Another round. …
Q: How many incoming recruits do you expect to enroll early?
A: So far, the only two who have indicated they will try to do it are running backs Deontae Cooper and Jesse Callier. If there’s anything bad about that, it’s that tailback is probably the team’s least worriesome position going forward, so maybe it’d be better if it were linemen or something getting the head start.However, Cooper and Callier enrolling early means they could count as members of the Class of 2009, opening up a couple spots in the Class of 2010, which helps. Nick Montana has said he will not be able enroll early, his transfer after his sophomore year apparently meaning he has to stay the full year to graduate.
Q: Do you expect any shakeup in the assistant coaching staff next season?
A: No. For one, Steve Sarkisian has stated emphatically several times he sees no reason to panic despite the recent losing streak. It’s clear that in his mind, it’s far too early to make any kind of determination that he needs to make a change in staff — I think that would be the case even if they somehow lost the last two. For another, every assistant has a two-year guaranteed contract (here are all the details on that). UW is obviously willing to spend what it takes when it comes to football, but finances also come into increasing play these days. So unless an assistant leaves willingly for another job — and that could always happen — I don’t expect any staff changes.
Q: Do you think the Huskies will go primarily to a one-back offense next season? If not, how do things look at fullback?
A: No. They plan to have the fullback be a significant part of the offense in the future, depending, as should be obvious, on the ability of the fullback. Paul Homer graduates after this year but the Huskies have several in the fold. Austin Sylvester is listed as the backup right now and would be a senior next season. Sarkisian this week raved about the play of Kimo Makula, a redshirting true freshman who is playing a fullback-role. And one of UW’s top-rated recruits is Zach Fogerson, who is listed as a fullback. As Sarkisian noted this week, any time UW has two backs in the backfield, one is in essence a fullback, meaning Johri Fogerson has played that role at times this year, and could into the future.
Q: Do you think that other teams don’t fear Jake Locker’s running tendency anymore in passing situations? If you take out his one run against Arizona he is averaging 1.8 yards a carry. Not much to fear there.
A: I doubt any opponent just looks at Locker’s rushing numbers and decides there’s no reason to fear his running anymore. That’d be a mistake. I still bet most opponents figure Locker running is as worthy of fear as anything UW has to offer. What I’m sure they have noticed, however, is that UW is using Locker differently and that he simply isn’t being asked to run as often. But I’d be shocked if any of them were saying ‘well, we don’t have to worry about Locker running.’ His rushing stats are obviously heavily impacted by the number of sacks he has been taking of late. But at any given moment, Locker can still take off and be as dangerous a runner as any QB in the country. I don’t think opponents are overlooking that.