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July 22, 2008 12:22 AM

Alumni updates

Posted by Bob Condotta

With NFL camps about to kick off, there's starting to be a lot of news on ex-Huskies out there, though we'll begin with a former Dawg now playing baseball:

--- Scott Hanson of our staff caught up with former UW quarterback Johnny DuRocher, who had been steadily working his way up the Mariners' farm system but is temporarily sidelined with an elbow strain.

--- Former UW linebacker Joe Lobendahn has moved his way into the starting lineup for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (it's about halfway down this story).

--- Silver and Black Illustrated has some good pre-training camp assessments of the Raiders roster, which currently includes four former Huskies. First, here's the outlook for the team's QBs and RBs, which includes Marques Tuiasosopo and Louis Rankin; followed by a look at the receiving corps, which includes Marcel Reece; and finally, a look at the defensive line, which includes Greyson Gunheim.

--- And wrapping it up, a Dallas Cowboys beat writer ponders the future of Isaiah Stanback among many other issues in this mailbag.

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Posted by MelloDawg

1:42 AM, Jul 22, 2008

You'd hope to see Stanback on an NFL roster somewhere, he certainly has the arm and mobility, but can he play the position well enough?

I get the feeling he does have a career as a CFL megastar though.

Posted by purpledawgz

6:57 AM, Jul 22, 2008

For those of you truly hardcore college football fans, compare yourselves to "Mama". This is definitely a bit of a ligther read as we count down the days until Aug 30th (or even Aug 28th).

http://community.foxsports.com/blogs/Lisa%20H/2008/07/13/The_House_Rules_for_College_Football

Posted by mutt

8:26 AM, Jul 22, 2008

Stanback can really throw the long ball, but I watched game after game with him screwing up the short pass.....think he was trying to guide it rather than throw it, he throw passe's right in the ground that I could have made .

Posted by Seattle Dave

9:07 AM, Jul 22, 2008

Stanback is not even trying to make the Cowboys as a QB, they have him as a WR all the way.

Posted by dawgdayzofsummer

9:24 AM, Jul 22, 2008

Gunheim is considered an underacheiver in college. According to Scout he was only a 2 star athlete that was not rated nationally. Amazing he saw the field let alone gets invited to an NFL tryout.

Posted by Husky Fan In New York

9:37 AM, Jul 22, 2008

Gunheim was a 3 star recruit per rivals (usually Scout is higher on West Coast guys though) and he had some other pretty good offers (Nebraska and UCLA).

I think people (including me) loved his measurables and thought his ceiling could've been higher than 6.5 sacks after he had 6 in 2006. Certainly a red-shirt year would've helped so maybe a team will keep him on the scout team for a year or two while he gets bigger/stronger.

A lot of attention will be on Randy Hart this year since he'll have 3 new starters on the DL and people want to see if he can still develop kids into great players.

Posted by Reality Check

9:52 AM, Jul 22, 2008

I personally feel Gunheim's lack of production last year was one of the biggest Husky player disappointments for me in recent years. He was a great athlete with some decent size and great speed. I recall him chasing down a return man from behind after running about 60 yards down the sideline in 2006. For a 265 pound dude, that was amazing. At any rate, I think the talent we had last year (especially on defense) was largely squandered. The defense was AWFUL, and I think at least 75% of that was coaching rather than poor talent.

Speaking of the defense, any word on how things are going with the conversion of Kirton to the defensive line? He seems to have tons of God given ability (size, athleticism, strength, etc.), so it would be great to see him put it to use somehow.

Posted by mfsthorn

9:56 AM, Jul 22, 2008

Anybody who saw Gunheim as a junior run down UCLAs punt returner from behind understand why the NFL will give him a long look. I always felt he played the wrong position in college. To me he was more of an "elephant" (the position that Charles Haley and former Husky Martin Harrison played with the 49ers) -- a combo DE/OLB who would line up in a stance and/or off the ball and then could rush the passer or drop into coverage. Either that or he should've been a TE -- based on his interceptions, the guy has hands. Plus, he was a RB in high school, so if not a TE at least an H-Back. I wouldn't be surprised to see him make a practice squad until they find him a position.

Posted by mfsthorn

9:59 AM, Jul 22, 2008

Bob,

You left off Craig Wrolstad -- he's the former Husky who now works as an NFL Side Judge that Sandy RInger profiled today.

OK, OK -- he wasn't a player, but he is a UW grad.

Posted by brockmandawg

9:59 AM, Jul 22, 2008

dawg, maybe you should review Gunheim's junior year performance vs Cal when he ran down a returner who has 4.4 speed. Anybody who has watched him on the field knows that he is a solid athlete.

Posted by Gabe

10:30 AM, Jul 22, 2008

I'm still saddened and confused by Gunheim's senior year. I liked him a lot and don't think he was simply giving up. I can't see that "underachiever" is a fitting label despite his disappointing play. Considering his natural talent, the plays he made earlier in his career, and the fact that he's now on a pro roster, I have to think a big part of his problem was traceable the schemes Bear had the d line running. Gunheim's angle of attack often took him too far away from the q.b. and offensive linemen seemed to be able to use his momentum to easily guide him around the pocket. I'm no expert on line play, but I would really like to hear what some of you who are think was happening with him. On another subject, wouldn't Stanback be an excellent CFL quarterback? Wonder if he'll end up there. Troy Must Be Destroyed (dangerous ducks demolished)

Posted by Seattle Dave

11:11 AM, Jul 22, 2008

I've always thought GG should've been an "elephant" like mfsthorn suggests or even just a plain old LB. He was too good at making plays in space (and too bad at sacking the QB for an alleged pass rush DE) to be played where he was played.

Posted by Reality Check

12:54 PM, Jul 22, 2008

The huge linebacker idea is very interesting. I picture kind of a Brian Ulacher (sp?) type of guy. I just feel like Gunheim had a motor and should have been a huge playmaker. He just wasn't coached and/or put in positions to use his abilities.

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