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September 25, 2006 at 9:36 AM

Monday mailbag

Lots of questions from some of you over the weekend so we’ll get right to it:
– Will the Huskies run the option more? I don’t think you’ll see a ton of the traditional option, where a QB runs down the line then keeps or pitches to a running back. What the Huskies are doing a lot of is the spread option, where Stanback gets the ball in the shotgun then can hand off to the running back of keep it himself. But I don’t think they want to do a lot of pitching the ball, which can be dangerous in terms of turnovers and getting the QB hit.
– Did the Huskies get a break when Stanback wasn’t called for grounding in the second quarter before the first TD? I don’t think so. I think Stanback was outside the pocket at the time and then he threw it out of bounds, so I don’t think grounding should have been called. Therefore, it’s not as if they got a break.
– How did the O-line play Saturday? Obviously, not their best game from a running standpoint. But they seem to be doing a decent job in pass protection, though they are obviously helped by having such a mobile QB. Considering everything, I think the line is progressing quite well. But everyone also has to remember that three of the players on the line are still pretty inexperienced and there are some growing pains to be expected.
– Is the secondary really improving as much as it appears? I say yes, but with an asterisk. There’s no question the secondary is playing better. But neither FSU nor UCLA really tested UW deep. Arizona doesn’t go deep a whole lot, either. Only one UA player has a catch longer than 23 yards this year and maybe the team’s best receciver, Mike Thomas, has been bothered by an ankle problem all season. So this could be another good matchup for UW.
– Why can’t they do something about the track at Husky Stadium? Again, rebuilding Husky Stadium is a massively complicated project that is probably years away. There are issues with the 520 bridge, the transit station, raising money, etc. So for now, you’re going to have to live with it.
– Who was the player of the UCLA game? There were lots of viable candidates, but my choice was Stanback. It was once he got rolling that the whole team came to life. Right now, it seems like the team follows his lead more than any QB I can remember at UW since Marques Tuiasosopo. He has to play well for UW to have success, and for the last 35 minutes Saturday, he was darn good.
– Can UA beat the Huskies? Sure. Other than Stanford, I think any of the other Pac-10 teams are good enough to beat the Huskies. I also think other than USC and maybe Cal, the Huskies could beat any other team in the Pac-10. Arizona was killed at LSU but QB Willie Tuitama suffered a concussion in the first few minutes which threw off everything. Arizona played USC real tough Saturday, evidence of the kind of defense the Wildcats are putting together. Also, UA will certainly be motivated by the memory of the 38-14 pasting UW levied in Tucson last November.

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