Husky Football Team Opens Spring Practice

April 3, 2002

Seattle - Washington will begin its three-week spring football practice period on Thursday, April 4. The Huskies have 15 dates scheduled for spring practice, which concludes with the annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 27.

The Spring Game will kickoff at 12:30 a.m. and will be broadcast live by KOMO AM-1000 and televised on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Net Northwest at 3:30 p.m.. The fourth-annual Husky Experience for children will precede the Spring Game at 11:30 a.m.

Washington has scheduled scrimmages for April 12 (Friday) and April 20 (Saturday). The annual Coaches' Clinic will be held April 19-20.

Here is a complete list of Washington's spring football practice dates. Weekday practices are tentatively scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Washington Spring Football Schedule

April   4   3:30 p.m.April   5   3:30 p.m.April   6   10:00 a.m.April   8   3:30 p.m.April   9   3:30 p.m.April 11   3:30 p.m.April 12   4:00 p.m. (Scrimmage)April 15   3:30 p.m.April 16   3:30 p.m.April 18   3:30 p.m.April 20   10:00 a.m. (Scrimmage)April 22   3:30 p.m.April 23   3:30 p.m.April 25   3:30 p.m.April 27   12:30 p.m. (Spring Game)

Neuheisel Announces Coaching Changes
Washington head coach Rick Neuheisel announced several new coaching assignments on his staff. Chuck Heater, who has coached cornerbacks since joining the UW staff in 1999, will move to offense and coach the Husky running backs. New assistant coach Bobby Kennedy will work with the Washington wide receivers. First-year coach Cornell Jackson will work with the inside linebackers. Fourth-year assistant coach Bobby Hauck will coach the safeties and cornerbacks in the defensive secondary. He previously worked with the safeties and coached special teams. Neuheisel indicated the entire staff would coach aspects of the special teams. Ty Gregorak, a linebacker who played for Neuheisel at Colorado, will serve as the graduate assistant. Luther Carr, the former head football coach at Garfield high school, will work as the graduate assistant coach for the offense.

Several Huskies to Miss Spring Drills
Washington will be without several players due to off-season surgeries. That list includes junior center Todd Bachert (shoulder), sophomore wide receiver Justin Robbins (knee), senior free safety Owen Biddle (shoulder), junior strong safety Greg Carothers (shoulders), redshirt freshman offensive lineman Willie Kava (knees), senior wide receiver Doug Clarke (shoulder), senior wide receiver Wilbur Hooks (shoulder) and junior cornerback Roc Alexander (shoulder). Senior linebacker Ben Mahdavi (shoulder) and sophomore free safety Jimmy Newell (shoulder) will be limited in their participation during contact drills. Husky junior quarterback Cody Pickett (shoulder) will participate in spring practice, but will see limited throwing. Husky quarterbacks are not subject to contact during drills.

Several Huskies Will Not Return for 2002
Neuheisel announced that several Washington players will not return for the 2002 season. Senior Spencer Marona has retired from football due to chronic shoulder problems. Senior fullback Mathias Wilson and senior defensive end Jon Schmidt have both opted to graduate and not return for a fifth year. Husky senior Patrick Reddick, who missed the 1998 and 1999 seasons due to knee injuries, will petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. His case is not expected to be reviewed before the conclusion of spring drills.

Position Changes
Several Huskies will make position changes during the spring. Sophomore Zach Tuiasosopo has moved from outside linebacker to fullback. Redshirt freshman fullback Ty Ericks has moved to strong safety. Junior Todd Bachert (who will miss spring drills due to injury), has moved from tackle to center. Junior safety Domynic Shaw will move to cornerback. Sophomore wide receiver Rayshon Dukes will move to free safety. Junior safety Jelani Harrison will move back to tailback. Junior safety/quarterback Adam Seery will move to fullback. Sophomore offensive guard Aaron Butler, who will remain at guard, is also expected to see some time at center. Junior defensive tackle Terry Johnson, a defensive tackle, may be used at tight end for short-yardage situations.

Williams Returns for Spring Game
Former Washington safety Curtis Williams, who was paralyzed during a game in the 2001 season, will return to Seattle for the first time on April 25 for a fundraiser. Williams will also make his first return to Husky Stadium on April 27 for the Huskies' Spring Game. The April 25 benefit for the Curtis Williams Fund, is scheduled for El Gaucho in downtown Seattle. The $100 per plate dinner is sold out.

Huskies to Hold Fall Camp in Seattle
Washington coach Rick Neuheisel said they Huskies will hold their two-a-day fall camp on campus this year after spending the past three seasons at Evergreen State College in Olympia. Neuheisel cited the completed renovations to Washington's football facilities and practice fields as the reason to return to Seattle for drills. The Huskies will start fall practices on Aug. 7.

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