Husky legend Chuck Nelson chat highlights
Highlights of a live chat with former Washington All-American kicker Chuck Nelson.
Chuck Nelson, a former All-American kicker for Washington, talked about the Apple Cup, this year's Huskies and more in a live chat Wednesday with Times readers. Here are some of the highlights.
Q: What are you doing these days?
Nelson: I have the honor of being involved with another great Seattle institution, the Washington Athletic Club. Took over as president and CEO in February. I get to go to work in a clubhouse every day.
Q: What's your prediction for Friday's game?
Nelson: 41-31, Washington. I think it'll be close and exciting. I've watched a lot of the Washington State-UCLA game. The Cougs should have had a 21-0 lead early. I think they'll move the ball a lot early; Washington will ultimately get their points and just be better.
Q: What are your thoughts on one player handling both placekicking and punting, as Travis Coons has this season?
Nelson: Highly unusual. Used to see a lot more than that. That wasn't Washington's plan early in the year, but I've been impressed with his ability to do both. They don't give up much on either kicking or punting. He has still made some big kicks this year. The physical motions are different enough to make it hard, and the mental piece of it is even harder.
Q: Most memorable Apple Cup game and play?
Nelson: Most memorable Apple Cup game was 1981. Both teams playing to go to the Rose Bowl, winner take all. Two very good teams, game in Seattle, everything on the line, it was a grind-'em-up, competitive, bad-weather game. Beat the Cougs and then went and beat Iowa in the Rose Bowl.
The 1982 game, I blacked out. What happened in that one?
Q: Were you disappointed to see Oregon lose last weekend?