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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 5, 2007 at 9:17 AM

Monday a.m. news and notes

First off, it was announced today that the Cal game at UW on Nov. 17 will start at 12:30 and be televised on ABC. That leaves only the WSU game still needing to find a TV slot, but everyone assumes that will happen, meaning every UW game this year will have been televised in some manner.
THIS WEEK’S GAME at Oregon State will be televised on FSN at 7:15 with Barry Tompkins, Petros Padadakis and Jim Watson doing the announcing.
Nothing really new on the depth chart except for the return of J.R. Hasty in the depth at tailback, listed at No. 3. Curtis Shaw is listed as the No. 4 RB and we’ll ask today whether he is still an RB or a WR.
We’ll also get an update later on UW’s injured players, including QB Jake Locker, who took a hard hit to his right shoulder that isn’t considered serious but will be re-examined.
Trenton Tuiasosopo is still listed as the starting MLB and Donald Butler is not on the depth chart, so we’ll see what that means, as well.
BEAVERS HAVE QB ISSUES: Oregon State coach Mike Riley said Sunday that starting QB Sean Canfield is questionable for this week’s game with a shoulder injury suffered against USC. Here’s a breakdown of what that injury could mean for OSU from the Oregonian. And here’s a good overview of all of OSU’s injuries from the Corvallis Gazette-Times, which also includes the news that DE Dorian Smith may be out but that RB Yvenson Bernard is expected to play.
Obviously, Canfield being out is the kind of break UW could really use in its quest to win its last five games and get to a bowl. We also know what that likely means — about 40 carries from Bernard. UW played the run better against Stanford but the Cardinal was without its top two RBs and was using a converted receiver much of the game.
COULD UW HAVE TWO 1,000-YARD RUSHERS?: That’s what one of you asked, and it’s worth pondering now that Louis Rankin has 793 yards and Locker 791 (the first time in a while Rankin has had more yards than Locker, as well). Certainly with four games left, it could. They’d each need to average just over 50 a game to get there, which could happen fairly easily.
UW has never had two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season. In fact, it’s happened only twice in Pac-10 history — USC 2005 (Reggie Bush, LenDale White) and Cal 1990 (Russell White and Anthony Wallace). EDIT — As one reader pointed out, Maurice Morris and Onterrio Smith did it at Oregon in 2001, as well. The Pac-10, however, only lists the USC and Cal seasons in its official record book. Maybe they don’t include bowl games for that record, not sure, so I’ll check on that.
UW now has 1735 rushing yards for the season, an average of 192 per game, which is Washington’s best since the 2000 season (211.7). The school record is 2715 yards in 1990, an average of 246.8 per game.
OTHER NOTES:
— I ranked UW ahead of UCLA because with UCLA’s precarious QB situation right now, not to mention its mental state, I think the Huskies would probably beat them if they played today (today being the key, since that’s what my rankings are based on, how the teams shape up today. You can just look at the standings to figure out who is where for the season).
— Here’s the Master Coaches Poll, the one that Don James votes in. It has Ohio State, LSU and Oregon 1-2-3 as well.
Ken Goe’s weekly notes in the Oregonian includes a breakdown of how USC held down Oregon State — by playing primarily man-to-man and blitzing Canfield and getting nine sacks. But with Canfield now likely out and Bernard back, might be a tricker way to go. And obviously USC’s defense is USC’s defense.

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