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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

April 22, 2007 at 2:41 PM

Today’s story, and more

I’ve gotten a few e-mails on today’s story on the five “suddenly senior” players from a year ago, which you can find here, as well as some on some other topics, so I’ll address those here.
First, the question of why did I bother writing the story that ran today on Chris Hemphill, Marlon Wood, Michael Braunstein, William Kava and Durrell Moss?
As is the case with any story I write, I didn’t go into it with any preconceived notions about anything.
I’d seen Hemphill walking around the athletic facilities a lot, heard he was going to Central Washington, and decided that was a story worth persuing — and gotten several e-mails from people wondering what he was doing now.
I then figured I’d throw in what some of the other guys who were part of that situation last November were doing, so I got ahold of each of them, as well. And you couldn’t really tell their story without detailing what happened last November, so I did that.
I’d honestly never talked to Wood before about any of this so I had no idea how he felt before I got ahold of him. If he had said he was completely fine with everything and had no issues about any of it, I’d have gladly written that. But he didn’t.
I’ll admit his situation is confusing — I’ve rarely seen players who have a playing history such as his granted a sixth year. But he says he thought he had a good chance at it and seems more mad about how it was communicated to him, and that he didn’t feel the Huskies really wanted him to try to get it back, than anything else.
Also, I don’t feel it’s just a needless rehashing of a past somewhat unpleasant incident.
I felt it was necessary to write at some point about how the Huskies are now classifying players on their roster — I’ve gotten more than a few e-mails on that topic.
And while I’ll take Willingham at his word that this incident has nothing to do with that change, I didn’t think you could write about that change without bringing up this incident. So I basically decided to just encompass it all in one story.
These were guys who all spent at least two years as Huskies (and all but Wood at least four) so it’s not as if their stories don’t deserve a little airing — and I’m not sure any of us had ever detailed the situations with Kava and Moss, who were the more low-profile of these guys at the time. We write stories all the time on what’s happened with former Huskies, Cougars, Seahawks, etc. Some are inevitably happier than others
As for the timing, I simply thought of it now, with spring football going on, and wondered how these guys were handling it now that spring football was going on without them.
Again, our charge here is to cover the team as objectively as possible, and sometimes that means touching on topics that may not necessarily be deemed happy by everybody — though I would hope you would agree it was an even-handed look at the situation without a stance being taken either way.
Now then, on to a few other topics:
JUSTIN GLENN COMMITS: Our paper has confirmed that Kamiak defensive back Justin Glenn has given a commitment to attend UW.
Glenn, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior who plays running back, defensive back and returns kicks, was with Knights coach Dan Mack at a Huskies practice Saturday when UW coach Tyrone Willingham offered Glenn a full-ride scholarship.
“Coach Willingham just sort of offered,” Glenn told Zach Landres-Schnur of our staff. “And I said, ‘I’d love to [play for Washington].'”
Glenn will play defense for the Huskies and might also return kickoffs and punts. Other Pac-10 schools were recruiting him as well.
Glenn scored 11 touchdowns last season for the Knights of Mukilteo, who went 8-2. He had four return touchdowns, taking back two kickoffs, one punt and one interception for scores.
O-LINE QUESTIONS: One of you asked if it’s possible to really assess the play of the offensive line, and also wanted to know if the team always works the starters against the backups.
To answer the second question first, the answer is no. The team often does work with starters going against each other. But it’s a fairly common football tactic when doing full scrimmage type stuff to have the starters on one side against the backups on the other, as UW did Saturday.
As for the O-line, I still think it’s a question mark. I like the experience at center and tackles, but the inexperience at guard will remain a concern until the team begins playing games and it proves otherwise. Obviously, the size is nice, and it’s a big bonus that Jordan White-Frisbee has gotten healthy. But I don’t think the coaches themselves will feel comfortable about it until the players prove it on the field.
But I think the long-term situation for the O-line is the best it has been in a while with what appears to be quality depth developing at every spot.

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