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July 13, 2007 at 9:55 AM

Receiver redux

Just finished plowing through all the comments on the news yesterday about Anthony Boyles and Devin Aguilar — good to see that much passion out there, even if, obviously, this isn’t really the type of situation in which you want to display it.
First, here’s our story from today’s paper on Boyles and Aguilar.
Among the comments was a question from Jake wondering if there was anybody on the current roster who could be moved to receiver, particularly any of the incoming running backs.
I don’t really think so. Sounds as if there’s a good chance Nate Williams gets moved to the secondary, which would already deplete the number of RBs by one — and remember, that’s also a position of future need as the Huskies had just two scholarship TBs on the roster in the spring.
Jake made the analogy to Paul Arnold’s move from RB to WR after the 2000 season, but that was done mostly because of Arnold’s injury situation — he suffered a back injury midway through the 2000 season and the thought was he would have trouble handling the pounding of being an RB the rest of his career.
As for Matt Mosley, he could probably do it, given his background. But I actually think the numbers situation is still worse at CB than it is at WR — in the short term, anyway. Remember, UW had just three scholarship CBs in the spring, and while two will be arriving in the fall expected to play immediately, that still seems like pretty short depth there.
Given the fact that UW has five senior WRs on the roster this year — and some walk-ons who I think they think could play if needed — I would think the coaches would try to make do with what they have for the 2007 season and recruit that position heavily for 2008.
The big key in making future plans will be whether Boyles and Aguilar get in at all.
When I spoke with both on Thursday, each sounded optimistic that they would pass the test in September and enroll later that month. But without the school being able to say anything due to privacy issues, it’s hard to know exactly what the situation is — I’ve found that players (and/or their families) tend to put the most optimistic spin on their situations which can sometimes be at odds with reality. Not saying that’s the case here since I don’t know for certain, but it’s always worth remembering that there is often more to these cases than what the players or their families may say.
Also worth remembering is that once these players are not admitted initially, just about anything can happen — they could re-open their recruitment, decide to go elsewhere on their own, etc. The good news there is that both said Thursday they definitely want to still become Huskies. Boyles, in particular, constantly mentions how much he likes Seattle and would like a change from his current surroundings in the L.A. area.
Finally, that was a pretty good list by Dave of all the players under past and current UW coaches who didn’t make it in. I would clarify that Nathan Rhodes wasn’t an academic non-qualifier but instead never played due to injury, though the situation was pretty similar as a lot of schools backed off of him because of his back issues, making UW look good on signing day, but not so good in the long-term.

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