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Brock Hoard Staying at Washington

January 8, 1998

SEATTLE (AP) _ After taking a look at his NFL future, Brock Huard is staying at Washington for at least another year.

A two-year starter at quarterback, Huard announced Wednesday that he would be back for his junior season, his fourth year at Washington. He did not make any promises about his senior year.

``This is a pretty amazing reaction for a little punk kid who wasn’t even all-Pac-10 this year,″ he told a heavily attended news conference on campus. ``I’ll be playing at least one more year at the University of Washington.

``I’ll do my best to bring us back to the Rose Bowl next year.″

Huard’s older brother, Damon, formerly of Washington and now with the Miami Dolphins, was among those in the crowd.

The Huskies lost their final three regular-season games and went to the Aloha Bowl where they crushed Michigan State 51-23.

Overshadowed in the Pac-10 by Ryan Leaf, who led Washington State into the Rose Bowl for the first time in 67 years, Huard was told by an NFL advisory committee that he would be a third-round draft choice.

Huard’s decision was welcome news to coach Jim Lambright, who has had two major defections.

Two-time All-America guard Benji Olson and All-America center Olin Kreutz are passing up their senior years to enter the draft.

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