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May
1st

Transcript of Hau’oli Kikaha’s conference call with New Orleans reporters

Here’s a transcript of Hau’oli Kikaha’s teleconference earlier today with reporters in New Orleans. The Saints picked Kikaha 44th overall in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday.

Can you talk about your draft process?  How many times did you meet with the Saints?  Did you take a visit here to New Orleans?

“First of all it has been an amazing experience and a long journey with me and my friends and everyone that brought me to this point.  As far as the Saints are concerned, I met with them a few times and enjoyed all of our interviews.  I did not go on a trip.  I talked to the guys a fair amount and then it kind of stopped for a while and I wasn’t sure, but anyhow I am very excited to be a part of this organization and contribute where I can.” Read more »

May
1st

Hau’oli Kikaha drafted 44th overall by New Orleans Saints

Former Washington player Hau'oli Kikaha sprints as he works out at Washington's pro day Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Seattle. Potential first-round picks Danny Shelton and Shaq Thompson were among about 20 former Washington players who worked out for NFL officials and others. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Former Washington player Hau’oli Kikaha sprints as he works out at Washington’s pro day Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Seattle. Kikaha was selected 44th overall Friday by the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The all-time sacks leader in Washington Huskies history will continue his football career in New Orleans.

The Saints selected Hau’oli Kikaha, the prolific edge rusher from Hau’ula, Hawaii, with the 44th overall pick in the NFL draft on Friday — the 12th pick of the second round — giving the Huskies four players drafted in the same year for the first time since 2004.

It’s also the first time in UW history that four Huskies have been picked in the second round or higher. On Thursday, the Huskies had three players picked in the first round – Danny Shelton, Marcus Peters and Shaq Thompson – for the first time in school history. Read more »

April
30th

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 »

Dec.
31st

Quoting Chris Petersen, Huskies players at Cactus Bowl media day

Chris Petersen and five Huskies players spoke at Wednesday morning's Cactus Bowl media day.
Chris Petersen and five Huskies players spoke at Wednesday morning’s Cactus Bowl media day.

Here are some selected quotes from Washington’s Cactus Bowl media day earlier this morning, distributed by the folks at ASAP Sports.

COACH CHRIS PETERSEN

(Opening remarks) Thank you. Really appreciate being here. We’ve had a really good week. We’ve had a good couple weeks of preparation. Come over here four, five days ago, beautiful weather. Today we get a little of our hometown weather, we appreciate that. The players like to be out in a little bit of mist, but I’m sure it will clear up. We’re excited to play Oklahoma State. We have tremendous respect for those guys. You get a chance in these bowl games to see all their games, really study them. The more you study somebody, the more you really appreciate what they’re doing, all the good work, hard work they put together. But we’re getting to that point where it’s time to play. I know our players are itchy to play. In two days we get to go do that. Read more »

Dec.
17th

Hau’oli Kikaha is unanimous All-America selection

It’s official: Huskies linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha is UW’s first unanimous All-America selection since safety Lawyer Milloy in 1995, and just the fifth unanimous selection in UW history.

To become a unanimous All-American, a player must be named first-team by the following five outlets: Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, American Football Coaches Association, The Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Any player named first-team by at least three of those outlets can claim the “consensus” All-America tag, which Kikaha had already achieved.

Kikaha made the first four, and the FWAA announced a few minutes ago via Sirius XM College Sports Nation that the fifth-year senior has been selected to its first-team, too. Read more »

Dec.
17th

Hau’oli Kikaha earns consensus All-America honors

Hau’oli Kikaha is a consensus All-American.

He has been named first-team All-America by all four of the five “official” outlets that have announced their selections so far, adding The Sporting News and the American Football Coaches Association today to a haul that already included first-team nods from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Associated Press.

Players named to three of those five teams earn consensus honors.

Kikaha is UW’s first consensus All-American since Olin Kreutz in 1997, and its 19th consensus All-American in school history. Read more »