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April 4, 2011 at 10:01 PM

April questions, volume one

Here we go with the first set:

Q: Question about Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Michael Hartvigson — their height/weight is nearly identical. Do they look basically the same size?

A: You’re right that each is listed at 6-6, and Seferian-Jenkins at 250 pounds and Hartvigson 246. However, Seferian-Jenkins said the week before camp started he was more like 256, so that’s a little bit of a difference, and I think that is apparent on the field. Of the two, he looks like a little thicker, particularly in the upper body. That could also be because Hartvigson spent the off-season recovering from shoulder surgery, which obviously impacted his upper-body conditioning a little bit. He should be able to catch up on that over the summer.

Q: Does practice seem any different without Jake Locker around?

A: Certainly, it was odd the first couple days not seeing Locker quarterbacking the team. But constant change is one of the realities — as well as one of the most intriguing factors — of college football (and really, all sports). So it’s something you realize going into every year, that there are going to be a bunch of guys who suddenly aren’t there anymore. What always takes the most getting used to, from a practical standpoint, are the new numbers of new players, or simply old players changing numbers. You spend a lot of time looking at the roster early in camp.

And obviously, Locker’s departure has created the biggest storyline of the season — who will be his replacement and how will UW respond?

Q: Based on the history and current injury status of receivers this spring, what does the general consensus seem to be regarding whether Kasen Williams will get playing time as a true freshman?

A: Williams is one of those guys who is so talented, it may not really matter much who else UW has at that position — he’s going to get on the field regardless of the quality of the rest of the players. Some guys are just talented enough that they’ll play right away in any situation, and Williams looks to be one of those guys.

Jermaine Kearse could be a pre-season All-Pac-12 player, and Devin Aguilar is a solid No. 2. But the rest of the receiving corps is a little unsettled, and there’s more than enough room for Williams to get on the field. Comparisons to Reggie Williams are obvious, though it would be hard for anyone to match the numbers Reggie Williams put up as a frosh in 2001 (55 catches, 973 yards)— and also consider that focus of the offense isn’t the same now as it was then. But few would be surprised if Kasen Williams has the most impact of any true freshman receiver since Reggie Williams.

Q: Although it’s probably not that important, in order to weigh physical progress, it would be nice to know actual heights and weights presently. Could you tell us when that information might be available?

A: Maybe not until a new roster is released prior to fall camp. The spring roster has already been released. Usually the fall camp roster is updated with measurements taken following spring ball.

All for now.



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