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November 28, 2007 at 9:42 AM

Links and a quick look ahead

Doesn’t look like I need to link our stories today, as many of you have have already found Steve Kelley’s column today where he says that Tyrone Willingham just isn’t working at Washington.
I wrote today about Hawaii QB Colt Brennan and the team’s fantastic passing attack. And in kind of a companion notebook, I wrote how UW’s offense will need to stay on the field as much as possible Saturday to keep Hawaii off the field.
— Here’s a story I’m sure will get good play in the UW locker room, that the Hawaii athletic department is making tentative plans for a televised party of the BCS selection show on Sunday assuming Hawaii can beat UW on Saturday and stay undefeated.
A QUICK LOOK AHEAD: One of you asked if it didn’t seem like UW was returning a lot of players next year while a lot of other teams are losing most of their key players. It may always seem like that when you follow one team closely, but the facts don’t completely bear that out.
The Eugene Register-Guard actually had a real good look at how teams stack up heading into next season. The great unknown, obviously, is how many underclassmen turn pro (Oregon’s Jonathan Stewart, WSU’s Brandon Gibson, etc.).
Here’s a quick breakdown of how many starters each team could return next season:
ARIZONA — 14, including QB Willie Tuitama including 10 on offense
ASU — 14, including QB Rudy Carpenter, big hit is on the O-line
CAL — 13, including QB Nate Longshore but WR DeSean Jackson could leave early
OREGON — 14, but must find a new QB and Stewart could leave early.
OSU — 10, including both QBs (only four on defense).
STANFORD — 15, including QB Tavita Pritchard
UCLA — 10, including every QB who has started this season, but had a lot of injuries this season with some guys no longer technically starters who could return
USC — 12 (but as always, a bunch of guys who could turn pro early)
UW — 13, including, obviously, QB Jake Locker
WSU — 14, but must replace QB Alex Brink, eight of the returnees are on defense, and Gibson might leave
Certainly, UW will have a good base returning, but some other teams will, as well, and the great unknown is always what the talent is like coming in. As a a for instance, as the Eugene story points out, Yvenson Bernard may be a major loss at OSU, but Beaver fans are also excited about the addition of incoming RB recruit Jacquizz Rodgers who many think will step right in.
So I think there will definitely be a chance for UW to move up next season based on its returning talent. But by next fall, lots of other teams will find reasons for optimism, as well.

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