Interesting news out of BYU last night that could impact Washington’s opener next season in Provo on Sept. 4, as the Cougars’ leading rusher, Harvey Unga, has left school after being charged with a violation of the honor code.
Here’s the story from the Salt Lake Tribune and more details from a blog entry reporting that Unga will try to get into the NFL Supplemental Draft in July.
Unga was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference pick last year after rushing for 1,087 yards. He had thought about declaring for the NFL Draft but decided to return for another season.
UW fans may remember Unga from BYU’s 2008 win here in Seattle (pictured to the right) when he rushed for 136 yards on 23 carries.
It was hoped in Provo that Unga would provide a consistent running game this season to take the pressure off of whoever emerges as the new quarterback (possibly Jake Heaps of Skyline High) after the graduation of three-year starter Max Hall. However, the Cougars went into the spring feeling confident that they had as much depth at running back as ever, as noted in this article from earlier this month. The new starter now probably becomes junior J.J. DiLuigi, who prepped at perennial California powerhouse Canyon High.
It hasn’t been a great week for running backs slated to face the Huskies next season as Syracuse’s leading rusher, Delone Carter, has been suspended from the team for the spring game after being charged with assault.
Syacuse comes to UW on Sept. 11, the second game of the season for both teams (the Orange open with Akron on Sept. 4). None of the stories make it clear if the suspension of Carter (and two others) will linger into next season.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— The Huskies will practice at 1 today at the stadium. No heavy scrimmaging expected with the coaches clinic going on — the UW coaches wanted to allow the coaches attending the clinic to see a full practice.
— Lots of Pac-10 links from Ken Goe at The Oregonian, including the news that Ryan Katz appears to be taking the lead for the QB job at Oregon State.
— Ted Miller with some interesting notes on UCLA.
More later from practice.
April 17, 2010 at 10:12 AM
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