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November 7, 2006 at 11:06 AM

Tuesday mailbag

Here’s another attempt to answer some of your questions:
WHY DIDN’T SHELTON SAMPSON PLAY SATURDAY?: This has been the most-asked question of the weekend. UW coach Tyrone Willingham said Louis Rankin is better in the pass game, which is one consideration. The other is that Rankin, he said, has been the better back in practice and deserved to be the guy out there. Today is the day that offensive players and coaches talk to the media so we will see if there is any different take today.
HOW ABOUT JOHNNY DUROCHER? Willingham said there was some brief thought to putting in DuRocher late when Bonnell was getting banged around. But he said he didn’t think the way the game was going lent itself to making a change. If you know Willingham’s history, he isn’t big on making in-game QB changes.
WILL THERE BE SOME ATTRITION AT THE END OF THE YEAR? There always is on any team in any situation, so I’m sure there will be. It’s not responsible to speculate about certain players, however, so I won’t do that here. I did hear on Willingham’s radio show last night that they will honor 24 seniors for Senior Day Saturday. That’s about six more than there are on the roster, so maybe a few guys listed as juniors are going to be treated as seniors and won’t return, which is what happened last year with a few players such as Jason Benn. Dash Crutchley, etc.
IS WILLINGHAM REALLY A CANDIDATE FOR ANY OTHER JOBS? I addressed this last week when I wrote on here that Willingham told me he had no interest in leaving. There had been some rumblings about Michigan State, his alma mater, but reports out of there have indicated he wasn’t really on the list. Willingham also said to a reporter Monday that he isn’t interested even if MSU was. That quote can be found at the
bottom of this story here.

Again, watch for more here later today after we talk with some of the offensive players and coaches.

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