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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 16, 2007 at 8:28 AM

Thursday morning potpourri

I wrote about long snapper Danny Morovick and the oddity that both of the long snappers in the UW-Syracuse game are from Mission Viejo, Calif., and Saddleback CC. Though, as I point out, they don’t really know each other since they were never there at the same time and went to different schools.
Included in the story is some info on the team’s kicking situation, which might answer the questions of poster Cheeves who wanted to know about the specialist.
All the kicking jobs appear still up for grabs. But in talking with special teams coach Bob Simmons Wednesday, he made a point of praising the strong leg of Erik Folk even in the limited time he’s had to show his stuff so far. That leads me to think he’s got a really good shot at the PK jobs if he can get healthy.
Of the other two competing for the PK job, Simmons said Jared Ballman has shown more distance than Ryan Perkins so sounds like Ballman could be the guy if Folk doesn’t get healthy.
The punting job seems a little more up in the air, with Ballman, Perkins and walk-on Kiel Rasp all competing there.
Said Simmons: “Ballman is better than he was in the spring. Perkins has really fought to come back and done a nice job. And Rasp has a lot of potential. It’s just a matter of him learning the drop.”
As for the returners, I think a lot still depends on what they decide on Roy Lewis. Sounds as if they’d like to not use him this year but they need to feel confident in other options (D’Andre Goodwin, Curtis Shaw are among those trying out). Anthony Russo was also in that mix but is obviously now sidelined. I think a lot is still uncertain there.
As mentioned in the story, Carl Bonnell is again the holder.
OTHER NOTES:
— Someone asked about Cameron Elisara. He’s definitely in the mix to get in the rotation on the D-line. It’s unlikely he’ll start since those are pretty set positions with vets. But he’s doing well and is certain to play a lot this season I would think. As for Chris Izbicki, too early to say for sure, but given that there are three experienced guys at TE he could be in line for a redshirt season. No matter how highly-recruited guys are, it’s still hard to come right in and win a job, especially ones that involve a lot of blocking.
— ESPN’s Ivan Maisel predicts UW will play Wyoming in the Armed Forces Bowl. So get ready for New Year’s Eve in Fort Worth, Texas (maybe that means we could all at least take in the Cotton Bowl the next day just for fun).
— Here’s a really good resource for all your Syracuse football needs. Donnie Webb does a nice job with his blog and all here. Also sounds as if Syracuse may have found a new running back.
— Here’s the latest on Isaiah Stanback.
— Here’s a good feature on Olin Kreutz that includes a long list of Hawaii players in the NFL, which makes it clear why so many schools try hard to recruit over there.
— Finally, I haven’t done much linking to other stories around the conference, but I may do that now that the season is nearing. Here’s an interesting look at Oregon State’s WR situation with Sammie Stroughter still mysteriously AWOL.
— Actually, there’s also this from the LA Daily News that USC RB Emmanuel Moody will transfer, possibly to Oklahoma State. The dangers of bringing in 10 high school All-American RBs.

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