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Thoughts on Pac-10 Media Day

If you hadn’t heard, Pac-10 Media Day was yesterday which means the release of the media poll.  This is how the media picked (via Bob Condotta’s blog):

1, Oregon (15), 314
2, USC (12), 311
3, Oregon State (3), 262
4, Stanford (1), 233
5, Arizona (2), 222
6, Washington (1), 209
7, Cal, 175
8, UCLA (1), 134
9, Arizona State 81
10, Washington State 39

This is pretty close to what I expected.  Of course, these things don’t matter at all but it does mean that football season is getting a little bit closer.  In recent weeks I had talked myself into thinking that UW could win the Pac-10.  For reasons that I’ll save for another day, I still think they can but this poll gives me a little dose of reality.  Most of these writers know more about these teams than I do and they are more likely to pick it correctly than I am.  I’m sure the Good Guys will have Pac-10 predictions up as the season draws near so I’ll save mine for them.

Maybe the biggest news of the day, as far as Husky fans are concerned, was the retirement of Alvin Logan.  Logan had a chance at being a starting linebacker on the team but suffered from knee problems that ended his career.  Watching him in the spring, I thought he was perfectly capable of doing a fine job at that spot.  With his retirement the job comes down to two people in my mind: Victor Aiyewa and Josh Shirley.  The coaches may say other players are in the mix but I think those are the ones to watch during camp.  We wish the best of luck to Alvin Logan as his life moves on.

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Spring Game Preview: What and Who to Watch

Bring out your rain jackets and head on down to Husky Stadium tonight!  The Huskies will be holding their annual spring game tonight at 6:30 and, despite the cool temperatures, it is sure to be a hoppin’ time!  3/4 of the Good Guys will be at the game and bringing you a recap afterwards.  After watching almost all of the spring practices I have a few recommendations on who to watch tonight.  Bob Condotta also filed a “Who To Watch” list that you can find here.  As usual, he does a fantastic job.  Here’s a few players (and a few other things) that I’ll be watching tonight (The obvious guys won’t be on this list very much.  Of course we’ll all be watching Jake Locker, Devin Aguilar, and Mason Foster.  They are awesome and there’s no disputing this.):

  • Deontae Cooper.  Cooper is one of the two freshman running backs who came in for spring practices.  Sadly, Jesse Callier won’t be participating; he had been very impressive too.  Deontae Cooper was my favorite part of the spring.  He has been absolutely fantastic. I can only remember one practice in which he didn’t break off a long touchdown run.  If he’s on top of his game today Husky fans will be in for a treat and you all will stop wondering why I keep writing about this guy.
  • Cort Dennison.  Before this spring the linebacker position was one to worry about.  I’ll write more on this later but, this is the spot where the most questions were answered for me.  As we saw last year, Cort is a pretty good player.  If he was a baseball player I would have rated him as a league-average player.  After watching him this spring I would say he’s above average.  He’s moved to the middle linebacker spot for this season and will be a steady stream of energy and toughness there.  Cort is a fun Husky to watch; I would say that you should do at least a little bit of that tonight.
  • The free safety position.  Nick Holt said in an interview yesterday that with the emergence of Will Shamburger and Nate Fellner, Sean Parker should be able to stay at his natural position of strong safety.  This means that the coaches have been very impressed by these two players.  They both show a few different things: Shamburger is good in coverage and Fellner brings the lumber.  Right now Shamburger is the starter but Fellner is right in the mix too.  Both of these guys will play a role next year.
  • The offense in short yardage situations.  The Huskies had trouble with this last year and Sark put an emphasis on getting more physical heading into spring.  Of course they will be going up against a depleted defensive line tonight but it will still be interesting to watch.
  • Alvin Logan.  Logan has had a good spring and is in the hunt for the 3rd linebacker position.  He’s very quick rushing off the edge and definitely looks the part.  I’m predicting at least one sack for him tonight.
  • Anthony Boyles.  A.B. started this spring with a bang but has since fallen off a little bit.  I think he’ll be ready to get out and play in a game format.  At times he looks like UW’s best corner, other times he seems to be lost.  He should get tested often tonight, I’m excited to see how he responds.
  • William Chandler.  I don’t know who William Chandler is, I don’t know where he came from and I don’t know if he’ll play much next year but this guy continues to make catch after catch in practice.  I imagine he’ll pull down a few tonight and people will ask who it was.

The teams will be the starting offense with the second team defense vs. the second team offense and the starting defense.  Basically, the one vs. the ones and the twos vs. the twos. 

The starting offense will be close to this: 

QB:  Jake Locker.  Keith Price will come in once Montlake Jake is done for the day.

