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April 3, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Sunday links and notes — Focus on the offensive line

I touched on the offensive line a little bit in the blog post following Saturday’s practice, and focused on it a little more in-depth for my story for the Sunday paper.

Here are a few other quotes from UW OL coach Dan Cozzetto.

On establishing team chemistry this year: “I think we are a lot closer, but we have to make some decisions as to who will take over that right tackle spot. But I think we will develop our chemistry a little bit faster, especially with those two kids (Colin Porter, Erik Kohler) who played right away, they are going to be playing.”

On leaders of the OL: “The direction of the group will probably be centered around Senio (Kelemete) and (Drew) Schaefer, obviously, so it will come. It’s just who will be the quality backups behind those guys, who is going to be the right tackle, if it’s going to be Kohler or if we move him to left guard. So we are just kind of flipping around a little bit, but not as much as we had to the first two years.”

On having a better feel for this group now: “They are my own guys, guys who are coming up through the system, so I know a little bit more about them, they have gone through the strength program, been in winter conditioning, so they are much farther ahead.”

On trying establish roles earlier: “I’ll find five, but you are only as good as your backups so it’s always the what-if game — if Schaefer went down, who is your center? It’s going to be either Colin Porter or Danny Kanczugowski. I’m really reluctant to take Colin out of the inside, but if he has to do it he’s got to do it. That’s why Danny has to work hard and we need to bring another center along. Every position you have to talk about the backup, who is the best guy to replace the guy who starting right now?”

On being able to rotate more this year: “I would really like that a lot and get more guys involved in the game. You can do that with your guards. You want to make sure you maintain your center and your left tackle all the time, those are critical spots, but you can do some rotations at the right tackle and the guard spots. Hopefully we will get to that. We don’t have a lot of numbers right now so a lot of guys are getting a tremendous amount of reps, which is good. Getting more and more reps because we are playing 12 guys right now, that’s it, two groups.”

On the progression of Micah Hatchie: “It’s coming at him fast all the terminology all the calls and it slows him down. Hopefully he is going to play better next week and by the end of the spring his game has progressed a lot further than when we first started.”

On what alignment they would use if they had to play right now: “If I had to play tomorrow I’d go with Ben Riva at right tackle and Kohler at left guard and fill in the other blanks with the guys who are established.”

On the progression of Riva: “He’s a lot further ahead, and I think it’s just a matter of maturing. He’s carrying 300 pounds like it’s 250 and he’s running really well. He has to get used to the body that God gave him. He’s got tremendous long arms and he hasn’t figured out that he can reach and scratch the back of your head and not realize it. He’s got to utilize all the tools he was given, but I have no problem with Ben. He’s going to work hard and he comes from a good football background.”

On having to use a lot of different alignments last season: “The biggest deal was solidifying the center spot, and then all the sudden when we got that solidified we weren’t playing real well at the tackle spot, and then it was back and forth and just a situation that was tough. I don’t like taking my center out of there but he was my next best player at the time,

On the progress of all of the seven guys who signed in 2010: “(Strength coach) Ivan’s (Lewis) done a great job with them and they’ve studied football a lot and they are way ahead. It’s not like you are at Football 101 with them. They work at it, which is good. It means a lot to them and they study the game and that’s half the battle, how much time do they want to spend in my office studying video, watching the game. That’s what’s good about it, it’s a great football environment now.”

IN OTHER NEWS. …

Brandon Huffman of Scout.com reported that UW has offered QB Bart Houston of Concord (Calif.) De La Salle after he took an unofficial visit this weekend. He’s the fifth QB UW is known to have offered for the class of 2012, the others being Jeff Lindquist of Mercer Island, Jake Rodrigues of Rocklin, Calif., Travis Wilson of San Clemente, Calif., and Cyler Miles of Denver.

— GoHuskies.com wrote about Zach Fogerson, explaining in more detail the shoulder/neck injuries that held him out of action at times a year ago (remember, he was thought ready to make a big impact early in camp last year before being hurt, and was in red throughout much of the run-up to the Holiday Bowl).

— Here are some pictures from CoachSark’s site.

John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune columnized about Garret Gilliland.

— This isn’t football-related, but I figure most who read this may be interested in our report today on some changes in the admissions policy at UW.

Pat Kirwan of NFL.com says that on further review, Jake Locker should be a first-round pick.

All for now.

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