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August 20, 2010 at 4:53 PM

August questions, volume one

I can’t even remember if I had an August questions series going earlier. But even if I did, I’ll start it over with this edition. …
Q: Can you provide a depth chart of BYU?
A: A helpful reader noted that one is included in the preview of the Cougars. And if you want to compare that one to the current depth chart, check the BYU blog that I link just about every day. Almost every day it includes what the depth chart looked like for the Cougars that day in practice.
Q: Any updates on James Atoe? Are they playing him on the defensive side or the offensive line? I am guessing that he will be a redshirt this year.
A: He is playing offense, at guard. I think right now the best bet is that all of the freshmen offensive linemen other than Erik Kohler and Colin Porter are headed to a redshirt year. That doesn’t necessarily indicate anything about their futures — most OLs redshirt. But no reason to waste the year for little playing time, and so far, UW has avoided injuries up front and bolstered the depth with the return to full health of Greg Christine and the ability of Skyler Fancher to stay healthy so far.
Q: Are they going to close practices to the public starting a week from Saturday when they start game-planning for BYU?
A: Kind of. They don’t necessarily close off practices to everyone at that point — media and Tyee members are still allowed. But they are closed in the sense that not just everyone is allowed in by then, yes. That’s the same as they did a year ago.
Q: Can you give us a sense of what percentage of time Cameron Elisara is currently running at DE at this point, now that Everrette Thompson and Kalani Aldrich
look like they’re functional?

A: The last few days he’s been almost solely a tackle. Throughout camp he’s done a lot of end, as well. But as you note, if Aldrich and ET come back healthy, that allows them the ability to play Elisara more at tackle. But I imagine he will see time at both spots this year, depending on the matchup and the health of other players. Developing that sort of flexibility is why they started moving Elisara around in the first place.
Q: Is Lawrence Lagafuaina getting much time in scrimmages, and if so, how is he looking?
A: The one thing to remember is that just about everyone gets time in scrimmages. The reality is that the young guys get more than anybody as those are the guys they really want to look at. So it’s not the time they get that’s relevant, it’s with which team they are on when they do get on the field. Lagafuaina usually works with the third team and at the moment, I think it’s still borderline whether he plays this season or redshirts. I was leaning more toward the redshirt category until I heard Dick Baird on the air the other day guaranteeing that he will play this year. With Elisara primarily at DT of late, the starters have been Alameda Ta’amu and Elisara, the No. 2’s Semisi Tokolahi and Chris Robinson with Sione Potoa’e and Lagafuaina after that. I think Saturday’s scrimmage will go a long way toward determining redshirt decisions.
Q: Just curious, is there a formal process when someone redshirts (ie, “paperwork” filed with the NCAA) or do they automatically get an extra year if they don’t play? Also, when talking about JC recruits I often hear the phrase “has 3 years to play 2”. What does that mean?
A: Not really for guys who redshirt simply by not playing. I think there’s an assumption out there that there is a date by which redshirts have to be declared and all that. But there basically is nothing official. If a guy doesn’t play that year and has a redshirt year available, then it’s a redshirt year. There is a process that has to be followed for guys who play, then get hurt and want to try to redshirt. Coaches, however, often set their own internal deadlines for such things just to make sure everyone is on the same page — so that the players know what is expected of them that year, that sort of thing. Even then, though, later events can often dictate changes in initial redshirt decisions.
As for the latter question, that simply means the player has a redshirt year available. Freshmen arrive with five years to play four seasons. So three to play two just means that the player didn’t redshirt at the JC and has that redshirt year still available to him.
Feel free to ask more questions in the comments of this entry and I’ll get to them when I can.



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