Dawgman Insider Blog: July 2009

This weekend the Dawgman.com Show on Sportsradio 950 KJR will be on from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and we will have a special guest on with us...

Posted by Scott Eklund
7/31/2009
8:55 pm

The Dawgman.com Radio show will be on for it's regular slot tomorrow and we will have a special guest with us at 9:30...Washington Athletic Director Scott Woodward.

To tune in go to KJR's Website and click the "Listen Live" button...


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/30/2009
7:20 pm

7 on 7 notes from today (7/30)...

The good news is that Dominique Gaisie and David Batts are both in and were practicing with the team. I know some will be skeptical after what happened with Batts earlier this summer, but he said there was a misunderstanding so he had to go back and take another class that took a month to complete and that's why he left and came back.

There were over 50 guys out for the last 7 on 7 workout of the summer. The players will now take the next 10 days off before the beginning of camp on August 10th.

Spoke with Tyrone Duncan. He's at 275 right now and he said that even though the S&C coaches are working them hard this summer, they feel like they can keep going because they are in such great shape.

He said he will be playing nose tackle this fall. Said all of the linemen have taken it as a challenge with the new scheme that asks them to attack.

Talked with Curtis Shaw and he told me he feels much more at home at running back and he's glad he's back. Said he's feeling the fastest he's ever been and he's seeing things well. Said he missed the game while he was away and is glad to be back with his teammates and playing football again.

Both Batts and Gaisie looked good. Batts came up and played cover-safety a couple of times and used his hands well. He's about 6-3 and about 205/210 pounds. He has small legs, but he gets after it.

Gaisie is super-quick. It was fun watching him go up againt Jordan Polk and Devin Aguilar. A couple of times he was taken to school, but he more than held his own in one-on-ones.

Polk had the route of the day, going one way while Batts went the other. After Polk caught the pass and he and Batts were jogging back to the line of scrimmage, the rest of the DBs were laughing at Batts.

The only problem is...Polk did the same thing to two other players as well so at least two guys had to eat some crow.

For the most part the Defense appeared to have the better day, but the offense made some plays. QB Jake Locker escaped pressure from Daniel Te'o Nesheim and Cameron Elisara to throw a perfect bullet to Aguilar 25 yards down the field.

Shaw and RB Demitrius Bronson had the plays of the day.

Shaw caught a short pass and turned it into a 50 yard gain using his speed and vision perfectly.

Bronson on an outside run showed patience before turning up the field for a nifty 10-yard gain. Afterwards you could hear Locker saying "way to be patient 'D'".

That's all for now...hopefully we will know more on Daniel Mafoe's status (since Boyce is already on campus and Mahan has been cleared but isn't here yet).

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/30/2009
10:20 am

Sark and Butler notes from Media Day...

They were only up for about five minutes, but here's what they had to say...

Sarkisian

Excited to get started.

Excited about the schedule. Great time to be a Husky and wants to help raise the bottom half of the conference to make the overall conference better both nationally perception wise as well as for the rest of the conference.

Couldn't be happier than where he is currently coaching right now.

On the JC's -- Boyce is already on campus. There are still five guys who are planning to enroll next week, but still not finalized yet. A couple have already been admitted to the school, but he won't go into specifics until next week.

Noted there will be some similarities between USC and UW, but he wants to tailor things to the players they have on their roster. Specifically noted Jake Locker, Donald Butler, D'Andre Goodwin, Jermaine Kearse and Daniel Te'o Nesheim.

Said Jake Locker is an even better person than he is an athlete. Said that overall there is a mindset instilled within the team now that no matter what it takes they will put forth the effort to win.

Unsure of when things will get done with Locker and the Los Angeles Angels, but he expects them to get things done. Said he's proud of Locker for going slow and making sure he gets a good deal.

Said four of the first five opponents -- USC, LSU, Notre Dame and Stanford -- are all in the top 15 of the most physical schools in the country so UW has their work cut out for them, but he reiterated that he's excited about the schedule and to get things started.

Butler

Only one question for the senior linebacker and it had to do with the mentality instilled by the new staff...

"The biggest change is the fire and passion the coaches have brought day in and day out and how to be competitive in the Pac 10 year after year."

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Chris Fetters
7/28/2009
9:20 pm

Bradly Roussel update:
Roussel, who left Washington after spring football, has resurfaced at Northwestern State University, located in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He is on full scholarship, and is listed as a sophomore on their roster. The roster can be seen Here.


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/28/2009
7:00 am

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian and Donald Butler will be up at 10:00 am Thursday. Here's the full schedule for those interested...

9:30 a.m. -- Introduction - Jim Muldoon
9:35 a.m. -- Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott
9:45 a.m. -- Paul Wulff/C Kenny Alfred - Washington State
10:00 a.m. -- Steve Sarkisian/OLB Donald Butler - Washington
10:15 a.m. -- Rick Neuheisel/MLB Reggie Carter - UCLA
10:30 a.m. -- Jim Harbaugh/RB Toby Gerhart - Stanford
10:45 a.m. -- Dennis Erickson/OLB Mike Nixon - Arizona State
11:00 a.m. -- Break
11:10 a.m. -- Mike Stoops/FS Cam Nelson - Arizona
11:25 a.m. -- Jeff Tedford/TB Jahvid Best - California
11:40 a.m. -- Mike Riley/OLB Keaton Kristick - Oregon State
11:55 a.m. -- Chip Kelly/CB Walter Thurmond III - Oregon
12:10 p.m. -- Pete Carroll/FS Taylor Mays - USC
12:25 p.m. -- Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott

Fans can watch all of the media day procedings by going to the official conference website.

Lastly, fans can get involved this year via Twitter according to the Pac 10 release...

Questions may be submitted at any time leading up to the event or on the day itself. The best questions will be selected and asked by the webcast's host, Steve Physoic, who will be calling Pac-10 football games this season on Fox Sports Net. Fans can participate by tweeting their questions to: http://twitter.com/pac10.

That's all for now. Check back later for some recruiting tidbits I've been working on the past few days...


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/24/2009
10:30 am

Players each Pac 10 team can't live without...

Saw this on another blog for another conference and it got me thinking...who would each of the Pac 10 teams be in trouble if they were to lose them?

Here are the ten players I thought of...

Washington: Is there any question? QB Jake Locker was lost midway through the fourth game of the season last year and it was obvious the team missed his playmaking ability as well as his quiet leadership. Locker's legs currently are more of a threat than his arm, but going 16 of 18 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game show that he's progressing into being a complete quarterback.

Arizona: RB Nic Grigsby is the top returning offensive player on the Wildcats' roster. What would they lose if Grigsby went down? How about 1,153 yards and 13 touchdowns while playing in a pass-happy offense in 2008? Grigsby is perfect for the spread offense employed by Arizona and would be a huge loss for them especially now that sophomore QB Matt Scott will do his best to replace Willie Tuitama who graduated.

Arizona State: The Sun Devils always seem to have a great pass-rusher and for the past two seasons, DE Dexter Davis has been the man for ASU. He's posted 27.5 sacks in three season (21.5 over the past two) and he's a pre-season All-American. Davis is a player the offense always has to account for and he wreaks havoc from the start of the game until the end.

