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Husky Seniors – Cole Sager

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at some of the Husky seniors who will be playing their last games as Dawgs.  Although the senior class is small in numbers, I believe there are some favorites out there.

More often than not, athletes are termed as arrogant.  Whether that’s the case is something that may be worth arguing, but I think we’ve all heard this at some time or another.  I’m not a professional or collegiate athlete (nor will I ever be), but it stands to reason that maybe a certain level of arrogance is needed to play sports at these high levels.  Sports are mental and physical games, and to be at your physical best you have to believe that you are one of the best.  That doesn’t mean all of these athletes think less of the people watching them, it just means they expect a lot of themselves.  Still, we see some NFL receiver spouting off on ESPN about how they’re God’s gift to the world, and most fans are turned off.

Cole Sager is possibly the least heralded player on the University of Washington football team.  He came to U-Dub as an invited walk-on in 2009, the first season of the Sark era.  Before that, he was a running back and linebacker for the Burlington-Edison Tigers, who he helped lead to the state playoffs his junior and senior season of high school.

After coming to Washington, Sager was immediately inserted on special teams.  In 2009, he was awarded with the scout-team special-teams MVP.  He also played a little bit on special teams as a freshman.  He’s continued that role for each of the past 3 seasons.  While he practices with the running backs, he has yet to see a carry and will probably finish his career with more tackles (12 at the moment) than rushing yards.  

College football teams need players like Cole Sager.  They add depth and do what you ask them to do to the best of their ability.  While Sark is trying to get the overall talent level to where it needs to be, Sager has filled in admirably on special teams.

That’s not what I’ll remember Cole Sager for though.  Every home game, he runs out of the tunnel with the rest of the team.  He comes down to the end-zone by where we sit and prays, like a good share of the team does.

Most athletes pray on a knee and then get up and move to the sideline.  While I don’t know what most athletes pray specifically, I imagine that it’s against injury, that they play their best and that God is glorified through it all.  Again, that is just my best guess and I’m sure some players pray for more.

Once Sager reaches the end-zone, he takes off his helmet.  He holds it in one of his hands and then he stretches out his arms towards the east and west ends of the stadium (these are the bigger portion of stands) and prays.  It appears as if Sager is praying for the people in these stands.  While nothing can be certain without an actual interview, this is what I choose to believe he does.  The world is made up of different beliefs, religions, and ways to look at life.  We tend to keep to sports here on the blog and not say much about our faith and we’re going to keep it that way.  But, whether you believe in a God or not, Cole Sager is praying, to what he believes to be the most powerful thing in the universe, for the fans.  That’s the opposite of arrogance.  That’s selflessness.

Cole Sager will run out of the Clink’s tunnel in front of the hometown fans one more time on Saturday.  He will probably line up on the kickoff team, and I sure hope he makes a tackle.  But, what I know he’ll do is stand in the end zone, hands stretched out towards the bleachers and pray.  Personally, I’d like to thank him for that.  Good luck in whatever comes next, our prayers will be with you.

Andrew

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Getting To Know Your Dawgs – Running Back

Fall camp started yesterday for the Huskies and the Good Guys will keep track of any major news that breaks.  At this point in time, the only news that would be of major significance is an injury so hopefully we won’t have to update on any of those.  I started a series about the Huskies position groups about a week ago, talking about the quarterbacks.  Today I’ll move on to the running backs.

The running back position has been filled over the last 3 years by one of the most successful backs in school history, Chris Polk.  He ended his career as the second leading rusher in school history and has since moved on to the NFL. This year brings us the first year of uncertainty at tailback in the Sark era.  There seems to be plenty of talent available but talent and proven talent are two different things.  I’ll order these guys in what I think the depth chart looks like right now.

Jesse Callier (Jr.)

Callier has been Polk’s backup for the last 2 years and has done pretty well in that role.  Sark made up ways to get him the ball (the fly sweep is the main way that comes to mind) and he usually succeeded with the ball.  The question about Callier is if he’d be able to handle running between the tackles and picking up the tough yards.  I tend to think that he can’t but I don’t have a ton of conviction in that thought.  Jesse did run in between the tackles in high school and was given an enormous amount of carries (43 in one game).  He doesn’t seem to have a huge history of injuries, so it’s not that I don’t think Callier couldn’t handle being the feature back.  He hasn’t shown that he can pick up yards after contact and that’s what Husky fans have grown used to.  Maybe he can but that’s yet to be seen.

Bishop Sankey (So.)

I’m a little higher on The Bishop.  He’s quick, strong and looks the part of a feature back to me.  Again, I don’t have a ton of evidence in these thoughts but it’s just what I lean-to.  Sankey played sparingly as a true freshman but showed flashes of potential.  Sark often put him in when the team ran a toss sweep play.  That speaks to Sankey’s speed.  He’s short, like Callier, and weighs about 200 pounds so the question of endurance comes up with Sankey.

Deontae Cooper (RS So.)

Matthew wrote about Cooper last night and I don’t have a lot to add.  I saw him before his two knee surgeries in almost every practice of the spring and he was every bit the legend that people have conjured up.  If he comes back and is that guy, the Huskies will have found their running back for this year and the next 2 years.  At this point, that would be close to a miracle.  But, it seems like the Huskies are due for a break as far as these things go.

Dezden Petty (RS Fr.)

Remember how the USC Trojans used  Lendale White back in their glory days?  This was the role Dezden Petty was billed to be in.  He’s a large back at 225 pounds and, if the Dawgs go with a running back by committee approach, will probably have some sort of role on this team.  I could see Petty coming in during goal line situations and he could also line up at fullback.

Erich Wilson (Fr.)

Wilson is the freshman of this group.  He didn’t come in with a bunch of hype and I don’t expect him to make an impact this year.  The depth in this group is lacking though, so who knows what could happen.  We probably won’t know much about Wilson for another year or two.

I left off Cole Sager and Willis Wilson but they are walk-ons who probably won’t be used outside of special teams and mop-up duty.  The group is young, talented and unproven.  It will be interesting to watch in camp and see if anyone claims the job.

Thanks for reading,

Andrew

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