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February 8, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Breaking down the quarterbacks

Now that letter-of-intent signing day is over and we know pretty much what the team is going to look like in 2009, I thought it worthwhile to review what the Huskies have at each position.
It’s also simply a good way to keep the discussion going on here during a time of year when there isn’t always a lot happening.
So we’ll start our off-season overview with a look at UW’s quarterbacks.
RETURNING SCHOLARSHIP PLAYERS: 3 — Jake Locker, Jr.; Ronnie Fouch, So.; Luther Leonard. RFr.
RETURNING WALK-ONTaylor Bean, Soph.
INCOMING FRESHMANKeith Price.
PLAYERS LOST — None.
RETURNING STARTERS — 2 (Locker, Fouch).
LOOK AHEAD — The lone silver lining to Locker’s injury last season is that it means UW now has both experience and depth returning at this spot for the first time in a while.
Locker has 16 career starters under his belt, Fouch eight.
Assuming Locker is back to full health for the spring — and all indications are that he will be — he will return to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart with Fouch as the backup. There have been rumors about Leonard changing positions, but coach Steve Sarkisian said on signing day that for now, that won’t happen. Assuming Leonard stays at QB through the fall, that will give UW four scholarship QBs next year, plus a walk-on who has seen some legitimate game action in Bean, who led a scoring drive against Cal in the season finale.
The key at this spot for next season is getting the QBs quickly up to speed on the new offense, especially Locker, who figures to be doing more pro-style stuff than he ever has before. The task for the coaches will be to make sure they still allow room for Locker to use his vast running skills. But Sarkisian has been adamant that he wants Locker to be part of the offense but not to have to be the offense.
The coaches will also have to work to get Fouch’s confidence back. He started out with some promising outings but seemed to regress as the season wore on and finished with 13 interceptions and just four TDs — none in the last five games of the season.
The coaches will also get their first real look at Leonard and by next fall, it should become clear where his future rests with this team.
Price’s arrival in the fall means the Huskies will, for the first time in a while, have a natural ladder of succession at the position with a fourth-year player, a third-year player, a second-year player and a first-year player.
As for the long-term outlook at the spot, the goal is obvious — get Jake Heaps as part of the Class of 2010. That could result in a nice handoff in 2011 from one Jake to another.

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