California: Cal is loaded with talent, but RB Jahvid Best is irreplaceable. He's the top Heisman candidate in the conference and he'll try and do better than the 1,580 yards and 15 touchdowns he rushed for in 2008 this season. With his speed and quickness, Best is a threat to take it the distance every time he gets his hands on the ball as Washington found out last season when he went for 311 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-7 romp over the Huskies to end the season.

Oregon: QB Jeremiah Masoli was a pleasant surprise for the Ducks in 2008 signing late with Oregon after leading CCSF to the National Championship as a freshman in 2007. Masoli wasn't a prolific passer, but what he did was lead his team by sheer will and determination. He didn't take over the reigns of the Ducks until about halfway through the season, splitting time with three other quarterbacks, but when he finally got the keys to the car that is the Oregon offense, he led them to a 10-3 record and a Holiday Bowl win over Oklahoma State . Without him to guide head coach Chip Kelly's offense, the Ducks would still be a potent offense, but he takes them to the next level and is the reason they could challenge USC for the conference title.

Oregon State: This one was tough because both James and Jacquizz Rodgers were outstanding for the Beavers in 2008. However, a good running game is almost a pre-requisite to get to a conference title and the younger Rodgers brother (Jacquizz) was outstanding as a freshman last season rushing for 1,253 yards and 11 touchdowns. He's a game-breaker at times, but more importantly, he moves the chains and is a good receiver out of the backfield.

Stanford: RB Toby Gerhart is the choice, although with the talent upgrade that head coach Jim Harbaugh is bringing in, he might not have the impact this season that he might project to have. Making things easier on redshirt freshman QB Andrew Luck will be Gerhart's main job this fall, whether that's as a runner, blocker or receiver is yet to be determined. All we do know is that Gerhart is an indispensable piece to the Cardinal offensive puzzle.

UCLA: The Bruins are plugging holes all over the place, but besides QB where redshirt freshman Kevin Prince is the presumed started heading into fall camp, the defensive line is the biggest concern and if they were to lose DT Brian Price, it would be something that would cause head coach Rick Neuheisel to pull out what hair he has left on his thinning blond quaff. Price is a beast who stuffs the run and gets after the quarterback with equal aplomb. He causes so many problems up front for offenses that he is regularly double-teamed and he's the main threat on a young and improving Bruins defense.

USC: This one is a tough call. The Trojans have an embarrassment of riches at almost every position. When one All-American candidate goes down, they just plug in another possible candidate in his place. That being said, I believe that S Taylor Mays is about as indispensable as anyone can be on USC's roster. He's an intimidator, a leader and one of the top defensive players in the country. When your team has lost the amount of leadership and talent the Trojans have over the past 12 months due to graduation, you need someone like him to hold things together.

Washington State: Another tough one to call, but for a different reason. The Cougars are so devoid of playmakers on both sides of the ball, it's tough to single out anyone as indispensable. However, LB Andy Mattingly has the best chance to be the leader on a defense that was one of the worst ever in D-1 football history. He moves back to linebacker after two years at defensive end and that should be a good move allowing him to roam and use his speed and instincts to make plays.

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Chris Fetters
7/23/2009
7:30 pm

Thursday 7-7 workout notes:
Skill guys there (40): Jake Locker, Ronnie Fouch, Keith Price, Demitrius Bronson, Curtis Shaw, Willie Griffin, Paul Homer, Austin Sylvester, Tobias Togi, D'Andre Goodwin, Jermaine Kearse, Devin Aguilar, Jordan Polk, Cody Bruns, Luther Leonard, Tony Chidiac, James Johnson, Chris Izbicki, Kavario Middleton, Kimo Makaula, Marlion Barnett, Donald Butler, Mason Foster, Joshua Gage, Cort Dennison, Kurt Mangum, Andru Pulu, Tim Tucker, Nate Williams, Greg Walker, Victor Aiyewa, Alvin Logan, Jordan Wallace, Quinton Richardson, Matt Mosley, Vonzell McDowell, Justin Glenn, Marquis Persley, Adam Long and Desmond Trufant.

Linemen there (18): Ryan Tolar, Cody Habben, Drew Schaefer, Mark Armelin, Mykenna Ikehara, Morgan Rosborough, Nick Scott, Terence Thomas, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Cameron Elisara, Darrion Jones, Kalani, Aldrich, Tyrone Duncan, Nick Wood, De'Shon Matthews, Everrette Thompson, Semisi Tokolahi and Talia Crichton.

Also there were former Huskies Marques Tuiasosopo and Roy Lewis, as well as two other former regional college players; Washington State WR Greg Prator, who played last year in the CFL, and Eastern Oregon's James Mayfield, who played arena ball last season.

This session was easily the most spirited one I've seen so far this summer, especially when the team went 11-11 at the end. The ones took their shot first, followed by the twos, and then back to the ones to finish it up. One lineup of the OL piqued my interest: Mark Armelin (LT), Mykenna Ikehara (LG), Ryan Tolar (C), Cody Habben (RG) and Drew Schaefer (RT). If I had to hazard a guess, I believe some of the switching around of spots had to do with the numbers on hand and who has experience playing each position.

The No. 1 offense got off to a good start, led by Curtis Shaw, but was shut down when Jake Locker tried to pass cross-field to Jermaine Kearse, but Vonzell McDowell had the play sniffed out perfectly. The junior cornerback from Rainier Beach looked great out there Thursday, along with Justin Glenn. The defensive backs in general just look more assured and confident in their play. Glenn, in particular, looks so smooth it's hard to tell if he's got the speed to make plays, but like Brandon Roy, his burst and ability to get on the ball in a hurry is so deceptive. He has a chance to be a really good one.

Watching Nate Williams, it's clear the back end is his territory and he's taking that leadership role. Guys are looking to him to know where to be and he's on top of it. It was good to see Aiyewa out there and working.

The No. 2 offense also got shut down, as the defense was flying around. Even though it's just touch, they were getting aggressive. One of the highlights of the afternoon was when the ones took the ball back one last time and Locker connected with Kearse as the sophomore from Lakes was racing down the field. Greg Walker was in perfect position to make a play, and if there were playing with pads he would have leveled Kearse. As it stood, the two made a very solid collision, with neither one of them giving ground. It elicited quite a few oohs and aahs from the sidelines, especially for Walker's play. He stood Jermaine straight-up.

With Tuiasosopo playing timekeeper and peacekeeper, Locker did his best to get his guys lined up. With time running out, the junior QB threw a strike to Tony Chidiac, who was touched down at the defense's 25-yard line or so. Locker was racing to get his guys lined up one more time for a clock play when the defense felt time had run out. They rushed the field in celebration with the thought that they had won the informal battle, but Locker was emphatic that they have one more play to settle it once and for all. It looked like Tuiasosopo agreed, so they lined up for an untimed down.

As Locker was racing off tackle to get out of the pocket for a throw, Mason Foster came flying through and touched him. Locker went ahead and passed the ball, but the game was over. The defense went crazy again. The offense wasn't thrilled at all. It was great to see the competition spill over into this voluntary session, and while the rest left, the two backup QB's and Tuiasosopo still threw 1-1's for at least 30 minutes afterward.

