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September 21, 2006 at 11:05 AM

Clearing out the mail bag

There were lots of questions this week, so here we go:
1, Someone asked about the changes of Donald Butler playing more this week with E.J. Savannah out. I’d say it will definitely happen. In fact, word seems to be that Scott White’s role may change a little on the nickel defense with Savannah out with Butler moving in to fill in for Savannah as well.
2, Several of you have asked about the feasibility of the five O-linemen playing every play this season. All five have played every play of the first three games. Obviously, it seems unlikely to continue that way all year. But I asked Tim Lappano that this week and he said it’s fine with him if they can do it. He said he sees no reason to substitute just for the sake of getting experience for other players, saying it’s better for the team to leave the line together out there as often as possible since working together is such a big part of being a good line. I think they are willing to take their chances and worry about it later if someone gets hurt.
3, Some of you asked whether this is really the turning point for the Huskies. After watching the replay of the FSU game again last night, I’m a little more mixed than I was. FSU did a lot of things to help UW win that game, notably not running Dwayne Wright even more. The perception — one I admit I’ve written a few times this week — seems to be that UW really stepped up its defense in the second half.
Yet look at FSU’s five second-half possessions: 51 yards on three plays for a touchdown; 48 yards on 13 plays resulting in a punt, a drive stopped largely because they went away from Wright once they had a first down at the 32; three-and-out but only after Tom Brandstater overthrew a wide open Joe Fernandez on third down for what would have been a 20-25 yard gain with a decent pass; 52 yards on 11 plays for a touchdown; and then the final desperation drive that ended in an interception.
That may be why defensive coordinator Kent Baer met us Wednesday and said he really didn’t think his unit played well at all until the end. UW meanwhile, had just five three drives all day longer than 28 yards, but managed to score touchdowns at the end of each one that went that long.
Certainly, the Huskies showed a lot by getting the win, which may be the most important thing. But I think looking closely and objectively at the game shows there is still ample reason for concern, as well.
4, Will the Arizona game be on TV? Probably not, though nothing is yet official. It was not picked for TV by ABC, TBS or FSN, which means it now falls under the new contract UW signed with FSN-Northwest. Unfortunately, just like the San Jose State game, UW is unlikely to get a waiver to be able to show it opposite games on those other channels.
5, Will Dashon Goldson play this weekend? I’d say yes. We were told last week they weren’t going to rest him, then they did. Now we’re told he’s limited, and I’m sure he still is. But the reality is that if there was a week the could try to get by without him, it was against FSU, which rarely put more than two WRs on the field. UCLA will use multiple receivers a lot, so I would suspect they will try to use Goldson if they can.
6, Why didn’t Sonny Shackelford get more pub for that great catch to win the game? After looking at the replay, he should have gotten more. Maybe next time.



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