University of Washington

The Huskies passed their early tests. But are they ready for homework?

Washington running back Myles Gaskin carries for a long gain against Colorado during the second half Saturday in Boulder, Colo. Washington won 37-10.
Washington running back Myles Gaskin carries for a long gain against Colorado during the second half Saturday in Boulder, Colo. Washington won 37-10. The Associated Press

The No. 7 Washington Huskies passed their first test of the Pac-12 season Saturday night, beating Colorado, 37-10.

Up next: Quizzes.

After eight consecutive weeks of just practicing — and playing — football, UW players open fall-quarter classes Wednesday.

“I am kind of excited to have something else to do,” Huskies center Coleman Shelton said. “But it has definitely been fun almost being like an NFL player having nothing to do but worry about football.”

Anybody who knows UW coach Chris Petersen clearly understands how much he emphasizes doing well in the classroom.

Two seasons ago, the football team finished with a cumulative 3.13 grade-point average, the best in school history. Eighty players had a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the fall.

Last season, the overall team GPA was 3.09.

“I think most of them are itching (to start school),” Petersen said. “It has just been football for a long, long time. Now it is time to go and get the other piece of why they are here — the most important piece.”

Huskies starting tailback Myles Gaskin, who rushed for a career-high 202 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over the Buffaloes, said his first class of the quarter is geology.

But he admitted he had not bought books for any of his courses.

“I will get them (Sunday), or something like that,” Gaskin said. “It is school, man. I’ve been going to school all of my life.”

Daily practices will still be held in the morning, but just an hour earlier — starting generally around 8:45 a.m.

Wide receiver Quinten Pounds’ first class will be a communications course.

“Coach Pete always says put as much effort (into school) as you put into football,” Pounds said. “If I do that, classes will go ... well.”

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