Yes, it’s the middle of April. The revitalized Mariners won their home-opening series over the Astros. The Kraken just brought up the No. 2 overall pick in Matty Beniers, who scored in his second NHL game. The Storm are less than a month from their regular-season debut, the Sounders are six games into their MLS season, and organized team activities are on the horizon for the Seahawks.
“I wasn’t really expecting anything, coming in and being a walk-on. It’s just what you’ve got to do,” Camden Sirmon said last week. “My advice for any freshman or walk-on is just, ‘Be quiet and earn the respect of the older guys and work your (expletive) off. If an opportunity presents itself, jump on it and roll with it.’”
The 6-foot-4, 244-pound tight end recorded 20 catches for 222 yards and a touchdown in an elevated role last season – including five catches for 81 yards against Cal and six catches for 83 yards against Colorado. Culp flashed the athleticism that allowed him to excel in both football and basketball at Gonzaga Prep, while (somewhat) exorcising drop issues that previously permeated games and practices.