Speaking of Marques, he will be on with the Dawgman guys at 9:35 Saturday morning on KJR 950-AM. We will be asking the 2001 Rose Bowl MVP about his time working with the newest crop of Dawgs, as well as his NFL career.

I also spoke quickly with Everrette Thompson after he was done with his workout, and he looks really good. He's probably 6-foot-6, 260 right now and looks very fit. He told me that he's still probably at '80 percent' coming back from a broken bone in his foot during spring ball.

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/23/2009
7:00 am

-- S Nate Williams told me he's up to 220 right now and that he feels like he can move just as well as he did last season. He noted that the coaches had him at strong safety for most of spring, so he's not quite sure where they will have him once the season starts, but that he's ready to play anywhere they want him.

We also talked about the mentality of the entire team right now and if they have a fragile mindset after going 0-12 last season. He said while that is definitely something they can't forget about, they also are looking forward especially with a new staff in place and that it was tough coming to practice and on gamedays because they felt everything just "went out the window" last season after the old staff was fired.

Williams told me he's not going to make any predictions, but he said this will be a different team that runs out onto the field September 5th. He said that the players aren't scared of facing LSU on national T.V., but they know the Tigers are a tough opponent who they will have to play well against in order to win the game.

-- DE Darrion Jones told me that the defense that takes the field this season will be a lot different than the one he's played in since he arrived at Montlake.

The fifth-year senior noted that in the past the Husky DL was expected to read the run until they figured out it wasn't a run and then they could rush the quarterback, but in the new scheme they are aggressive and their first step is more explosive so they will be ahead of things moreso than they were in the past.

He said his totals from last season were disappointing for him and he plans to go out on a high note this fall.

-- WR Anthony Boyles said he's really taken to Seattle and loves it here. He said last year he was all set to start the season in the three-wide sets they had, but he lost his concentration because of some personal stuff he had going on.

He said in two practices, the week before the opener against Oregon, he dropped 14 passes and he vowed to never let that happen again. He said he got down and never got the chance to get his spot back because the season went downhill after that.

He said the new staff lets the players be who they are. "If you like to talk, you can talk, just don't take away from the gameplan or get a penalty." He said where he comes from, you talk a big game and you back it up, but that former head coach Tyrone Willingham told them they couldn't do that. Boyles said the new staff allows them to have some swagger and he can feel the difference already.

That's all for now...

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/22/2009
6:50 am

Morning links and some football notes as well...

-- The state of Washington will be profiled this Friday (7/24) on ESPN's popular College Football Live show. Expect a lot of talk about the Huskies, Cougars and some of the top high school programs in the state.

-- The Huskies will take on LSU in the first game of the season and while they will be going after OT Ciron Black on the field, it's hard not to root for the big-time NFL prospect after reading this story from Andy Staples on Sports Illustrated.

-- Washington released the start times for fall camps practices. Here's the list and the link...

Practice Dates & Times for UW Football, Fall Camp 2009

Mon., Aug. 10 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 11 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 12 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 13 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 14 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 15 - Two-a-Day Practices, 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 16 - Picture Day, 10:00 a.m. (no practice)
Mon., Aug. 17 - Two-a-Day Practices, 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 18 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 19 - Two-a-Day Practices, 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 20 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 21 - Two-a-Day Practices, 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 22 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 23 - Off Day
Mon., Aug. 24 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 25 - Two-a-Day Practices, 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.

Wed., Aug. 26 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 27 - Two-a-Day Practices, 8:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 28 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.; Raise the Woof! Dinner, 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 29 - Practice, 10:15 a.m. (Fall Camp Ends)
Sun., Aug. 30 - Off Day


That's all for now. Check the blog later today when I will have some tidbits from some of my conversations with three Husky football players over the past few days and their thoughts as we get closer to the start of camp...

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/21/2009
11:30 am

Summer 7 on 7 news and notes (7/21)...

Fetters and I wandered out to the Dempsey to watch the guys run through 7 on 7's. Here's what we saw...

Present today were...

OL: Morgan Rosborough, Ryan Tolar, Mark Armelin, Mykenna Ikehara, Terrence Thomas, Drew Schaefer and Nick Scott

DL: Daniel T'eo-Nesheim, Tyrone Duncan, Semisi Tokolahi (Fr.), Kalani Aldrich and Talia Crichton (Fr.)

DBs, TEs and WRs: James Johnson (Fr.), Jermaine Kearse, Devin Aguilar, Marlion Barnett (Fr.), Chris Izbicki, Kimo Maukala (Fr.), Nate Williams, Johri Fogerson, Luther Leonard, Quinton Richardson, Alvin Logan, Greg Walker, Justin Glenn, Nate Fellner (Fr.), Desmond Trufant (Fr.) and Anthony Boyles.

QBs, RBs and LBs: Ronnie Fouch, Jake Locker, Keith Price (Fr.), Demitrius Bronson (Fr.), Paul Homer, Austin Sylvester, Tim Tucker (Fr.), Matt Houston, Andru Pulu (Fr.), Jordan Wallace (Fr.), Josh Gage, Kurt Mangum and Cort Dennison.

Alumni: Marques Tuiasosopo, Damon Huard and Roy Lewis.

Present but not taking part: Matt Mosley and Victor Aiyewa as well as "Ten".

**Note: There may have been one or two players I forgot to mention, but this was a good representation of who was there...

Got a good look at Trufant today. The kid is super-quick and likes the challenge of going up against the top WR out there. He got burned a few times and turned around a few others, but he competed all day and showed some fire. The rest of the players were pretty excited to see what he had to offer.

Pulu is just a specimen. He's got really broad shoulders and he's pretty cut already, but he's got the frame to add a lot more weight and end up at DE or DT before it's all said and done. He worked mainly at MLB today and he looked solid.

If you haven't seen Richardson in a while, what sticks out most are the development of his shoulders. They are huge and he's just a big, physical corner who comes right up and challenges the WR he's ready to face off against. He and Boyles were battling a lot and he and Aguilar went at it a little as well.

Fetters and I were debating who was the quicker wideout...Jordan Polk (who wasn't present today) or Aguilar. There wasn't a clear winner in our discussion, but either one is about as quick as I've seen at wideout. Aguilar was "breaking ankles" today and really gave Lewis all he could handle on several routes.

Locker and Fouch throw a different ball than Huard and Tui. It isn't that they throw a poor ball, but you can definitely tell the difference in who is a pro and who is still learning at the collegiate level. Even if Tui or Huard didn't put the ball exactly where they wanted it, they threw it much more on time than Fouch, Price or Locker. It's a nuance that is tough to learn, but once you do it can make all the difference in the world for wideouts. At the pro level, when a wideout has a half-step on a DB, they are considered open. That isn't the case in college and QBs are used to at least one if not two or three steps.

Wallace was taken to school by several wideouts and tight ends, but you can see his athleticism. Fetters compared him with Evan Benjamin in the way his body is molded and how he carries himself and everyone we talked to seemed to agree. He's destined for a SLB position in my mind.

