This was filed by News Tribune reporter Doug Pacey (and many thanks for the help Tuesday):
Fifteen years after he took his last snap at Washington, Damon Huard still has the best career completion percentage among all Husky quarterbacks. The Tyee Club, the fundraising arm of the university’s athletic department, hopes Huard still has a pin-point touch as it renews its attempt at securing support for a renovation of Husky Stadium.
It was announced on Tuesday that Huard will be the major gifts officer for the Tyee Club. He will formally begin on May 3, but the 36-year-old Puyallup High School graduate knows he’s facing a stiff challenge.
“We’re going to try and figure out a plan in the next few weeks,” the 13-year NFL veteran said, “whether it’s just the alumni ourselves or involving the state in some small capacity.”
Huard served in a similar role in 1997 with the organization now known as Vulcan Inc. when Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen tried to get public support to build Qwest Field. Huard said he approached Washington athletic director Scott Woodward in November 2008 when the Huskies men’s basketball team was playing in the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo., about the possibility of working with the athletic department.
“We just got to talking and I expressed to him my desire to be back in the Northwest someday,” said Huard, who was playing for the Kansas City Chiefs at the time. “I did mention that I worked on that stadium campaign and maybe sometime down the road I could be of assistance.”
Huard ticked off a list of reasons that Husky Stadium required a renovation – increased revenue and a better fan experience were among them – but one stood out.
“Can’t let the Ducks have the best facility in the Pac-10, are you kidding me?” he quipped about the University of Oregon.
• When the coaching staff asked senior De’Shon Matthews to switch from defensive tackle to defensive end, the 6-foot-4, 261-pound senior was happy to oblige. He played the position during his junior and senior seasons at Laguna Creek High School and knew the basics.
“Every position on the D-line is pretty similar,” he said. “The only difference is dropping more and sometimes coming free at defensive end. I’m adjusting to it well. I’m sure by the end of spring ball I’ll be better at it.”
After missing the first couple weeks of spring practice with a tweaked Achilles’ tendon, Matthews is making progress. He worked with the first-string defensive unit during Tuesday’s practice at the Dempsey Indoor Arena.
The Huskies entered the spring thin at defensive end with injuries to Kalana Aldrich and Everette Thompson, and Andru Pulu has been suspended indefinitely. If Matthews makes an impact now, he could put himself in position to be a starter in the fall. Matthews just wants to make a difference.
“As long as I can help this team out in any way possible,” Matthews said. “It’s my last year and my last chance to get to the Rose Bowl. That’s my goal.”
• Some Sarkisian tidbits.
No depth chart has been established.
He called Senio Kelemete an "all-Pac-10" offensive tackle in the making.
He singled out linebacker Cort Dennison has having a standout spring.
Gregory Christine worked with the No. 1 offensive line today. Sark said they mixed up the offensive line and defensive lines today.
"We like to go goods on goods, or ones on ones and twos on twos. You can get into a rut where the same guy keeps going against the same players and its hard to get a fair evaluation."