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November 24, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Apple Cup week answers, volume one

One new one, and a few leftovers from last week. And feel free to submit more questions on this thread and I’ll get to them throughout the week.
Q: What’s the TV situation for this week’s game?
A: The game will air live in the Pacific Northwest on FSN-NW. Outside of the Northwest, you’ll have to check your system to see if it’s available. I have the basic Fox Sports package through Comcast in the Seattle area and I didn’t see it listed as being available on any of the other FSN channels on Saturday so I don’t know if it’s available on anything other than FSN-NW. The game will have the usual FSN broadcast team for Northwest games of Tom Glasgow, Mack Strong, Jason Stiles and Angie Mentink.

Q: If Jake Locker leaves for the NFL, who do you think will win the QB job from what you have seen this year out of Ronnie Fouch and Keith Price or would you give Nick Montana a legitimate shot to win the job in the fall? Is Luther Leonard in the mix? I haven’t heard much about him..Any other guys besides all the previously mentioned that might be in the mix?
A: About the only sure answer to any of your questions concerns Leonard — he was moved to receiver last spring and is no longer a QB. As for the rest of it, Fouch has continued to hold onto the backup role all season, which would make him the No. 1 QB heading into spring if Locker were to leave.
However, I would assume that in that scenario, the coaches would then make it basically an open competition in the spring between Fouch and Price — the only other QB on the roster in any capacity is walk-on Taylor Bean. Montana will not enroll until the fall, and that’s asking a lot of a true freshman QB to come in and win a job in those circumstances. It happens, but not often, and I wouldn’t expect it in this case.
So I would think the winner of the Fouch-Price battle would be the starting QB if Locker were to leave. Most of what we see from Price in practice is him running the scout team, so it’s a little hard to judge. That Price has run the scout team all fall, however, is another thing that would tip the balance slightly to Fouch, who has run the No. 2 offense all year, giving him a leg up on learning the UW offense instead of spending his weeks running the offense of the opposing team. No question Price is the better runner and offers more versatility. Fouch would have the edge in experience and knowledge of the offense. It would just depend on what way the coaches want to go with it should they be faced with that decision.
Q: Why do you think D’Andre Goodwin has all but disappeared? Are Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguillar good enough to play on Sundays?
A: I don’t mean at all to pick on your question, but I will use it to make a point that I think fans sometimes underestimate the impact of injuries. I’m not sure Goodwin has ever really been 100 percent all year, and I think that is the biggest reason he has had the season he has had, making just 12 receptions so far. Goodwin had hamstring problems in the spring, the first time the coaches had a chance to make an on-field evaluation of him, and was still bothered by them in fall camp, which helped him get off to a slow start. He then suffered a concussion on the last play of the Notre Dame game and missed the next week and was limited the following week or two and has just one catch since.
Certainly, the quick maturation of some of the other receivers made the position a lot more competitive, so Goodwin probably wouldn’t have had 60 catches again even if he had been healthy just because the passes were going to be spread around more, anyway. However, I think the injuries are the biggest reason he has fallen behind the other three. He did frustrate the coaches by not running the correct route at a key time in the opener against LSU — a third-down play in the end zone that forced the Huskies to settle for a field goal in the late-going. But again, I think the injuries and the increased competition are the biggest thing.
As for Kearse and Aguilar, I do think each has a shot at the NFL if each continues to progress as they have. Kearse has good size and leaping ability and Aguilar is a really good athlete, and each has shown much more instincts for the position this season.
All for now.



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