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July 24, 2009 at 8:34 PM

July answers, volume 12

Another round, though I’ll first note that the winners of the ESPN state of Washington poll were as expected — the 1991 Huskies as best team. Don James as best coach and Steve Emtman as best player.
You can find the results here.
On with the questions. …
Q: Since JC players are in the news lately I’m getting curious about the admission standards. Is it GPA or do they just not accept some credits? Is there a ranking of Pac 10 schools as far as how hard it is to transfer from a JC? Curious where UW would be ranked.
A: These questions are not as easy to answer as some might think. As someone I asked about this said, there is no one single path that fits every player. Every player’s transcript is different, and UW more readily accepts some credits than it does others. In general, in-state JC kids are a lot easier to get in than out-of-state, but that doesn’t really pertain to football now since there are no in-state JCs playing football anymore. Also, there is a final step in the process that is key, which is the admissions board simply looking at a transcript and deciding if the student has a chance for success at UW. That step can’t be strictly quantified with any number, it’s just a decision that is made. And that’s a step that is potentially more problematic for JC kids than high school athletes because there is more of a track record for a JC student, meaning if he struggled at both the HS and JC levels there’s more ammo for the admissions board to deny him. As for ranking which schools are hardest to get in to, I’ve never really seen any. In general, however, Stanford doesn’t take JCs (and to answer those who questioned this, I said in general because as far as I can tell, Stanford hasn’t taken a JC in about 15 years), and UW, UCLA and USC take very few, and UW and UCLA are regarded as pretty tough to get into for JC players. Cal is a little easier to get in, especially for California JC kids. All the rest seem to recruit fairly liberally from the JC ranks.
Q: Everyone knows what Jake Locker brings to the table, and we expect our LB’s to be the strength of the D. What player do you see stepping up and having a great year that most don’t expect or maybe haven;’t have heard of?
A: I’ve generally assumed readers of this blog are pretty hard-core fans so I’m not sure I could name someone that nobody’s ever heard of before. But in terms of picking a few players who might show more than expected, here are a few:
Anthony Boyles. The way it seems everything has speeded up, it might feel like he’s already been around forever, when the reality is he’s a redshirt freshman this season. Sounds as if he’s been pretty diligent in the off-season about working on his game and he showed some big-play potential in the spring. If that continues, he could work his way into a significant role this season.
Greg Walker. He surprised in the spring by emerging as a co-starter at free safety with Johri Fogerson and seemed to have a nose for the ball. That will be one of the more interesting battles of the fall.
Justin Glenn. Another redshirt frosh, like the first two, who was a little of a surprise in the spring, emerging as one of four co-starters at one cornerback spot. Glenn and Walker are each examples that the 2008 Class may turn out to be the the best of the Tyrone Willingham era and isn’t confined to just the headline guys like Kavario Middleton and Jermaine Kearse.
Q: I was wondering how the walk-on process works. If five Steve Emtman clones enrolled at Washington and decided to walk on, would they just show up for fall training camp and wow the coaches or is there more to it than that? I guess I’m wondering if it’s an open tryout kind of thing or more by invitation, where a player asks permission to walk on in advance.
A: It’s kind of a combination of all of those. I think it’s getting a lot rarer that guys just show up that the coaches have never heard of before, however.. Generally, it seems as if a lot of the walk-ons are players the coaches have had some contact with in recruiting — kids who expressed interest in coming to UW that the coaches considered but decided weren’t worthy of a scholarship but said could walk-on. Those are the players who fit the “invited walk-on” category. Many players do send tapes to coaches and if the coaches see it and are intrigued enough, they may ask that player if he’s interested in walking on, another type of invited walk-on. UW did hold a tryout camp for walk-ons last spring and four or five or so were invited out of that, as well. And should be noted guys can’t really just show up and start practicing as anyone who practices has to be eligible, so they have to go through all those same processes as any other player. But you have to remember that teams can have only 105 total players for fall camp and 115 for the season, so they still have to be selective, even when it comes to walk-ons. And while they are always looking for the best players they can get, they are also looking for players who can fill roles of being good practice and scout-team players, so that always comes into consideration, as well.
All for now.

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