You may recall that in 2004, former UW offensive lineman Matt Rogers made it to the finals of American Idol.
Now, nine years later, comes another American Idol finalist with UW football ties — Aubrey Cleland, who this week made it to the round of 20.
Aubrey Cleland is the daughter of one-time UW punter Thane Cleland, who held the punting job for the Huskies from 1983-86. In fact, he still holds the school record for punts in a career with 244 (and he is not, by the way, to be confused with Cam Cleeland, a tight end for the Huskies from 1994-97).
Thane Cleland also remains second in school history for punts in a season with 75 in 1984, a year the Huskies went 11-1 and finished No. 2 in the country. And on the surface it might seem odd that a team that successful punted so often until you remember the defense-and-timely-offense style of that season.
Here are Thane Cleland’s career stats.
Who says all we ever do is write about football in this space?