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July 15, 2008 9:19 AM

Tuesday links

Posted by Bob Condotta

As the title says. ...

--- This is a day old, but here's a report from the Bellingham Herald on the final baseball game of the summer for Jake Locker.

--- Columnist Elliott Smith of the Olympian worries that UW's schedule this season will be the undoing of coach Tyrone Willingham. As mentioned here before, the toughness of the schedule this season is in part the result of trying to make last year's a little easier. When Willingham and Todd Turner assessed the program before the 2005 season, they thought the team would be ready to turn a corner in 2008, so they moved the Oklahoma game from 2007 to 2008, inserting Boise State into last year's schedule, instead (the Oklahoma and Notre Dame series were each agreed to before Turner and Willingham came on board). Here's a Times story from 2005 detailing some of Turner's thoughts then on trying to ease the 2007 schedule.

--- The Denver Post has this note on former UW assistant Bob Simmons deciding to make his home in the Denver area. Simmons was UW's tight ends and special teams coach the past three years before being fired after the season. According to the story, he has yet to find another coaching job but doesn't want to be considered retired and is still looking for one.

--- ESPN.com's Ted Miller has this list of the Pac-10's impact freshmen this season from recruiting expert Tom Luginbill. Included is Kavario Middleton with the comment that he is "a beast on both sides of the ball.'' Also on the list is UCLA QB Kevin Prince, who was a UW commit for a while. I agree with some of the commenters that I would expect Chris Polk to be UW's biggest impact frosh at the moment given the fact that he's already gone through spring ball and is at a position of immediate need.

--- Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com asks if defense really wins championships and concludes that it doesn't necessarily, pointing out that seven of the past 11 national titles have been won by coaches with an offensive background. He also breaks down head coaches by whether they were offensive or defensive coaches as assistants. Willingham goes on the offensive list as he was an RB and WR coach for nine years before becoming a head coach. However, he also has a varied background, having been a DB coach for the eight years prior to that and also serving as a special teams coach for nine seasons (a period overlapping the other stints).

--- Here's more on the sad news over the weekend out of Oregon on the passing of Todd Doxey. UW plays at Oregon in the opener for both teams Aug. 30.

All for now.

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Posted by Gabe

10:15 AM, Jul 15, 2008

Bob, thanks a bunch for explaining why this scheduling situtation is not the fault of the current coaches and administrators. I did not fully understand how this came about, and your explanation was very helpful.

On another subject, I was thinking about how tremendously difficult it will be for true fresmen to play their first game of the year, and first game of their careers, at Autzen. They will be faced with a truly hostile enviroment and a very good team. Huge step up from h.s. ball. That being the case, does anyone have predictions as to which true freshmen will (a) start or (b) play at all against Oregon? My guess as to starting would be either zero or one, Middleton, but I'm far from confident in this guess. Also, will anyone venture a prediction as to where Fogerson will fit in. Is he going to end up at running back or safety? Will he redshirt? Troy Must Be Destroyed (dissembling ducks demolished)

Posted by fife

10:36 AM, Jul 15, 2008

So, the team isn't ready to turn the corner in 08? I mean, this is year 4 for Ty, shouldn't he have this team ready to play and compete?

Posted by Ralph

10:38 AM, Jul 15, 2008

I can't imagine why teams aren't beating down the door of Bob Simmons. So what if he contacted the NAACP when he was, and Ty was about to be fired? His special teams were top notch!

Posted by 2Tite 4U FoSho

10:57 AM, Jul 15, 2008

first

Sup? Been kicking some nintendo butt, ya'all.

Posted by Purple Kaya

11:21 AM, Jul 15, 2008

ot only tough for the true frosh, but also RS FR as well to play their first game at Autzen.

True freshman who I think will play are Chris Polk (probably start), Boyles, Aguilar, Middleton, and 1 or 2 of the defensive linemen (Ta'amu, Thompson, Noble).

RS Fr I expect to see at least on special teams inlcude Logan, Izbicki, Yakaboski, and Dennison.

I think Fogerson will redshirt and move to safety, giving him two years of separation from Nate Williams and Victor Aiyewa.

Posted by Fouch Potato

11:27 AM, Jul 15, 2008

The difficulty of playing at Autzen will make our victory that much sweeter. Their fans can't improve Costa's throwing, and they surely can't tackle Jake Locker. Neither will their over-hyped defense that gave up 30+ points 5 times last year.

8.30.08 - it can't come soon enough.

Posted by Dawgfan1

12:05 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Interesting question re: freshmen playing in the opener @ Autzen. It seems many of the freshmen and RS freshmen will play during the season, but TW will probably try to limit the number who play in the opener. That being said I definitely expect Polk, Aguilar, and Logan (RS) to play as well as Willie Griffin and Yakaboski. Middleton and Izbicki will both likely get some time. It is a little harder to predict who will emerge as reserves on D-line. My guess is Ta'Mu and Noble (if eligible) and possibly Thompson or Aldrich.

