Coach Pete shuffling his QB deck? Maybe it’ll be a name we haven’t heard who’ll be taking snaps for Washington when the 2015 season dawns on the blue turf, as there’s a wild card less than three months ahead of Chris Petersen’s homecoming at Boise State. Adam Jude of the Seattle Times reports that City College of San Francisco quarterback Tony Rodriguez has signed with Huskies and will be eligible to play this season. That’s according to CCSF’s Twitter account—it hasn’t been announced yet by UW. Rodriguez sounds rather rangy at 6-3, 185 pounds. He threw for nearly 2400 yards with 18 touchdowns and three interceptions last season. Rodriguez will have to ramp up in a hurry, but anything can happen with the Huskies’ QB situation still unsettled between Jeff Lindquist, K.J. Carta-Samuels and Jake Browning.
In other “opposing quarterback news,” former Eagle High star Tanner Mangum returned last Wednesday from his LDS mission in Chile. And BYU welcomes him, as he provides some much-needed depth behind senior star Taysom Hill. Now, can Mangum get back in football shape in time to contribute this season? The Cougars face another team that recruited him, Boise State, on September 12 in Provo. Mangum was a four-star prospect out of Eagle in 2011 after throwing for 3,885 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior. He then shared MVP honors with Jameis Winston at the 2011 Nike Elite Quarterback Camp.
There’s been one addition and one subtraction in Boise State’s 2016 recruiting class, plus another player added to this year’s crop of preferred walk-ons. Robert Lewis, a 5-11, 170-pound athlete from Los Angeles, gave his verbal Saturday night. Scout.com lists Lewis as a cornerback. Isaiah Hayes, a safety from Calabasas, CA, has decommitted from Boise State as Power 5 schools accelerate their pursuit of him. And Hunter Nettles, a 6-3, 315-pound offensive lineman out of Capital High who has spent the last three seasons at Snow College in Utah, will join the Broncos as a preferred walk-on this season, according to Scout.com. Nettles is expecting to get a medical redshirt waiver, which would give him three years to play three at Boise State.
Gary Stevens would have just as soon played the spoiler at the Belmont Stakes Saturday. As it was, Stevens and his mount, Tale of Verve, can say they were there. They had a good view of American Pharoah’s tail as he became horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Stevens, who finished second to American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby aboard Firing Line five weeks ago, rode Tale of Verve to a seventh-place finish. Even Stevens’ jockey career hadn’t begun when Affirmed last won the Triple Crown in 1978.
Graham DeLaet and Troy Merritt were on the fringe of contention after the second round of the Memorial Tournament Friday and were hanging in there after the third. The final round was a different story for the former Boise State standouts. DeLaet turned in a one-over 73 yesterday, done in by three back-nine bogeys. He finished tied for 26th and earned $45,880. Merritt struggled to a five-over 77 after a disastrous start to his back nine—a triple-bogey, bogey and double bogey in consecutive holes. Merritt tied for 52nd and pocketed $14,458.
With that, DeLaet and Merritt are headed for U.S. Open Sectional qualifying today. DeLaet is playing at Brookside Golf and Country Club in Columbus, OH, while Merritt is slated for Springfield Country Club in Springfield, OH. DeLaet’s Sectional is loaded, with 140 golfers vying for 16 spots in the Open. There’ll be 59 players in the field who just competed in the Memorial over the weekend. Merritt’s Sectional has 67 hopefuls competing for just three U.S. Open berths. Ty Travis, who just completed his Boise State career, will play the Sectional today at Tumble Creek in Cle Elum, WA, where three of 50 players will make the Open. Travis fired a three-under 69 to win Local Qualifying by one stroke four weeks ago to advance. Another Idahoan, Derek Bayley of Rathdrum, is also playing in Cle Elum.
Nampa’s Tyler Aldridge, another former Bronco golfer, made more money than DeLaet and Merritt combined over the weekend. Aldridge won his first Web.com Tour tournament yesterday, holding off a bevy of challengers with a four-under 68 to capture the Greater Dallas Open and earn a check for $90,000. Aldridge’s 23-under score for the week was the second-lowest this season on the Web.com circuit. The 30-year-old Aldridge was the 54-hole leader but found himself chasing again midway through the final round. A 30-foot eagle putt at No. 12 re-established his lead at 22 under par, and he went on to win by two strokes.
Aldridge moved from No. 38 to No. 9 on the Web.com Tour money list, putting him in excellent position to finish the summer in the Top 25 and earn a PGA Tour card next season. There are 10 events left in the regular season, including the Albertsons Boise Open July 9-12 at Hillcrest Country Club. Aldridge has been on the PGA Tour before—he tied for 11th in Q-School in 2008, giving him status for the 2009 season. Aldridge made only three cuts in 17 starts and earned $24,370. But that was also the season that produced his previous best finish on the Web.com Tour, a second place at the 2009 Utah Championship.
Then there was Boise native Maddie Sheils, who took home her first victory on the Symmetra Tour yesterday. Sheils, a Bishop Kelly grad, won the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship in Battle Creek, MI, vaulting her from No. 24 to No. 10 on the money list on the Symmetra, the top developmental circuit for the LPGA Tour. The No. 10 spot is the cutline for LPGA Tour cards at the end of the season. Sheils won $18,000 total yesterday.
This Day In Sports…June 8, 2010, five years ago today:
The most anticipated big league debut of the new century does not disappoint. Washington’s Stephen Strasburg went seven innings and struck out 14 batters, the most by a pitcher in his inaugural appearance in 39 years, in a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh before a rare capacity crowd at Nationals Park. Strasburg was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 Major League Draft, and the hype had followed him for a year. He did not issue a walk while displaying a fastball that topped 100 miles per hour. Today Strasburg is a very ordinary starting pitcher, currently on the disabled list with a 3-5 record and an ERA of 6.55.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)