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UW Huskies Offensive Preview

In 2009, the Husky offense was largely inconsistent, often showing excellent playmaking ability up until the time they needed to score on the goal line or keep a drive going late in the game.  The hope is this year they will find that consistency and become the high-powered threat that their talent suggests.

Quarterback

Starter: Jake Locker  Maybe you’ve heard of this guy.  Senior starter who passed up millions to try to lead his team to a bowl game and make a run at the Heisman trophy.  He could be the best quarterback in the country, but he does need to make improvements, chiefly with his accuracy.  Sarkisian has him aiming for a 70% completion rate and 3/1 touchdown to interception ratio, which would be a season for the ages.  He likely won’t quite make that, but there’s no bigger threat at the position in the country.

Depth: Keith Price & Nick Montana  The two backups are still fighting for the job, although it appears Price has pulled ahead for now.  Price is more of an athlete who has struggled with his accuracy at times.  Montana, son of Joe, has the smarts but maybe not quite the arm strength or physical maturity yet.  Price will likely backup on a game to game basis, but if Locker went down for an extended period, either might take over.

Analysis: If Locker stays healthy, it doesn’t get much better.  If he goes down, it’s hard to say what would happen with Price or Montana under center. Continue reading

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Huskies Practice Report – 4/15/2010

We passed the halfway point of spring practice today.  It was the Dawgs’ eighth practice of the year and they have fifteen total (including the spring game).  Today the team was in shorts, shoulder pads, and helmets; apparently taking it easy before the usual Saturday scrimmage.  It was an absolutely beautiful day in Seattle today and I might have come away with a sunburn, which is just fine by me.  Before heading down to the stadium I bought some iced tea and two Choco Tacos (Choco Tacos are the most under-rated snack/dessert of all time.  Seriously, I could eat 5 without any problem.  They are perfect for a warm day like this was.  Choco Tacos are one of those small things that you have to cherish.  Like the movie Zombieland has taught us, it’s the little things in life that make it grand and Choco Tacos are the grandest of the little things.  Go buy one.).  It felt like Summer and it was glorious.

There were no new injuries today.  Jordan Polk is still struggling with a hamstring injury and he played sparingly.  Cody Bruns and D’Andre Goodwin are also out so the depth at receiver isn’t very strong right now.

During drills today I tried to watch the offensive and defensive line more so that I’d have something different to report.  I don’t know a ton about the lines but I came away with a few observations.

  • Senio Kelemente is going to be really good.  He could become a pretty good NFL prospect by this time next year.  It’s clear he’s the best on the line for a number of reasons but when he does get beat by a defensive lineman (this hardly happens) the defensive players celebrate a little bit more.  Talia beat him once in a one-on-one drill today and then they went up against each other the very next play.  Talia got knocked down twice and never did get to the target.  Don’t mess with Senio!
  • Skyler Fancher still appears a step slow and rusty.  He is coming off an injury so I imagine that he’s still getting going but if he looks like this in the Fall I’m not sure how much he’ll play with the return of Cody Habben and incoming freshman.
  • Mykena Ikehara is pretty impressive.  He still looks a little small but he also looks like UW’s second best offensive lineman.  He can play either guard or center, right now they have him at center.
  • De’Shon Matthews was impressive today.  He beat Fancher around the edge 3 different times.  I’ve said this before but I don’t know why he was playing defensive tackle before.  I know there wasn’t much depth when Ty moved him but if he had stuck at DE I get the feeling that he really could have been something special.
  • Talia Critchon is still a little small but his speed is impressive.  If he puts a little more weight on I think he could be pretty successful next year.
  • After watching closer today, I’m a little more worried about Cameron Elisara’s speed at DE.  I don’t know if he can beat people around the edge but time will tell.

As for the rest of the team, it was the usual suspects who put up good performances.  Both of the freshman running backs put up some really solid, long runs.  It is worth coming out to a practice just to watch these two.  They will make you excited about the future of Husky football. 

The defense had it’s way most of the day.  I don’t recall a touchdown today in the team session.  The linebackers and secondary continue to impress.  If anyones trying to lock up their starting job by fall camp it’s Nate Fellner.  He continues to make good plays and more importantly doesn’t make any bad ones.  Will Shamburger also made some really good hits from the safety position today.  All of a sudden depth at safety looks to be a really strong point for this Husky team. 

Just a few more thoughts after the jump. Continue reading

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Huskies Position Overviews – Offensive Line

I realized I needed to step up the pace on these if I was going to get all the positions done by the first practice next Tuesday.  The offensive line is a little harder to gage on what these players need to improve for a variety of reasons.  One of them being that these guys aren’t talked about near as much.  Secondly, I don’t know as much about the offensive line as I do the skill positions.  Because of this, my format on this position will be a little different. 

Expected starters:

  • Tackles: Cody Habben, Drew Shaeffer
  • Guards: Ryan Tolar, Senio Kelemente
  • Center: Mykena Ikehara

This is close to the lineup that had that dominating performance against Cal in the season finale.  Cody Habben is a senior who has been a steady player for the Dawgs.  He will be out of spring practice with an injury but should have no problem getting back in time for Fall camp.  Although no position is safe, Habben has his spot pretty much wrapped up.  Drew Shaeffer is a red-shirt sophomore who started the last half of the year at tackle.  He is also solid and comes into the spring as a favorite for the position.  Ryan Tolar, a senior, has played just about everywhere for the Huskies.  Last year he was at center and did a commendable job.  A move to guard will help him become a high level pac-10 offensive lineman.  Jr. Senio Kelemente and RS So. Mykena Ikehara have the most potential out of this group.  Senio started his career at UW on defense and then was moved to offense last year.  Coaches have talked about moving him to tackle but for now he’s a guard and a good one at that.  Mykena Ikehara could have been the starter last year but he became very sick in Fall camp and lost a good deal of weight.  Ikehara played the last couple games and did very well.  He will be a very good center for UW in the coming years.

Backups to watch out for:

  • Tackles: Skyler Fancher, Mark Armelin
  • Guards: Greg Christine, Nick Wood, Scott Shugert

Skyler Fancher, a junior, was in competition for a starting job last year but then broke his leg in camp.  He is a solid player who will challenge Habben and Shaeffer for playing time.  Hopefully his recovery from the leg injury is complete.  Greg Christine, a senior, was a walk-on last year that won the starting job out of camp.  He struggled at times on the line and then broke his leg in a game.  The coaches like the guy and he has shown that he can play on this level.  Jr Nick Wood is another guy who was moved over from the defensive side of the ball.  He adapted quickly and played quite  bit by the end of the year.  He was very solid in the Huskies win against Cal and could challenge for a starting job.  Mark Armelin and Scott Shugert round out depth and, unless something bad happens or they have a spectacular spring, probably won’t see the field. 

Overall Position Overview:  The Huskies will have more depth here than they have had in years.  With 7 freshman coming in the Fall, the Huskies have finally begun to realize how important depth on offensive line is.  Unfortunately, those guys won’t be here until the fall but the starters we have, along with a few solid backups, make me believe that this group will be solid by the time September rolls around.  They improved throughout last year and there’s no reason to think that the improvement will stop this spring.

Andrew

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