Washington’s Browning breaks school record for career TD passes

Jake Browning is officially the most prolific passer in Washington history, as the star quarterback broke the school record for career touchdown passes during Saturday’s game against Utah.

With a 7-yard dump off to Lavon Coleman in the opening quarter, Browning broke the mark previously held by Keith Price at 75.

It's a record-breaking night for Washington, as earlier in the contest Myles Gaskin set the school record for most rushing touchdowns in a career.

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Washington’s Azeem Victor suspended after arrest

SEATTLE (AP) Washington has suspended senior linebacker Azeem Victor indefinitely following his weekend arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Victor was taken into custody early Sunday morning and released later that day, according to King County jail records. Additional details about the arrest were not immediately available.

”We take these matters very seriously, and have suspended Azeem from our team indefinitely as we continue to gather details about this incident,” coach Chris Petersen said in a written statement.

Washington would not comment further on the matter.

Victor had a sack in the 16th-ranked Huskies’ 30-22 loss at Stanford last week.

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Petersen sick of Washington’s late kickoff times

SEATTLE – Chris Petersen felt the need to apologize Monday for something completely out of his control.

The Washington coach is tired of seeing the sixth-ranked Huskies stuck with less than optimal kickoff times – both because it affects fans and reduces exposure for the program.

Washington found out Sunday that its home game against California this week will kick off at 7:45 p.m. Pacific. On Monday, Petersen found out the Huskies got another 7:45 p.m. kickoff for their game next week at Arizona State.

By the time Washington finishes up with the Sun Devils and heads into its bye week, the Huskies will not have started a game earlier than 5 p.m. Pacific.

”I just want to say something to our fans: we apologize for these late games. And I’d also like to reiterate it has nothing to do with us or the administration,” Petersen said. ”We want to play at 1 p.m. It hurts us tremendously in terms of national exposure. No one wants to watch our game on the East Coast that late, and we all know it. We haven’t had a kickoff before 5 p.m. this season.

”And so it’s painful for our team, it’s painful for our administration and we know certainly the most important part is for our fans.”

In a way, Washington is a victim of its own success. As the program has improved under Petersen, it’s become a desirable school to feature among the national broadcasts that are part of the Pac-12’s television package. But that means sometimes fitting into time slots that don’t lend themselves to optimal viewing.

Last year, Washington had just four regular-season games that started at 5 p.m. or later. After playing at Arizona State, the Huskies will have played four games that started at 7:30 p.m. or later local time.

Petersen doesn’t believe the conference is interested in having input from the coaches on game times.

”I don’t think they even kind of care about my voice, or probably any of the coaches’ voices,” Petersen said. ”I don’t think there is one coach out there, or probably school, in the West that wants to play our games at late night and all of that. Everyone wants to play in the daytime.”

Petersen may not get much relief as the season goes on. Washington’s game at Stanford on Nov. 10 is already set for a 7:30 p.m. start. The Huskies also have marquee home games against UCLA, Oregon, Utah and rival Washington State to close out the regular season, all of which could have significance in the conference race and College Football Playoff discussion.

”I don’t think we’re going to play any early games. We’re not counting on it,” Petersen said. ”That is how it goes in our league.”

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Washington’s Petersen thinks stats are for losers

Chris Petersen doesn’t have time for any statistical mumbo-jumbo.

Washington's head coach was very blunt Thursday in his assessment of statistical values heading into the Huskies' upcoming matchup against Oregon State – a team allowing an average of 47.5 points per game this season and ranking 127th in scoring defense.

Petersen may know that, but if he does, he doesn’t seem to care all that much.

“I mean this with no disrespect, but we always say this: Stats are for losers,” Petersen told Adam Jude of The Seattle Times. “We don’t pay attention to the stats. We look at the film, we study what a team does good, what’s going to give us problems, how a team is playing at their best – and that’s what we pay our attention to.

“You can make stats work however you want. We talk about the turnover battle ad nauseum around here. But that’s still game by game: ‘Oh, we’re leading the country in turnovers.’ We did that a lot last year. We ended up being No. 1. (But) the games we lost we lost the turnover battle. So that’s why they are a slight indication of things, but we don’t get hung up on that.”

In short, Petersen isn't going to let a slow start by the Beavers cause him to underestimate his opponent.

“I think Oregon State plays really hard; I think that they’re well-coached. I know they’re frustrated, which is a problem for us,” Petersen said.

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Watch: Footage shows Adolphus Washington’s weapons arrest

Warning: Video contains coarse language

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Adolphus Washington was arrested Sunday in Ohio for improperly carrying a concealed weapon, and TMZ Sports obtained footage of the arrest.

