Let’s get right to it:
Question: When does practice start?
Answer: UW’s first full practice is slated for Sunday, Aug. 5. The team will report the day before, Aug. 4. UW is scheduled to then hold 28 practices over the next 25 days leading up to the opener at Syracuse Aug. 31. Picture Day is set for Aug. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Husky Stadium.
Question: What’s happened to Walt Winter, who came to UW with some pretty impressive credentials?
Answer: Winter has struggled to find a position at UW, starting first on the DL then moving to tight end last year when injuries hit there. He remained at TE throughout the spring and caught a TD pass in the spring game. As I always try to caution people here, recruiting rankings and high school stats aren’t necessarily good indicators of college success (not knocking Winter here, but since that was part of the question, just using this opportunity to make that point again). Winter will be a fourth-year junior this year so he certainly still has time to make a major impact.
Question: How is receiver Quintin Daniels progressing with his knee injury?
Answer: This is a question we really won’t be able to answer until the season begins. Daniels missed all of 2005 with a knee injury but came back last year to play, usually with a bulky brace. His goal was to be able to play this season without the brace, but he suffered what he said was a minor “tweak” to the knee late in spring practice and missed the spring game. He assured me at the time that he would be fine, though he was frustrated that he was just beginning to really feel good. “It seems like something always happens,” he said. “But I’m fighting through it, preparing for the season.” We’ll begin to see for sure in a few weeks where he is. Obviously, with the news last week regarding the two freshmen WRs who won’t be here in time for the beginning of camp, guys like Daniels have to get and stay healthy.
Question: Was Chris Hemphill really 6-6?
Answer: Okay, I asked that one myself here after seeing that issue debated in the comments section. I agree that measurements are often embellished, but Hemphill really was pretty close to 6-6, if not actually right there. I remember one of the first times seeing him walk through Hec Ed and thinking it was Doug Wrenn (if you look, there’s a little of a facial resemblence there, as well).
Hemphill’s height was one reason he was a pretty highly-regarded basketball player in high school, where he played alongside Pooh Jeter — Jeter played in the Summer League with the Kings alongside Spencer Hawes and scored 22 points against the Knicks in the same game in which Nate Robinson scored 21.
The last thing I want to do is rehash any of the Suddenly Senior stuff (you can read past blogs and stories for all I have to say on that), but I remember one of the things that caught some of us off-guard about that was listening to Hemphill talk during the Monday press conference about his high school days and how he thought he could have been a D-I basketball player but decided as a senior to devote his attention to football because he thought he had a professional future in that sport.
Let’s get right to it:
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