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January 11, 2009 at 5:39 PM

January answers, volume six

I’m making my way through them, and feel free to send more — either this or house work.
Q: If Jake Locker wanted to, could he apply for a medical hardship redshirt year for this past year? What are the rules as far as an injury (is there a point in the season that you’ve played too
many games)? When would he apply for the exception, after his senior season?

A: This was actually pretty well-covered a few months ago and the answer is no, he cannot get a medical redshirt year for last season. Locker did inquire as to whether he would be eligible for one. He was told he is not because he redshirted in what is considered to be by choice as a true freshman in 2006. Players have five years to play four and so 2006 serves as Locker’s redshirt season. The only possible way he could get another season would be to be granted a sixth year. Those are almost always given only in the case of missing two straight years for circumstances beyond your control, not willingly redshirting one year, then being injured in another (and Locker obviously didn’t miss the whole season, so he wouldn’t qualify in that regard anyway. Had Locker not redshirted in 2006 he would have been eligible for a medical redshirt this year because his injury occurred in what would have been considered the first 30 percent of the season (the limit was recently increased from 20 percent). But again, because he redshirted in 2006 it doesn’t matter. Once you redshirt once, the only way to get another one is to be granted a sixth year under the parameters discussed above. The best way to remember it is simply that players have five years to play four and that clock starts the minute a player enrolls as a full-time student and only extreme circumstances alter that.
Q: What happened to J.R. Hasty ?
A: He transferred to Central Washington where he rushed for 224 yards on 61 carries in seven games, with three touchdowns and a per carry average of 3.7 while battling a nagging ankle injury. This story provides some good detail on Hasty’s season and reports that he’s expected back at Central in 2009.
Q: Before the season pro scouts were saying Jordan White-Frisbee was a good pro prospect. Does he still have a chance at a pro career or have the injuries made it impossible for him to continue playing?
A: I haven’t spoken with him since the season ended so I don’t know exactly what his injury situation is. I would say that I can’t imagine any of the UW seniors helped their draft status much this year. White-Frisbee was definitely on the radar before the year started, however, and I would imagine that if he is healthy enough he’ll go through the process and get some looks. But one scouting report I found projects him as an undrafted free agent. I’ll try to get some comments from draft experts soon on the UW seniors.
Q: Has Nick Holt said what kind of defense he plans to run at UW? A 4-3 or a 3-4?
A: In between “awesomes,” Holt said at his press conference the other day that he plans to run something similar to the 4-3 that USC has operated the last two years. Holt also ran a 4-3 as head coach at Idaho. However, he does have experience with a 3-4. During his first year as DC at USC in 2006, the Trojans used a 3-4 in part to take advantage of an abundance of good linebackers — Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing, Keith Rivers and Dallas Sartz. Cushing actually spent the whole year as a stand-up rush end in what the school termed a “3-4 Elephant defense.” With Sartz gone after that season, USC returned to a more traditional 4-3 look. So with UW appearing to have a lot of veteran LBs back next season with the return of E.J. Savannah, maybe Holt will experiment a bit with some different looks.I’m sure we’ll learn a lot more about all of that in the spring.
All for now.

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