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July 22, 2008 9:45 AM

July questions, take three

Posted by Bob Condotta

Off with another round. ...

Q: So, anything new on the AD search?

A: Officially, no. Scott Woodward is still the acting AD and said late last week his status hasn't changed. Many around the school are assuming Woodward will do the job for another year or so and that that could be announced sometime soon. However, at least one source indicated that Bill Moos may still be in the running. Moos has never commented publicly on the Washington position. Through his lawyer, he said several times earlier he had not been contacted. But his name has continued to circulate through the rumor mill. A UW official said this week that UW president Mark Emmert will not comment on the search until it is completed and said only that the search continues.

Q: You want a question? Please tell me why the Huskies won't be a surprise team this year? 7-5 or 6-6 is definetly possible with the development of Jake Locker.....even with the young RB's and WR's, I can see Jake's leadership gettting the Huskies at least 5, possibly 6 wins this season.

A: My first response would be that I don't think 5-6 wins would be viewed as much of a surprise. UW is being picked 6-7-8 in the conference, which is about in the 4-5-win range or so. But if you're asking me why not, I would say that UW is really young at three key spots --- WR, RB and DL. The latter is especially worrisome, but I wouldn't rule out the challenge that the youth at RB and WR may present. Sure, those guys look really talented and all, but there's still a learning curve there --- I remember Charles Frederick, one of the more heralded receivers UW has ever brought in, making zero catches as a freshmen. I know experience can be overrated at times, but I also think that college football is one place where it remains hugely important. There's a big difference between being 18 and never having played and 21 and having played in 30 games. I agree that Locker gives UW a fighting chance in every game. But as has been well-documented, he also needs to show that he is becoming a more accurate passer. That will be even more important this year, especially early, when the young guys will need to get some confidence. Locker and his receivers will need to take advantage of every opportunity. This is also now a program that hasn't had a winning season since 2003. There is nobody left on the roster who remembers going to bowl games and having winning seasons. The team will need some early success to get some confidence, and that obviously won't be easy against that schedule (and remember here, I'm not trying to be all doom and gloom, just answering the question).

Q: What is the status of Jason Wells?

A: He is expected to be ready to go for the start of fall camp after having surgery last fall to repair the knee injury suffered against USC. He sat out the spring but was often seen running stairs, etc., and I saw him during my trip up to a conditioning session. But the real test, as is the case with anyone coming off a major knee injury, is once the pads go on and the real hitting starts.

Q: How does Johnie Kirton like his new role at Dline and does he think he will have more impact there as a player? Any possibility Luke Kravitz plays DE?

A: Kirton said in the spring he liked it just fine. He was recruited by some schools to be a DL and there is obviously a lot of opportunity there, so he seemed intrigued by the possibilites. As for Kravitz, I can't imagine such a switch. He's a fifth-year senior --- guys usually don't switch in the fall of their final season. And he's the backup fullback, a pretty valuable position, so he's pretty needed there, I think.

All for now.

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Posted by fife

11:03 AM, Jul 22, 2008


Dont know if you already answered this but how many wins do you expect out of this team? Thanks.

Posted by HarborDawg

11:14 AM, Jul 22, 2008


your service to the Dawg community is incredible.

Thanks so much.

Pop the Ducks August 30th and we are well on the way to a successful 2008 season. Circumstances make the first game as important a season opener as I can remember in quite some time


Posted by BoiseTruth

11:17 AM, Jul 22, 2008

An unfortunately fair assessment Bob. But, we're due for some luck. So we've got that going for us, which is nice.

Posted by IBC2991

11:35 AM, Jul 22, 2008

The fact that Bill Moos' name keeps coming up is a joke, it just proves how uncredible the rumor circles are.

Bill Moos absolutely/positively won't take the UW AD job. His no-compete clause with Oregon is ironclad and pays him very nicely to comply with it. He is quite happy living on his ranch in Eastern WA, he enjoys being back near the WSU. (He worked for Oregon, but his heart never left WSU.)

Posted by MelloDawg

11:38 AM, Jul 22, 2008

Good lord, we should just have a dart board with plkayers faces and then darts with position tags on them. We'll throw them at the board to see which positions they'll play.

Posted by huskyfanforlife

11:56 AM, Jul 22, 2008

How is the secondary looking? Are players hitting the weight room and participating in the 7 on 7 drills?

Posted by Scott

12:21 PM, Jul 22, 2008

When will Coleman commit? That we be a great way to kick off that recruiting class. I realize you can't answer this and it's off topic, but I keep visiting the blog in hopes of seeing this happen soon. Hope it happens.

Posted by ILiveInHoth

12:30 PM, Jul 22, 2008

With the Sonics taking a hike will that move the state to step up to the plate in Husky Stadium renovation?

Posted by jh

1:20 PM, Jul 22, 2008

...Bob...what's your take on willingham's lack of recruiting results this (2009) year?...his typical Stanford/ND recruiting incompetence?...or media/fan negativity...

Posted by Bob Condotta

1:27 PM, Jul 22, 2008

On recruiting --- I addressed that last week and really have not much different to add at the moment. Check last Friday's blog for that.

On the coaching staff --- Looks like you guys already asked and answered those questions. Yes, Willingham lost three guys he brought with him to ND this year in Miles, Simmons and Baer so it is a much different staff than had there. Denbrock,who has been with Willingham since his last year at Stanford in 2001, is the only holdover.

Posted by SnohomishRick

5:26 PM, Jul 22, 2008

Boise, nice Bill Murray/ Caddyshack reference.


Posted by BoiseTruth

5:44 PM, Jul 22, 2008

Thanks Rick, good to see you on the board. How are you feelimg about this year? You up, down, or in between? (it wasn't near as good as your previous post, but ya can't go wrong with the classics - right?)

Posted by Cougsareback

8:56 PM, Jul 22, 2008

I'm a Coug fan. But I don't hate the Huskies.

But sometimes I don't get the gloom and doom by some of the Husky fans for this season.

Considering most of your losses you were either tied or winning going into the fourth quarter against the toughest schedule in America and its not like you lost any superstars. You should be excited about the season. Faster WRs, better RBs, experienced OL, and an experienced Locker????????? And a Pro Defensive coordinator taking over your biggest weakness??

I can't think of one game last yr where the Huskies were completely beat down. You just had a crappy defensive coordinator Couldn't hold a lead in the 4th. I laugh at these rankings that have Cal, Oregon State, Arizona, ahead of Washington. Washington can score with anyone with friggin Russo and Reese as WRs.

I just don't see it. People underestimate how good playing that schedule last season is going to help the team.

Posted by IBC2991

10:13 PM, Jul 22, 2008

Russo and Reese were both Seniors last year, they are gone. UW is completely unproven at the WR position this year, talent is debatably there but depth is a big question-mark on top of lack of experience.

Posted by Formerly Guest

11:14 PM, Jul 22, 2008

Snohomish Rick,
nice pick up. I missed that reference in BT's post. Thanks for catching it.

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