Posted by kirkland duck

12:19 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Fouch Potato:

Your comments are spot on. You are right. The Huskies will probably win. Costa probably can't throw. Locker will probably be unstoppable. The media is probably all wrong about how good Oregon is. The media is probably all wrong about how bad Washington will be. Vegas oddsmakers probably have their heads lodged up their....

Oregon's returning defense is SUPER over hyped... So what if they shut down USC last year when they needed to. Big deal if they held Michigan to a touchdown. Who cares if they stopped ASU to get a big win. Can you say OVER RATED??!!

Here's a fun idea, let's just see what happens on August 30th. I'll be there watching. I'll be at the The Cooler beforehand prefunking, and then again after the game celebrating. You are welcome to join me!

Posted by Husky Fan In New York

12:22 PM, Jul 15, 2008

The schedule again is very tough, especially if one goes by the names, but it isn't impossible. Though they are very good, BYU is still a Mountain West team and Notre Dame will be .500 at best. Plus, both are @ Husky Stadium. Oklahoma will be nasty and their OL the best in the country so they are sort of like when Ohio State came last year. No gimmes like Syracuse. Out of BYU and ND, we should beat at least one of them.

However, where the schedule is definitely easier is the Pac-10 slate. In the Pac-10, only Stanford and Cal will be better, maybe Arizona. ASU will be about the same, maybe slightly better, while USC, UCLA, the Yucks, OSU, and WSU will all be worse due to graduation, early NFL entrees, and injuries. We went 0-5 against the teams that will be worse while I think we'll beat Stanford at home and split with Cal/Arizona (meaning win at least one) on the road. We are very capable of beating UCLA and OSU at home too.

As for who will get on the field as a true frosh, I would say Chris Polk is #1 by a long shot. He was in for spring ball and is the type of playmaker we've been lacking at the slot WR and he can help make up for the missing home-run ability of Rankin.

Posted by virginsineugene

12:25 PM, Jul 15, 2008

bring on the virgins.

first college game ever.
away game against a former rival.
7pm night game, crowd will be jacked.
picked between 2-4th place finish in the conference, just loading the gun.

What does this mean. A learning expereince. How you like your crow?

Posted by duckswinbig

12:27 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Kirkland Duck - bring on the Cooler! love that place!

Posted by Designtime

12:27 PM, Jul 15, 2008

I just read the column for the Olympian. Who knew not wanting to take last was irrational?

Posted by ayn

12:36 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Well, I hear that crow is much tastier than Duck, but unfortunately all of us Huskies won't have a chance to compare - we will have to settle for spitting out the nasty taste of Duck at about 11:00 pm on 8/30.

Posted by seriouslybetterduck

12:41 PM, Jul 15, 2008

PS - stay away from trash talking RC, I know he is serious now. won't play golf anywhere near Auburn anymore, pretty scary dude.

Posted by Fouch Potato

12:45 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Kirkland Duck,
Thank you for your kind offer. I agree with you that the media is wrong about Oregon, some things never change, eh? Death, taxes, and Oregon being overrated. I just wish Oregon could be the best team in their own state before they start thinking of pac-10 title aspirations.

Do you have an extra ticket to the game? I'd love to go.

Posted by Seattle Dave

1:08 PM, Jul 15, 2008

RIP Todd Doxey and condolences to his family, friends and teammates.

Posted by bgus

1:15 PM, Jul 15, 2008

no link for Ted Miller's list.

Posted by Husky19

1:18 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Kirkland Duck and other Duckys,

You are more than welcome to join in the discussion on this board anytime; in fact, I like to hear from a different perspective. Cougfan is a really good representative of that.

But if you are going to get so defensive when Huskies on a Husky board say they are going to win, than you may be on the wrong board. What would you expect on a UW board??

I would like to hear why you think Oregon will be better than last year, given the lost of Stewart and Dixon. I agree your 2 corners are pretty awesome and so is your rover. That alone should allow your defense to be really good. But my hope is that your offense doesn't come around fast enough by the first game of the season.

Apparently Oregon is the favored team and by a significant amount. So the general consensus is that Oregon should win. But that is why we play the games because in football, anything can happen. Obviously for UW's sake we hope that we pull off the upset at Autzen and begin that long climb back to the top.

So please contribute something worthy and represent the ducks in a worthy fashion. Don't just validate all the negative thoughts and preconceived notions we all have about duck fans.

My condolences to the Oregon players family, what an absolute tragedy to happen to someone so young and with such a bright future.

Posted by BoiseTruth

1:18 PM, Jul 15, 2008


Tough story on Doxey. Good thoughts, and best wishes for his family.

Posted by Rough Dawg

1:21 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Yeah those "awesome" corners and rover allowed Jake to pass for over 300 yards last year.

