A day after a former athlete was dismissed from the University of Washington (UW) football program because of a violation of team rules, head coach Steve Sarkisian had a change of heart and reinstated the tight end to the team.
“We gathered some more information on the situation and it felt like the right thing to do,” Sarkisian told reporters after Friday night's team practice. “We met with some of the team leaders on the team and it felt like the right thing to do ... their punishment will be handled in house and I think that they're thankful for the opportunity to get back and I think that their teammates are happy to have them back."
According to Sarkisian's initial statement to The Seattle Times football blog, Perkins and Huskies' teammate Willis Wilson were kicked off the football team Thursday due to an unspecified team violation:
"Joshua Perkins and Willis Wilson have been dismissed from the University of Washington football team due to a violation of team rules, Coach Steve Sarkisian announced today.
Neither Coach Sarkisian, nor the University, will have any further comment on this matter.''
Both players were reinstated to the team on Friday and took part in the evening practice, working several reps with the No. 2 offense, according to the News Tribune.
Perkins A Gifted Athlete at Gahr
During his senior year at Gahr High (2010-11), Perkins caught 70 passes for 1,072 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning him rankings as the No. 77 best California prospect in his position by rivals.com and the No. 64 wide receiver prospect in the nation by ESPN.com. Perkins also ran track for the Gladiators.
He was a redshirt freshman at UW during the 2011-12 season.
- of Perkins' senior season at Gahr High School.