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August 13, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Fall camp questions, volume one

I’ll try to answer a few here before heading up to what might be a wet practice on Montlake today. …
Q: I’d love a clarification on why Marques Tuiasosopo can’t be involved with on-field coaching. What limits exist? What NCAA rules/by-laws restrict his role and why?
A: The simple answer is that there are NCAA limitations on how many coaches you can have. Teams are limited to 10 full-time coaches — a head coach and nine assistants. Teams can also have two graduate assistants, and these are people who are enrolled in graduate school. UW has both of those filled. Schools can also have student coaches/interns, but these are also people who are enrolled in school — Tuiasosopo is not. So to get Tuiasosopo involved, he was hired as an assistant strength coach. This allows him to be on the field helping with conditioning and some organizational type of duties, but he cannot do any real on-the-field coaching. Here is the applicable page with the rulings on this from the NCAA Manual.
Q: From what you have seen and heard around fall camp, which position battle has been the most interesting since fall camp has begun?
A: It’s still pretty early to draw too many conclusions. But I would say that the tailback spot will be really interesting, to see if Chris Polk can stay healthy and hold off all of the other guys at that position. Johri Fogerson has looked so far like he likes being back at tailback and may really figure into the mix there. The safety position also looks really intriguing especially after the day Greg Walker had on Wednesday. It’s been easy to overlook Walker and assume that David Batts or someone else is going to take that job. But he showed Wednesday he’s a legitimate candidate to be a starter there. James Johnson has also thrown himself right into the mix at receiver.
Q: Are the players still drinking chocolate milk after practice?
A: Yes. I actually wrote about that near the bottom of this entry yesterday.
Q: Any comments on how the OL and DL are looking so far. Any noticable speed/size difference? You stated there have been a few good runs by the RB and I am just trying to get an idea if our OL is opening those holes or if its just the same story we saw last year with the DL.
A: This is really the hardest area to judge, I think, until they put on full pads and really do some live scrimmaging. So I wouldn’t feel comfortable making any real determinations yet. However, as has been well documented, most of the guys on the OL are slimmer with the exception of a couple of guys who wanted to get a little bigger (such as Drew Schaefer). I detailed all the weight gains and losses up front in this entry the other day. But one thing to remember — they run so many plays in a practice that there are always going to be some long runs, some not-so-long runs, some long passes, some interceptions. So I’d never try to make a judgment based on just a few plays here or there. We’ll have a much better idea of this in a week or so.
All for now.

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