While the Huskies are on a spring practice hiatus, linebacker Shaq Thompson is in Florida, taking part in a little minor league spring training with the Boston Red Sox.
Fullcount.WEEI.com caught up with Thompson to ask why he continues to play baseball in the face of last summer’s struggles, when he went 0-39 with 37 strikeouts. As you can read, Thompson said “I just still had love for the game.” He also has a contract reportedly paying him $100,000 if he plays for four years. As I wrote last week, Thompson said he has worked out a schedule with UW football coaches to minimize any absences from the Huskies.
If he reads the accounts of snow on the ground in Seattle today, he’ll probably think even better of his decision to keep playing baseball.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Athlon’s lists Thompson as a defensive longshot on its list of 2013 Heisman contenders.
— Boise State’s new deal with ESPN assures UW’s game there in 2015 will be on an ESPN network.
— Ted Miller with good stuff on the differing challenge faced by Sonny Dykes at Cal compared to that of Jeff Tedford.
— Arizona’s QB battle is getting crowded.
— WSU opened spring drills Thursday and has just two scholarship QBs on the roster right now.
— Arizona Republic has a feature on true frosh LB Chans Cox.