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May 11, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Live chat redux — and Sporting News ranks the Pac-10 QBs

Hope you were able to participate in the live chat with Steve Sarkisian earlier today.
If you were, you were not alone. The early numbers indicate this was about the most popular of the live chats the Times has conducted with local athletes or athletic officials, indicating again the high interest in UW football. There were more than 1,700 questions asked in one hour, which obviously made it difficult just to read them all. More than 60 got answered, but obviously that means an awful lot of them did not simply because there wasn’t time.
A few of the more interesting responses to me:
— I think there was actually a little bit of news there that BYU will hold something of a QB reunion when the Huskies go to Provo on Sept. 4, as Sark said specifically that Jim McMahon, Steve Young and Ty Detmer, among others, will all be there that day (obviously along with Sarkisian, himself one of the more noted QBs in that school’s history). So that’s something that will only add to the atmosphere of what already loomed as a pretty intriguing way to open the season.
— Asked about the fullback position, Sarkisian said the three main players to expect there are Austin Sylvester, Dorson Boyce and Johri Fogerson. And yes, he meant Johri. As we’ve discussed on here before, just about any time you saw two backs last year, one of them was technically the fullback, and often that was Johri. So there’s nothing really new to this. But they liked what they saw out of Fogerson this spring, the fact he bulked up and improved his blocking, and that he can catch passes well. So as Sark said, they will try to find more ways to get him on the field this year. That obviously doesn’t preclude others from working their way into the mix there, and as he said, that will be a position where you will see a lot of different guys at different times.
— He was asked about the fastest Huskies, and answered Chris Polk, Deontae Cooper, Adam Long, Jake Locker and Jordan Polk. That’s a question I get often on the live chats I do, so for now, think I’ll just cut and paste this response.
— Yes, the answer about Locker being used at safety on passing downs was a joke.
— A couple of interesting comments about the future of the program as he said that the lines on both sides of the ball are where the Huskies most need to improve to get to where they want to be long-term. Then he said a little later that he thinks the OL and DL are the best positions in the 2010 recruiting class.
— He also reiterated what he said throughout spring on Kalani Aldrich and Everrette Thompson, that he expects each to be ready for the fall. And he said that if each is ready, that turns the DE spot into a strength. That was another indication of what has been some increased optimism about that position from where things were in late March when spring ball started.
TSN RANKS THE PAC-10 QBS: Also, some interesting stuff today from The Sporting News as Matt Hayes and Dave Curtis rank the Pac-10 QBs. Curtis has Locker first, Hayes second, behind Andrew Luck.

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