When Washington hosts USC on Saturday it will also honor the 1960 Huskies, officially recognizing them as national champions. The team was named...
When Washington hosts USC on Saturday it will also honor the 1960 Huskies, officially recognizing them as national champions.
The team was named the national champ by the Helms Foundation after going 10-1 and beating Minnesota in the Rose Bowl. Minnesota finished No. 1 in the final AP Poll at a time when most polls concluded before the bowl games.
Washington has never officially recognized the 1960 team as the national champion but will from now on. As part of the celebration, players from the team, along with coach Jim Owens, will be saluted at halftime; Owens is expected to attend. A flag also will be unfurled.
The current Huskies will honor the team by wearing replica uniforms from 1960. The uniforms, featuring dark blue jerseys and plain gold helmets without a W, were unveiled at a news conference Monday that was attended by Don McKeta and Chuck Allen, members of the 1960 team.
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“I like the idea of the throwbacks to honor those guys,” said UW cornerback Roy Lewis.
How the current Huskies would really like to honor those guys, however, is by beating the top-ranked Trojans, something they say is possible despite the team’s current two-game losing streak and the fact they are 21-point underdogs.
“Our confidence is high,” said receiver Anthony Russo. “We know what kind of team we are. We are just not executing the things we should be executing.”
Some players said it helps to know that they almost beat USC last year in Los Angeles, losing 26-20 when a final drive ended in controversial fashion when the clock ran out before the Huskies could get off one last play from the USC 15.
“I think that’s a big confidence boost,” Russo said.
Recruits still waiting
Incoming freshmen receivers Anthony Boyles and Devin Aguilar are hoping to find out this week whether they achieved the needed test scores to become eligible. Each retook the ACT on Sept. 15.
Boyles said Sunday he hopes to find out by Friday and said, “I should be fine.” If they become eligible, the two could practice this seasonbut would almost certainly redshirt.
• Russo (offense, special teams) and LB Dan Howell were named the team’s players of the week. The scout team players of the week were DT Jovon O’Connor (defense), WR Charles Hawkins Jr. (offense) and LB Cort Dennison (special teams).