Moments in Time: UW QB’s
These may not be the statistical leaders for UW in many categories, although some are, but these five Washington Huskies Quarterbacks are remembered the most by Husky fans.
Coming out of high school, Moon chose to attend West Los Angeles Community College. From there, he came to the University of Washington.
In 1975, his sophomore year and first as a Husky, Moon was 48/122 for 587 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He rushed the ball 60 times for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns.
In 1976, Moon was 81/175 for 1106 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. He rushed 80 times for 232 yards and a touchdown.
In 1977, Moon was 125/222 for 1772 yards, 12 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He ran 99 times for 266 yards and 6 touchdowns.
During the 1977 season, the Don James coached Huskies went into the Rose Bowl and defeated Michigan. Moon won Rose Bowl MVP along with Pac-8 Player of the Year honors.
Huard came to UW looking to succeed his brother Damon as starting QB of the Huskies. After redshirting in 1995, Huard stole the starting job from Shane Fortney, who later transferred knowing he would not get the starting spot back.
In 1996, Huard was 108/217 for 1678 yards, 13 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. The team went 8-1 during the season with Huard playing along side another UW fan favorite, Corey Dillon.
In 1997, Huard was 146/244 for 2140 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. UW started the season ranked #4 in the nation, but championship hopes were dashed after a couple defeats during the season. Also during the year, Huard was injured and replaced by Marques Tuiasosopo for part of this season.
In 1998, Huard went 168/315 for 1924 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He was injured again during the season, with Tuiasosopo taking over for him yet again, which ushered his career in as a UW starter.
After the Huskies, Huard never really found a home in the NFL, also bouncing around from team to team, including the Seattle Seahawks. Big surprise, huh?
Huard is now retired and works for ESPN. He has a co-lead spot on a morning talk show on ESPN 710 radio, Brock & Salk. He also still does commentary for Husky games.
As previously mentioned, Tuiasosopo, or Tui as he was affectionately known as, played sparingly his first years at UW, filling in for the injured Brock Huard. When Rick Neuheisel came to Washington after the 1998 season, he made Tui the starting quarterback.
In 1997, Tui became the first true freshman to start a game for Washington. That season, he went 37/64 for 650 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. He also rushed 39 times for 185 yards and a touchdown.
In 1998, he went 40/79 for 484 yards, 2 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He ran 43 times for 364 yards and 7 touchdowns.
In 1999, his Junior year at UW, he was 171/295 with 2221 yards, 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He ran 138 times for 730 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also became the only player in NCAA history (at the time) to pass for 300 yards and rush for 200 yard in a single game.
In 2000, as a senior, Tui was 170/323 for 2146 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He rushed the ball 124 times for 394 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Huskies won the Pac-10 title that year and defeated Purdue in the Rose Bowl, with Tuiasosopo earning MVP in the game. The Huskies also finished that season 11-1 and ranked 3rd in the nation.
After his career at Washington, Tui was drafted by the Raiders. He went back and forth as starter to second string while there, finally bouncing around from team to team until he called it quits a couple years ago. He then moved onto become the UW strength coach and has since left and took the same position at UCLA, under his former UW head coach, Rick Neuheisel.
Mark Brunell’s UW career was impressive, yet spotty. The 1989 and 1991 seasons had him injured most of the year, playing sparingly for the Huskies, at best.
He became the starter his Sophomore year of 1990. He was 132/275 yards with 1895 yards, 16 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He ran the ball 105 times for 444 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Huskies won the Pac-10 title that year, going on to beat Iowa in the Rose Bowl. Brunell took MVP honors in the game. The Huskies finished the season ranked 5th.
In 1991, he was injured and Billy Jo Hobert took over for him. The Huskies went to the Rose Bowl again that season, this time defeating Michigan. Brunell played a small part in the game as well, throwing for 1 touchdown and rushing for another. The Huskies finished the season ranked #2 in the controversial sharing the National Championship with #1 Miami.
In 1992, Hobert kept the starting job until an LA Times report implicated him for NCAA violations. He was benched immediately and Brunell took over. He went 127/219 for 1609 yards, 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He rushed 68 times for 197 yards and 8 touchdowns. The Huskies won the Pac-10 again, and again defeated Michigan in the Rose Bowl.
After UW, Mark Brunell was drafted by Green Bay but bounced around the NFL. He spent the bulk of his time as QB for the Jaguars. He is a 3-time Pro-Bowler, earning MVP in one of the games. He was on the Saints team that defeated the Colts in the Super Bowl in the 1999 season. He is now backing up Mark Sanchez as a member of the NY Jets.
Sonny Sixkiller was a Native American player who came to UW from Ashland, Oregon. He was a star athlete there and shined when coming to Washington.
In 1970, he was 186/362 for 2303 yards, 15 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He led the nation in passing this year, his sophomore year at UW.
In 1971, he was 126/297 for 2068 yards, 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. During the season, Sixkiller became 1 of what turned out to be 3 Huskies to make the cover of Sports Illustrated. He graced the cover of the Oct 4, 1971 issue.
In 1972, he was 73/152 for 1125 yards, 7 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Since his time was so long ago, there wasn’t much recorded social history, awards and accolades.
He tried out for the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL and the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL before ending up in Hawaii playing for the Hawaiians of the World Football League.
He also played a part in the Burt Reynolds movie, The Longest Yard. (The original movie, not the Adam Sandler re-make) How many of you are about to go re-watch it now?
Sixkiller is still in the area and still a fan favorite. This year, he began an annual golf tournament, aptly named: The Sonny Sixkiller Husky Celebrity Golf Classic.
UW legends and favorites showed up and participated in the tourney, which is to be held annually, with benefits going to Olympic Medical Center.