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March 14, 2010 at 12:07 PM

March answers, volume two

A few more answers while Husky fans wait to see where the basketball team is headed:
Q: By my count (according to Scout.com), UW has currently offered 39 players for the class of 2011. As an avid follower of your blog and all things Husky, I might have missed an earlier post about this, but how many players do we (and other schools) usually offer, and what is the average return rate on those offers? This is the only thing I am thinking about at 1 a.m. in the law school library.
A: First, you’re confirming why I never wanted to go to law school. Second, there’s no limit to how many scholarships a school can offer, only how many scholarships a school can award. Teams often bring in 50 or so for visits — the limit of official visits a team can offer in a year is 56. Most players who take official visits usually have offers. So 39 wouldn’t be out of the norm at all.
Q: I hate to beat a dead horse, but how shocked were you when Ronnie Fouch decided to leave? It seems to me that being the backup to a very physical QB and the opportunity to be the No. 1 QB in 2011 would far outweigh starting now at a small, mid-west school. A lot of QB’s have made careers with only one season of NCAA success. Do you think he was afraid he wouldn’t win the job in 2011 or is there more to it?
A: I really wasn’t that surprised. QBs at all schools often transfer. Obviously, unlike any other position, being a backup QB mostly means not playing. No chance, most of the time, to rotate in or something. So it’s kind of all or nothing, and if guys see that they aren’t going to play, they want to go somewhere where they will. I think Jake Locker’s return may have been a bigger factor than anything else. With Locker returning, Fouch knew he had one year at the most, and would be gambling that he could win the job and be the starter in that year. Obviously it’s a personal judgment what is worth more — a chance to start at UW for one, or at a place like Indiana State for two. Fouch obviously preferred the latter option. I really think playing time is all it was in his case.
Q: Where do you see the biggest improvement for the team next year (IE – DB’s, LB, RB, WR)? I personally think with the experience of Desmond Truant and Nate Williams and the addition of a healthy Adam Long and Sean Parker, the defensive backfield could become more of a strength than a liability. Still young, but vastly improved.
A: I think that’s a good place to start. I would worry a little bit that it seemed like the secondary played its best late in the year when Jason Wells was manning the free safety spot, and he will be gone. That’s the one thing this secondary really needs is that steadying force leader back there — Williams is a good leader overall, but at strong safety, where he seems at his best, the on-field responsibility isn’t quite the same. But on paper, there is reason to think there could be improvement here, especially if Justin Glenn (who could emerge as a Wells-type player if not quite as big physically) gets and stays healthy, and the younger players you mentioned, and others such as Nate Fellner, continue to mature, or in the case of Parker, acclimate quickly.
I would also suggest the offensive line as an area that could improve markedly this season with four starters returning and the fact that they seemed to find some combinations at the end of the year that clicked.
Q: What team provides the most imposing threat of putting a bad beating on us? Oregon? They manhandled us last year?
A: This question was written before the Jeremiah Masoli news, which obviously greatly changes Oregon’s outlook. I think the hope at UW this year would be that the Huskies are finally to the point where they won’t take any bad beatings. Really, only the two Oregon schools and Stanford really beat the Huskies soundly last season. But to answer your question, I would probably point to the game at USC in on Oct. 2 or the Oregon game Nov. 6 as the two where the Huskies will potentially be significant underdogs.
More later.

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