No upsets here: After helping Bellevue to three consecutive Class 3A football championships, and having a hand in 13 state titles in track and field, Bellevue’s Budda Baker capped his terrific high school career today by being named The Seattle Times prep athlete of the year.
“He’s not a guy who sits on his laurels and rests and relaxes,” Bellevue track coach John Hill said. “You have your very best athlete on your team willing to push themselves and do a complete workout on a day-in, day-out basis, you have no choice but to want to follow that.”
Baker, of course, was the state’s top-ranked football recruit, and he signed with the Huskies in February. He’s scheduled to enroll at UW next month, and he figures to challenge immediately for the starting job at free safety.
Catching up on some links:
- With about 71 percent of its starters returning, UW ranks 50th in the nation in terms of experience, according to Phil Steele. That figure, though, puts the Huskies third in the Pac-12 (H/T @UWdadVanc).
- Steele has Hau’oli Kikaha, Danny Shelton, Shaq Thompson and Marcus Peters on his preseason all-Pac-12 team.
- Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Peters as the No. 2 underclassman corner and Shelton as the No. 3 senior defensive tackle (ESPN subscription needed).
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins says he’s always wanted to be in Florida.
- An Oregon linebacker, former four-star recruit Tyrell Robinson, says he’s transferring.
- Stanford has won an unprecedented 20 consecutive Director’s Cup as the nation’s top intercollegiate athletic department. UW finished 32nd this year.
- Former Stanford receiver Tyrone Prothro was a witness Wednesday in the Ed O’Bannon v. NCAA antitrust trial.