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August 12, 2007 at 1:34 PM

Pro potential for Huskies? And Syracuse names a QB

Couple more interesting stories out there today.
First is ESPN’s look at the 2008 NFL Draft with player ratings from Scouts Inc. (which is not to be confused with, the owner of numerous college-related web sites).
The early prognosis for UW isn’t too promising in terms of potential draftees (much of this is in ESPN’s Insider package and you may not be able to access all of it).
The only Husky considered a likely draftee at the moment is DE Greyson Gunehim, who is ranked 199th overall and called a “Day two prospect.” The scouting report on Gunheim conntinues to say that he “can solidify his spot in the later rounds with a bounce-back performance in 2007.”
The only other Huskies rated — though not considered draftees at the moment — are center Juan Garcia (26th at his position), LB Dan Howell (43rd at his position), RB Louis Rankin (also 43rd) and CB Roy Lewis (52). Only players who are eligible for the 2008 Draft were ranked but worth noting that Garcia is almost certainly coming back to UW in 2008 as he was recently awarded a sixth year of collegiate eligibility.
For what it’s worth, USC had nine players listed among the top 201.
SYRACUSE NAMES A QB: Also today is news out of Syracuse that the Orange have settled on a quarterback with sophomore Andrew Robinson getting the call, as had long been expected by those who closely follow the team.
While we’ve all written plenty about the possibility of UW entering the season with a QB who has never taken a snap before, Syracuse will be in much the same boat. Robinson is the only QB on Syracuse’s roster who has ever taken a snap in a game, but he hasn’t taken many.
As the story indicates, he has played sparingly, going 3-8 for 20 yards passing last season while also rushing nine times for a net 28 yards (gaining 45 yards while losing 17, indicating he has some decent running ability).
Robinson, however, is considered the QB of the future for Syracuse and he was impressive in a late-season outing against Rutgers, entering the game in the final quarter and quickly leading a 10-play 80-yard drive — though worth noting that was garbage time as Rutgers won 38-7.
Also of note in that story is the news that Syracuse RB Curtis Brinkley is expected to be ready for UW after off-season knee surgery. Brinkley was the team’s second-leading rusher last season (139 carries for 571 yards) though he had some trouble with fumbles early in the season that saw him lose playing time to highly-touted freshman Delonte Carter. Carter, however, suffered a hip injury in the spring that will cost him the season.
Check back later as I plan to post an overview of where each position on UW’s team stands after one week of fall camp.



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