One player who really stood out today was Izbicki who continues to show his renewed focus on his trade. He works really hard at running his routes and made two outstanding grabs in traffic for what would have been big gains. He's got soft hands and while he isn't the best athlete among the tight ends, he gives the most effort and in the end that might make the difference in who starts and who only sees spot duty this fall.

The linemen went through a heated 30 minute workout doing one on ones before doing full-team drills.

Tolar and Tokolahi both went at it with Tolar getting the best of the freshman. Last week when I watched them Tokolahi had the better day, but today Tolar showed him who's boss and let him know verbally as well.

Tokolahi was drenched afterwards and talked with his family who has moved to the Seattle area (as we reported this past spring). It wouldn't surprise me if he sees some time this fall, but if he doesn't he will see lots of time in 2011 just because of his sheer size and quick first step.

Crichton looks a bit thin to me, but he uses his hands really well, knocking down Scott's hands to got a quick "sack" on Fouch. He probably won't play on first or second down, but I can see him as a situational pass-rusher this fall.

Ikehara is smallish, but really gets after guys. Love the way he goes about his business and he will be a good once once he gets just a little more size on him. He really does play with the strength of a 300 pounder.

The final WR/DB one on one of the day was Tolar running a route vs. Ikehara. The islander made his move as the ball was being delivered to Tolar and batted it away as Tolar ran a post pattern. All the players seemed to love the action and had a great laugh before huddling and giving a "Go Dawgs" before they left.

From what it sounds like, Huard is headed to San Francisco next week for the start of training camp so it sounds like today was his last day at seven on sevens.

That's all for now...

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Aaron Beach
7/21/2009
8:05 pm

Some basketball news and notes...

Justin Dentmon is weighing his professional options, which include an offer from a Spanish team, other European clubs and the NBADL. Ryan Appleby is currently training players full time out of the Emerald City Basketball training facility in Seattle.

The Huskies opponent in the Wooden classic is none other than the Georgetown Hoyas. Their non conference schedule also includes Texas A&M and Texas Tech. The Hoyas were 16-15 last season including a 7-11 record in the tough Big East, and return just about everyone from last years' team including former prep phenom Greg Monroe.

The UW Coaching staff headed to Vegas Tuesday morning where the top AAU talent in the country converges every summer. There are now five major tournaments running simultaneously showcasing thousands of AAU teams.

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/21/2009
11:30 am

-- Donald Butler will accompany Sarkisian to Los Angeles next week for Media Day. Last year Tyrone Willingham had DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim in tow when they met with the media.

Butler is a two-year starter who has struggled with injuries the past two seasons, but he's still managed to post 145 tackles and two sacks in his three seasons at Montlake.

-- As the Tacoma News Tribune's Todd Milles wrote in his yesterday, it has been announced that the Huskies will allow fans to attend every practice of fall camp which starts on August 10th.

As he states, it is unknown whether practices during the season, which would begin on August 31st after the team breaks camp, will be open to fans, however it is rare for coaches to make those practices open so fans should plan on attending during camp if they want to see the team up close.

-- Here are the dates listed for practices and remember they are subject to change...

Key Dates for UW Football, Fall 2009
Mon., Aug. 10 - Practice
Tue., Aug. 11 - Practice
Wed., Aug. 12 - Practice
Thu., Aug. 13 - Practice
Fri., Aug. 14 - Practice
Sat., Aug. 15 - Two-a-Day Practices
Sun., Aug. 16 - Picture Day (no practice)
Mon., Aug. 17 - Two-a-Day Practices
Tue., Aug. 18 - Practice
Wed., Aug. 19 - Two-a-Day Practices
Thu., Aug. 20 - Practice
Fri., Aug. 21 - Two-a-Day Practices
Sat., Aug. 22 - Practice
Sun., Aug. 23 - Off Day
Mon., Aug. 24 - Practice
Tue., Aug. 25 - Two-a-Day Practices
Wed., Aug. 26 - Practice
Thu., Aug. 27 - Two-a-Day Practices
Fri., Aug. 28 - Practice
Sat., Aug. 29 - Practice
Sun., Aug. 30 - Off Day
Mon., Aug. 31 - Practice
Tue., Sept. 1 - Practice
Wed., Sept. 2 - Practice
Thu., Sept. 3- Practice
Fri., Sept. 4 - Practice
Sat., Sept. 5 - Huskies vs. LSU, 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Here's the full release as well: Key Dates For Football Fall Practice

--Lastly, Chris Fetters, Kim Grinolds and myself will be at the Founder's Club to bring you full coverage of the media kickoff presser that will be held on August 7th.

Interviews with Sarkisian as well as the assistants and players will most likely take place then so fans should be ready for a full-on media blitz from Dawgman.com starting then.

That's all for now...


Posted by Chris Fetters
7/21/2009
1:00 am

Elite 11 news

The ESPN Rise Elite 11 Quarterback Camp gets underway Monday in Southern California, and there are two signal-callers UW fans are intimately aware of: Oaks Christian QB Nick Montana, who has verbally committed to Washington; and Jake Heaps, the Skyline star who will be playing his college ball at BYU. A funny thing happened on the way SoCal, however...

There no doubt has been plenty of drama the past few months, as first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian tried to figure out who the centerpiece for his 2010 class would be. At quarterback, he had offered three players early: Jake Heaps, Jesse Scroggins and Nick Montana.

Heaps was the local favorite; he had led the Skyline Spartans to back-to-back state titles and hasn't lost a game as a starter. Scroggins was probably the most athletic of the three and has an unbelievable arm. Montana has the pedigree (his father is Joe Montana), as well as the game.

Heaps was the first one to commit - to BYU - in early June, followed by Montana to Washington. So in many ways, the two field generals will forever be connected in some way.

And starting Monday they'll have another interesting connection; they are roommates at the Elite 11. How is that going to play out? We'll be in touch with both after the camp to get their thoughts.

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Chris Fetters
7/18/2009
8:35 pm

Podcast Time!

We get requests all the time for podcasts of the Dawgman on KJR radio show, and while we can't podcast the whole show, KJR does archive our special guests.

The latest interviews are both for hoops: New UW Basketball assistant coach Raphael Chillious and Dawgman.com Head of Hoops Aaron Beach have come on the show and their chats with us can be heard at the link below.

Dawgman on KJR podcast archive page

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Posted by Chris Fetters
7/18/2009
12:05 am

Some JC news...

Well, word came out last week that Cerritos College DT Johnny Tivao probably wasn't going to make it into UW for fall camp, and we were able to confirm the news through sources close to Tivao's recruitment. A school that has popped up is New Mexico State, but it's unclear whether the 5-foot-10, 340-pound Tivao will be able to enroll at any D1 school before fall football starts.

One thing is for certain, though: Johnny Tivao will not be a Husky.

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Posted by Kim Grinolds
7/16/2009
5:30 pm



Basketball open run at Hec Ed...

Good turnout of guys today. Here's the list of who was there...

Abdul Gaddy
Elston Turner
Spencer Hawes
Nick Collison
Clarence Trent
Jamaal Crawford
Venoy Overton
Quincy Pondexter
Brandon Roy
Isaiah Thomas
Tyreece Breshers
C.J. Wilcox
Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Darnell Gant

Football 7-on-7's...

