A nice read today by Percy Allen this morning on UW’s John Timu, who is not only emerging as one of the top linebackers in the Pac-12 but also a top student.
In April, he made history at Washington and became the first student-athlete to win the school’s prestigious Brett E. Baldwin Memorial Academic Scholarship for anthropology.
Past recipients include: Melissa Poe (2005), an environmental anthropologist who studies urban foragers, and Carl Lipo (1993), an archaeologist at California State-Long Beach who co-authored the book “The Statues that Walked – What Really Happened on Easter Island.”
“After winning it, I realized it was something special,” Timu said. “I didn’t know how much it can impact me, my teammates and even my family.”
Timu, who has a full athletic scholarship, won’t keep the $1,200 award, but doors began to open for him on upper campus. His major is American ethnic studies, but he discovered a passion in anthropology, which is his minor.
– Here’s a radio interview I did with The Steve Sandmeyer Show on Monday evening (skip to about the 14-minute mark in the 5 o’clock hour). And, yes, there are periods in practice when the Huskies are pushing the tempo at an Oregon pace, usually in 7-on-7 drills. It’s fast, and they want to get faster. Can they do it consistently? Do they want to do it consistently? I’ll expand on that later this week.
– A scary moment in Cal’s first scrimmage on Monday when safety Avery Sebastian had to be taken in an ambulance to the hospital after a hit. Cal released a statement saying Sebastian is expected to be released soon.