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October 28, 2006 at 10:04 PM

So where to now?

I headlined a blog entry almost exactly two weeks ago today with the same heading, wondering what would happen now that Isaiah Stanback appeared lost for a while — for the season, as it turned out.
Now you wonder if there’s any way the Huskies can realistically make something of this season.
Sure, the natural rivalry nature of games at Oregon and at Washington State means nothing is ever a given. But these are tough, tough defeats UW is suffering to overcome from emotionally.
And now there’s the simple matter that the depth is wearing thin. Jason Wells could be out for a while, Kenny James obviously suffered a pretty bad ankle sprain last week since he didn’t play this week, and now Carl Bonnell’s health is a real question.
As the previous post pointed out, UW coaches said afterward that Jake Locker will redshirt this season.
Head coach Tyrone Willingham said that “my ultimate goal is to hold Jake out and give him a complete year.”
Offensive coordinator Tim Lappano was even more direct, saying “we were looking at him last week but we made our decision to sit him for the rest of the year, which is the right decision.”
So the Huskies will have to go with Carl Bonnell, if he’s healthy enough — he suffered a concussion today and also is battling the shoulder injury from last week.
If not, Johnny DuRocher will get the first start of his career at Oregon, where he played before transferring in 2004. DuRocher joked afterward about how they don’t really like him down there and he knows he’ll get booed a lot.
The bigger issue will be whether the entire team can rally enough to pull out the two wins needed just to get to six.
They all spoke bravely and said the right things afterward, but this will obviously not be easy now.
And for those wondering, Lappano said if both Bonnell and DuRocher went down, they’d go with walk-on Felix Sweetman.
“We’re running out of bodies,” Lappano said.
They are also running out of time.

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