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May 12, 2008 4:20 PM

Answers, volume one

Posted by Bob Condotta

Wow. Ask and I shall receive, apparently. Figure I'll tackle the easy ones you guys sent --- such as what's the meaning of life --- later. And since there were so many, I'll parcel these out a bit, as well. Also, some will take a little research. But keep checking back as I'll try to eventually (meaning in the next couple weeks) get to all of them.

Now on to the first batch:

Q: Does Jake Locker have a chance at earning any Offensive Player of the Year-type honors next year and getting in the Heisman Race?

A: Definitely on the first. The Pac-10 is wide open enough this year, having lost a lot of the big names from last season, that it's easy to envision that Locker could work his way into significant honors territory. At the moment, I'd figure Rudy Carpenter is the odds-on favorite for Offensive Player of the Year honors in the Pac-10. But he's far from a lock for something like that, and there aren't a lot of other proven QBs back (Arizona's Willie Tuitama is about the most notable other than Locker) and no returning 1,000-yard rushers. The leading receiver back is Brandon Gibson of WSU. So no reason Locker, if he improves from a year ago, can't get into that conversation. The Heisman is obviously a different matter and pretty dependent on winning big. Here's an early list of candidates . Locker certainly plays the right kind of schedule to get into the race with a lot of high-profile games early. If he were able to lead UW to wins over the likes of Oregon, BYU and Oklahoma by the third week of the season, he'd definitely be on a lot of lists. But getting that done is obviously a different matter.

Q: Who do you think will be UW's leading rusher next season?

A: Tim Lappano said in the spring he hopes it's not Locker as the preference is that they won't need to lean on his running quite as much this season as they did last year, when he rushed for 986 yards, the most ever by a Pac-10 QB. But at this moment, if you were placing odds, I would think the smart money would go on Locker. The RB spot is far from solidified, and it's easy to see where that could turn into a committee-type approach with a lot of guys getting carries. If Locker's in the 800-900-range, I would think there's a good chance that would make him the leading rusher in 2008. Besides Locker, the other obvious choice is Brandon Johnson, who will enter the fall as the No. 1 tailback.

Q: Same question about the receiver position.

A: This one seems more cut-and-dried as sophomore D'Andre Goodwin emerged as Locker's go-to receiver during the spring and has by far the most catches during the spring scrimmages, including seven for 109 yards in the spring game. He knows the offense the best of the receivers, and has established a good rapport with Locker (the two are tight off the field, as well).

Q: Which newcomer will have the greatest impact in 2008?

A: One obvious place to look is all the new receivers like Chris Polk, Devin Aguilar and Anthony Boyles. Due the need for immediate help there, those guys are going to have to play and will inevitably make their presence felt --- Polk and Aguilar seemed the readiest to do that by the end of spring. RB Willie Griffin also will likely get his share of work in the fall. But here's one easy to overlook --- PK Erik Folk. Given the health problems of Ryan Perkins, it would be little surprise to see Folk win the PK job. He showed a strong leg in the spring and seems destined to handle kickoffs no matter what. He needs some consistency on FGs, but if he gets that, he could get the starting job.

More to come.


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Posted by 2Tite4U FO SHO

4:41 PM, May 12, 2008

You guys are losers!!!!!

Posted by 2Tite4U FO SHO

4:44 PM, May 12, 2008

I'm still first!

Posted by Gabe

4:50 PM, May 12, 2008

Excellent start, Bob. How about Middleton as a potential newcomer of the year? Is the tight end spot just too difficult for any freshman to make that honorrealistic? And how about Ta'amu or another one of those frosh defensive linemen? And, as always, Troy must be destroyed.

Posted by Guest

5:55 PM, May 12, 2008

How about we delete posts that waste space on saying they are "first"?

Posted by 2Tite4U FoSho

6:19 PM, May 12, 2008

tanks BOB! You ROCK!

Posted by Jason

9:13 PM, May 12, 2008

Bob how about the odds of Victor Aiyewa starting/ making a huge impact early? I'm excited about this guy.

Posted by Ducks 45 Dawgs 13

9:16 PM, May 12, 2008

I have two questions:
1. Why replace the arrogant "Bow Down To Washington" song, it fits Husky fans so well?
2. After UW gets rocked at Autzen to open the season, do you see them re grouping and making it to a bowl game or going in the tank?
3. How is Jake going to be offensive POY with no O line, no receivers, and no running game?
4. What's the over/under on Ty keeping his job?
5. When will the admin. get smart and hire Moos?

Keep up the good work Bob (seriously, you run a great blog despite with the UW fans think)!

Posted by Ducks 45 Dawgs 13

9:17 PM, May 12, 2008

Sorry, two turned into five real quick.

Posted by Mike

10:04 PM, May 12, 2008

So your saying huskies are arrogant by being arrogant yourself?!

Your name is a as lame as that post!

Posted by *uck the *ucks (aka whoregon)

10:27 PM, May 12, 2008

That's a classic *uck education. You will lose at the landfill. FTd!

Posted by dawg4life

6:45 AM, May 13, 2008

A duck trolling a UW blog to call husky fans arrogant...priceless.

Slower than usual in your wonderful metropolis eh?

Just by the nature of the spread in your display name we know you 1) truly are a duck and 2) vegas can't wait for you to arrive.

Thanks for the answers Bob...keep them coming!

Posted by Samurai I Am Awry

7:49 AM, May 13, 2008

I am going to make a bold prediction about the Heisman Trophy from that list and say that even though he is the #9 candidate, Ryan Perrilloux will overtake the rest of the field by October - turning in Marcus Vick-esque performances - and never look back.

Posted by phinney ridge dawg

8:11 AM, May 13, 2008

That is a very bold prediction Samurai--which team do you think he will do it for. In fairness to heismanpundit.com, I think they posted their list before he got kicked off the team.

Posted by OrDawg

9:59 AM, May 13, 2008

Duck Boy,
I realize UO has a good journalism program...too bad they don't teach you to read too! They are not replacing BOW DOWN, you will still hear that plenty for the foreseeable future! Why don't you place money on your prediction! And considering you have nobody coming back on offense you better start thinking up excuses now. THe bright side is maybe daddy Phil will buy you a new Booster as president of the University to go along with your booster who is the AD!

Posted by Um... 56.5?

10:55 AM, May 13, 2008

Duck fan:
4. What's the over/under on Ty keeping his job?

The answer is that you clearly don't understand what "over/under" means. Go buy another lottery ticket and stop bothering us with your unintentional trick questions.

Posted by sawgrass

11:05 AM, May 13, 2008

i beleive the over under is the number of games 'coach' will coach this year.

Posted by Guest

12:30 PM, May 13, 2008

2Tite,
The 5:55pm post yesterday was not me, but someone posting under the same name I normally use...just for what it is worth...

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