I’m at the airport as I type this, getting ready for the trip to San Antonio. The official media activities for the Alamo Bowl start on Monday and we’ll be there in time to offer full reports.
One of the UW storylines of the game is whether it will be the last in a Husky uniform for tailback Chris Polk. When he spoke to the media before the break for the holidays, he said he hadn’t made a decision in either direction and wasn’t planing to give it much thought until after the game. Conventional wisdom says he’s likely gone since he will have earned his degree and plays a position at which players aren’t generally encouraged to stay in college longer just for the experience, due to the wear and tear (I wrote about that end of it in this story a couple of weeks ago).
For my story for Monday’s paper, I explored a little bit the rest of the options at the tailback position besides Polk. If everyone gets healthy — and there’s really no certainty yet on Deontae Cooper and Johri Fogerson other than that coaches are hopeful each will be 100 percent by next fall — there could be plenty, and the most likely scenario is a tailback-by-committee approach. Certainly, more of one than UW fans have seen the last few years when Polk has had the third- and fourth-most carries in school history.
For now, that’s a question UW coaches say they’ll worry about later.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Here’s the report on how the Huskies spent their Christmas and the plan going forward, which includes taking in the Spurs’ NBA opener Monday night (though you’re forgiven if you’ve forgotten what the NBA is).
— And here’s some video of the team’s dinner at the Knibbe Ranch, which included a little bit more than just foot:
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— The San Antonio Express-News reports on the turnaround in Baylor’s athletic department from some dark days a few years ago.
— The San Antonio Express-News also offers a notebook of Baylor-related items.
— The Express-News also details how Polk could be the key to the game, noting how vulnerable Baylor’s defense has been at times this season.