Cody Pickett - Midnight Matness update

Last winter, Cody Pickett couldn't do a whole heck of a lot. The 6-4, 215-pound quarterback for the Washington Huskies was nursing a separated shoulder. To be able to play last spring and avoid the knife, Cody could do nothing but sit back and watch his teammates go through mat drills, but this winter was a different story. And after Midnight Matness was over, he appeared to be visibly happy to be back and doing what he's accustomed to - leading the troops.

"It's been good," Pickett told about his winter conditioning. "Steve (Emtman) and Pete (Kaligis) are going a great job and we've got some great team unity going right now and we're working hard. My shoulder feels great. Last winter I just had to sit around and just watch everybody do things and I couldn't rehab. But this year it's been a full winter for me as far as getting bigger and stronger and I feel good."

Cody said that Emtman has given the team a certain something they didn't have the last post-season. "He's come in and he's giving us what we need," Pickett said. "We needed someone who was going to keep us in line, and that's what he's done."

Another change that Pickett will be dealing with is a switch in his position coach. Out as quarterback coach is Steve Axman, who left to become Karl Dorrell's Offensive Coordinator at UCLA. In is former Husky GA John Pettas. "I'll be trying to learn as much as I can," Cody said. "I've got new coaches around and we'll be doing our best to improve and getting our offense as complex as we can.

"He (Pettas) has his way of looking at things as opposed to how we've been looking at them before, so we'll change our offense a little bit as to how to read things and it's going to be a good change for us. They are both great coaches, and I'm excited to learn from Coach Pettas." Top Stories