Dan Milsten: has number, will travel?

It was a bit of a shock, but when <b><a href=http://scout.TheInsiders.com/a.z?s=147&p=8&c=1&nid=305654&yr=2002>Daniel Milsten</a></b> decided to attend the University of Washington back in June of 2001 he became the Huskies' earliest verbal commitment to date. But what was really known of big Dan? It was true he had good size (6-5, 265 pounds) and could run. But he played on a Rams team that didn't make much of a splash in the SPSL his senior year.

By the time February of 2002 rolled around, Milsten became kind of the forgotten name in this past recruiting class.

The Husky coaches never forgot about him and wanted him to come in ready to play a new position - nose tackle. For a guy that's used to playing inside, Dan's hoping the switch won't be too difficult. "I'm at nose tackle right now, and I'm excited about it," Milsten told Dawgman.com. "It doesn't really matter where I play though. I can't do that much because my hamstring is still sore. I got a lot of lifting in this summer. I worked out with (former NFL player and WSU alum) Rico Tipton, so that helped. He helped me to know what to expect, how to act, and basic college stuff."

Most newcomers have to deal with adversity and injury when they get to fall camp. Dan already got a taste of the injury bug over the summer, but he's back on track. "I had a few injuries over the summer so that's held be back a little bit," he said. "I pulled my hamstring before summer so I was out for about a month. Then I hurt my back so now I'm just trying to get back to where I need to be."

With a redshirt year almost guaranteed, Dan can just put in the time and soak in everything around him. "Whatever happens, happens," he said. "I'm just going to let it go and work my hardest. It's been great so far. I love it, it's hard work. All of these guys are great, it's a lot of fun. I'm excited and ready to go. That first time I run out of the tunnel, it's going to be crazy."

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