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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

December 23, 2008 at 10:08 AM

December answers, volume three

Before delving into another round, first a link from the L.A. Daily News on how Steve Sarkisian is juggling two jobs at once — and getting well-compensated for it (actually, Sarkisian is making $1.75 million his first year as his contract escalates gradually to $2.3 million for an average of $2 million per over five years, but you get the general idea).
Now off we go. …
Q: Can you project a starting lineup for next season?
A: My initial thought was to say “not all that accurately” given all the change — we still don’t know who the defensive coordinator will be, which obviously will greatly impact things. On the other hand, there are a lot of returning players here, and with this year’s recruiting class maybe not yielding a lot of immediate help, we may see a lot of familiar faces next year. So here’s my attempt:
OFFENSE
QB — Jake Locker-— Please, forget the talk that he might change positions. He’s a QB.
TB —Chris Polk — This position may be the hardest to call of all, since there are so many candidates and none who solidified it last year due to injuries or production issues. But I’ll assume Polk gets healthy and really is as good as his HS press clippings and thrives under the new staff.
FB — Paul Homer — One of the easiest to call.
TE — Kavario Middleton — Could really blossom with a strong offseason
WR — D’Andre Goodwin — Also a sure thing.
WR — Jermaine Kearse — Had the best season of the frosh this year
LT — Ben Ossai — Still hasn’t reached potential
LG — Matt Sedillo — We’re thinking he makes the move from center to fill in for Jordan White-Frisbee
C — Mykenna Ikehara — Sedillo could make the move because of Ikehara, who drew huge raves for his play in practice this year.
RG — Ryan Tolar — A healthy offseason should get him back on track
RT — Cody Habben — It will be interesting to see all of these young linemen work under Jim Michalczik
DEFENSE
DE — Daniel Te’o-Nesheim — He’ll be UW’s most decorated player heading into the season
DT — Alameda Ta’amu — An offseason will really help all the young guys on the defense
DT — Senio Kelemete — No reason to think all the youngsters aren’t going to be really good
DE — Everette Thompson — Showed a lot in the late going and should win this job next season
WLB — Mason Foster or E.J. Savannah — Okay, I’m wimping out here. But this is where Savannah started in 2007 and where Foster started last year. With Savannah coming back, the new staff will have to sort out where to put everyone, or else just let them battle it out.
MLB — Trenton Tuiasosopo —- For now, I’ll assume he comes back for his sixth year. If not, moving one of the outside guys inside could solve the potential logjam
SLB — Donald Butler — He thrived at this spot after moving out of the middle midway through last season
FS — Jason Wells — If he comes back healthy — and he usually practiced once a week the last month or so — he could step right back into his old role. If not, maybe Quinton Richardson steps here if he moves from CB.
SS — Nate Williams — Another who the new staff may be able to get a lot more out of. But may have to work hard to hold off Victor Aiyewa
CB — Matt Mosley — Played well when thrust into the lineup this year before getting hurt
CB — Quinton Richardson/Vonzell McDowell — I think the secondary is one area where there could be some shifting of roles, so there could be a lot of change at these spots
Also, UW needs to find a new kicker and punter. Erik Folk is the only PK on scholarship but has battled injuries the last two years. There is no scholarship punter.
Q: Anything new on the defensive coordinator search?
A: Nothing substantive. But Rivals.com today threw out a new potential candidate — former Utah State head coach Brent Guy. Guy was the DC at Boise State and Arizona State before becoming head coach at Utah State. He was fired as head coach in November.
All for now.

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