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July 21, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Numbers show it’s Sark’s team now

The dismissal of Kavario Middleton was newsworthy for a number of obvious reasons.
Here’s another to consider — with the departure of Middleton, there are now more scholarship players on the UW roster brought in by Steve Sarkisian than by his predecessor, Tyrone Willingham.
Of 81 known scholarship players (not including walk-ons who may be on scholarship) 41 were signed since Sarkisian took over as coach in Dec., 2008.
A couple of caveats to that:
— That number doesn’t include Jake Locker, now technically a walk-on after signing a baseball contract with the Angels;


— And I included every member of the Class of 2009 as Sarkisian’s. A couple did commit to Willingham, but as became evident, not all who committed to Willingham stayed put as Sarkisian pretty much came in and started over. So it’s fair to count those guys (which basically now is just Keith Price, Nate Fellner and Marlion Barnett) as Sarkisian’s.
Middleton became the 18th Willingham recruit who could still have eligibility remaining to leave the team since Sarkisian took over.
Here’s the list:
OL Mark Armelin
OL Allen Carroll
RB Brandon Johnson
RB Terrance Dailey
DL Tyrone Duncan
RB David Freeman
QB Ronnie Fouch
RB Willie Griffin
LB Kurt Mangum
TE Kavario Middleton
CB Matt Mosley
DL Craig Noble
LB Bradly Roussel
OL Matt Sedillo
RB Curtis Shaw
WR Vince Taylor
OL Terence Thomas
RB Brandon Yakaboski
A few left due to injuries, notably Noble, Yakaboski and Thomas. A few others left due to grades (Freeman, Dailey, Johnson). The rest left largely for playing time/had no real role in the program going forward.
Of the 18, Middleton looms as the only one certain to be a starter or a regular contributor in 2010 — hard to tell what the future would have held for guys like Johnson and Dailey, who played a lot in 2008 but surely would have fallen behind Chris Polk, the way everyone else on the roster at that spot did. Maybe you’d say Duncan was going to be a key guy this year, as well, as a backup at a spot where UW is lacking depth. And Fouch obviously would have been a nice insurance policy.
It also all speaks to how young this team remains — I count 47 players who will be freshmen or sophomores this fall.

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