Monday, April 02, 2007

The Monday Morning Wash

I can imagine that most of you will be watching the championship matchup tonight between Florida, and Ohio State. This is a pretty rare matchup since a little over three months ago the same two schools battled it out for the national championship in football.

My first instinct is I hope they both lose, but since that is unlikely, I'm going with OSU because of Greg Oden. Sure he hasn't dominated in a game for awhile because of foul trouble, but the emphasis other teams place on him seem to take them out of their rythym.

Todd Turner has been "subterranian" in Cleveland this weekend interviewing candidates for the vacant Husky women's basketball coaching position. Looks like Seattle native Sue Semrau from Florida State has the edge in the battle for the job if the newspapers are correct. Expect a decision, or at least an offer early next week even though there really isn't any rush.

If you are a MLB fan the season starts today, and the Mariner's are going to be sporting a new look, and a revamped roster going into the season. To me the Mariner's are terrible when it comes to personel decisions, and once again I am predicting that Bavasi, and Hargrove are gone by June. The longer Lincoln, Bavasi, and Hargrove are in charge the longer it will take to rebuild the franchise. 110 millon for these guys?

Spring Sports

Washington (23-9 overall, 1-2 Pac-10) managed just one hit against ASU on Sunday — a leadoff single in the third by No. 8 hitter Lauren Green . Still the Huskies won their first Pac Ten game of the young campaign.

The Washington baseball team rallied from 7-1 down to draw within two, but couldn't complete the comeback as 16th-ranked Arizona State beat the Huskies, 8-5, Sunday to earn a 2-1 series win at Husky Ballpark.

Washington senior Amber Prange equaled her career-best with a 69 in the final round of the PING/ASU Invitational, Sunday, leading the Huskies to a 14th place finish at the three-day tournament. UW shot 19-over 307 in the final round and 63-over 927 overall.

The Washington rowing program showcased its depth Saturday, winning six of the seven collegiate races contested during the season-opening Husky Open Regatta on the Montlake Cut.
The top UW crews took the day off following last weekend's intra-squad Class Day races. The rest of the Husky fleet was impressive in their six victories, including five events in which Washington crews placed one-two. The annual slate of 2,000-meter races included collegiate crews from UW, Washington State and Western Washington along with several rowing clubs from throughout the region.

Spring Football Preview - Offense

Let's take a quick look at the offense today going into Spring practice which starts right after Easter.

Offensive Line

The good news is the Huskies have three returning starters, Jordan White-Frisbee is healthy and ready to play again, and some sophomores and redshirts are ready to vie for playing time in the rotation. Graduation took Walker, and Daniels, but Macklin, Ossai, and Garcia return.

At center there really isn't a true plan B behind Garcia right now even though Bush could fill in, and Matt Sedillo is being groomed for the future. It is critical that Big Juan has a big senior year, and stays healthy.

At the guards we are going to see some guys that haven't played much, or at all. Tolar was guy that could have contributed a bit last year so he is a favorite to grab a starting job this year. Bulyca is a junior that has been progressing, but he didn't see much action last year as a sophomore. Rosborough has size, and potential, but does he have the stamina to hold down a starting spot? Bush simply hasn't been able to put on the weight. Shugert, and Armelin look like guards to me coming in.

Jordan White-Frisbee is the guy the coaches are looking at to make a move for one of the inside spots if he can stay healthy. Jordan looks more like a tackle, than a guard, but the coaches want him to start where the competion is open for a starting job. UW likes all their players to be able to play all the positions on the line, so by Fall the best five will start.

Out at tackle you return two starters, Macklin, and Ossai, you have the addition of some depth this year with Mason, Habben, and Berglund. Berglund, and Habben are both ready to contribute this year so tackle looks pretty solid. Mason is a guy that can play inside and outside. A year in the weight room, and at the training table should have him ready to reach his potential even though he enters Spring still a little undersized.

UW had no depth last year on the OL, and the goal this year is to find ten players who can contribute and push each other.

Projected Depth

C Garcia, Bush, Christine
G Bulyca, Tolar, Shugert
G White-Frisbee, Rosborough, Armelin
T Macklin, Berglund, Eweka
T Ossai, Mason, Habben, Fancher

Tight End

Lot's of experience returning with Kirton, Gottleib, Lewis, Winter, and Williams returning. But non of them have broken out year and had a great season. Lewis is one of those Neu recruits that never really found a position, and he has been hampered by injuries. The same can be said of Walt Winter who has bounced between LB, DE, and TE. Little has been heard of Williams since the Chehalis native came to campus. Chris Izbicki is the new potential star on the block who the coaches feel is the complete package, but he won't be here till Fall.

Projected Depth

TE Kirton, Gottleib, Izbicki, Lewis, Winter, Williams

Wide Receiver

The good news is the Huskies return four 5th year senior receivers with lots of experience, Russo, Williams, Ellis, and Daniels. They get another healthy, and in shape senior in Marcel Reese back for his senior year to lead the unit. They brought in two freshmen who should see action right away in Aguilar, and Boyles. They have a third frosh who could end up at Safety in Logan.

On paper this is a pretty good group for Charlie Bagget to work with. What this unit needs is to develop some some star power, and they will count on Reese to supply it until Boyles arrives in the Fall. Yes, Boyles is good enough to make quite a difference if he qualifies.

When I look at Quinton Daniels I think Patrick Reddick who had a similar injury history, but came on strong late in his career. Russo had a decent year in 2006, and while he isn't spectacular, he adds much needed experience. Aaron "The Flea" Goodwin debuts this year and he is going to be an exciting player. Williams hasn't really come back since his injury at Notre Dame, he just hasn't been the same guy. Cody Ellis is a situational guy. I think you will see all eight of these guys play this year since five of them will be graduating this coming Winter.

Projected Depth

FL Reese, Williams, Ellis

SE Goodwin, Boyles, Daniels

SB Russo, Aguilar

Running Backs

The Huskies enter Spring with only two scholarship RB's on the roster Hasty, and Rankin. Kirton will get another look as a situational powerback. The future of this position arrives late this Summer when Johnson, Shaw, Griffin, and to a lesser extent Williams, and Yakaboski arrive. I expect the latter to to end up playing another position. Key to this Spring is Hasty regaining the style, and pop that made him a Scout team star his freshmen year.

At Fullback Homer, Kravitz, and possibly Sylvester will get the majority of the reps. Expect Kravits to get some reps at TB due to the lack of depth this Spring. Homer was a special teams terror as a frosh, and he should assume the mantle of full time starter at FB this Spring. He will have some competition from Sylvester and Kravitz. Sylvester is also a kid that could end up inside at LB before it is all said and done. Yakaboski could end up here, at TB, Safety, or at LB in the Fall.

Projected Depth

TB Rankin, Hasty, Johnson, Shaw, Griffin,

FB Homer, Kravitz, Sylvester, Yakaboski


I think it is great news that Willingham is going to open up practices this Spring, let's hope he also does it during Fall Camp, and early in the week during the season. This will give everyone the opportunity to watch one of the most heralded Husky recruits of all time Jake Locker. Locker will get the majority of the reps this Spring since Bonnell will be limited as his shoulder heals. The Huskies welcome a couple of new QB's this Spring in Fouch, and Clemmons. Having them here early will make the transition this Fall go a lot smoother. These guys will be able to practice, and play if needed without going through the usual spin a freshman goes through in Fall camp.

QB Locker, Bonnell, Fouch, Clemmons

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