This Saturday the Washington Huskies (6-2,4-1) will be taking on the #6 Oregon Ducks (7-1,5-0) in the last game ever at old Husky Stadium. That means this will also be the final home game for the Huskies seniors which includes senior middle linebacker and team captain Cort Dennison.
Over the past two years I’ve had the great pleasure of interacting with Dennison.
When I first started my blog last year Dennison reached out to me after the Nebraska loss. Two weeks later when the Huskies defeated the Trojans I sent him a message which he responded to on the team plane.
We’ve even discussed the NBA and his favorite team the Utah Jazz.
Dennison, began his career as a two-star recruit who his hometown team (Utah Utes) didn’t even offer a scholarship too. He like the rest of the seniors experienced 0-12 and a coaching change his freshman season. As a sophomore he made three starts including the last two of the season.
He was a starter on the first Huskies team to shutout the Cougars since 1964.
Last year was a breakthrough year for Dennison as Donald Butler graduated to the NFL. Dennison started 12 of the teams 13 games and was third in the Pac-10 last season in tackles. This year again starting Dennison is leading the Pac-10 in tackles with over nine a game.
Dennison last week also had a fourth quarter interception against future NFL quarterback Nick Foles.
Dennison is the lone older guy with his unit as most of his linebacking teammates are freshman or sophomores. Dennison has done a great job in teaching his younger guys while maintaining a defense which has struggled at times.
Again his defense will be the center focus this Saturday.
Dennison has been a great Husky player on and off the field. I’m glad he has taken the time out to let me in on some off the record stuff going on at the University of Washington which
I’ve never repeated. Dennison has always been a nice guy to chat with and I’ll always remember his big hits.
Just like most of this Huskies senior class he leads a class that has changed the way Husky football is remembered.
He’ll always be appreciated by Husky fans as he is having an all pac-12 type of season this year for a team that is having their best season in a decade.
For Dennison this will be his final game at Husky Stadium and what better way for him and his seniors to go out than to pull off the great upset!