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September 18, 2006 at 7:01 PM

Mail bag

Cleaning out the mail bag after a Husky win that obviously has everyone excited. A lot of comments and questions came this way after the win over FSU — everyone is obviously, and rightfully, more excited about UW football than they’ve been in a while. So if I didn’t get to yours, I apologize and simply send it again and we’ll try later.
Someone asked whether Jordan White-Frisbee is already practicing on offense. Yes, he was there working with the OL last week. Not sure if he’s doing everything, but he was in uniform and lined up with the OL last week.
Several of you asked about the lack of a pass rush. I would point out first that it’s all relative. UW has four sacks in three games which is tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with Arizona and UCLA (the Bruins have played just two games). Oregon has just six and Cal five. So UW isn’t that far off really.
On the other hand, opponents have attempted 91 passes against UW — tied with Oregon for second-most in the Pac-10 behind only the 104 that WSU’s opponents have attempted — so the Huskies have had ample opportunities to get sacks.
I think several things play in. Greyson Gunheim didn’t start the season at 100 percent due to the knee injury; the coaches aren’t trying a ton of blitzes yet; and the last two teams have had good offensive lines. Fresno State may have the best center in the country and a veteran O-line overall. The Huskies were concentrating so much against both FSU and OU on stopping the run that I think the pass rush suffered. Again, I think it’s interesting to compare that Oregon also played those two teams as well as a bad Stanford team and only has two more sacks.
Someone asked about the linebackers. Obviously, Saturday was a different game for them with Dan Howell out and Scott White shifting spots. White wasn’t as involved as he has been because of it. Chris Stevens had to play more and saw his most extensive action at a traditional LB spot. Also, E.J. Savannah was hurt and Kyle Trew had to play quite a bit in the second half. He’s never really played before when it’s mattered. So I’d give the LBs a bit of a pass for the FSU game based on the shuffling of the personnel.
Someone else asked about C.J. Wallace making so many tackles. A lot of that, I think, was a function of the game plan. He’s a good run defender and they wanted him in position to make stops on Dwayne Wright, and that’s what he did.
Again I refer to Pac-10 stats to see if what the Huskies are doing is out of whack. Five of the top eight tacklers in the conference are safeties, with Wallace at the top. WSU’s leading tackler is a safety (Eric Frampton), Stanford’s two leading tackles are safeties (admittedly maybe a bad example there), Cal’s leading tackler is a safety. I think it speaks more to Wallace’s good game than bad play elsewhere.



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