For players, one of the perks of going to a bowl game is the free swag. For the Huskies, that means watches and backpacks from the Cactus Bowl, plus a small shopping spree, of sorts, at a gift suite before the game.
As the Sports Business Daily points out, each bowl game is allowed to give players from each team up to $550 worth of gifts. Each school is allowed to provide another $400 in gifts and the conferences are allowed another $400 on top of that.
A couple other noteworthy items:
- This is finals week on the UW campus, and the Huskies have most of the week off from football practices. They practiced this past weekend a couple times and will have their next media availability after this Saturday’s practice.
- Hau’oli Kikaha will be busy this week. UW’s senior buck linebacker will travel to the Lombardi Award presentation in Houston on Wednesday. (That is scheduled to air on Fox Sports Southwest, so I don’t think most of us get that here in the Northwest.) Kikaha will then head to Newport Beach, Calif., for the Lott IMPACT Trophy ceremony on Sunday. He is also a finalist for the Polynesian Player of the Year, to be announced today, and Ted Hendricks Award, to be announced Wednesday.
- Kikaha was also a finalist for the Butkus Award, presented today to UCLA’s Eric Kendricks.
- The Paul Hornung Award, for which Shaq Thompson is a finalist, will be announced Friday. I believe Shaq won the fan voting portion of that, but a committee of 16 also votes for that.
- Future UW quarterback Jake Browning, the national record-holder with 220 touchdown passes, will lead Folsom against Grant — Shaq’s alma mater — on Friday in the Northern California Division I championship game.
- A roundup of tidbits from recruits who visited UW over the weekend.
- The Oregonian reports that Oregon State is indeed looking at Eastern Washington’s Beau Baldwin.
- Boise State to the Big 12?