-America nose tackle, was selected No. 12 overall on Thursday by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the NFL draft.

Shelton becomes the highest-selected UW defensive lineman since Steve Emtman, who was picked No. 1 overall by the Indianapolis Colts in 1992. Read more »


Morning links: Where will Danny Shelton, Marcus Peters go in NFL draft?

By now, most NFL draft projections include two Washington Huskies players as possible first-round picks — nose tackle Danny Shelton, and cornerback Marcus Peters. Shelton, who is attending the draft in Chicago, is projected as a potential top-15 pick. Peters is mostly projected to go later. Let’s check out a few mock drafts before the draft gets started tonight at 5 p.m.

— First, a link to our story today about Sam Timmins, the UW basketball recruit from New Zealand who signed with the Huskies.

— As our Gregg Bell wrote last week, the Huskies hope to have two first-round draft picks for the first time since 1995, when Napoleon Kaufman and Mark Bruener both went in the first round. Read more »


Pac-12 hires David Coleman as vice president of officiating

From the Pac-12, a new era in officiating oversight …

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference has hired David Coleman to lead a new model for its officiating programs, the Conference announced today. Coleman joins the Pac-12 as the Vice President of Officiating after serving as the Director of Officiating for the National Football League since 2010.
In this newly created full-time role with the Conference, Coleman is responsible for overseeing the football officiating program and developing comprehensive best practice programs, training, consistency, and accountability across all other Pac-12 officiating programs.
“The quality and integrity of officiating is paramount to successful competition across all sports,” said Commissioner Scott. “For this reason, we are breaking the mold by creating a full-time position to work with our entire officiating operation. David’s proven track record on and off the field will help us elevate our game to an even higher level as we seek to set the standard for quality across all fields of competition.” Read more »


2016 New Zealand center Sam Timmins signs with Huskies basketball team

Washington’s recruitment of New Zealand prospect Sam Timmins began around late February and developed quickly and quietly. A 6-foot-10, 250-pound center, Timmins was not on the radar of any popular recruiting websites, and his name was apparently not familiar in the United States to even the most avid college basketball followers.

So it was with a certain amount of surprise that the Huskies announced Wednesday morning that Timmins, a native of New Zealand’s South Island, had signed a national letter of intent to play for UW beginning in the 2016-17 season.

And it seems UW coach Lorenzo Romar believes the Huskies just signed a significant piece of their future.

In a news release from the school, Romar lauded Timmins as “a rare find. He is a true center who can score on the block and is extremely skilled. Sam will also bring additional physical toughness to our team. We can’t wait for him to get to Seattle.”

In a telephone interview with The News Tribune, Romar expanded on those comments, calling Timmins “a really good passer. He can score it on the block. He’s not extremely athletic, but yet he’s a good shot blocker because he has long arms. He’s a back to the basket (player) but he can also step out and make the midrange jumper. He’s a good rebounder, as well.” Read more »


Jernard Jarreau becomes fourth player to leave Huskies hoops program since end of season

SEATTLE – College basketball’s free-agency season continues to exact its toll on the Washington Huskies roster.

This time it’s Jernard Jarreau, a fifth-year-senior-to-be, who is leaving the UW program. A school spokesperson confirmed on Monday that Jarreau has been granted a full release from his scholarship and will transfer elsewhere.

Assuming Jarreau completes his undergraduate degree at Washington – which seems likely, given the fact that he’s transferring – he will be immediately eligible to play his final season at any Division 1 school in 2015-16.

Jarreau is the fourth player to transfer from UW’s program since the end of last season. Star point guard and leading scorer Nigel Williams-Goss, junior-to-be Darin Johnson and reserve center Gilles Dierickx were the first three. Read more »