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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 27, 2006 at 12:22 PM

Last lazy Sunday

The Huskies are taking today off — their first since training camp began Aug. 8, and their last until the season begins Sept. 2. After that, every day until the end of the season will be a work day in some respects.
But with nothing new on the docket, we’ll hit some other areas here today.
First, a few of you have said you disagree with several of my assessments in the analysis here the other day. Notably, saying the schedule is harder and that the O-line is worse than a year ago.
Here’s my rationale on each:
Schedule: Last year, UW played just 11 games, this year 12, and it’s a conference game. For a team as shy on depth as the Huskies are in some key places, that could be a problem. Obviously, most teams have the same issue, though many Pac-10 teams have at least inserted a bye in their schedule by moving back their rivalry game. UW will simply play 12 straight games. Also, Fresno State at home to me is a more difficult game than Air Force at home, and Oklahoma on the road is more difficult than Notre Dame at home (Idaho-San Jose State at home is a wash). And in the conference, UW has to play five on the road and four at home. Arguments could be made that UW at least has the right four at home, all seemingly winnable. Still, add it up and it seems more difficult to me.
Offensive line: As some of you pointed out, it’s not like UW’s line was great a year ago. But at least it was eight-deep, including five seniors. Right now, I think UW has just five players — the five starters — it really feels comfortable putting on the field. Those five may be better than the five of a year ago, so if health doesn’t become a problem, it could be better. But when taking depth into consideration, to me, the overall position is worse off right now.
Meanwhile, it was a good weekend for former Husky running backs attempting to make NFL rosters.
James Sims got a lot of work for the Giants the other day with 45 yards on 12 carries and seems certain to at least make the practice squad this season. Good news for a guy who was one of everyone’s favorites the last few years.
And Rich Alexis caught a TD pass for Jacksonville on national TV last night which should only help his case, as well.
There aren’t a lot of places to go for news on San Jose State. The San Jose Mercury News is the only newspaper that covers that school regularly. Here’s the most recent entry from that paper detailing some injury problems for the Spartans.

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