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The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

February 4, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Breakdown by position

Here’s a look at how UW’s 2009 class breaks down by position:
3 tight ends,
3 defensive tackles,
3 safeties
2 linebackers (one also a possible defensive end)
2 cornerbacks
1 offensive tackle
1 receiver
1 quarterback
1 punter
1 defensive end
The obvious hole is the offensive line, something Sarkisian addressed in his press conference, saying there weren’t a lot of prospects out there that UW could get that he felt were worth getting.
“It’s one thing to fulfill a need with numbers,” he said. “We want guys who can really come in and play and the offensive line, this year is was not a year on the West Coast (for O-lineman). There wasn’t a lot of kids. And instead of just taking numbers at that spot and not getting better, we thought we’d take the best guy we could get at tackle (Daniel Mafoe) and maybe there are some position moves and other things that can get done (to improve the numbers on the line for next year’s team). And then next year will be a big year for us (to get OLs in recruiting).”
He reiterated that thought later when he was asked about priorities for the 2010 class and said it will start with the offensive line.
The other obvious question is why so many tight ends?
“In our system, that tight end position is critical,” Sarkisian said, saying the new offense will have a lot of “two tight-end, multiple tight-end sets. We need guys who are savvy and can move around and do different things, and we wanted to identify that need. And there is the possibility of position moves for these guys and maybe other guys.”
Sarkisian said any position moves won’t be decided on until later, saying the focus the last month had been recruiting and the coaching staff will gather again next week to begin planning for spring football.
There were also no RBs in this class as Sarkisian said he didn’t think there was an immediate need at that spot. However, he did say it would be important to get some RBs in the 2010 class.
ON THE SCHOLARSHIP NUMBERS — As I pointed out in an earlier post, there appear to be 88 players on scholarship with the returnees and the guys who have signed today. But all but one of the new players isn’t expected to arrive until the fall, so this isn’t an issue for a while to get down to the 85-man limit. I think they expect some attrition — a little bit is natural for any team, but especially for a new program — and they may also have some contingency plans with some of the new guys just in case. But I really don’t think they know that “player X” is going to leave the team tomorrow. It’s a common practice to oversign by a few and figure it will all work out later — Lorenzo Romar does it almost every year, as watchers of the basketball program know well.

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