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August 31, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Tuesday afternoon notes, quotes and anecdotes

Hope you got to participate in the live chat with former UW QBs Brock and Damon Huard. If not, you can catch the replay here.
A couple of the more newsier items:
— Damon Huard, who now works in the UW athletic department as a fund raiser, gave some details on how much money is needed for the renovation of Husky Stadium. Specifically, he said that: “Our magic number is $50 million we need to raise. The entire project will cost around $250 million, of which $200 will be paid by future revenue from the new stadium. $25 of our magic number $50 needs to be raised by March. We feel like we have roughly $13 million so breaking down the number even further, we need $12 million by March to make this thing happen. I think everybody believes it is a done deal, but honestly that is not the case. We need all Husky fans to step up and make this place something we can all be proud of for the next 100 years of Husky football.”’ He also said that if the $12 million is not raised by March it could endanger construction.
— Brock Huard, who now works as a color analyst at ESPN as well as on the Brock and Salk Show on 710 ESPN Seattle, said that he thinks College GameDay could be coming here for the Sept. 18 game against Nebraska. He said that “from what I understand, it’s either Nebraska-Washington or Notre Dame-Michigan State for Sept. 18. And don’t rule out a floating set amongest the yachts in Lake Washington.” He also said that his crew — which includes former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti — may do the UW at Oregon game Nov. 6.
— Also, UW coach Steve Sarkisian was on the Pac-10 coaches conference call today shortly before the chat began. He said Kalani Aldrich will go in today’s full pads practice and then be evaluated to see if his knee will hold up for Saturday’s game. “We’ll really have a better understanding of what he is capable of doing tomorrow,” he said.
— He said that a key emphasis for the BYU game is to protect the QB against BYU’s zone pressure scheme “of trying to get after the QB.” He said that puts an onus at times on the OL to block, and other times on Jake Locker to get rid of the ball quickly.
— He again praised the defense and said he likes how it has “adopted Nick (Holt’s) personality. They are aggressive, they are tough and they are smart and I’m excited to watch them go play Saturday.” He said that last year he thinks “we relied on a few guys to make plays” and that this year “you see a group playing together as a unit.”
— Asked for standout players in camp he said Alameda Ta’amu would be “at the top of that list.” He also cited Victor Aiyewa, Desmond Trufant and Cameron Elisara.
— Asked if the 2008 game will have any bearing on Saturday he said no and that it has not been talked about by players or coaches. “It seems like such a long time ago, not only to me but to these kids,” he said. “So I don’t think these guys have even thought about it, to be honest with you.”
— Here’s the Salt Lake Tribune’s take on Sarkisian’s return to Provo.
— Times columnist Jerry Brewer talks a little about Locker and the 2008 game on his blog.
— had this Pac-10 preview the other day, picking UW as a team that will surprise.
— The Huskies will practice at 4 p.m. and I’ll have some notes and quotes afterward, if not something else in the interim.
All for now.



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