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October 26, 2006 at 9:39 AM

Thursday mailbag: Answering your questions

Okay, we’re back with another attempt to answer your questions.
There’s been so much response on the blog this week that I apologize if I missed your question. If I did, just send it to me again and we’ll address it.
WHY ISN’T SHELTON SAMPSON PLAYING?: This has been a popular topic in wake of the injury to Kenny James. If James can’t make it back this week, Sampson will be the backup to Louis Rankin and could get some action. UW RB coach Trent Miles said Sampson has done nothing wrong, just that there hasn’t been the opportunity to get him in the game with James and Ranking sharing carries. He pointed out that RB carries are at more of a premium this year due to all the running that the QBs are doing, as well. By the way, there have been no other players moved to the RB spot this week. If the Huskies need another TB this week, it would likely be Luke Kravitz.
HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS WEEK’S GAME TO UW’S BOWL HOPES? I tried to address that issue in my notebook today.
A couple of things that didn’t make it into that story today — There are 32 bowl games and as of this week, there are 62 teams with winning records, including the likes of San Jose State (4-2, with one loss coming against UW) and Louisiana-Lafayette. So right now, UW would have to scramble with a bunch of other .500 teams for a bowl slot.
USC and Cal have already qualified for bowls, and Oregon and Washington State are each a win away. That means UW could be competing with three other teams …quot; UCLA, Oregon State and Arizona State — for the Pac-10’s final two contracted slots. Each of those teams is 4-3 overall and have more games remaining than UW — Oregon State has six games left and UCLA and ASU five each.
WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL THE RECRUITS WHO DIDN’T MAKE IT INTO SCHOOL THIS YEAR? Once not admitted, players are free to do what they want. High school players who don’t get in tend not to return since they then usually have to go to a JC, and by the time they graduate a year or two later, an awful lot can change. That’s a way of saying I wouldn’t expect Leilyon Myers around any time soon, if ever. Most JC players who don’t make it in need only to finish their AA, which makes it easier for them to return. Sound as if Ashlee Palmer is hanging around trying to get his AA so he could make it in this spring.
WILL THE DEFENSIVE CHANGES MADE LAST WEEK REMAIN? Probably, though defensive coordinator Kent Baer said the starting lineup always remains in flux until game time. But I’d expect that Ala, Goldson and Reffett will remain in the starting lineup and that Donald Butler will continue to essentially split time with Tahj Bomar in the middle.
Questions that pertain to this week’s game I’ll address in our regular Friday breakdown.

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