Scholarship numbers, Joe Montana, and more in this fun-filled edition. …
Q: So how many players does UW have on scholarship right now?
A: UPDATED As far as I can tell, they are at at least 82 — three under the maximum allowable 85 — counting all the freshmen who have made it in, plus every returning scholarship player from a year ago. However, that does not include the walk-ons who a year ago were put on scholarship (namely, Greg Christine). At the time, we were told those were year-to-year deals, and assuming they still are to give the team roster flexibility if need be.
I counted 27 of the incoming frosh, assuming that John Timu still grayshirts, though sounds as if there’s a chance he comes in now as he is on campus for the LEAP program right now.
The Huskies signed 30 players in February, at which time it looked like they could be a bit over the number if everybody made it in and all the vets returned. But as always happens in college football, there was a little bit of attrition (Chris Young and Darius Waters didn’t make it in and a few vets such as Mark Armelin and Tyrone Duncan either fell victim to grades or transferred).
Q: Do you think Joe Montana will eventually be hired on as another “strength” coach or even a QB coach at UW?
A: No. I think the last thing he wants is a full-time job. He made it clear in a recent San Francisco Chronicle article that he mostly just wants to hang around and be closely involved in the lives of his four children, and spend his weekends going to the games of his two quaterback sons — Nate at Notre Dame and Nick at Washington (and I think UW fans need to remember about Nate and not just think that Joe has just one son out there and will be a daily presence at UW or something.) By the way, a recent Internet article confused Nick and Nate and seemed to imply that Nick had transferred to Notre Dame. There’s no truth to that as it is Nate — who threw for three TDs in ND’s spring game — who is at Notre Dame, and Nick who is at UW.
Q: What time will the parking lots open up for the Thursday night UCLA game considering its a weekday and school is going on.
A: 9 a.m. on Aug. 27 if they know what’s good for them. In all seriousness, my understanding is that the plans for that day are still being formulated and nothing is yet official. But they plan to make announcements of the logistics of that day well ahead of time and I will pass it along here when it becomes available.
Q: I saw your post on the early spreads for UW games in which you also then added some of your own for those that Vegas hasn’t gotten to yet. It adds up to UW going 6-6. So is that your prediction for this season?
A: In a word, no. Lines on games are not predictions, but the attempt by Vegas to get essentially equal wagering on each side. When I added a few of my own, that’s all I was trying to do was guess at what the spread would be. I’ve consistently said I think this is at least a seven-win team this season. As we get closer to the season I’ll unveil an official prediction (and I’ll have my Pac-10 media poll ballot here in a few weeks, as well).
All for now.