Handy ready to prove himself

It became pretty obvious during spring drills that the depth at cornerback was a big concern for the Washington coaches. With only three scholarship players on hand, lots of reps were had but reinforcements are headed north in the next few months nonetheless to get back the numbers the coaches are accustomed to having in their ranks.

Cornerbacks Chris Handy and Qwenton Freeman both are finishing school at Pasadena City College this spring and plan to be up in Seattle this summer for offseason workouts and conditioning. Dawgman.com recently spoke with Handy and he updated us on what he's been up to.

"Right now, I've been working on getting my weight down into football shape," Handy said with a chuckle. "You take a year off and you can get in trouble getting that home cookin'."

Handy said he weighs 196 but would like to get to around 194 and keep his 4.40 forty time. "And be solid," he added.

The coaches and Handy himself expected the third-year sophomore to be on campus and working out with the team during the spring, but that never materialized. ""I had to retake some classes because some of my classes didn't transfer," Handy said.

"I wanted to be up there. I thought I had it all ready to go, but I have to wait until summer now."

Handy intimated that he may have to take one summer course as well, but even if he did he expects to be at Montlake in July and that he may have a chip on his shoulder when he gets there.

"I've got something to prove to the coaches for giving me a chance," Handy said, regarding his transfer from Nevada because of an off-field incident. "I want them to know that they invested in something real good. I know I've got it, but I want them to know it."

Sounding restless, Handy added that he is, "crossing the days off the calendar right now."

Husky coaches and Handy's soon-to-be teammates are probably doing the same thing.

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