Dashing off a few more while the snow falls. …
Q: How did UW commit Keanon Lowe do last night?
A: Just in case you missed it, wanted to make sure to note that Lowe, who is expected to start out at WR for the Huskies, rushed for 310 yards and scored six touchdowns in the Oregon state 6A title game last night. Still, Jesuit lost 50-43 to Sheldon (details here).
Q: If Jake Locker leaves early for the NFL, will it hurt any of UW’s numbers in the GSR (Graduation Success Rate) or the APR (Academic Progress Rate)?
A: Not as long as he graduates within six years, and he says he’s on track to get his degree by the end of the spring quarter, so seems more than reasonable to expect that no matter what he decides it will not hurt UW’s academic numbers any. What matters way more than playing out your on-field career is finishing your academic career, and again, since Locker would likely do that, it would have no impact.
Q: Can you provide an update on the players that redshirted this year
A: Sure, and it really doesn’t take long as UW redshirted just six players this year, one of the lowest totals I can remember. In fact, it’s the lowest I can recall in any time since I began covering the team in 1997. Even in 2005, the last time the Huskies had a similar situation with a coaching change and a small recruiting class, UW redshirted more players, if barely, redshirting eight that season.
The six this year included just four who were healthy and able to practice — LB Tim Tucker, QB Keith Price, FB Kimo Makaula and TE Marlion Barnett. All appeared to progress as hoped this season, and all could step into playing time next season depending on how things unfold (obviously, Price’s situation depends largely on what Locker does). With Paul Homer graduating, Makaula will have a chance to step into time at that spot. Same with Tucker at MLB, where Donald Butler departs. And given the inconsistencies at TE this year, no reason Barnett can’t get into the mix there. He’s listed at 212, however, so he’s more of a receiver than a blocker right now.
The other two players who redshirted this year sat out after having surgeries to fix pre-existing injuries — DT Chris Robinson and S Will Shamburger. Shamburger was back doing conditoning work at the end of the season and just based on that, seemed closer to returning.
The Huskies will obviously have a lot more players than that redshirting in 2010, likely signing 30 or so players and with most of the key players off the current roster returning. It would be impossible to accurately say right now how many members of the class of 2010 will redshirt — a question I actually get a lot — as no one could know that now. But just a ballpark guess is that if 30 actually sign, that 20 or so will redshirt, putting UW back o the track of building a program with some long-term depth, something it hasn’t had for a while.
Q: What’s the budget for a Heisman Trophy campaign?
A: Not sure there’s any one set answer to that — all just depends what a school wants to spend. As with everything in college football, the bigger programs spend more. I got a packet with a DVD and a bunch of printed material featuring Colt McCoy a few weeks ago. And I got a calendar for Eric Berry of Tennessee before the season began. But these days, most of the communication is done over the Internet, which I would imagine holds down the cost quite a bit. Seems like most schools just build a web site to promote their candidate — as UW did last year for Jon Brockman on the basketball side — then send out a lot of reminders about the existence of that site. The questioner asked about Stanford and I didn’t really get anything from Stanford other than a few e-mail notices about Toby Gerhart’s progress. But if Locker returns next season, I would imagine UW will do something a little more elaborate in terms of a mail campaign.
Q: What are the plans for the blog now that the season is over?
A: Regular readers hopefully have realized that I try to keep it going throughout the off-season. Plans for the immediate future include just covering the news that develops — which this time of year mostly involves recruiting, though there also is inevitably other stuff that crops up. But I also have a few other ideas to keep things going. Those include position-by-position reviews of the Huskies, as well as 2010 outlooks for all of UW’s opponents. I also got a great question from a reader to unveil an All-Decade Team — even if this wasn’t the most memorable decade in UW history — so I will hopefully get that posted soon, maybe even tomorrow.