Saw most of the freshman out there, but I wasn't sure who all of them were. Juan Garcia and Marques Tuiasosopo were both taking part in the workout.

It was a pretty spirited workout and they were going at it pretty good.

I will have pics of what I saw up later tonight...


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/14/2009
8:05 pm

Summer 7-on7's report...

Almost all of the incoming freshman were there and were taking part at least partially. Some went through the position "drills" and things like that, but they didn't participate in the full skelly.

Saw DT Semisi Tokolahi take on C Ryan Tolar in one-on-ones and he more than held his own against the junior pivot. Tokolahi is an absolute beast. He doesn't have a great physique, but his first step is amazingly quick and he's really strong already.

CB Desmond Trufant took part in the full team and skelly drills and looked good. He was getting coached up by Vonzell McDowell and Justin Glenn at different points.

It appears that Kimo Makaula will start out on the defensive side of the ball since that is where he was working today. He's got a good looking frame, but he'll definitely redshirt this year imho.

QB Keith Price was working with Jake Locker, Ronnie Fouch and Marques Tuiasosopo. He's got a high delivery and release point and his footwork was a bit funky compared to the three experienced QBs, but he's got a good arm and he was really accurate, putting the ball right on the money several times in the warmups. He throws a nice tight spiral and you can tell he knows how to spin it.

DE Talia Crichton is quick, but needs to add strength. If/when he plays this year I think he will only see time situationally. He's got the knack for dipping the shoulder though.

WR James Johnson continues to impress. He just looks so smooth out there and he really impresses with the way he catches the ball and his soft hands.

TE Dorson Boyce was hanging out with Kavario Middleton and Chris Izbicki. The three seem to be forming a nice little bond right now.

Saw LB Andru Pulu working with the LBs and the guy already has a Pac 10 body. He's got very wide shoulders and he changes direction really well. I still think he ends up at DE, but from watching him he could end up a number of places on D.

All together there were about 65 to 70 players out today. Some pictures below are of some of the players and I will try and get more the next time I'm out. Until then...

Darrion Jones, Cameron Elisara and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim:


Willie Griffin and Demitrius Bronson:


Demitrius Bronson:


Vonzell McDowell:

Johri Fogerson:


Kurt Mangum:


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Posted by Scott Eklund
7/13/2009
8:05 am

Monday Recruiting updates...

Spoke with a couple of players over the weekend and here's what they had to say about Washington and the possibility of visiting the Huskies before the start of the season or in the fall...

-- Kaiser (Fontana, CA) LB/DE Josh Shirley - He's one of the most sought-after defensive players in the country right now and the Huskies have a small glimmer of hope, but after talking to him they still have an uphill climb.

"Washington is recruiting me hard and I like the coaches there," Shirley said. "I'm not sure who I'm visiting right now, but I'm going to have to start figuring that out here in the next month or so because I want to start setting up some visits."

The Huskies along with USC, UCLA, Arizona, Notre Dame and Tennessee all appear to be favorites of the talented defender and, according to Josh at least, the Huskies appear to be recruiting him to play outside linebacker for them.

"Schools like my get-off and how I never stop going on a play," Shirley said.

-- St. Francis (La Canada, CA) S/RB Dietrich Riley - Spoke to Dietrich last night and he said his plans have changed and he won't be in Seattle in the next two weeks.

"My uncle was planning the trip and he couldn't get up there because of work," Riley said. "We're going to go up for the start of their camp in August to check things out and meet with the coaches.

"Actually it'll be good because I can see the team in action and stuff like that. I'm looking forward to it."

Riley said he's not ready to name a leader, but that the Huskies are right near the top of his list.

"You can't help but be excited about what they are doing there," Riley said. "I mean, I love the coaches and I think they will be able to really make some strides this fall."

-- Tesoro (Los Flores, CA) OL Sil Ajawara - Spoke with Sil on Saturday and he said Washington is a school that interests him a lot, but that he needs to learn more about them.

"They are a school I'm interested in, but I haven't heard as much from them as some other schools," Ajawara said. "Coach (Nick) Holt is the coach recruiting me for them and I want to get to know them more."

Ajawara said his team plays a zone-blocking scheme, requiring him to have quick feet and good technique.

"I love to get out and pull," Ajawara said. "It's fun to get angles on guys, get to the next level and bury a DB or linebacker. I mean, I just love playing ball."

Ajawara isn't ready to narrow things down, but said he'd like to schedule some visits early on in his senior season and would like to make his commitment before the end of the year.

We'll have more on him in the next month or so, but Ajawara is definitely a player to keep an eye on.

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Posted by Scott Eklund
7/11/2009
5:40 pm

Sark notes...

-- Coach Sarkisian noted that all the incoming freshman have qualified and will take part in the Bridge Program that begins tomorrow (July 12th).

-- He also noted that several of the JC players signed last February are still working to get qualified and we won't know the status of them until right around the start of fall camp.

-- Sarksisian also said that David Freeman and Brandon Johnson are going to be the only academic casualties this summer and everyone else is fine.

Here's the link to the audio from today's interview... Sarkisian on KJR with Dawgman.com


Posted by Chris Fetters
7/10/2009
10:50 pm

A very special guest to join the Dawgman guys on Saturday:
We were able to confirm this morning that Washington Head Coach Steve Sarkisian has agreed to take a few precious minutes away from his summer vacation to join us on the radio Saturday morning at 9:35. So tune into KJR 950-AM to hear the latest on UW football!

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Posted by Chris Fetters
7/9/2009
7:40 pm

Huskies Hoops Run:


(From Kim Grinolds):
Stopped by Hec Ed today to take a peek at open gym. Not much going on. According to Isaiah Thomas, they've run pretty hard the past three days. Attendees: Isaiah Thomas, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Abdul Gaddy, Justin Dentmon, C.J. Wilcox (minus the dreads), Joe Wolfinger, Alex Schrempf, and a few guys I didn't know.

Spoke with Wolfinger for a few minutes. There was speculation with Charles Garcia not making it in that Wolf might stay for his final year. That won't happen. Joe will play this winter at The Citadel, having a better chance to see playing time.

Dentmon is trying to decide between the NBADL, Italy or Spain.

Darnell Gant watched for a few minutes. He said he's up to 223 pounds. When he first arrived on campus he was below 200.

Tyreese Breshers watched as well. He showed up with three boxes of Clif Bars. He's running on the treadmill but hasn't been cleared yet. Even when he gets cleared, he's still going to be a ways away.
(From Chris Fetters):
Guys seen at the Huskies 7-7 Thursday (and I may have missed a couple):
Offensive Skill Players: Jake Locker, Demitrius Bronson, Willie Griffin, Chris Polk (didn't participate), Paul Homer, Austin Sylvester, Dorson Boyce, Romeo Savant, Cody Bruns, Jamal Kearse, Devin Aguilar, Jordan Polk, Luther Leonard, D'Andre Goodwin, James Johnson.
Defensive Skill Players: Mason Foster, Donald Butler, Kurt Mangum, Cort Dennison, Matt Houston, Tripper Johnson, Nate Williams, Greg Walker, Alvin Logan, Vonzell McDowell, Matt Mosley, Quinton Richardson, Marquis Persley, Justin Glenn (didn't participate).
Offensive Linemen: Terence Thomas (didn't participate), Cody Habben, Ryan Tolar, Mykenna Ikehara, Nick Scott, Senio Kelemete, Mark Armelin, Drew Schaefer
Defensive Linemen: Kalani Aldrich, Everrette Thompson (didn't participate), Nick Wood, Tyrone Duncan, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, De'Shon Matthews, Conrad Remington.

