The idea had been bandied around at the start of summer – former Husky quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo joining the new coaching staff – but did not become a real possibility until recently.
And in the past few days, the University of Washington and new coach Steve Sarkisian made it official, hiring Tuiasosopo as the team's assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Tuiasosopo was at the start of fall camp Monday, and will serve in whatever capacity strength-and-condition head man Ivan Lewis demands. It is a paying staff position.
"To be back here, it's a dream come true," Tuiasosopo said. "(The UW is) my alma mater. I'd love to see them do well."
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Tuiasosopo was the UW quarterback from 1997-2000. He was a second-round draft choice by the Oakland Raiders in 2001, and served all but one of his seasons with that organization (except for 2007 when he was with the New York Jets).
In 2004, Sarkisian was Tuiasosopo's quarterbacks' coach, only for that one season.
Last year, Tuiasosopo signed a 1-year contact as a reserve quarterback, which was not renewed by the Raiders, making Tuiasosopo a free agent.
"I was hoping to sign, honestly, and continue playing. It didn't happen," Tuiasosopo said. "I was working out here, and coach Sark and coach Lewis were like, 'Shoot, if you want to, you can help out in the weight room, hang out in the coaches room and be around football.' I said, 'Cool, let me think about it.'"
The agreement is contingent on whether Tuiasosopo signs another professional football contract. If he does, he vacates his position, whenever is happens during the season.
"I feel young, I'm fresh and I still want to play," Tuiasosopo said. "That is my first thought, if something were to open up and I could go somewhere, that is what I want to do. I still have the bug."
He also is only allowed to counsel on stretching and conditioning-related activities, Sarkisian said.
Other first-day developments:
&bull This was the inaugural workout for true freshmen – but not for Wilson High's Desmond Trufant, who watched most of practice in sweats from around Husky Stadium. The NCAA's Clearinghouse board ruled one of Trufant's classes did not count, and he has to take it over again.
"Normally this type of stuff, it happens … across the country at every school," Sarkisian said. "He's had a good offseason, had a good summer, and he's a great student. It's not an issue of a guy struggling.
"We're hoping it's a week type of deal. He has to bust his butt, 24-7, and get this thing done. He has to take a class. It started today."
&bull Safety Jason Wells (right leg) and running back Chris Polk (left leg) spent time on the trainer's table, but returned to practice. Also, safety Will Shamburger (knee) is on the roster, and should be working out on a limited basis, even though he is expected to miss the season. Defensive tackle Chris Robinson (knee) will require surgery and isn't going to play this season.
&bull Third-string tight end Dorson Boyce, a transfer from Allan Hancock College in California who spent three seasons there, headlined the standout work by the junior-college players. He caught a few difficult passes, and impressed Sarkisian with his physical blocking.
"We're anxious to get him in shape," Sarkisian said. "He's only been here four weeks."
&bull For those tracking quarterback Jake Locker's progress as a "quarterback," he only took off on a scramble once during 7-on-7 drills, gaining 15 yards.
&bull Players were in shorts, practice jerseys and helmets, but by NCAA rule, cannot be in pads until Saturday, at the earliest.
&bull Practice time was two hours, 25 minutes, under blustery conditions with only a smattering of rain sprinkles.
&bull Obstructed-view seats will be made available by the UW for the Louisiana State home game Sept. 5.