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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

April 14, 2009 at 9:25 PM

April answers, volume two

On to our second set. …
Q: Is Tobias Togi getting any reps in spring practice? What happened with Vincent Cordova, I don’t see him on the roster? Both Togi and Cordova were teammates with Senio Kelemete and Luther Leonard in High School (Evergreen).
A: Togi is a walk-on who is working with the backups as a fullback. He has gotten some work with the No. 2 unit at fullback, including during the scrimmage Saturday. Paul Homer is pretty entrenched as the starter so I don’t think Togi can get that spot. And Austin Sylvester has appeared to get the majority of the reps as the backup. But Togi has shared time at times with Sylvester and appears in the running to at least get on the field in some capacity this season. As for Cordova, you are right that he is no longer on the roster. He was a walk-on last season and it is not uncommon for walk-ons to not return, even when there isn’t a coaching change. So I don’t know the specifics behind his decision, but being a walk-on isn’t easy under the best of circumstances.
Q: Just wondering if there is anything new on jerseys and what your thoughts were on introducing black into the scheme? Florida State has a black jersey with gold pants that could look kinda cool? Any thoughts?
A: There’s nothing new on the uniforms other than what I have reported previously — they are looking at altering them for the 2009 season and Scott Woodward has said they are likely to have more of a “traditional” look along the lines of what UW had in the 1980s, meaning deeper colors and stripes. As for black in the uniforms, since they say they are going back to more of a traditional look I don’t see that happening.
Q: What is the mission statement for this blog? There seems to be confusion who is allowed and what content/opinions are ok to post.
A: Not sure where that confusion is coming from. Shouldn’t be from us. This is a blog intended to disseminate information about the Husky football team and serve as a place for fans to converse about the team. As long as people adhere by the rules set forth in the Times guidelines their comments should be just fine. For the record, I don’t have anything to do with setting the guidelines or approving or deleting comments — that’s done by editors here at the Times.
Q: As we all know, UW played several true freshmen last year and the program will feel the pain of this 4-5 years from now when they could be fifth-year seniors. Are there any plans to redshirt any of these players? I wonder if Everrette Thompson is a candidate with the depth at DE (Darrion Jones, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, etc.) Also, what about Senio Kelemete, Cody Bruns, or any of the RB’s? If they aren’t going to RS any of those players, how will the program get back to having many 5th year seniors starting?
A: As was well-documented, UW played 12 true freshmen last season (which in a way turned into 11 when Chris Polk got hurt and redshirted). That may cause some problems down the road. However, I haven’t gotten any sense that the new coaches are going into this season with the intention of redshirting any of those frosh who played last season. Doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but I don’t think there’s a specific plan at the moment to try to do it. All of the guys you mentioned — Thompson, Kelemete and Bruns — are contending for either starting spots or significant roles, so I don’t see any of them redshirting. If anyone does redshirt, I would expect it might be one of the running backs, especially the guys who are battling injuries — don’t forget that Brandon Johnson also has a redshirt year available to him if needed. So I could see that if the coaches see a player who is battling injuries and has a redshirt year still available that they might decide to redshirt that player. But I would doubt they would decide that until August when they see exactly what they have. As for the idea that you need a lot of fifth-year seniors to be competitive, remember that Sark comes from USC where they are pretty used to playing true freshmen — hasn’t seemed to hurt the Trojans to play guys early in their careers. In general, you try try to redshirt linemen, who it seems to make the most sense to give another year to get bigger and stronger, and UW did that where it could last year — Mykenna Ikehara, for instance, redshirted last season. As Sarkisian goes forward with his career I’m sure he’ll do what he can. But his ultimate goal is to field the best team he can each season. If he thinks the best team this season is with guys like Thompson and Bruns playing, I think that’s what he’ll do.

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