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April 16, 2010 at 9:24 AM

April answers, volume five

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A few more answers to pass your way while — and remember the live chat at noon!!!!!
Though first, a quick note that Danny O’Neil of our staff is reporting this morning that the Seahawks have signed former UW receiver Reggie Williams to a one-year contract. Williams had a three-day tryout with the team this week.
Q: If Brandon Yakoboski (pictured at right in 2008 against Oklahoma) is finished at TB, and can’t play another position, a few questions. Does he stay on scholarship? If so, for how long? And, who does that leave at TB from that class? Seems as though there was a large number of TBs recruited in that class but they did not generally work out and left, mostly.
A: Players who can no longer play football for injury related reasons typically stay in school and receive medical scholarships. Basically, it’s the same as what they’d get for playing football but it doesn’t count against the 85-player football limit. This is true for all sports. One recent basketball example is Zach Johnson. Usually those scholarships are for at least four years. If a player is way behind or something, I think they try to work together to make it last long enough to graduate, but they also won’t let a guy just stay forever. But it helps the school, as well, as those players continue to count against the APR, so it’s for the good of everyone that the player stays in school and gets his degree.
You make a good point about his class. Yakaboski was part of the Class of 2007, when UW signed five tailbacks. If Yakaboski is forced to retire (we haven’t heard anything new in the last week but he is not at practice) it would mean four of those players are already gone — the others were Curtis Shaw, Willie Griffin and Brandon Johnson — with the other now playing safety — Nate Williams. But worth noting that Shaw and Griffin would probably still be here if they were in line to play regularly.
Q: What happened to the old football games they were showing on UWTV on Monday nights? Looks like they aren’t doing that anymore?
A: The point of that program on UWTV was always to showcase classic events in all of UW’s sports, not just football. So the recent emphasis has been on basketball. But a UW official said that there will be more old football games being replayed in later months.
Q: My question concerns Clarence Trent — do you think he may have stuck on the football team if Sark had put him at TE rather than DE? Seems like a less physical position where more basketball players have thrived.
A: Simple answer, no. I think if that were the issue, they probably could have worked it out to move him there. Sounds like Trent and the coaches all talked about it a few months ago so I think there was plenty of time to figure that out if that were the sole issue. A couple of us actually asked Lorenzo Romar about Trent yesterday and he said what Sarkisian had said earlier, that Trent’s heart just wasn’t in football. Romar noted that football can be a frustrating and challenging game — that unlike basketball, Trent couldn’t just breakaway for a dunk in practice when things got tough. I think if Trent had really wanted to keep playing they would have worked something out.
All for now.

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