Van Winkle still on track

Washington's Spring Football schedule has some definite wrinkles in it for 2013, including an early start and a mid-camp break. With Cameron Van Winkle set to enroll mid-camp for spring quarter, how does that affect what the 5-foot-11, 165-pound Van Winkle?

"I haven't really talked with them that much, but I know a little bit about my schedule when I get in there," Van Winkle told Dawgman.com Monday night when asked about the unusual nature of showing up mid-camp. "When I start (camp) will be my second day of school - April 2nd. They will start doing a lot more special teams and kickoffs by the time I get there, so it sounds like it's going to work out pretty well for me."

Van Winkle insists the change from normally starting spring camp at the beginning of spring quarter won't affect him. "It hasn't been that frustrating," he said. "My main goal was to get a head start on my education. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go into Marketing/Business. I'll get more credits done this way than if I just started in the summer."

The Washington coaches have not limited Van Winkle's potential impact on special teams - meaning he could be doing pretty much anything from kicking off to placekicking to punting. "It all depends on how I compete against Travis and Korey. It's all one big competition," he said.

Van Winkle is used to kicking in the Washington weather, even in the off-season. "It's a little hard, but whenever it's a decent day - when it's not pouring rain - I'll go kick," he said. "I've grown up here so I'm used to kicking in the elements."

Because Van Winkle is trying to get a head start on college, he's taking a second semester of a senior English class right now. That's the class that should be able to allow him to enroll at UW by April. "The goal is to finish by March 7th so they have time to process them," he said. "I should know by March 7th. I'm about three-fourths of the way done with the class, so I'm pretty sure I'm on track right now."

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