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May 4, 2009 at 9:51 PM

May answers, volume one

Guess we’ve figured out one way to get a lot of activity on here — enflame the ole’ Husky-Duck rivalry.
Can’t promise as much excitement with this entry, but regardless, off with the first set of May answers:
Q: What are you hearing about Jesse Scroggins out of Cali? Have you heard anything regarding a timeline for his decision?
A: Scroggins, for those unaware, is the mutl-talented QB from Lakewood, Calif. who suddenly seems to have the interest of just about everyone in the country. He visited UW for a scrimmage the second week of spring ball and says he is seriously considering the Huskies. He also just received an offer from LSU. And according to Scout.com coaches from Notre Dame, including Charlie Weis, will be at his school next week. Scroggins told Scout.com, in a story published today, that “everyone is still even” but that Washington “is showing the most interest.” Scroggins told Scout.com that he hopes to make a decision by the beginning of his senior season. There are rumblings that UW may take just one QB in this class and obviously the Huskies are also recruiting Skyline High’s Jake Heaps as well as Nick Montana, the son of Joe. I’ve seen some conjecture referring to Scrogging as a fallback plan for UW should Heaps go elsewhere, but judging by the offers he has — Nebraska, Tennessee, Arizona, Arizona State, among others — he seems like a lot more than that.
Q: Do you agree with Steve Sarkisian that it won’t take very long to turn around UW? I think it will take one or two seasons. UW should win four-to-five games this year and then win seven or more next year. That would suggest two years. If UW/Jake Locker gets hot, they could win six games and go bowling which is essentially a one-season turnaround, especially with
so many starters returning again next year (vital ones too like Locker, all the other skill position players, and some good players on defense, especially Mason Foster and Nate Williams).

A: I think you’re referring to a quote in the Sportsline.com story the other day that said Sarkisian said he doesn’t think it will take long to turn the Huskies around. But I’ve heard Sarkisian talk on that subject — and asked him that question myself — and he doesn’t necessarily specify what that means in terms of wins and losses — and no one should expect him to. I know he thinks the team will play a lot better this year than it did last season, but he said one day whether that means four wins, six wins, more than that, who can really know? I agree with him there. I definitely think the Huskies will play better this year, and with Locker healthy and apparently progressing could definitely pull some surprises. I still see a bowl game a year away, however. But the Pac-10 is wide open enough, with enough teams having lots of question marks, that there is ample room to move up if a lot of things break right. As for 2010, I would agree that with Locker being in his fifth year, and a lot of other players maturing, that seems like a year when UW logically could get back to being a winning team again. But the schedule in 2010 is again rugged — here it is, and it begins with games at BYU, home to Syracuse and Nebraska, then at USC and Cal. Again, no gimmes there (Syracuse isn’t good right now but it also isn’t Idaho). But in general, I would agree that there seems to be some ability hear to get back to respectability within two years.
Q: What sort of numbers are you projecting for Locker? I’m thinking 18 TDs, eight INTs, 700 yards running and about 2500 passing with a 60 percent or more passing percentage.
A: That overall line won’t be easy but it also doesn’t seem completely out of the realm of the O-line makes improvement and gives him some time, and the WRs also progress a bit. The 60 percent won’t be easy, and I’d probably say more in the 55-57 range, though if he’s really improved his accuracy as much as it looked in the spring, then 60 could be doable. The interceptions you cite would also be a challenge. Locker threw 15 as a frosh in 2007. Even Mark Sanchez threw 10 last season. The rushing yards and total passing yards each seem well within reach. The TD number would be a huge leap from what UW had a year ago — the Huskies threw for just six. And a UW QB has thrown for that many just five times in school history and only once in the last 11 years — Cody Pickett’s school record 28 in 2002.

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