Wide receiver Hooks returns after heart tests show nothing unusual

  • JOHN SLEEPER / Herald Writer
  • Monday, October 2, 2000 9:00pm
  • Sports

By JOHN SLEEPER

Herald Writer

SEATTLE – University of Washington wideout Wilbur Hooks got the OK to resume workouts this week, after tests revealed his heart irregularities are nothing serious.

Hooks began practice Monday and is scheduled to play Saturday night against Oregon State.

Hooks missed the game at Oregon and two weeks’ worth of practices while specialists tried to find the reason behind his heart condition. During a film session and practice the Monday following Washington’s 17-14 victory over Colorado, Hooks noticed his heart rate increased, then quickly slowed.

The condition had shown itself on a couple of occasions. Both times, EKG tests revealed nothing out of the ordinary.

“It usually happens when I’m under some type of anxiety, when something exciting happens, good or bad,” Hooks said. “It happened to me after one of my state championships in track. Then it happened last year at Evergreen (State College). It was before our first scrimmage, and I was excited about it. I felt the fast heart rate and all of a sudden I felt kind of weak and light-headed.”

The latest episode happened when Hooks was nervous that the film of the Colorado game would reveal a poor performance. He underwent a battery of tests, including one in which physicians inserted two needles into each side of his groin, and ran them up to his heart to test its structure and action.

Hooks’ parents even traveled from their home in Alaska for tests, to determine whether the condition was hereditary.

Specialists determined that Hooks’ heart had, in layman’s terms, a “short circuit” in its electrical impulses. The condition is considered neither life-threatening nor career-threatening.

Still, for a while specialists simply didn’t know what was wrong, which was worrisome.

“They were kind of worried about something, because they saw something that shouldn’t have been there,” Hooks said. “After another four or five tests, it didn’t show up. That’s what made everything kind of iffy.”

Green light attained, Hooks said he’s more than ready to play.

“I’ve always said I’ve appreciated what I’ve been given,” Hooks said. “Now I appreciate it that much more. I’m very excited to get back. You realize you only have a certain number of chances.”

  • Running game solution, maybe: Coach Rick Neuheisel said the Huskies might alter their four-tailback rotation, paring it down to a combination of Paul Arnold and true freshman Rich Alexis. That would mean the odd men out are Braxton Cleman and Willie Hurst.

    Neuheisel said he wants to use the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Alexis because of his size and explosiveness as an inside runner.

    “I would like to get a bigger player into the game,” Neuheisel said. “I just think that Rich will give us some sledgehammer-type yards that maybe we were missing with the departure of Mo Shaw.”

  • Too nice: While the emphasis in the Oregon game was how much hatred there was between the teams, UW defensive tackle Larry Tripplett said the majority of the trash talking came from the Ducks’ receivers and backs.

    “The offensive line, they were polite, man,” Tripplett said. “They were double-teaming me, holding my jersey and everything. They were saying, ‘Look 70, you’re a big guy. I got to hold you.’ I’m like, ‘No! No! I’m not going to sit here and take this!’ I mean, either talk trash or don’t say anything at all.”

  • Short routes: Reserve tight end Kevin Ware sprained an ankle against Oregon and will be out two weeks. Joe Collier will back up Jerramy Stevens … Now that the Olympic Games are done, Neuheisel said he will sit down with would-be wideout Ja’Warren Hooker and discuss whether the track star/receiver wants to come back to the team. Hooker was a backup athlete on the relay teams in Sydney, but did not participate.
    Talk to us

    > Give us your news tips.

    > Send us a letter to the editor.

    > More Herald contact information.

  • More in Sports

    X
    Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for Feb. 26-March 3

    The Athlete of the Week nominees for Feb. 26-March 3. Voting closes… Continue reading

    X
    Silvertips prove they can contend with WHL’s best

    Everett slugged it out with Eastern Conference contender Moose Jaw in an entertaining 8-7 shootout loss over the weekend.

    Glacier Peak’s Jo Lee (2) shoots the ball during a 4A semifinal game between Glacier Peak and Richland at the Tacoma Dome on Friday, March 1, 2024 in Tacoma, Washington. Glacier Peak fell, 70-59. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
    Five locals named to state basketball all-tournament teams

    Everett senior Alana Washington and King’s sophomore Kaleo Anderson led the way with first-team selections.

    Seattle Mariners' Dominic Canzone looks for a pitch during a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
    Dominic Canzone ranks high on the list of Mariners’ top breakout candidates

    The team is bullish on the bulked-up outfielder’s abilities.

    FILE - Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Dec. 16, 2023, in Detroit. The Broncos told Wilson, Monday, March 4, 2024, that they are going to release him next week, just 18 months after signing the Super Bowl-winning quarterback to a five-year, $242 million contract extension. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)
    Broncos inform Russell Wilson they’ll release him

    Denver will take a record $89 million hit in dead cap charges over the next two seasons.

    X
    State basketball roundup for Saturday, March 2

    State basketball roundup for Saturday, March 2: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report… Continue reading

    Richland’s Landen Northrop (1) shoots the ball during a 4A semifinal game between Glacier Peak and Richland at the Tacoma Dome on Friday, March 1, 2024 in Tacoma, Washington. Glacier Peak fell, 70-59. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
    Glacier Peak boys fade late against Richland in 4A state semifinals

    An 11-0 closing run by the Bombers hands the Grizzlies a 70-59 loss.

    Mead’s Teryn Gardner (24) moves with the ball during a 3A semifinal game between Snohomish and Mead at the Tacoma Dome on Friday, March 1, 2024 in Tacoma, Washington. Snohomiosh fell, 56-50. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
    Snohomish girls get rolling too late, fall to Mead in 3A state semifinals

    Snohomish makes a valiant second-half push, but comes up short 56-50 against the well-balanced top seed.

    X
    State basketball roundup for Friday, March 1

    State basketball prep roundup for Friday, March 1: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To… Continue reading

    Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Matt Brash delivers during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/Kevin M. Cox)
    Mariners get relieving injury update on Matt Brash

    The hard-throwing reliever won’t need surgery. Plus, updates on injuries to Gregory Santos and Luis Urias.

    Washington quarterback Michael Penix speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, March 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
    Michael Penix Jr. confident he’s answered concerns at NFL combine

    Varying national reports have stated the UW quarterback has impressed teams in formal meetings

    Snohomish junior Tyler Gildersleeve-Stiles hits the floor trying to get the ball during a WIAA 3A Girls Basketball quarterfinal against Arlington on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
    Snohomish girls lock down Arlington, advance to 3A state semifinals

    The Panthers run away a 45-25 victory in a rubber match between the Wesco rivals.

    Support local journalism

    If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.