Well, the day of dreaming officially starts Monday (or today, if you're a player, coach or a crazy fan that can put on a wig and impersonate Chris Izbicki going off to meetings).
Fall camp, 2010.
I must admit, I wasn't all that motivated for Year No. 2 in the winter, throughout spring ball and most of the summer. Some of it is because I concentrate on other sports (golf, motor sports) when the UW is in its offseason. Some of it is because when the Huskies are in session, they do require a lot of time and energy, which I'm in the process of regaining in the days leading up.
None of it has to do with the fact I'm a Washington State University product.
But now that it is here – coach Steve Sarkisian's second season, quarterback Jake Locker's final year in a bid for so many great things, an opening game at Brigham Young University in 31/2 weeks – the time to crank it up starts now.
Lots of discussion to how we'd play any Locker stories throughout the summer. The three-part topics – his upbringing (I), his development as a passer (II) and the publicity campaign (III) – were my initial thoughts. Our sports team leader, Darrin Beene, came up with the packaging of it, running three stories on consecutive Sundays.
The first one came out today, looking back at Locker's glory days at Ferndale. A really good read by Doug Pacey, who not only covered Locker extensively as a prep star while at the Bellingham Herald, but he is one of the few reporters in the region Locker still knows the name of.
Next week: Locker's development as a passer. Sarkisian noted at his pre-fall camp press conference that he expects the senior play-caller to be completing passes at a "65 to 68 percent" clip, and at a 3-to-1 ratio of touchdowns thrown to interceptions.
If that happens, and the Huskies get on a roll with wins, that leads to our final installment – Locker getting the necessary publicity to be in discussions for many top honors, including the Heisman Trophy.
Necessary? Only one Northwest product has ever won the Heisman Trophy, and that would be Oregon State's Terry Baker in 1962 (whose 707 points is still one of the lowest winning totals in that award's history).
Back to fall camp, the team reports today. According to the coach's blog, here is the schedule:
• Check-in at the dorms.• Meetings, meetings and more meetings (both football and university-related).• Seahawks' practice at the UW at 1:30 p.m. (which they'll attend).• Dinner at Conibear Shellhouse.
And the first official practice is Monday at 3 p.m. Of course, I'll be there for that, as well as one of our photographers, who is allowed to shoot individual drills from 3:15 to 4 p.m.