Assessing whether Chris Polk should be a Heisman candidate, Husky Stadium and recruiting. …
Q: The story in your paper on Monday on the renovation of Husky Stadium had me wondering a few other things, such as what is the section for the visiting fans, the band, handicapped seating, and are their any details on the football operations center?
A: First off, here is that story for anyone who may have missed it. Word is that there are still some seating issues up in the air, and all of the areas asked about above remain a little uncertain, though it’s thought the band will be with the home students. As for the football operations center, we have not yet gotten any real specifics on that.
However, this makes for a good time to plug the live chat we’ll have with UW athletic director Scott Woodward Thursday at 12:30 p.m. That will be a great opportunity for fans to ask those kinds of questions.
Q: Any studies or ideas on how the new stadium will be impacted based on sound. Husky stadium has been one of the loudest because of the design and will the new plans help or decrease the sound on the field. I would think that moving the students to one end of the field would hurt if the team is on the other end of the field.
A: In general, I think they think removing the track and having every fan now seated a lot closer to the field than they have been might make up for moving the students. The reality is that, while I understand completely why some people are upset about moving the students and feel the pain of future UW students who won’t get the same seats as their past peers, lawmakers in the state made it pretty clear they wanted Washington to pay for the renovation itself. Once it did that, the school had no choice to make some hard decisions. Those are pretty prime seats worth a lot of money and you pretty much have to figure out how to pay for the stadium before you worry about anything else.
Q: Will Chris Polk be considered a Heisman candidate in 2011?
A: What a timely question given that the Heisman Pundit just today released its first list of Heisman candidates for 2011. As you can see, there are 22 players on the list, but not Polk (pictured above celebrating the Holiday Bowl win in a Dean Rutz photo).
That list includes eight running backs.
Here is each of those listed and their stats from last year:
Montee Ball, Wisconsin — 996 yards, 163 attempts, 6.1 average.
Knile Davis, Arkansas — 1,322 yards, 204 att., 6.48, avg.
Michael Dyer, Auburn — 1,093 yards, 182 atts., 6.01 avg.
Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State — 1,532 yards, 262 atts., 5.8 avg.
Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina — 1,197 yards, 249 atts., 4.8 avg.
Trent Richardson, Alabama — 700 yards, 112 atts., 6.5.
LaMichael James, Oregon — 1,731 yards, 294 atts., 5.8 avg.
James White, Wisconsin — 1,052 yards, 156 atts., 6.7 avg.
Now, here are Polk’s numbers from last year: 1,415 yards, 260 atts., 5.4 avg.
Polk finished 13th in the nation in rushing (which is based on yards per game) with only James and Hillman of that list finishing higher.
So just based on last year’s stats, Polk would seem to have just as much of an argument for being in the discussion.
Most of the players on that list, however, play for teams that will be projected to do a lot better than UW entering 2011, and as has been detailed in numerous stories, eight wins is just about the minimum needed to seriously be considered, and more than that is generally needed to actually win it. Often times, these lists come down to guys who figure to put up big numbers for teams that will win a lot of games.
Also, if Heisman watchers look for a Pac-12 RB, they will obviously turn first to James, who already has substantial name recognition and plays for a team that will again be considered as a conference favorite and a potential national title contender.
It’s obviously a pretty big long shot, at best. But considering on the year Polk has, he could at least get on the lists (depending on how big the lists are, anyway).
Q: Any word on the college choices of Cody Kurz and Antoine Arnold?
A: The question refers to a couple of players once listed as having offers from UW — Kurz a DE from Ventura, Calif., and Arnold a WR from Temecula, Calif.
Arnold is reportedly headed to Arizona Western CC, and I assume that’s for academic reasons. Kurz also had some academic issues and the last stories on him indicated he might wait a while to see how things shake out and which schools may be interested (though he did not indicate UW was still talking to him). He also is apparently a talented baseball player and may just go that route.
All for now.