Among the many pieces of interesting personnel news for the Huskies this week was the announcement that receiver Cody Bruns (pictured right) will redshirt.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian said the decision was made for both personal reasons for Bruns and strategic reasons for the team.
Bruns is a fourth-year senior, so he can redshirt this fall and come back in 2012 when he can help fill in for the loss to graduation after this year of Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar. In essence, it will spread out the numbers a little more evenly.
Bruns had also missed a few practices during camp to attend to matters back home in Prosser following the sudden death of his father, Bucky, in July.
Bruns said this week it was a “mutual decision” to redshirt and he thinks it will be a good one for all involved.
“We talked about it and they definitely have the best interest in me (in mind) and that’s always good,” he said. “And if it’s going to help the team later then I’m all for it, definitely.”
Bruns spent the week working on the scout team, wearing the No. 3 of Eastern’s Greg Herd.
He said his plan now is to work on getting better, saying that “going up against (Desmond Trufant and Quinton Richardson) every day will be great.”
Going back to the scout team brings back memories of early in his true freshman season of 2008 when it was originally thought he might redshirt before he was called on to play in the second half of the fifth game at Arizona. The move was controversial in the eyes of many fans since UW trailed at the time, 31-7, and was off to an 0-4 start with Tyrone Willingham’s fate seemingly already sealed.
Bruns said he has joked that “I can only redshirt for half my senior year since I only redshirted half my freshman year.”
He repeated his long-held stance, however, that he doesn’t regret playing that first year, saying “everything happens for a reason and it shapes you as a person and a player. So we will grow this year and see how things go next year.”
And unfortunately, he’s gotten harsher lessons about the unexpected ways life can turn in the past few months. Cody is the the only child of Buck and Pam Bruns and said the time away during camp was to “check on her. She’s just going through a transition right now. But everything is going well now.”