Damon Huard, Juan Garcia and Roy Lewis were also on hand. Roy was the only one that went through the whole workout. Huard just threw routes, while Garcia worked out on his own at the other end of Husky Stadium.

Locker came out with his new puppy, a purebred brown lab named Ten. Paul Homer was definitely having fun with Ten, and Ten christened the W in his own special way before practice started. Looks like the team has their own unofficial mascot now. There's a couple of pictures of Ten at the bottom of this entry.

Great to see Garcia today at the 7-7's. His quote of the day, talking about doing a CrossFit workout: "I accepted that I was going to die, but it never came." He'll be in Seattle a couple more weeks before heading out to Minnesota's fall camp. He's at 303 pounds, which is just what Minnesota wants him to be at. He talked to us a little bit about the change in the guys' bodies from when he left, and he had a few choice words for the situation the former players found themselves in with regard to the old strength and conditioning staff. Needless to say, he's thrilled things have changed, but still pretty bugged about not having the same opportunities the current players are receiving.

He also talked a little bit about when he went up against Pat and Kevin Williams during his workout at Minnesota, and how Pat was just an immovable object inside and Kevin was unbelievably quick for being 320 pounds. He's going to have his work cut out for him, but he's absolutely up for the challenge.

Garcia was supposedly giving Locker some noise about naming his dog after his number, until he remembered that his two dogs are named Five and Eight. True story.

Talked briefly with Demitrius Bronson, who seemed disappointed that Brandon Johnson and David Freeman won't be around the fall, but acknowledged that he now has a giant opportunity in front of him. He said he's a solid 210 pounds, and he stayed late with Paul Homer to run routes against Mangum, who said he's running at around 240 pounds, or maybe just a biscuit shy of 240.

Saw two players that weren't working out - Justin Glenn and Everrette Thompson. Thompson is still rehabbing a cracked bone in his foot, but said he'll most likely be cleared for full work by the end of the month. So while I expect he'll be brought back slowly during fall camp, he should be ready to go August 10th. Glenn hurt his ankle a couple of weeks back and was staying out of drills as a precaution. He also looks to be full-go by the time the Huskies strap on pads a month from now. Polk was also there in full sweats, holding an ice bag. I don't know what his injury is at this point, but he seemed to be walking around just fine.

Had not seen Boyce until today, and he actually looks a little bigger than the 6-2, 250 he's listed at - seemed to me that he was closer to 6-3. In talking to some of the players before practice, they think he's faster than either Chris Izbicki or Kavario Middleton, so expect Boyce to jump right into the mix this fall.

Boyce and James Johnson were the first two from the 2009 class to work out in these informal sessions, but expect a full boat next week. We ran into the third member of the class to show up - Marlion Barnett. He got into Seattle today and checked out practice with his Mom and Dad and younger brother Dorion.

Barnett is 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds, and well put-together. He expects to start out at the slot position, or H-Back, or hybrid position. He'll probably be asked to do a little bit of everything.

Players are scheduled to check in Sunday, and Barnett's roommate is Nate Fellner. Barnett said that he keeps in touch regularly with Fellner, as well as Keith Price and Tim Tucker. His nickname in high school was 'Uno', because he wore No. 1. He asked Polk if he could have No. 1, and was flatly turned down. He's hoping to wear No. 18.

Barnett's brother is just going into the 9th grade this fall at Santiago High School in Corona, Calif., and is already 6-foot-2 and 187 pounds. Look for Dorion Barnett to be on the Huskies' watch list for the class of 2013.

Huskies 7-7:


Ten:





Posted by Chris Fetters
7/9/2009
12:40 pm

Angelo Chol is one of Washington's top hoops targets for the class of 2011. Scout.com's Tracy Pierson took some video of the 6-8, 200-pound post prospect from Hoover High in San Diego, participating at UCLA's summer camp.



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Posted by Scott Eklund
7/9/2009
6:20 am


OL recruiting update (7/9)...

Here's a quick look at how things are shaping up with some of the top OL recruits the Huskies are after.

UW already has Redmond OG Colin Porter and O'Dea OT Ben Riva committed for the 2010 class, but their biggest coup could happen in August when Oaks Christian OT Erik Kohler makes his choice. With Kohler telling numerous people UW is in the lead, it's not hard to imagine him pulling the trigger for the Dawgs in the next few weeks with the likes of Johnny Nansen, Demetrice Martin, Dan Cozzetto and head coach Steve Sarkisian putting the full-court press on him.

Also working in Washington's favor is the fact Kohler's close friend, QB Nick Montana, is already committed to the Huskies and has been in his ear ever since he made his commitment early last month.

Kohler is still slated to visit UCLA and Cal, who #2 and #3 schools, over the next few weeks and things could easily change, but at this point he continues to say the Huskies are in the lead.

What does this mean?

If Kohler were to pull the trigger, he would team with Riva to be the bookend tackles the Huskies are so desperately looking for in this class. Kohler is technically sound and plays left tackle for Oaks Christian, while Riva is athletic, but raw. Porter would project as a physical presence inside at guard.

Loyola OL Colin Tanigawa projects inside at either guard or center and he too has Washington squarely in the lead for things. Should he (as well as Kohler) make his choice in the next few weeks, which is assumed timeline, and should it be for the Dawgs, that would leave them with one spot remaining in the class.

Because they would already have two tackle prospects (Kohler and Riva) and two inside prospects (Tanigawa and Porter) they could then focus on bringing in the best available prospect they could get.

Who would that be?

Some have speculated that the Huskies are in great shape for Centennial (Peoria, Az.) OG Nick Rowland, but I've been hearing this just isn't the case. Rowland was looking pretty closely at Washington back when Dan Cozzetto was hired away from Arizona State, but since then his attention has turned to Cal, ASU and Stanford as well as USC who hasn't offered yet, but could in the near future.

Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Ca.) OL Chris Ward is another player rumored to be looking heavily at the Dawgs, but after speaking with him, I expect him to stay in California at either UCLA or Cal.

Micah Hatchie (Waialua) and Kaiwi Crabb (Punaho) are both Hawaii prospects the Huskies have a great shot at. Hatchie is a perfect fit at tackle, while I picture Crabb moving inside to play guard. Nansen and Sarkisian are big presences on the islands and both of these players really have their eyes on what Washington has to offer.

So who else is out there?

Oceanside (Ca.) OG Thomas Molesi is a player that Washington offered after the May evaluation period and they have made up ground with the likes of Nansen recruiting him. He can play on either side of the ball, but appears to be a better fit at guard.

