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August 30, 2009 at 8:44 PM

LSU game week answers, volume three

As you may have deduced, the kids are otherwise occupied tonight. …
Q: I assume LSU will run a lot Saturday since they have two really good running backs and a young QB. How much is depth a problem on our D-Line? I know it’s an issue on offense, but are we deep enough (and conditioned enough) that the front four can still play with LSU in the 4th quarter?
A: The obvious answer is that none of us knows for sure until we see the team play Saturday. And as you note, LSU has a really good running back and two really good offensive tackles, so it may be faulty to draw conclusions about how good UW may be this year from just this one game (unless, of course, it’s to the positive). But speaking in relative terms, I think UW is deeper on the D-line this year than it was a year ago with all four starters guys who have started before, and one backup (DE Everrette Thompson) who has, as well. But it’s pretty young and inexperienced after that. Coaches were happy in camp with the play of three true frosh up front, and at this moment, it hasn’t been ruled out that all three could play this season. But true freshmen against guys as good as LSU has isn’t a real good recipe for success. I think the front four has a lot of potential to be a lot better this season, and that as the season progresses it could be a vastly improved group. But staying with LSU Saturday night could be another matter.
Q: Do you know if the UW-LSU game will replayed later on FSN or any other channel?
A: It won’t be on FSN since the original broadcast is on ESPN — FSN is no longer doing its own broadcasts of each game for replay, only replaying those games to which it has the original rights. So if it’s replayed anywhere, it would be on one of the ESPN channels. But I don’t have an exact time for that. And what I always suggest anyway is to tape the original broadcast. Replays are always susceptible to being edited and it often surprises me the stuff that’s taken out. So that’s what I always try to do is tape the original so I have it if I need it.
Q: Last year the Huskies opened the season with Jake Locker at quarterback, Paul Homer at fullback, and Chris Polk at tailback. At the end of the first half the score was Oregon 14 and Washington 10. At the end of the game Oregon had won by 44 to 10. This season the three are starting again for the Huskies. I expect a very different result as I believe each of them will have an outstanding year. But it is only wishful thinking unless Senio Kelemete and Drew Schaefer are able to be effective offensive linemen?. Do you have reason to believe they will be?
A: You’ve definitely hit on what is a key question for the Huskies this season, one that has been mentioned often here and by other media — the youth and inexperience on the right side of the offensive line. Neither Schaefer nor Kelemete has played a down of OL at the college level, so there’s going to be a lot of learning and growing to do over there. The hope is that those two mature quickly and that the other three starters, who all have substantial starting experience, can fill in the gaps in the meantime. The new zone blocking scheme could help there, however, as it puts more of a premium on teamwork rather than winning individual battles, something the young linemen may be more adept at in the immediate. Both Kelemete and Schaefer ascended to starting duty in the spring after the new staff took over specifically because the new coaches saw them as a perfect fit for that scheme. And Kelemete has won lots of praise throughout camp for his play. But some growing pains are to be expected up front, and depth is also a big issue.
All for now.

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