Washington football, who had a COVID-19 outbreak emerge in their locker room the week before their matchup with Oregon, won’t accept a bowl invite
Washington football has decided to opt-out of a bowl game during this odd 2020 season. While this isn’t ideal for the players, considering nationwide cases are at an all-time high, and the majority of the team is currently infected, this is the right decision on the part of everyone involved.
Head coach Jimmy Lake went on record last week, saying the Huskies would have no offensive linemen available for their game against Oregon, which would’ve made them unavailable for the Pac-12 Championship as well. And while scientists are still learning the long term effects of the COVID-19 virus, it’s probably in the team’s best interest to keep the players safe. Thankfully, the school’s medical facility received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, and hopefully, the end of this pandemic is drawing near.
The biggest downer about this, is that Washington would’ve had an exciting bowl matchup. While they were out of the running for a New Year’s Six bowl, ESPN’s most recent bowl projections had them facing off with either Mississippi State in the Armed Forces Bowl, or with Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl.
In Other News
Former four-star quarterback Jacob Sirmon has announced that he’ll be transferring from the University of Washington to Central Michigan. Sirmon, who some thought would win the starting job this season, entered the transfer portal on Wednesday after five-star quarterback Sam Huard signed his letter of intent.
Starting center Luke Wattenberg announced on Instagram that he’ll be returning for his sixth season, using his extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA for the pandemic. If left tackle Jaxson Kirkland also decides to return to school instead of entering the draft, the Huskies will be returning their entire starting offensive line in 2021.
Washington picked up a few big commitments from preferred walk-ons over the weekend, but none bigger than Milton Hopkins Jr.
The three-star commit played quarterback at local O’Dea (Wash.) high school, but will be transitioning to outside linebacker at the next level. At 6’5, 220 pounds, he’s a projectable athlete who down the line could be a big-time playmaker.