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January 11, 2008 at 9:10 AM

The receivers, and more

Here’s the story I referred to last night on the new additions to Washington’s receiving corps.
There is also a note at the bottom with a brief update on the search for some new coaches. I have heard a little more strongly in recent days that Bill Young, the DC at Kansas, may be interested in the UW job, and vice versa. Here’s a story out of Lawrence that details Young’s contract.
As for the receivers, the addition of all three is vital to a position that lost five seniors from last year’s team. Anthony Boyles said he realizes there are a lot of hopes attached to their arrival.
“It’s not pressure, but their expectations are pretty high,” he said. “But I believe I can meet the goals and expectations. I just need to learn the plays and get in the weight room and I’ll be fine.”
Boyles said he weighs about 189 pounds but would like to get to 205 by next fall. He also said not playing last fall got him out of shape just a little bit.
“Shape-wise, I’m at about 80 percent,” he said.
As for Chris Polk, he is definitely lining up primarily as a receiver right now, though he said he has plans to also dabble in RB at UW.
“They are talking about me playing the slot and going in motion and running the ball a few plays, and then motion back out to receiver,” he said. So sounds like some of those receiver reverses you saw increasingly at the end of last season (the play Oregon State runs all the time with James Rodgers) could be a perfect vehicle for Polk.
Polk arrived in Seattle last Saturday having graduated early from high school, the same as his former high school teammate, Ronnie Fouch, did a year ago.
“I was set to graduate early no matter what college I went to,” he said, adding he’ll fly back for some important senior-year-of-high-school social events.
He said Fouch told him that coming up early “was the best thing you could do so you won’t be struggling when the season starts.”
MORE ON COACHES:
Brian Dohn of the LA Daily News has an interesting update on the UCLA staff that includes news that the Bruins may be going after former Husky defensive back Nigel Burton, who is now the cornerbacks coach at Oregon State. The story also has details of DeWayne Walker’s new contract at UCLA, said to be worth $375,000 a year.

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