Many of us may be focused on the potential football opener against Oregon State but there was a lot of excitement across all of UW Athletics yesterday with the start of the fall signing period for non-football sports. We’ve got a lot to get to so let’s dive in.
- Jimmy Lake spoke to Softy last night (Tony Castricone was off) and if you’d like to read the notes from the interview you can get check them out here. Lake surprisingly decided to go ahead and name who the starting QB will be (he didn’t).
- TE Cade Otton and OT Jaxson Kirkland both spoke with the media yesterday and Coach Lake has cited as both as the primary leaders on the offensive side of the ball.
- Christian Caple previewed the matchup against Oregon State noting that job #1 will be slowing down OSU RB Jermar Jefferson.
- Mike Vorel asks what are the reasonable expectations for this Husky defense in such a strange season.
- 5-star QB recruit Sam Huard received his All-American Bowl jersey this week even though the game won’t be taking place this year and notes he’s still trying hard to recruit fellow local 5-stars JT Tuimoloau and Emeka Egbuka.
- Washington got a signature from their lone signee in the class of 2021 yesterday in Olympia big man Jackson Grant who is rated as the #66 overall player per the 247 Sports Composite.
It’s official ... NLI signed pic.twitter.com/RkwEz6jl9S— Jackson Grant (@jpgrant12) November 12, 2020
- What got Grant interested in the Huskies? It turns out in a cool twist that it was a chance meeting with Matisse Thybulle when he was younger who in the unsurprising part of this story inspired someone to root for him.
Grant met @MatisseThybulle in Lake Chelan before he was a Husky. Then he followed his career at UW closely.— Jon Manley (@manley_tnt) November 11, 2020
“(Thybulle) really laid out a groundwork to be able to follow at UW.”
*Photo courtesy of Grant family* pic.twitter.com/UjJGyjAK7Q
- Meanwhile, the Washington women’s basketball team added 5 new members to the team: wing A.J Marotte from Texas, guard Jess Finney from Arizona, guard Avery Vansickle from Colorado, wing Marisa Davis-Jones from Arizona, and wing Olivia Pollerd from Australia.
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- Washington announced an uptick in active COVID-19 cases throughout their athletic departments this week but none are within the football program at the moment.
- The Husky softball program signed 4 new members for the class of 2021, all from different states outside of Washington. That includes Kinsey Fiedler who by some publications is the #1 player in the country.
Help us welcome Kinsey Fiedler!— Washington Softball (@UWSoftball) November 11, 2020
Fiedler earned Offensive Player of the Year three times and Defensive Player of the Year once in high school, recording a 1.578 OPS as a senior!#MightyAreTheWomen pic.twitter.com/mgSnenRdDi
- Washington Volleyball also added 4 new members in the class of 2021: 5’8 Lauren Bays, 6’3 Emoni Bush, 6’1 Audra Wilmes, and 5’11 Molly Wilson
- Washington Track & Field signed 3 new athletes: Nathan Green from Idaho, Julia David-Smith from Issaquah, WA, and Anthony Smith from Snoqualmie, WA.
Our first #NewHusky is in‼️— Washington Track & Field (@UWTrack) November 11, 2020
... And it's a fast start. , the No. 1-ranked runner in the class of 2021 by MileSplit, is committed! ☝️#GoHuskies x #NationalSigningDay pic.twitter.com/3kIamV6eLI
- If you’re not worried about waking the neighbors then you can make it feel a little more like being at the game from your own living room on Saturday
"Alexa, enable Washington Huskies sound the siren." Then "Alexa, Touchdown Washington" after each TD. You can't be there, they bring the siren to YOU pic.twitter.com/wPNQDmdJtp— Dave “Softy” Mahler (@Softykjr) November 12, 2020