I was just getting ready to post some links when I heard Rick Neuheisel on with Dave Mahler of KJR-AM.
The main topic was former UW WR Reggie Williams, pictured at right and back in the news as he will have a tryout with the Seahawks beginning tomorrow.
Neuheisel had a few interesting comments, including when Mahler asked what he thinks led to Williams’ off-field troubles in the NFL.
“Unfortunately, in my mind, what happened with Reggie is he caught got up in the lifestyle of the NFL,” he said. “A lot of players who get that much attention and have that much financial independence, they sometimes get caught up in all the excitement that goes on away from the field and I think it got the better of him and I think he’d be the first to admit it.”
Neuheisel said he had some talks with Williams about that during his UW career.
“I was concerned about it,” he said. “He and I had long talks about it. I definitely talked to him about it as a sophomore that there are going to be lots of opportunities and you need to make sure you are making good decisions when it comes to saying no to things, because there was a bling factor to Reggie. He kind of enjoyed the bling, and sometimes kids get caught up in that.”
Neuheisel also said that while he doesn’t think Williams can be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL — he said he wasn’t sure Williams could consistently get open against the top cornerbacks in the league — that he can be a productive No. 2 or No. 3 receiver.
By the way, the picture is of one of Williams’ more underrated plays at UW, the day he took a simple slant pass and went 80 yards with about two minutes left to give the Huskies the winning points in an early-season game at home against Arizona in 2002. That’s the season UW came back to win its last three games, the fabled “Northwest Championship,” to earn a winning record and get to a bowl game — the last UW has played in. But none of that would have mattered if Williams hadn’t saved the day against Arizona.
IN OTHER NEWS. ..
— Here’s an extended piece on the Huskies from ESPN’s Ted Miller from his visit to Seattle last week. Included is what is essentially a prediction from coach Steve Sarkisian that the Huskies will be in a bowl game this season. Sarkisian says of the holidays that “we’re going to be in a hotal somewhere.” Also some interesting quotes from Mason Foster comparing this regime to the previous one.
— Miller also has this piece on Jake Locker.
— Ken Goe of The Oregonian leads off his daily Pac-10 links package with a piece wondering if Locker can take the Huskies back to the top of the conference and concluding that “he just might do it.”
— The Huskies will host their annual coaches clinic this weekend, which will include former Seahawks coach and UW alum Jim Mora.
All for now.
April 12, 2010 at 11:44 AM
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