First year head coach and longtime UW assistant Jimmy Lake was downright giddy with delight when he met with local media via Zoom Tuesday morning. The joyfulness was palpable as Lake talked about the team playing its first football of the season in six weeks.
It’s like we just won the lottery,” he said with a wide grin. “We’re so excited around here that we have a season to look forward to and we have something to prepare for. Our morale right now is through the roof. But no question, a few months ago it was a roller coaster. We’re playing a Pac-12 season and then we’re not playing it until January and now we’re playing.
“So, at this point of the roller coaster, we’re at the top right now. We are extremely excited to put all of our schemes in. We’re out there practicing all together again. And right now, we are fired up that we get to play football and go play against an opponent here in about six weeks.”
Most of the Senior players remained on camps when the cancellation of athletic activates was announced. Incoming true freshman arrived on campus during the last week and participated in the teams two practices on Monday and Tuesday morning. Dedication and commitment to the team will be needed on and off the field for the Huskies. Players will receive daily testing as part of the Pac-12’s partnership with Quidel Corporation. What is missing is a signed document by each player agreeing to following COVID -19 guidelines when away from the facility.
“There is no signed document (promising that they will be responsible away from the facility),” Lake said. “It goes back to our goals. If we’re going to reach our goals, we have to protect the team by not bringing the virus into this building. We have to protect the team by not getting the virus outside this building and spreading it to your roommates. We have to insulate ourselves and create our own bubble here at the University of Washington football program. The team that does that the best in the Pac-12 is most likely going to be holding up that trophy.”
Lake was asked about various positions and mentioned the elephant in the room right off the bat. The Huskies have four players vying for the starting position at quarterback. True freshman Ethan Garber’s redshirt freshman Dylan Morris, Redshirt sophomore Jacob Sirmon and graduate student transfer Kevin Thomson will take their best shot at being the teams number 1 signal caller.
The Huskies changed offensive coordinators during the offseason. Bush Hamden was replaced by former offensive Jacksonville Jaguars assistant John Donovan took his place
Lake started the press conference by acknowledging former Husky wide receiver Jermaine Kearse who announced his retirement from the NFL today
. Lake also gave a shout out to former Shorewood High grad Blake Snell who signed with the Huskies but opted for Pro Baseball. Snell was the starting pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays in their AL Wildcard Series game against the Toronto Blue Jay Thursday night.