Huskies practice opens today

Running back Chris Polk could become a star this season. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

You’re all sitting on the edge of your seats, right? Yeah! It’s the first day of camp and we get to see the Purple & Gold for the first time in months.

I’ll post some observations here from the first padless session later this evening. Remember, I’m not doing this in an official capacity. I’ve already had some readers ask me to ask this player that, or ask coach Steve Sarkisian this. I’m a fan now — just like you! My observations are just that. I have no more access than any ol’ regular Joe. But that doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm.

I have plenty of questions, but the product on the field will have to supply the answers — well, the product as well as our friends in the traditional media like Ted Miller, Bob Condotta, Todd Milles, and Scott Johnson. (Seriously, this is a great media town — four newspapers, two devoted websites in and, two sports radio stations… man, how can a girl not get a job here?)

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Former Garfield High and UW athlete Isaiah Stanback was cut by the Seahawks Monday after tearing his Achilles' tendon. (R. Martinez/Getty Images)

What is up with the Achilles’ tears? Latest victim? Former Husky quarterback Isaiah Stanback, who caught on with the hometown Seahawks early this summer.

I ran into Stanback at the Minneapolis airport a month or so ago. He was on his way home from New England after getting the call from the ‘Hawks, as was I at the end of the academic quarter. I wasn’t sure he’d even remember me when he gave me a big hug.

He looked great — big, strong, and that giant smile flashing. He was so excited to be coming home, too. (We ended up being delayed several hours and he also told me how he became a bowling buddy with Tedy Bruschi. Bruschi texted him to tell about a recently-rolled perfect game.)

But, just like Donald Butler, Stanback is shelved for the season.

Unlike Butler, who had recently inked a five-year deal with the San Diego Chargers, Stanback was cut today.

Best of luck to a guy who has had some tough breaks in this game. I, for one, will never stop rooting for this classy guy.

Now, I have procrastinated enough. This thesis isn’t going to write itself, right? See ya’ll tonight after practice.


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