Mission Viejo's Mike Christe is a player who's stock has skyrocketed after an outstanding spring and the Huskies are squarely in the mix for him. He's a 6-5, 295-pound bruiser who would be a nice compliment to Porter at guard. He's strong and he's just now starting to realize his potential according to his head coach.

Washington has also offered Sil Ajawara, a physically gifted guard/tackle prospect from Tesoro High School in Las Flores, Ca. ASU and UCLA are his other suitors at this point, but Washington offers early playing time and that appeals to the big o-lineman.

Giovanni Di Paolo (St. Bonaventure) from California has an offer from Washington and early on it appeared he was favoring the Dawgs, but he's cooled on them, becoming infatuated with USC after they offered him following his performance at their line camp. Also in the mix are ASU and Arizona.

Arizona is quickly becoming one of the better places to find OL prospects and Saguaro (Scottsdale) OT Kody Innes shot up the charts with a solid spring. He's 6-3, 275, but he's got great feet and the frame to get to the 295-pound range. He could play guard or tackle at the next level and Washington, along with Arizona State, UCLA, Nebraska, Colorado, Cal and Stanford has thrown it's hat in the ring.

Ben Gottshalk from Notre Dame in Sherman Oaks, Ca. doesn't have an offer, but he was in Seattle for Washington's 'Rising Stars' camp. Scout has him projected at tackle, but he appears to be more of a guard prospect. He isn't overly big, but he showed decent feet while competing against some solid DL prospects a few weeks ago. I do not expect him to get an offer soon, but if Washington misses on some of their other top guys, he could be a candidate to pick up an offer.

Locally, Wenatchee C Mike Marboe and Skyline OT/OG Jase Butorac are both candidates to earn offers down the road. Marboe attended the line camp for the Huskies, while Butorac was at the 'Rising Stars' camp. Don't be surprised if the Huskies take a flier on one of the two as more and more prospects make their decisions. A lot will depend on how things play out with the above mentioned players.

I do not expect Washington to go after a JC OL in this class, but there is still a possibility they might. Of the bunch that are out there, Etu Feo (Butte), Jason Weaver (Arizona Western), John Cullen (Fullerton), Roszell Gayden (Sequoias) and the combo of Juan Bolanos and Charles Wiley at Grossmont appear to be some of the top Cali JUCO's available.

I will have more down the road, but there's a quick look at who the Huskies are after and who they have the best shot at...

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Posted by Scott Eklund
7/8/2009
6:27 am

Morning links and other missives...

-- Here's the link to the story I posted last night regarding the status of Brandon Johnson and David Freeman who have left the program due to academic troubles and here's another link to a story the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta did with a quote from Freeman's high school coach and former Husky Charles Mincy.

-- Condotta also had a story on UW's search for a new baseball coach to replace Ken Knudson who was let go last month.

-- One last entry in Condotta's blog had to do with the summer 7-on-7 workouts going on and his thoughts on what he saw.

-- Scott Cushing, guest blogger for the Seattl P.I. asks the question...Is Washington a top 50 program?

-- Preaseason All-Conference teams are starting to come out in various forms and in this one, Washington's first opponent, LSU, has three players named to the first or second team.

-- There's also a uniform change on LSU's jersey's this year as Daily Reveille's David Helman notes.

That's all for now. I will have something later on one of the top running back's Washington is currently recruiting a little later today...

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Posted by Scott Eklund
7/7/2009
4:50 pm

Some quick recruiting info...

--Here's the story on Oakland Tech WR DiAndre Campbell that I posted earlier today.

-- It appears the Bethel DT Happy Iona has scheduled his first official visit, a September 5th trip to Pullman, to visit Washington State.

-- We've heard that Oaks Christian OT Erik Kohler has narrowed his list down to three schools -- Washington, UCLA and Cal. Of that list, UCLA would have to be considered the prohibitive favorite with the Huskies running third behind Cal. However, this staff has proven that it never pays to count them out of a recruiting battle.

-- Crenshaw LB Hayes Pullard, in a story from SCPlaybook.com said his top six schools are Washington, USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, Florida and Arizona State. He also noted he plans to take official visits to UW, Notre Dame, Florida and ASU, but hasn't set them up yet at this point.

That's all for now. I will have more later on one or two recruits who we haven't heard from in a little while.

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Posted by Chris Fetters
7/5/2009
12:10 pm

Dawgman On KJR Podcast Link

People have been asking for it, and we try our hardest to deliver. Big Thanks to our Producer, Curtis Crabtree, for helping out with podcasts of recent interviews during our Dawgman on KJR-950 AM show, hosted by Kim Grinolds, Scott Eklund and Chris Fetters every Saturday morning at 9 AM.

For those looking for the Dawgman On KJR Interview and Podcast Center, we've included the link below. Please bookmark it for future use, as we'll be updating it weekly with special guests we have on our Saturday show.

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Posted by Scott Eklund
7/3/2009
10:00 am

Three recruiting updates (7/3)...

-- Crenshaw LB Hayes Pullard - I hadn't had a chance to catch up with Pullard in a while, so I put in a call to him. He said Washington is still in his list of top schools and that the Huskies have made a huge impression on him and showed him how much they want him. However, he said when you have schools like USC and Florida looking at you, you "have to keep an eye open to that because they are the top two programs in the country and they have a great tradition."

Pullard has not scheduled any official visits yet, but wants to take in a day of the Florida "Friday Night Lights" camp the last week of July, but he was unsure if he will be able to make that trip or not. "I'm looking to schedule some visits once our season gets started, but I'm not sure who I will visit. I'm going to visit Washington though, I know that."

Pullard said the Husky coaches have been very agressive in recruiting him, telling him they are building the program back and he would be a centerpiece to that rebuilding. He said while most schools are recruiting him at both RB and LB, he said Washington wants to make him into a linebacker that can be the "QB of the defense".

Washington appears to be in decent shape considering who they are recruiting against, but Pullard told me that ASU, USC, Florida and UCLA are the other top schools on his list.

St. Bonaventure CB Troy Hill - Last time I talked with Hill, he told me he wanted to pull the trigger when he was up visiting Washington with his friend Josh Shaw (see update below) for the Huskies' spring game. However, he decided to wait to let his family get a look at the Husky program. Well, that look may come later this month when Hill said he plans to be on Montlake to visit with the coaches as well as introduce his family (mainly his uncle) to the staff as well.

If things go well I fully expect a commitment from Hill to come pretty quickly after that happens.

Palmdale DB Josh Shaw - Surprisingly, to me at least, Shaw is really looking hard at the Huskies after seemingly cooling on them after his visit to UW in April. "I have always liked Washington since the new staff got there," Shaw told me. "Coach (Demetrice) Martin is so energetic and it's like talking to a friend, a brother and someone who obviously knows the game and how to coach it."

Shaw said he plans to be in Seattle to visit the Huskies for the LSU game, but it will be an unofficial visit. "I'm not planning to visit any west coast teams officially," Shaw said. "It's pretty easy to get to those for me from where I live, so I want to use my official visits on schools that aren't as easy to get to."

Who would that be?

"Ohio State, Notre Dame, Georgia, maybe Oklahoma," Shaw said. "Honestly, I'm not really sure right now, but that is who I'm considering right now."

