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Husky Kickoff Countdown – 58 Days

We’re less than 100 days away from the start of the 2021 Football season! Washington will host Montana on September 4th, and to count down the days to kickoff we’ve decided to take a look at the players that have worn the jerseys of each day in question. We’ll also include the current UW players wearing the number, when available.

Blair Bush was the heir apparent to Ray Pinney, starting 22 games during the 1976 and ’77 seasons, including starting at center in the 1978 Rose Bowl. In 1977, Bush won All-America, All-Conference, and All-Coast honors. The following year, he was taken with the 16th overall pick by Cincinnati, making him one of the highest-drafted offensive linemen in school history. He played for five seasons as a Bengal, helping them to win Super Bowl XVI in 1981-82. He then went to the Seattle Seahawks, where he played six seasons, and then to Green Bay for four seasons. He wrapped up his 17-year NFL career with a three-year stint in Los Angeles with the Rams.

In a time marred by incredibly poor football, Juan Garcia established himself as one of the real rocks in a shaky foundation, starting 37-straight games at center from 2006-08. The Yakima native was a two-time John P. Angel Lineman of the Year award winner and a real symbol of persistence during a turbulent time. He missed both the 2004 and 2005 seasons due to injury.

Stafford Mays started 23 straight games at nose guard for Washington in 1978-79 and was taken in the 9th round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Between stints at St. Louis and Minnesota, Mays would go on to play nine years as a pro, racking up 119 total tackles, including 15 sacks.

Kaleb McGary is one of the prime examples at Washington of a lineman who made the switch from one side of the line of scrimmage to the other, eventually starting a whopping 46 times at right tackle, including 40-straight starts from 2016-18. The two-time All-Pac-12 pick became a No. 1 draft pick, selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 31st pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He was the first UW offensive lineman taken with a first-round pick since Lincoln Kennedy in 1993.

Jeff Pahukoa started 28 games for Washington as an offensive lineman, including 11 games at right tackle in 1990. The older brother of UW safety Shane Pahukoa, Jeff was an All-Conference and All-American in 1990, eventually drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 12th round of the 1991 NFL Draft. He would eventually play three seasons in Los Angeles, and three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.

Travis Richardson is one of those rare linemen that put together starts in four consecutive seasons, eventually starting 37 times from 1987 to 1990. He had an epic game in the ‘All I Saw Was Purple’ blanking of then-No. 3 USC his senior year, racking up 7 stops, including 2 sacks of Trojan quarterback Todd Marinovich. Richardson, who earned an all-conference mention in 1990, would finish his Montlake career with 205 tackles, including 36.5 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks.

NOTABLE 58’s: Tim Bullard, Blair Bush, Juan Garcia, Jamaal Kearse, Bill Lazaravich, Mike Maggart, Stafford Mays, Kaleb McGary, Jeff Pahukoa, Andru Pulu, Laurie Radner, Gary Shavey, Travis Richardson, Larry Smith, Zion Tupuola-Fetui, Chris Waddell, David Whitenight, Don Willis, John Wingender

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