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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 14, 2006 at 9:57 PM

So where to now?

Games like today are why it’s always dicey to start looking ahead too far in college football.
About nine hours ago, Oregon State seemed like the reeling program and Sun Bowl reps were in the Washington press box, handing out promotional material to Husky beat writers.
Now bowl games are the last thing on Washington’s mind.
Instead, the big question this week will revolve around the quarterback. Nobody would say it outright, but the tone in the voices indicated that Isaiah Stanback won’t be back anytime soon.
If so, Carl Bonnell will get the start. I’ve seen some of you ask if Jake Locker would be an option, and it’s a question I asked of UW coach Tyrone Willingham and offensive coordinator Tim Lappano.
Willingham said flatly that Johnny DuRocher would be the backup if Bonnell has to start and pretty much ended the answer there.
Said Lappano when asked the pecking order after Bonnell: “It’s Johnny and (walk-on senior) Felix (Sweetman) right now. That’s all we have left.”
As for Locker, Lappano said “that’s something that will be looked at the next week or so. But right now, I can’t even comment on that.”
But it’s worth remembering what Willingham said last August when asked about redshirting Locker — and remembering, also, that he has yet to say that Locker is redshirting.
Willingham said then that he wouldn’t decide on a redshirt for Locker until the last minute possible, and said even then, he could change his mind if playing Locker might be the difference in going to a bowl game and not going to a bowl game.
It’s also worth noting that Locker has been making all the trips so he’d be on the sidelines Saturday and ready go to if needed.
What I doubt will happen is that the coaches will say anything definitive about Locker this week, hoping to keep their options open if need be.
Other than Stanback, none of the other injuries suffered today appeared serious and Willingham said the hope is that Jason Wells can return next week.
Willingham said the ankle injury suffered by Dashon Goldson was to “his good ankle” and not the one he injured in the off-season.
But today’s game also showed that the Huskies still have a ways to go to again be considered an elite team. They were manhandled up front all day long and never really came close to putting pressure on OSU QB Matt Moore even though the Beavers came into the game having allowed 17 sacks in their first five outings.
I see a lot of frustration with the play-calling on the board. But I also think that UW’s fast start masked the fact that this team still has some gaps in talent in key areas that may have been exposed today.

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