The Huskies become true student-athletes today, as the university finally holds the first classes of the fall quarter.
"That is always a concern of mine because now … there is a lot more on their plate," coach Tyrone Willingham said. "They are officially back in school and we expect our guys to embrace that wholeheartedly. … Any time you add more responsibilities, it puts stress on you just a little bit more."
Different Huskies weighed the impact differently.
"You don't have mornings off, you can't sleep in as much because we have to get up and go to class," said quarterback Jake Locker, beginning his second season on a college campus. "But for the most part, you have your homework at night – write a paper here and there – but it's not a huge difference."
Senior cornerback Roy Lewis had a different perspective.
"A major schedule change," he said. "Everyone has to get their priorities straight."