— Marshall Malchow (@MMalchowUW) January 14, 2015
After UW’s fall-term grades were released, there were some signs over the past few weeks that this was coming. Many Washington players seemed to take extra pride in their success in the classroom, posting messages on Twitter about making the “3.0 board” that’s posted in the Huskies’ football offices.
Clearly, the classroom is important to Chris Petersen. And in another sign of the significant culture shift in the program, UW has reported a 3.0 team grade-point average — equivalent of a “B” average — for the fall term. That is the best in program history, according to UW’s director of player personnel, Marshall Malchow (above).
Teams don’t typically share GPA figures unless they’re positive, so unfortunately we don’t have a way to compare how this 3.0 team GPA stacks up with, say, the team’s GPA from a year ago. Safe to say it wasn’t this good, though. For some perspective, the Stanford women’s swimming and diving team earned national recognition last summer for its team GPA of 3.27.
Catching up on a few links:
- Good read from Bob Condotta on Jermaine Kearse, the former Husky who continues to make clutch catches for the Seahawks.
- Forbes did a valuation of college football programs, and UW came in at No. 14 nationally with a value of $77 million.
- Christian Caple comes up with a list of five Huskies to watch on offense going into 2015.
- Kasen Williams had a bounce-back second practice in preparation the Shrine Game. That airs at 1 p.m. Saturday on the NFL Network.
- Mason Kelly with a nice reflection on his relationship with Williams.
- The UW men host resurgent Oregon State tonight, and Percy Allen had this fun feature on Gary Payton and his on, Gary Payton III, the Beavers’ point guard.
- Oregon’s Marcus Mariota is off to the NFL. The Ducks, however, will get defensive lineman DeForest Buckner back for his senior season.