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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

January 16, 2007 at 5:09 PM

Coach speak, Volume One

One thing we’re going to do here to keep the blog rolling through the offseason is get the coaches to give an offseason evaluation of each position. I’m starting it off with offensive coordinator Tim Lappano breaking down, as you might expect, the offense. We’ll begin today with his thoughts on the quarterback position (if some of this looks familiar it should as some of this was included in stories that ran in our paper last week, as well).
How do you assess last season?
Lappano: Number one, we found out how much Isaiah Stanback meant when we lost him. He was obviously a really good player for us — he accounted for about 70 percent of our yardage in the first six games. He was that critical. Our offense was tailored around his ability with what we did in the red zone, the spread offense — those things really highlighted him, and they should have.
But the thing I think people don’t really understand is how much we missed his leadership, especially between some of the older players, like himself and that (fifth-year senior) group, and the younger guys. We really missed his leadership. He was there with us on the sideline again helping the offense against Washington State and just his presence was major for our kids. We lost a great leader and a good player, so obviously that was critical because he was kind of the glue to this football team. He held this team together and when we lost him, we lost a little bit of that.
Will the offense change any with Stanback being gone?
Lappano: We’re going to do the same kinds of things. Jake (Locker) is 220 pounds and running a legit 4.5 (40). He’s getting bigger and a lot more physical and stronger so he’ll be able to do some of the same things Isaiah did running the football, and we know Carl (Bonnell) has some mobility in his own right, so I don’t see any of that changing.
How is Carl Bonnell physically after being banged up at the end of the season?
Lappano: He had shoulder (surgery) and he’s in a sling and he’s going to miss a lot of time. He might be ready for spring ball, but right now, he’s going to miss at least two months. So pretty much right now, Jake is running the show as far as workouts and stuff like that. Carl can’t do anything right now other than lower body workouts. He got hurt a little bit (in the Cal game) and he was hurt big-time the last couple of weeks so they went in there and cleaned it up (his left shoulder) and it was a little bit more major than they thought. It will take more time than everybody thought. But the kid played hurt and he sucked it up and showed his toughness. We knew he was hurt, but he was hurt a little bit more than people realized.
How is Jake handling taking on all of that leadership?
Lappano: He’s a special kid, and he’s doing everything he can right now to get this team to do the right things, getting everyone in the right room and everything else. He’s got some tremendous leadership ability. We knew that when we recruited him and nothing has changed.
What kinds of things do you want the quarterbacks working on in the offseason?
Lappano: The thing we have to do a better job of is throwing it and catching it so we don’t have seven drops in a game like we did this year. Jake is doing a great job of getting the receivers and the running backs and the tight ends out at the Dempsey Indoor and throwing the football. That’s where your leadership comes in and that’s where I see a lot of the guys and Jake being really on top of it, so that’s really important that we throw it and catch it.
I also asked Lappano a question about the team’s quarterback depth and he said what you would expect — that it’s a concern for now. But until after signing day when Ronnie Fouch comes in and maybe some walk-ons commit, he can’t speak about certain aspects of it. The QB depth in the spring figures to start with Locker, then Bonnell, depending on his health, and then Fouch, assuming he arrives in time for the spring as he has said. The Huskies will also certainly look for a few walk-ons.

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