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September 22, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Bye week questions, volume one

Questions on freshmen, recruiting and scheduling in this batch. …
Q: Besides Josh Shirley, which true freshmen could possibly see his “redshirt” being burned in the upcoming weeks?
A: None, really. Shirley was the only player that UW coach Steve Sarkisian mentioned this week as a possibility. The only other player Nick Holt mentioned was Andrew Hudson, but he then quickly said he really hoped they didn’t have to do it and would try not to. Obviously, a rash of injuries in the next few weeks could force them to have to pull a redshirt (and that DE spot would be the most likely given the numbers there). But other than Shirley, sounds like they’ll try to keep all the other players current redshirting as redshirts.
Q: How important is this bye week for the Dawgs in regards to recruiting? What do they emphasize during this time?
A: It’s important, but as coaches always say, recruiting is a 24-7 deal 365 days of the year and quantifying what is most important is always tricky since that can vary with each recruit. What the coaches can do this week, however, is see recruits play in person, something that is harder to do on game weeks. This is officially an Evaluation Period when coaches can have contact with recruits off-campus, so the bye week allows the coaches to hit the road and visit high schools, take in some games, and get face time with recruits. And having a bye and not having to game plan as much, I would imagine the coaches maybe had a little more time to spend on recruiting in terms of evaluating film, discussing options, that sort of thing.
Q: With a number of high level recruits in attendance of the horrendous Nebraska game, do you think UW’s poor performance will affect UW’s ability to sign those and other recruits?
A: First off, there were only four recruits there on official visits, not really a high number at all. But I really think the result doesn’t matter as much as fans might think. It’s more about the overall visit, the gameday atmosphere, the relationships the recruits build with coaches and players while on their visit, etc. Of the reports I’ve seen of the players who visited, none seemed to indicate the outcome of the game made much of an impact on them. The top-rated recruit to visit was Sacramento DT Viliami Moala. He raved about his visit to Scout.com, saying that he enjoyed the crowd and the atmosphere and giving no indication the score mattered. And you could argue that such a score could help convince kids that they can come in and play immediately, which for many kids can be as much of a deciding factor as anything else. So I wouldn’t worry too much about what the score of the Nebraska meant for recruiting.
Q: Given the news that Colorado is joining the Pac-10 next year, how much do you think the 2011 schedule will change. Specifically will the Dawgs play in Lincoln next year. I want to attend that game but I am thinking it probably won’t happen. Especially if we stay with the 9 conference game schedule. What are your thoughts on scheduling next season?
A: Good news — I think it will have zero impact on the non-conference schedule. There’s no reason the change in the conference membership has to change those games. UW already has three non-conference games set — Eastern Washington and Hawaii at home and at Nebraska — and nine conference games. So there’s no reason that has to be impacted at all other than the conference slate. Obviously, that is almost certain to be impacted with UW playing Colorado or Utah or both, replacing one or two of the current conference games scheduled. But that’s all that has to be done. And as for the Nebraska game, that’s a return visit for the trip the Huskers just made out here, so that wouldn’t change.
More later.

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