Another round. …
Q: Converting Antavius Sims to cornerback doesn’t make as much sense now as it did a year ago when we were desperately short at that position. Can you envision him on offense in a similar role to that of Johri Fogerson?
A: I’d agree that UW has more depth now at cornerback than it has had the past year or two — here’s my review of the secondary from the other day that lists the players at the position.
But given the recent state of the UW defense, I think it’s hard to say the Huskies are really stable anywhere on that side of the ball. If the coaches think Sims has a chance to be one of the best two or three corners that they have — and that’s a position whose importance is hard to overstate — than his value there is pretty great.
As to the latter part of your question, from what we know of Sims and his quarterback days at Ventura CC, I’m sure they could carve out a role for him on offense — and it sounds like they may experiment with that a little bit. But they recruited him as a cornerback for a reason, and if he proves he can help them there immediately, I think that’s where he will stay.
Q: Do the players record 40 times and measurements for vertical jumps?
A: The team does typically have a day where they measure players in these types of events — in the past I know it has typically been after spring practice. But they don’t usually make the results public (some leak out if a player says it or something, but there’s no mass release of numbers or anything like that).
Q: You posted a review of D Line recruits a while back. One of the quotes referred to a player’s skill in the “half man” position. What’s that?
A: At first I was going to be a smart aleck and say it was a typo. Then I remembered to what you were referring — the quote in this item on Pio Vatuvei that says he is good at attacking “half-a-man.” The reference is not really to a position but is a description of a way of attacking a blocker, meaning to one side or the other — or half of the blocker — rather than head-on. Here’s a more detailed description of what that means.
Q: Will UW get behind a KP (Keith Price) for Heisman campaign in 2012?
A: I don’t think they would plan anything at this point. If Price were to get off to a really good start against the schedule UW has to play the first six games — LSU, Stanford, Oregon, USC included in that group — then I would imagine they might do something. But I think the performance — leading UW to a win or two against the foursome of teams I just referenced — has to come first.
Q: Off-season workouts — what do they do?
A: I wrote a story on this a year ago that described the basics. I also wrote this blog post that went into more detail. In terms of the rules and general calender of what is allowed then, nothing has changed, so what’s in that story would still be the basics of what they are doing this year. When we next have a chance to talk to coaches or trainers I will ask if there was any change in the emphasis this year and pass it along.