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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 18, 2006 at 2:16 PM

Wednesday mailbag

We’ll get right to it by answering some of your questions:
WHAT’S THE STATUS OF DASHON GOLDSON? Dashon just met with a few of us and said he expects to be able to play this week. He re-injured the same right ankle that he hurt last May and that slowed him earlier in the year during the first half Saturday. He came back in the second half to finish the game, then said it was throbbing on Sunday. The ankle was stabalized in a boot until Tuesday’s practice and he didn’t do much Tuesday, limping noticetably at some points during the time the media was allowed to watch. But he said he expects to be able to play Saturday.
HOW DID WSU SLOW DOWN CAL? The Bears were held to 353 yards by WSU, Cal’s lowest total other than the opening loss to Tennessee (336). Some of it is simply that the Cougars are quietly becoming a pretty good defensive team — they held Oregon State to six points in Corvallis the week before. Some of it was because of the fact that the Bears got ahead 21-3 late in the second quarter and went on cruise control. Cal coach Jeff Tedford lamented how sloppy his team became in the second half, with penalties stopping a few drives, and turnovers also getting in the way. Cal lost a fumble and threw two interceptions. WSU has a good pass rush — they lead the nation in sacks, and Mkristo Bruce has 10 on his own. That’s what UW needs to do is figure out a way to get some pass rush from its front four.
WHAT’S THE MOOD OF THE TEAM LIKE? I really hestitate to judge these kinds of things based on interviews with just a few guys — a football team is 85 guys and 20 walk-ons and 10 coaches and there’s a lot at play there. That said, the players I’ve talked with have seemed more somber than usual, but also are saying all the right things about soldiering on without Isaiah Stanback, knowing there is still a lot to play for, etc. Word is that Tuesday’s practice was pretty good — Dashon Goldson said that, anyway — so that sounds like a positive. And I sense that there really is a lot of faith in Carl Bonnell. They’ve all seen him for four years in practice now and he won the backup job last year, beating out Johnny DuRocher, so they must have seen him do a lot of good things in that time.
WHAT KIND OF PASSER IS BONNELL? I asked that of receiver Anthony Russo today and here’s what he said: “He throws some of the tightest spirals I’ve seen. I’ve never seen him throw a wobbly ball since I’ve been here. He throws lasers, he throws the ball well and he can run.”
DID THE GOOD START HELP RECRUITING MUCH? Not sure it did, but also not sure it should have been expected to. Most recruiting expers I know say there is always a one-year lag effect to recruiting. For instance, the year recruiting really picks up after a team begins to turn around is typically the next recruiting year — not the one directly following it. That’s because kids start developing relationships and ideas on where they want to go in their junior year, and the majority don’t just suddenly change all those plans because they see some other team starting to win and that team suddenly becomes interested in them. That said, we won’t really know until the end of the season and we see how this season turns out — and then we see if the Huskies get a bump from it if they end up in a bowl. I think these last five games will have a lot to say about the perception of the program, maybe moreso than the first seven.

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