The NFL playoffs are set, and as it can be easy to lose track of who is where, figured I’d sort through all the rosters to detail the Huskies who are still in action.
In another sign of what’s happened to this program the last decade, it’s a short list. There are just three UW players on the active rosters of the 12 NFL teams still alive —- Isaiah Stanback, a backup WR with the Patriots; Mark Brunell, a backup QB with the Saints; and Tank Johnson, a starting DT for the Bengals.
Stanback could have a bigger role with the Pats due to the injury to Wes Welker. Brunell will obviously only play in an emergency. Johnson has been a mainstay of a surprising Bengal defense, with 13 starts and 29 tackles this year, each career highs.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— A reader reminded me that this year’s state Legislative session will be shorter than a year ago, ending in mid-March (last year’s was longer to write the budget). So that means any news on the Husky Stadium front will come before spring ball begins March 29.
— The news yesterday about Deontae Cooper enrolling early led to a few questions about how that impacts his eligibility. It doesn’t, really. He will still have five years to play four beginning this fall, just as he would if he enrolled in the fall. By enrolling early, he can count back a class (as part of 2009) for purposes of scholarship numbers. But he’ll still just be a true freshman in the fall of 2010. It’s no different than Chris Polk’s situation. If you remember, he enrolled early, then suffered an injury in the 2008 season that ended up in a redshirt, and was still a redshirt freshman this season.
— Scout.com is publishing daily reports on the Army All-American Bowl, though they are subscriber-only stories. Yesterday’s, however, included a mention of UW commit Sione Potoae being “the most consistent” of the defensive tackles.
— This Sporting News story says it’s tough to gauge the ability of players in high school All-American games.
— Lots of Pac-10 links from Ken Goe, including the news that WSU may play Oregon at Qwest Field next year.
All for now.