Dawgman.com Football 105: 90-81

With fall camp a week away and the summer nearly gone, Dawgman.com has something to unveil that we've been working on the last couple of months. It's the Dawgman 105, a comprehensive list of who we have picked as the greatest Washington football players and coaches of all time.

This list was initially compiled by Dawgman.com Editor-In-Chief Chris Fetters and Andy Poehlman, a longtime contributor to Dawgman.com and Sports Washington magazine. Dave Samek, the Dawgman, broke all ties and put the complete list together. Then it was sent to Dave Torrell, the Curator of the Husky Hall of Fame, for some final tweaking. And what you see today is the second segment of our final list.
Dawgman.com 105: 105-91
90. Mark Pattison - Pattison, a teammate of Hugh Millen's at Roosevelt, caught a memorable 73-yard touchdown pass from Millen at Michigan when the Huskies beat the Wolverines 20-11 in 1984. The UM fans booed their team off the field at halftime that day. Pattison also caught the final touchdown pass from Millen with 5:42 left in the game to help defeat Oklahoma in the 1984 Orange Bowl. For the year, Pattison averaged over 21 yards a catch.

89. Brock Huard - One of the most heralded prep quarterbacks to ever land at UW, the Puyallup native followed his brother Damon's footsteps and actually beat older brother out when it came to career passing yards (6391) and touchdowns (53) - both top-3 all time. Huard started 30 games in his Husky career (1996-98), earning Academic All-America honors in '97 and '98. Brock now works for ESPN, doing color commentary for college football and also hosts his own radio show in Seattle.

88. Dana Hall - Before there were cornerbacks like current Seattle Seahawk Brandon Browner, there was Dana Hall. At 6-foot-3 and over 200 pounds, the senior from Diamond Bar, Calif. was an anomaly; an extremely tall player out on an island. But Hall turned into a menace for offenses, forcing teams to throw the other way to Walter Bailey. In turn, Bailey had seven interceptions that year. Hall was one of seven defensive players from the 1991 National Championship team to play in all 12 games, earning first team All-Pac-10 honors as well as the Chuck Niemi 'Big Hit' Award.

87. Rashaan Shehee - There have been a litany of great running backs at Washington, but only one can lay claim to being the most productive every time he touched the ball - Rashaan Shehee. The back from Bakersfield averaged 5.7 yards on every one of his 421 career carries - 2381 yards in all, which puts Shehee 10th all time at Washington for career yardage. Shehee, who played from 1994-97, was a Pac-10 Player of the Week recipient three times in his career, won All-Pac-10 honors as a senior and was also named captain of a team loaded with future NFL talent.

86. Tom Flick - Flick is one of those Huskies who may be known for having one incredible year, and for the 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback from Interlake High, that year was 1980. Flick threw for 2460 yards, which is more yards than Sonny Sixkiller, Warren Moon, Steve Pelluer, Hugh Millen, Chris Chandler, Mark Brunell, or Brock Huard ever threw for in a single season. His record for yards thrown in a season lasted nearly a decade before Cary Conklin broke it in 1989. As a senior, Flick led the Huskies to a Pac-10 Championship and a Rose Bowl, was voted the Pac-10 Player of the Year and elected by his teammates the Guy Flaherty Award winner for Most Inspirational and Team Captain.

85. Robert 'Spider' Gaines - If there was an all-name team for Washington, Spider Gaines would be on it. As it is, there are plenty of other reasons to include him. The world-class speed merchant from Richmond, Calif. - who earned the nickname 'Spider' during his little league days - still is the most productive Husky ever per catch, averaging a whopping 23.6 yards, over four yards more than the next nearest UW receiver (Brian Slater). Gaines always seemed to be making the big play in the mid-70's, but none was bigger than his game-winning stab in the 1975 Apple Cup. After trailing big for most of the game, Washington had one last chance to pull victory from the Cougars. Quarterback Warren Moon heaved a deep pass intended for Scott Phillips, but the WSU defender was all over it. The ball was batted up in the air and Gaines ripped it out of the air and went untouched for what ended up being a 78-yard touchdown and an improbable 28-27 win.

84. Ray Mansfield - Mansfield, a Tri-Cities native, is considered by many to be one of the best football players to ever come out of the Evergreen State. Mansfield went on to play for the Huskies from 1960-62, playing a part in Washington's 1960 team that beat Minnesota 17-7 in the Rose Bowl and earning All-America honors in 1962. After being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1963, Mansfield moved on to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1964. It was in the Steel City where Mansfield really made his mark, playing center for them through the 1976 season. He was part of two Super Bowl champions IX (1974 season) and X (1975 season). Because of his exploits at both the college and pro level, Mansfield was inducted to the Husky Hall of Fame in 1995 and the State of Washington Hall of Fame in 1997.

83. Vestee Jackson - During Jackson's 36-straight starts as a starting cornerback for Don James, Washington won an Aloha Bowl (1983) and an Orange Bowl (1984), and in 1985 Jackson led the Huskies in interceptions (4) and earned All-Pac-10 honors. Jackson, from Fresno, Calif., was known for his durability, versatility and flat-out speed when paired against receivers. After being drafted by Chicago Bears, Jackson played eight years in the Windy City. In 1988, his best season in the NFL, Jackson led the NFC with eight interceptions for the Central Division champion Bears.

82. Hugh Millen - Part of the local Millen-Pattison connection at Roosevelt High, Millen made it to back to Seattle from Santa Rosa Junior College as a walk-on and immediately parlayed that move into a 1985 win over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, pushing the Huskies to No. 2 in the country that year. To do that, Millen beat out future starter Chris Chandler. Drafted by the LA Rams in 1986, Millen showed NFL staying power as a 10-year reserve for six different clubs. Millen's best year came in 1991 where he started 12 games for New England and threw for over 3000 yards. As good as he was on the field, Millen was even better off of it. He was an Academic All-American and one of only 10 Huskies all-time to be named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. Typically a player-rep for the NFL teams he played for, Millen - along with Ed Cunningham, JC Pearson and the Huard brothers - is arguably the most visible UW football voice out there as a regular contributor to Sports Radio KJR as a 'Husky Honk' with Dave 'Softy' Mahler and former UW coach Dick Baird, as well as Q13's Seahawks Gameday.

81. Ray Pinney - Pinney was an anchor for Don James' first UW offensive line in 1975, earning All-Pac-8, AP and UPI All-Coast honors. The UPI also had Pinney as an honorable mention All-American. He was also co-captain his last two seasons at Montlake. The Shorecrest High star was eventually drafted in 1976 by Pittsburgh where - like Ray Mansfield - played a number of years for the Steelers and won two Super Bowls with them (XIII - 1978 season and XIV - 1979 season), although he didn't play much at all in '79. Those Steeler teams were loaded with Hall of Fame talent, including Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Jack Lambert and Chuck Noll. Ironically enough, the Steelers initially drafted Pinney thinking he would be Mansfield's replacement, but ended up having most of his success in the black and gold playing tackle. Pinney is also one of a handful of Huskies that had success professionally in both the NFL and USFL - eventually playing a dozen seasons in both leagues - winning a USFL championship in 1983 with the Michigan Panthers.


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