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April 16, 2009 at 9:13 PM

April answers, volume three

Another round, though first a couple links on the news of the day. Here’s our story for Friday’s paper with some more details on the potential move of the Apple Cup to Qwest Field, and here’s an updated story tonight from the Spokesman-Review that also indicates that nothing has yet been decided.
Now onto some questions.
Q: What happened to Dominique Blackman and Emeka Iweka?
A: For the uninitiated, Blackman is a QB from Carson, Calif, who signed with UW in 2008, Iweka a lineman from Rainier Beach who signed with UW in 2007. Neither got into UW for academic reasons. The new coaching staff this year essentially told Blackman it was no longer interested in him and he has now reportedly at Harbor Community College in southern California. Here’s a story on Blackman that mentions that he was asked by the new staff to switch to tight end and he didn’t want to do that so he decided to transfer. That’s not what Blackman told me when I talked to him about it, however, as he stated then only that he didn’t think the new staff really wanted him anymore. As for Iweka, he spent most of last year at Arizona Western JC in Yuma before reportedly being dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons late in the year. A spokesman there said Iweka had played sparingly for both injury and simple performance reasons prior to his dismissal. The spokesman said Iweka planned to return to the Seattle area. It’s uncertain what his football future may be.
Q: If we had to play LSU, USC, and ND in the next three weeks would the Huskies win?
A: Sorry, but no.
Q: Is Josh Gage still with the team? Haven’t heard a word about him this spring.
A: Yes, Gage is still on the team. He is just injured and sitting out so he hasn’t been able to do anything to merit mention. I don’t know the extent of the injury, however, but I’ll try to find out.
Q: Do you know if the players were allowed to call plays and formations on the field last season, both on offense and defense, to adjust to what the other team was showing? Any thoughts on if that will be part of the game plan this season? I’m still wondering if we just weren’t a little too predictable last year.
A: Yes, they were. Audibles are always built into game plans, and while I know the Huskies looked like a disaster last season, I don’t think they did things hugely different in that department. Jake Locker was given more responsibility in that area last year in his second season as the starter before being hurt. I think things were condensed a bit when Ronnie Fouch took over and became a starter for the first time. But all systems have built into them ways that the players can adjust to what they see. They might have looked predictable at times, but they also were just so feeble in every area I’m not sure the play-calling mattered a whole lot. If you can’t run it or throw it, it really doesn’t matter what the opponent thinks is coming.

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