RB:  Johri Fogerson/Deontae Cooper

FB:  Austin Sylvester/Dorson Boyce

TE:  Chris Izbicki/Kavario Middleton

WR:  Devin Aguilar/James Johnson/Cody Bruns

LT:  Senio Kelemente

LG:  Ryan Tolar

C:  Drew Schaefer

RG:  Mykenna Ikehara

RT:  Daniel Kanczugowski

The defense should look something like this:

DE’s:  Cameron Elisara and Talia Critchon.  De’Shon Matthews might be with the starters, I’m not sure.

DT’s:  Alameda Ta’amu/Chris Robinson/Tyrone Duncan

LB’s:  Alvin Logan/Cort Dennison/Mason Foster.  Expect Matt Houston to rotate in here too.

CB’s:  Vonzell McDowell/Quinton Richardson.  Adam Long may rotate in with the starters but I expect him to be with the 2nd team.

FS:  Will Shamburger

SS:  Nate Williams

Those might be a little off but they’re pretty close.  Enjoy and I’ll hopefully see you tonight!


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Huskies Position Overviews – Linebacker

Aside from maybe the defensive line, linebacker may be the hardest position to figure out on this team.  Two starters, Mason Foster and Cort Dennison, seem to have their spots locked down but the other spot is up for grabs at the moment.  Here is my depth chart, but this could change drastically by the end of spring.


  • Weakside linebacker:  Mason Foster, 6-2, 245, SR.
  • Middle linebacker: Cort Dennison, 6-1, 230, JR.
  • Strongside linebacker: Matt Houston, 6-0, 225, SR.

Mason Foster is pretty awesome.  He had a very good year last year and it’s a little sad to me that he’s a senior.  I still remember watching his high school highlight reel with my friend Derek while sitting in class.  Last year he played strongside linebacker and had some memorable plays, most notably the interception against Arizona.  This year he switches over to weakside because the coaches want to have their best linebacker at that position.  Switching positions shouldn’t be a very big adjustment for Foster and I expect him to be an all pac-10 caliber player this year.  This spring he needs to adjust to his new position and become a leader of this questionable front seven on the Husky defense. 

Cort Dennison started last year as a backup but with the injury of E.J. Savannah he became a starter.  Not only did he become a starter, he was a good starter.  Like Foster, Dennison will be changing his position as a linebacker.  He will shift over to the middle to fill the void left by Donald Butler graduating.  Cort is one of the best tacklers on this Husky defense.  Although him and Foster already know all three positions to a degree, he too will have to adjust to a new position this spring and will need to lead the defense from that middle linebacker spot. 

Matt Houston is a starter by default.  Whatever linebacker steps up as the third best of this group will be the starter regardless of the position.  Houston is very capable of winning this job though.  He has been in the program and should have a good handle on the defense by now.  Hopefully he steps up and shows that he can handle the job but he hasn’t seen much playing time.  It’s hard to know what exactly he can do.


  • Weakside linebacker: Jordan Wallace
  • Middle linebacker: Tim Tucker, Victor Burnett
  • Strongside linebacker: Alvin Logan

The depth here is very thin and young.  Jordan Wallace and Tim Tucker are red-shirt freshmen.  They both drew raves from the coaches in scout team work last year and each will have the opportunity to play.  Both came in as somewhat unheralded recruits but, in time, could become good linebackers for the Dawgs.  Hopefully that time will come sooner rather than later. 

Victor Burnett, a true freshman, is enrolling in school early to take part in spring practice.  He was a highly rated middle linebacker by most recruiting websites.  This spring he will need to adjust to the college speed and learn the playbook.  Burnett may have more talent than those in front of him but it’s difficult to learn a defense, get acclimated to the college speed, and when a position battle all at once.  I hope Burnett comes in and surprises but I don’t think he’ll come out of the spring as a starter.

Alvin Logan started his career here as a receiver.  He was moved over to linebacker last year and spent the year on special teams and learning the defense.  He could end up in the role Foster had last year as a hybrid SLB/DE.  He should have good speed and he has good size already.  The question is if he’s a good enough tackler to be a started.

Overall overview:  The Huskies have two good linebackers here but after that it becomes somewhat scary.  Between Houston, Wallace, Tucker, Burnett, and Logan you’d think that someone will step up and win the job.  It doesn’t matter what position the winner of this position battle plays because Cort and Mason are flexible.  There are not enough linebackers here and to make up for that some DB’s may be moved over during the spring.  The front seven of this defense is my biggest concern about this team and not even Mason and Cort can stop that.


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