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December 22, 2008 2:54 PM

December answers, volume one

Posted by Bob Condotta

Off we go with the first set:

Q: Anything new regarding Tyrone Willinham's future coaching plans?

A: I'm not seeing anything. The one job still open he was rumored in the mix for is New Mexico State. But I haven't seen anything lately indicating he's a serious candidate. The local paper there is conducting a poll asking fans for their preference and didn't bother listing Willingham. The fan who sent me this question wondered whether Army might be a fit for Willingham. But I've never seen Willingham's name mentioned in connection with that job and the latest word is that Cal Poly's Rich Ellerson may end up there.

Q: Do you have any guesses or projections on position changes for the 2009 roster? Are there any changes you would like to see personally?

A: Let me preface this answer by saying these are all just guesses. Steve Sarkisian did throw out the possibility of position changes when he met with us last week. But he said they won't happen until the coaches review film not only of every game of last season but also practices. And with him finishing up duties at USC, I wouldn't think anything would be decided until after the New Year. But a few that come to mind are:

--- Alvin Logan to defense. He seemed to struggle to find a role as a WR this year but was an all-state DB in Colorado and made three tackles against USC on special teams and after turnovers, impressing some observers with his skills in that area. At 6-2, 218, he's bigger than Chris Stevens, so maybe he could have that kind of role.

--- Luther Leonard to WR/DB. The old staff promised him a look at QB, but those things go out the window now that a new staff is in place. Leonard is an impressive athlete, but some I talked with who saw practices this year thought his future was probably at another position, especially with UW likely to bring in at least two QBs this year, including Keith Price.

--- Quinton Richardson to safety. Richardson was moved from safety to CB by Ed Donatell, who wanted a bigger look at the corner spot. The new staff may look at Richardson's obvious athletic gifts and struggles in one-on-one coverage and decide he could move back.

--- Johri Fogerson to RB. Again, this is all just a guess to answer the question so don't hold me to these if they don't happen or post elsewhere that I'm writing that it's going to happen. But Fogerson from his comments seemed to prefer being an RB and with no one taking hold of that position last year, it's easy to think the new staff might want to take its own look at Fogerson in the backfield to see if he might be a better fit there, especially if other answers are found at safety (such as the fact that Jason Wells is due back from a redshirt season).

Q: Who was the UW President that hired AD Todd Turner?

A: Technically, it was Mark Emmert as Turner was hired in June 2004, a few months after Emmert came on board. But the process was already well in the works before Emmert was brought in so he wasn't overseeing the entire search and I think many believe it might have turned out differently if he had been. But officially, Emmert was the guy who hired Turner.

Q: I still don't quite get why E.J. Savannah lost a year of eligibility because he didn't play? Does Curtis Shaw lose a year as well?

A: Adam gave a real good answer in the thread, but I'll repeat it here. All athletes have four years of eligibility to use over five school years once they officially enroll as a full-time student--- that's how it is for all athletes in all sports at all D-I schools. (EDIT --- As a reader reminded me ---- and man, some of you guys are fast --- there are exceptions to this for church missions and military service. BYU obviously has a number of players each year who leave for a mission and later return). So Savannah's clock started when he enrolled as a full-time student in 2005. He redshirted his first season, played in 2006 and 2007, then sat out last year. So he did lose a season of eligibility last year and will be a fifth-year senior next fall. Shaw played as a true freshmen in 2007 then sat out last season, which can now serve as his redshirt year, so he did not lose a year of eligibility. He still has three years to play three seasons. Savannah could try to apply for a sixth year and he said he will look into when I talked with him last week. But he also said he won't assume he will get it and at the moment is approaching it as if next year is his final season.

More later.


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