Thanks for the great questions. Will try to get to all of them in the next few days. Off we go with the first set for July.
Q: We play LSU here this year, so I assumed we’d be playing there next year. However, I’m not seeing them on any future schedules. I was kind of intrigued about making that roady with a senior Jake Locker and one year of Steve Sarkisian.
A: The return trip for UW to LSU won’t come until 2012 so there will be no Jake Locker for that game. Instead, there could be Keith Price or Nick Montana. While games are often scheduled in back-to-back years, they are just as often, if not more so, scheduled with a few years in betwee. It’s just wherever the two teams have openings and a desire to play. UW played at Ohio State in 2003 and the Buckeyes didn’t come here until 2007, for instance. UW played at Hawaii in 2007 and Hawaii won’t come here until 2011.
Q: Sporting News listed UW’s top five recruits as David Batts, Marlion Barnett, Nathan Fellner, James Johnson and Desmond Trufant. Do you agree?
A: I haven’t seen most of these guys play yet, so I’m not a real expert on recruiting, which is why I tend to leave that subject largely to others. However,based on what people have told me, I was a little surprised not to see Keith Price on that list. I think given his position, other offers (Arizona State, Utah, to name two) and the way he seemed to come on at the end of the season he could emerge as one of the top gets from this class long-term. However, I think the TSN list was mostly just taken from the way Rivals.com rated the players. Those who know seem to think Batts and Johnson could be two of the biggest immediate contributors and Trufant (CB) and Barnett (TE) could be, as well, given the lack of proven depth at their positions, so hard to arage with any of those. It seems the conventional thought is Fellner may need more time.
Q: Speaking of the tight ends, I’m excited about the signing of Dorson Boyce. But I wonder if there will be enough playing time for everyone considering that Kavario Middleton and Chris Izbicki are each just sophomores?
A: One thing to remember is that I think the new coaches plan to use the tight end position a lot, often using two at a time. To do that, you need three or four guys ready to go at all times, given the nature of the game with injuries and everything else that can crop up. Plus, Izbicki has yet to play and Middleton has just a year, so neither can really be considered a proven commodity yet. I thought UW definitely needed to get some depth there and a guy with a little experience like Boyce makes some sense to get a player who should be more ready to go. I know some of you are tired of hearing it, but this team went 0-12 last season so it needs talent and depth upgrades at every position.
Q: Which Pac-10 coach not named Steve Sarkisian or Paul Wulff was seen ordering a double bacon cheeseburger at a local ferry dock over the weekend?
A: Answer after the jump.