Posted by 2003 dawg

1:22 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Bravo Husky19,

Well said...

Posted by Duxwon

1:46 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Scoreboard !!! Rough Dog

Posted by Husky Fan In New York

1:51 PM, Jul 15, 2008

You know, for QB in Costa who is coming off an ACL injury and has never started a college game, I'm surprised Yuck fans are so confident (no one ever accused them of being logical though). One of their potential starting RBs is coming off an ACL tear and the other has never played in a D-1 (let alone) Pac-10 football game.

And the Yucks' LB unit will be amongst the worst in the Pac-10.

FWIW, Nick Reed got 6 of his 12 sacks against WSU last year (who was down big at halftime and had to throw a lot) and ASU (who gave up the most sacks in the Pac-10).

Posted by old dawg

2:07 PM, Jul 15, 2008

In all sincerity, it was touching to read of the sense of loss and grief shared by the duck fans.

I know that there's a tendency to place blame and all in the wake of such a tragedy, but it's a great loss; simply a great loss apart from other considerations.

My heartfelt condolences to those that loved him.

Posted by Huskyforlife

2:23 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Don't forgot Red-shirt Freshman Quinton Richardson in the season opener. He looked pretty soild in the Spring Game. I expect him to start at CB.

Posted by Sam

2:28 PM, Jul 15, 2008

I remember coming to this board last year before the Duck/Husky game. You all were still ripping Dixon saying his fast start was a fluke. I remember quotes like "Are we supposed to believe your string-bean crappy QB from last year is all the sudden a Heisman quality QB? LOL!" etc, etc. The influence, coaching ability, and playbook of Chip Kelly cannot be ignored. He'll turn Costa into a top tier Pac-10 QB this year, just watch. Locker is an amazing talent, but his first experience to the noise and atmosphere of Autzen will be a lot to handle. Autzen + Superior Talent = 42-21 Ducks.

Posted by Gabe

2:28 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Is Bryon Davenport expected to make a contribution this year, or is he going to be eclipsed by new arrivals? Troy MUst Be Destroyed (ducks demolished)

Posted by Husky Fan In New York

2:38 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Ha, string-bean QBs are injury prone and look at what sadly happened to Dixon. Costa isn't that much bigger and is already coming off 1 ACL tear.

Posted by Sam

2:44 PM, Jul 15, 2008

"Ha?" Look what that string-bean did to the Huskys. 650+ yards of offense? LOL! If Costa is half the guy Dixon is, the Oregon offense will roll up 450+ yards this year, which should be plenty with our defense.

PS - Dual threat QBs are always going to be prone to injury. The string-beans, and the big thick guys who don't go down easy.

Posted by mfsthorn

3:12 PM, Jul 15, 2008

Umm, if Costa is half the player that Dixon was, doesn't that mean the Ducks will roll up 325+ yards of offense?

Posted by Sam

3:18 PM, Jul 15, 2008

I thought I was being generous to the Huskies, accounting 400 yards to the departed Dixon. ;)

Posted by jh

3:24 PM, Jul 15, 2008


..."As mentioned here before, the toughness of the schedule this season is in part the result of trying to make last year's a little easier."

...yeah...that's the ticket...it's not the putrid coaching and recruiting over the last three years that will sink willingham...it'll be the "schedule"...

Posted by ducktards

1:06 AM, Jul 16, 2008

Yeah, Dixonhismouth's play had nothing to do with being a senior. He was awesome before last year... Costa is not a senior, and has ZERO experience as a starter. He will have to learn the ropes. Meanwhile, Locker has faced at least 4 defenses better than the *ucks in SC, both OSUs and Arizona. He is fire tested and the experience will help tremendously. Costa, or whoever starts at QB will have the help of the home crowd, but he will have tough times too. This game will be very hard fought and closer than people think...

Posted by Formerly Guest

8:16 AM, Jul 16, 2008

Ducktards,

Love your name. Anyway, I am splitting hairs here...I can't say that UA had a better D than UO, but you could place UCLA there in place of them.

I agree with your point. Costa may turn out to be a fantastic performer over time, but Chip Kelly is not going to turn him into all-conference by September.

Posted by cdawg

10:48 AM, Jul 16, 2008

That article “dispelling” the “myth” that defense wins championships was stupid. The ratio of offensive-to-defensive coaches who have won NC’s 7:11 is exactly the same as the ratio of offensive-to-defensive coaches 42:66 (7:11). Writers should probably refrain from using statistics they don’t understand.

Posted by kdawg

11:19 AM, Jul 16, 2008

Sam and other duck fans: for those with short term memory, UO had a breakout fourth quarter. UW led after three. We scored 34 points. This year, everything possible is being done to prevent the fourth quarter breakdown through condition and player rotations. Plus, Jkae was successful against your D last season as scored points. Costa knows zilch about the Dawgs D, or the new what the new DC has up his sleeves. I'll take my chances at Autzen.

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