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November 10, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Monday news and notes

A few quick notes for Monday morning:
— The weekly UW release and depth chart is out. Most noteworthy is the list of seniors who will be honored before Saturday’s game. Unlike some other seasons, there are no surprises. It lists the 14 scholarship players who are listed as seniors on UW’s roster, plus PK Ryan Perkins, who is a junior but announced last week that he is being forced to medically retire. So the total count of scholarship seniors to be introduced Saturday is 15. Included on the list is CB Byron Davenport, who says he will petition for a sixth year. But that’s something that likely won’t be decided until a new coach comes in.
— In terms of the depth chart, most noteworthy is that Victor Aiyewa is not listed at all, indicating his groin injury may be a long-term deal. Tripper Johnson and Johri Fogerson are listed as co-starters at safety. Mesphin Forrester, who has missed the last two games with an injury, is listed as a backup, indicating he may be able to return this week. Jordan Polk, who suffered a minor concussion Saturday, is listed as the starting returner, as usual.
— The announcers for this week’s game, which will be nationally televised on FSN, are Barry Tompkins and Petros Papadakis.
— For my story today, I examined UW’s rushing numbers, both offensively and defensively, and the sad tale they tell. That will be job one for a new coach, I think, improving the running game and figuring out how to stop it.
— The unavoidable story this week is Rick Neuheisel’s return to Husky Stadium. Neuheisel addressed it briefly with LA reporters Sunday, appearing to try to downplay it as much as possible. He is scheduled to speak via a conference call with Seattle media today.
— After UCLA’s 34-6 loss to Oregon State Saturday, however, Neuheisel has some bigger problems than worrying about his reception at Husky Stadium.
Ken Goe’s links and notes lead off with what a big week this is for Oregon and Oregon State (how fun it must be to play important games in November).
— ESPN’s Ted Miller ranks UW ninth in the Pac-10 this week and wonders (tongue firmly in cheek) if anyone will come out to boo Neuheisel Saturday.
All for now.

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