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May
1st

Morning links: A big first day of the NFL draft for the Huskies

University of Washington defensive lineman Danny Shelton, left, bear hugs NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the Auburn High grad celebrates being selected No. 12 overall by the Cleveland Browns with in the NFL draft Thursday. CHARLES REX ARBOGAST — The Associated Press
University of Washington defensive lineman Danny Shelton, left, bear hugs NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the Auburn High grad celebrates being selected No. 12 overall by the Cleveland Browns with in the NFL draft Thursday. CHARLES REX ARBOGAST — The Associated Press

It was a big day for UW football on Thursday, with three UW players chosen in the first round of the NFL draft for the first time in school history. It’s possible the Huskies could have a fourth player, Hau’oli Kikaha, drafted in today’s second or third rounds. If not, Kikaha will certainly be picked on day three, which would give the Huskies four players chosen in a single draft for the first time since 2004 (Reggie Williams, Terry Johnson, Marquis Cooper, Cody Pickett).

Let’s get to some links. 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 »

April
30th

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 »

April
14th

Chris Petersen talks Danny Shelton, Marcus Peters, Shaq Thompson and Marcus Mariota on NFL Network

Huskies coach Chris Petersen was a guest on NFL Network’s “Path to the Draft” program earlier today, and offered some thoughts on the Huskies’ NFL prospects, as well as a few thoughts on Boise State running back Jay Ajayi and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

You can watch the videos — broken into two segments — here. And here’s a transcript of Petersen’s comments.

(On Danny Shelton and whether he can be a three-down player in the NFL) “I think Danny can do whatever he sets his mind to. That’s the one thing that he’s proved to us. I think halfway through the season, if not the sack leader, he was one of the sack leaders in the country, as a 340-pound nose guard. We had him in there to plug up the middle, make run-stopping tackles, and he was sacking the quarterback as much as anybody. So Danny’s a very, very unique, talented guy.” Read more »

Feb.
12th

Chris Petersen talks recruiting, Marcus Peters and plenty more during interview with 1090 AM

Huskies coach Chris Petersen was a guest on 1090 AM with Steve Sandmeyer, Jason Churchill and Bill Swartz earlier this evening, and you can read the transcript of that wide-ranging interview below. Petersen touched on modern-day recruiting, Marcus Peters and his recent interview with USA Today, UW’s quarterback competition and several other topics during the roughly 18-minute segment.

(Catching your breath after signing day?) “We’re catching our breath. But you know, the cycle never stops, and so we’ve been grinding hard on the recruiting front for next year. But we’ve been going on that one for a while, anyway. Even though we were signing this class, we’ve already been working on the next one for a while. So we’re doing that. Some of our coaches got some time off. And then next week we get back in and really, it’s a good time of year that I really like because we do so much study on football, and so that’s what we do, just try to make ourselves better.” Read more »

Feb.
12th

Morning links: More on Shaq Thompson as the NFL draft approaches

Huskies men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar will meet with reporters later this afternoon to preview UW’s game tomorrow against 7th-ranked Arizona. Until then, read some more about Shaq Thompson in today’s links.

Thompson is the subject of this in-depth profile from Sports Illustrated, which touches a little on Thompson’s short professional baseball career in the Boston Red Sox organization. Read more »

Jan.
5th

Quoting Shaq Thompson on decision to enter NFL draft

Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson (7) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson (7) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Shaq Thompson answered a few questions on a teleconference a little while ago about his decision to forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Here’s what he said.

(On making the decision) “It feels good. I can finally get it out and not keep it a secret anymore. Just the start of a new life, a new chapter that I’m going to move forward in and just ready to go for the ride.”

(On how much draft projections played into his decision) “It really didn’t play that much. I try to stay away from that and just focus on getting the best option from my family members, my uncle really, Brian Thompson, my brother Syd’Quan, my mom, and just talking with Coach Pete just a little bit, just to see where I’m at and how I should go forward with things.” Read more »