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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 7, 2007 at 9:11 AM

Friday morning notes

I’ll start off today with our usual morning links:
First, here’s our UW stories today — a feature on Caesar Rayford and a look at UW’s kickoff coverage situation.
Wish I could have written more on Rayford, who is a truly interesting person and player. We talked for a while about his major, Economic Geography, which is one I’ve never heard before for an athlete at UW. He said he enjoys economic classes and the business world but also is into Cartography and was lucky enough to be steered into that major by an academic advisor.
He also said he always wanted to be a defensive end after watching Julius Peppers play and that he never really had an interest in playing another position while at UW. The story also addresses Rayford’s redshirt situation and the fact that of just about anybody I’ve ever seen at UW, he could have really used one. But as he said, he can’t do anything about that now so he’s just looking forward.
The kickoff coverage unit was about the only negative of the win over Syracuse, as the story details. The coaches seem to think most of it was due to some young players playing their first game and not any schematic problems, though they said it would be an emphasis this week.
Also, one of you had asked earlier in the week whether UW coaches thought they might be more inclined to receive rather than kick off if they win the toss. After asking that question a little more, the answer is definitely yes, they will consider it more than the usual reflex to just defer the choice. But sounds like it is still pretty situational, as well.
Here is the Idaho Statesman’s story today on Boise State’s 0-12 record in road games against teams from BCS Conferences. It also includes a list of all 12 games, which shows how close the Broncos have come the last two times they’ve played a Pac-10 team on the road (both Oregon State).
There is also a note about UW’s Darrion Jones, who is the son of former BSU standout Danny Jones and not Arnell Jones, as we wrote here the other day based on info given us by someone at UW. Darrion Jones remains out with what is apparently a leg injury of some kind.
Here are this week’s bowl projections from FoxSports.com which have the Huskies headed to play Utah in the Fort Worth Bowl on New Year’s Eve. That would be a winnable game based on Utah’s performance against Oregon State last week.
Speaking of the Beavers, here is John Canzano’s column from The Oregonian on the carnage of last night. And here’s how the Eugene Register-Guard saw it.
To me, the big issue for the Beavers was simply the quarterback play. Both of those guys were really bad. That allowed the defense to gang up on Yvenson Bernard and take him out. I didn’t think OSU’s defense was that bad, just put in a lot of bad situations by the offense and special teams. I watched some of the replay last night and I was struck wondering how different it might have turned had Sammie Stroughter caught that first long pass. But no question, OSU has some serious QB issues on its hands.
And guess I’m not the only one ranking UW ahead of Oregon in the Pac-10 after one week. Here are the rankings of Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News.
I’ll have picks for all the Pac-10 games, a prediction for the UW game, five keys to the game, and maybe more, later today.

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