In the video, an officer is heard telling Washington, "You don't know how lucky you are, man. That was close, buddy. That was very close."

Washington had a gun in his hand when he was surrounded by officers.

“Why in the hell would you have that gun in your hand when we come stand right in front of you? What would you be thinking?” an officer asks.

“No. I wasn’t reaching for it. I was putting it away. I already had it in my hand,” Washington said.

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Cardinals to vet Washington’s case for rejoining team

The NFL may have recently reinstated linebacker Daryl Washington, but his former team is reviewing whether he deserves a spot on the club.

Washington has been cleared to rejoin the Arizona Cardinals for offseason meetings and conditioning work, but the Cards have yet to give him the all-clear.

Washington hasn't played in the league since 2013 due to multiple substance-abuse violations.

“We promptly said, ‘This can wait. We’re going to focus on the draft,’ which we did. … Really, this week is the week that we’re focusing on it,” Cardinals president and owner Michael Bidwill said on SiriusXM radio, according to Nick Shook of NFL.com.

"I don't see this as a 30-minute meeting. There's a lot that needs to go into this in our analysis, because we haven't seen him in three years," Bidwill added. "There's a lot more process that we're going to go through just than having a meeting. I think everybody's got to be comfortable to put him back on the field. We're going to go through our process and hopefully have an answer one way or the other here soon."

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim had previously stated the team had to hold an "educational briefing" with Washington before making a determination on his status with the team.

Washington recorded 75 tackles and three sacks in 12 games in 2013.

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Washington’s draft success soars under Chris Petersen

Washington reclaimed its spot as one of the top programs in college football this past season, winning the Pac-12 and qualifying for the College Football Playoff.

That success directly correlates with the arrival of head coach Chris Petersen, who took what former head coach Steve Sarkisian began to build and put it on (metaphorical) steroids.

Since the 2014 NFL Draft, the Huskies have produced 10 players taken in the first two rounds, the same amount the program had from 1998-2013.

Year Rd. Pos. Player Team
2014 2 TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Buccaneers
2014 2 RB Bishop Sankey Titans
2015 1 DT Danny Shelton Browns
2015 1 CB Marcus Peters Chiefs
2015 1 LB Shaq Thompson Panthers
2015 2 LB Hau'oli Kikaha Saints
2017 1 WR John Ross Bengals
2017 2 CB Kevin King Packers
2017 2 S Budda Baker Cardinals
2017 2 CB Sidney Jones Eagles

Both Seferian-Jenkins and Sankey were draft picks under Sarkisian, who saw a total of nine players picked over his five-year tenure in Seattle. Before he arrived, Washington had not produced a draft pick since 2007, a span of three years.

In three seasons with the Huskies and just two rounds into this year's draft, Petersen has already surpassed Sarkisian's draft total.

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Washington’s Petersen: ‘We have as much hype as the new Pokemon game’

Washington coach Chris Petersen can't figure out what the big deal is with his team, or that new Pokemon GO thing everyone keeps talking about.

"We have as much hype as the new Pokemon game that no one knows anything about but thinks is really cool," Peterson said Friday at Pac-12 media days.

After putting together a pedestrian-looking 15-12 record over the past two seasons, many are expecting a breakout season from the Huskies in Petersen's third year at the helm – and for good reason.

Washington enters the season with talented sophomores Jake Browning at quarterback and Myles Gaskin at running back, and return a host of veterans on defense, including standout defensive backs Budda Baker and Sidney Jones, as well as linebacker Azeem Victor.

The Huskies also boast a proven winner at head coach, but said coach added that he's "amused" by the hype suddenly surrounding his team.

Washington starts the season Sept. 3 versus Rutgers.

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Washington’s Isaiah Renfro leaving team, reveals mental health battle

Wide receiver Isaiah Renfro said he's leaving Washington after just one season to address mental health issues, which include bouts with depression and anxiety.

"This year has to be one of the toughest times I've had to endure in my life," Renfro wrote on Twitter. "While going through this year I have struggled with depression and anxiety. Everyday it's very hard for me to just do a simple thing and get out of bed in the morning. This entire year I have pushed through and gave it my all, till I had none left."

Renfro appeared in all 13 of Washington's games last year, recording 13 receptions for 178 yards.

In his post, Renfro revealed he spent Huskies spring practice in a hospital, learning how to cope with his problems. He said he doesn't intend to remain enrolled at Washington, and will not look to resume his football career elsewhere.

“This isn’t the end of me, just the end of a certain chapter. I will conquer this, and not let this situation conquer me. I’m on a journey to find my happiness again,” Renfro ended his post.

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