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February 13, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Saturday night notes — track results, walk-ons and USC

Back from covering my first real Olympic event, though it wasn’t much on suspense — Canada’s women’s hockey team beating Slovakia 18-0. Fun, though, with almost 17,000 fans on hand, all seemingly wearing Canadian red.
Anyway, trying to monitor the football board here as best I can, so here a few notes and thoughts to pass along:
— Mixed bag for the two UW football players who competed in today’s Husky Classic indoor track meet. Jordan Polk ran the 60-meters in a time of 7.02 seconds in the prelimis to just miss the finals by a couple of spots. That was the same event in which Oregon RB LaMichael James finished third overall at 6.77. DT Cameron Elisara, meanwhile, failed to get a mark in the shot put, officially listed as fouling on all three attempts. You can get the full results here.
— I continue to get questions about what is going on with the USC investigation. It’s really very straight forward at this point — the school will meet before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions next weekend in Tempe, Ariz. Typically, results of those meetings are announced within a few months, and that’s what is expected in this case that the results will come in April-May or so.
— Also got a couple of questions about walk-ons and who may fill those spots at UW next year. I can think of one — Jake Locker. Remember, he now takes up one of those spots now that he has gotten money from the Angels. The way the rules work, UW can have only 105 players on its roster for the beginning of fall camp. UW seems likely to have 85 scholarship players, or real close to it. So that means 20 or so can come in August as what are “preferred walk-ons.” The roster expands to 115 once school starts, so however spots UW has then it can fill with more walk-ons.
Preferred walk-ons are called that because by coming to camp early, they have a better shot of actually contributing on the field during the season. Again, figure UW will have 20 or so. There are 8-10 or so that will be returners from last year, guys like Taylor Bean, Fred Wiggs, a kicker or two, assuming those guys return — there tends to be a higher attrition rate among walk-ons for the obvious reason that it’s hard enough being a college football player even if you’re on scholarship, that much harder if you’re not. Even guys like Greg Christine, put on scholarship last year, could potentially again be walk-ons. So UW will likely have 8-10 or so new walk-ons, all depending on how the numbers work out. The school cannot announce who those players are until they enroll — they remain recruitable athletes until they enroll. Word has leaked out about a few, such as defensive end Evan Hudson of Bothell. But one thing to remember is there is nothing binding a walk-on — they don’t sign anything — until they enroll. So it’s fairly common that a guy will announce he’s walking-on, then get an offer later and decide to take that, instead. Once I’m off some of the other duties I have I will try to do a more thorough job compiling who may be walking-on this fall.
All for now.



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