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November 11, 2006 at 9:19 PM

Trying to answer the unanswerable

A lot of you have a lot of questions tonight, but after watching a game like that, I don’t know how many good answers I have.
But I’ll try to say a few things here:
First, on Jake Locker. There’s no plan to play him Saturday. Tim Lappano said they’ll go with Felix Sweetman if he’s the only one healthy, and he could be.
On the larger issue of whether they should have played Locker this year, however, Tyrone Willingham was asked by Hugh Millen after the game if he’d have played Locker immediately when Isaiah Stanback was hurt against OSU if he’d known how the rest of the season would have turned out.
Willingham said “I might have.”
But the fact that they didn’t, and might have lost the season because of it, means it would be insane to play him now.
Second, on the issue with the seniors this week. Willingham said this week he wanted the players to know now so they could be properly honored as seniors. In asking around, I haven’t heard of it happening too often that a coach is telling kids they aren’t in the plans for next season while the season is still going on. I’ve heard of that happening with players who obviously have no real future in the program, guys who have never played and aren’t going to. But I’m not sure I’ve heard of it with guys who are starters and key players.
How much it impacted today’s game is hard to tell. Chris Hemphill talked to us afterward and said he thought it might have. Willingham said that maybe it did but he didn’t think so. The rest of the players all said they didn’t think it impacted anything, though maybe they were all trying to be PC.
Third, on the overall issue of what’s going on with this team. I think in general, you have a team devoid of talent in a lot of areas, and lacking depth everywhere. Stanback was the leader of the team in every way, and when he went down, the team became rudderless. He was also the team’s only real playmaker and defenses have been able to play UW more straight up since he left. Stanford pretty much went man-to-man all day, which makes it easier to send more people to cover the run. Stanford basically just dared UW to pass the ball, and the Huskies couldn’t do it.
As far as the mentality of the team, you have a mix of players that were brought here by three different coaches. That obviously brings with it some problems.
That said, everyone seemed on board with everything in September when UW was 4-1. Maybe it’s simply that this team never had that much overall talent, and once Stanback went out, that began to take hold.

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