The senses are blooming, and that's even outside Husky Stadium.
Preparations for the University of Washington football home opener Saturday against Syracuse are happening all over. The grass has been mowed. The marching-band drum-lines are going over their sets, over and over again.
Concessions tents are being set up throughout the main corridor (and don't expect any new vendors; pretty much the same as 2009).
The end zone grandstands are up.
And the football team went through its final practice this week Thursday, with limited contact. It ended with a short birthday brouhaha for receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty in the post-practice huddle.
All seems normal. Loose. Ready.
No need to control the burst of excitement for game day. UW coach Steve Sarkisian has a plan on how to monitor that – early-game plays.
"We're going to run the stuff on both sides of the ball we do really well, and not try too hard with different stuff … so we're in a real comfort level with the stuff we're trying to execute," Sarkisian said.
Some stuff Thursday:
Jesse Callier will move into that multi-purpose role, and should see his playing time increase substantially.
"He's the replacement for Johri, essentially in that role, along with doing some other stuff at running back," Sarkisian said. "It's a natural fit. And he's been doing that all camp long, so it's not like he's learning new stuff. He's been doing it all camp."
"I think just from a transitional point of view and the first time you're in a game as a true freshman, sometimes it's a little easier to have a guy on each side of you than being on that island by yourself," Sarkisian said.
"Cody is not just giving up the spot. To his credit he is working at it, he's earning it," Sarkisian said. "James is fighting like crazy, too."
Without expression, Sarkisian muttered four words: "Good luck to them."
"I'm here too late," he said. "Don't want to (fall) asleep at the wheel going across the lake.''