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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 2, 2006 at 2:24 PM

Let’s kick it off now!

So we wrote on our basketball blog a week or so ago we were going to kick off our new Husky football blog on Aug. 3.
But here it is Aug. 2 and there is more college football news brewing than you can shake a pom pom at.
So we’re debuting this here a day early, first with the news that Oklahoma’s starting quarterback Rhett Bomar has been kicked off the team, as well as starting guard J.D. Quinn.
This is only good news for UW — if admittedly not the thing anyone who really cares about college football can really feel good about — as the Huskies will travel to Norman Sept. 9 for the second game of the season.
UW figured to be a huge underdog — I figured in the 20-point range.
Today’s news might have shaved about a touchdown off that spread.
And if the Huskies have any real shot at winning that games, it’s by keeping the score down.
We’ll get into it a lot in this space in the coming weeks, but I really think defense will be the key to UW’s hopes this season, and if the Huskies could keep Oklahoma in the 20-24-point range — which as of today seems a bit more possible — then anything can happen.
The other news today concerns the Huskies as we published a story on our Web site this morning that starting tailback Kenny James has a broken bone in his forearm.
By itself, it doesn’t sound like that big of a deal. But UW has little depth at tailback and really needs James to have a big season and any obstacle to that goal could prove to have major implications.
James got off to a slow start a year ago when he suffered a seemingly minor shoulder injury on the first day of practice and never really found his groove, so UW fans can only hope this new injury to James doesn’t bring a repeat.
In the wake of the lack of depth at running back, however, the Huskies are apparently considering again using Johnie Kirton as a short-yardage back in goal-line situations. Kirton was moved to tight end last season, but with just three experienced tailbacks on the roster, he will apparently again spend some time at his old running back position, according to an interview offensive coordinator Tim Lappano conducted with KJR-AM today.
As for the blog itself, we hope to use the model of our Husky basketball blog, mixing a news tidbits with analysis, links to interesting stories found in other places and just overall information that you can’t find anywhere else.
As with the basketball blog, comments and questions are always welcomed –and, in fact, encouraged — and from this day forward, look here for a daily (and sometimes more often than that) dose of Husky football news.

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