Shaw said Washington's 0-12 record last year doesn't have an effect on his interest in them one way or the other. "This staff isn't 0-12," Shaw said. "They don't even consider that. They say they are there to win and whatever it takes to get there, they are going to do it and do it right.

"The believe they are going to be successful and you could see it in their players in the spring, they are believing it too. They have a lot of talent up there so even though they were winless last year, I don't believe that is what they really are in their heads and that's what really matter as they try to rebuild it."

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Posted by Chris Fetters
7/2/2009
7:25 pm

Thursday 7-7 Notes...

Saw roughly 45-50 players at 7-7 today in Husky Stadium. The linemen did some 1-1's for a while, and then went toward the closed end to watch the 7-7's.

The linemen I recognized there were Ryan Tolar, Cody Habben, Drew Schaefer, Mykenna Ikehara, Nick Scott, Senio Kelemete and Mark Armelin on offense; Cameron Elisara, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, De'Shon Matthews, Darrion Jones, Nick Wood and Kalani Aldrich on defense.

Former UW QB stars Marques Tuiasosopo and Damon Huard were throwing routes to the receivers along with Jake Locker and Ronnie Fouch, and all the receivers were there. The only running backs we saw were Willie Griffin and Demitrius Bronson, along with Paul Homer and Austin Sylvester at fullback. Chris Izbicki, Kavario Middleton and Romeo Savant were at tight end.

Defensively, Roy Lewis was there again, and the former UW corner - who just picked up his Pittsburgh Steelers World Championship ring - was the object of all the receivers' attention. They all wanted a piece of him, and he was more than happy to oblige. The only WR's I saw catch a pass off of Lewis were Devin Aguilar and Jordan Polk.

Speaking of Lewis, Roy will be on with the Dawgman guys on KJR Saturday morning from 9-noon. Also expected to be on the show is former UW point guard Will Conroy.

The other LB's and DB's that were there that we recognized were Mason Foster, Cort Dennison, Matt Houston, Josh Gage, T.J. Poe, Nate Williams, Alvin Logan, Greg Walker, Quinton Richardson, Matt Mosley and Marquis Persley.

Spoke to Locker briefly for an update on his contract talks with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and he said that there was no news to report. The league is still looking over his proposed contract, the details of which have not been disclosed. It's expected that Locker would sign only if it guaranteed his ability to finish out his career at UW, and also allow him to pursue NFL opportunities first before trying his hand in MLB.

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Posted by Kim Grinolds
7/1/2009
5:20 pm

Wednesday Open Gym Notes...

Went up to open gym today, not too many guys there because they had just gone through some rugged conditioning and most of them looked pretty wiped out, but there were a few to talk about...

Isaiah Thomas...whoa. He is ripped. He's starting to look like Nate Robinson now. People are going to be surprised. He looks very confident in everything he's doing right now. He just came back from the Deron Williams camp in Houston.

Adbul Gaddy, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Elston Turner, C.J. Wilcox and Venoy Overton were there. Alex Schrempf, who is walking on at UCLA this fall, was there, as well as Bobby Jones, who was watching the action in slippers. Tyreese Breshers was also watching.

Wilcox can shoot as advertised. He was bombing 'em in from NBA 3-point range. Gaddy sees the floor so well; he has an off-the-charts basketball IQ.

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Posted by Scott Eklund
7/1/2009
5:05 pm

Some afternoon football notes...

--Saw this story by John Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News on his Pac 10 All-Decade team. Only one Husky is listed among the first and second team, while a program like Washington State, which doesn't recruit nearly as well as Washington, had three. A very telling sign of why the Huskies have had one of the worst decades in program history over the past 10 years.

-- Spoke to incoming freshman QB Keith Price recently and he gave me a quick update on things. Said he ended the season at 190, but lost 10 pounds "pretty quickly" after he began the workout regimen the Husky staff sent him.

Now he's back up to 188 and he said he hopes to start the season as close to 200 pounds as possible.

Price also mentioned he is working out four times per day, five days a week. The morning is dedicated to lifting, then a quick bite to eat and followed by field work (throwing to receivers, sprints, etc.), after lunch and "a quick nap" he heads back to the gym to do another hour-long workout and finishes it off after dinner with an hour of swimming for cardio.

He plans to be in Seattle on July 11th and will start taking part in the summer workouts with the rest of the players as quickly as possible.

Also, in walk-on news, we learned that Reece Anderson, a 6-foot, 205-pound safety prospect from Newport High School in Bellevue - via the Cheshire Academy in Connecticut - will join the Huskies the Monday after the LSU game.

Anderson is the second walk-on we are aware of to declare his intentions; the other being Stan Langlow, a receiver from Curtis High School in University Place. It appears that Washington may take two or three more walk-ons, but they won't take part in fall practices because of the 105-man roster limit.

That's all for now, I will have more recruiting updates tomorrow.

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Here Posted by Aaron Beach
7/1/2009
2:05 pm

More Hoops Notes...

Sounds like Josh Smith could make his decision public before the weekend and the overwhelming consensus is he is headed to UCLA. Should Smith choose the Bruins as expected, that leaves Washington with a pretty big scholarship hole to fill; possibly even two. One possible local addition could be Chelan's Joe Harris, a versatile 6-5 wing, who visited Washington yesterday. He's also being recruited by WSU and Virginia among others. While I do believe he's a Pac-10 level player, I'm not convinced he's a UW caliber guard. With such a lousy 2010 class nationally, there don't seem to be a lot of options left though.

Another local 2010 player looming large on Washington's radar is Vashon Island forward John Gage. Problem is, Gage is a math wiz and is enamored with Stanford's highly interactive, internationally recognized engineering program. He's waiting for the final word on admissions from Stanford, which should come down in July, and he is expected to make his decision shortly thereafter. Washington is clearly the better basketball program, and if he's looking at preparation for a professional career in hoops it's pretty much a no-brainer. If an engineering career immediately after college is more his cup of tea, expect him to end up at Stanford. Either way you slice it, he's got a bright future ahead of him.

The word on Tyrese Breshers is that he'll be cleared to play next week, starting with 1 on 1 workouts. He's been out of action for a year and a half now, so he's got a lot of rust to shed as he works his way back into game shape. He's a long way from game shape though and he's targeting August for his return to full court games.

Darnell Gant pulled his groin a couple weeks ago and should be ready to return to action next week.

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Posted by Scott Eklund
6/30/2009
7:40 pm

Tuesday Summer 7-on7's...

Dropped by UW today to check out the players working out. Comparing last week's workout to this week's workout, there were about 10 more players on the field (I counted 66 total).

One of those out on the field with the players was former Husky and current Pittsburgh Steelers CB Roy Lewis. I got to chat with Roy for a bit and he said a couple of very interesting things...

-- First, he noted that he's been working out with the team for the past week and that "it's tough keeping up with these guys. They work harder than we (the Steelers) do."

-- Second, he said the turnout was great and that he's working on a few that haven't made it out yet to get out to some of the workouts. He said "when I was here, I was usually the only corner that would show up so this is a great turnout and something I never saw in the time I was here."

-- Roy was working on different drills with the corners as they got warmed up, teaching them how to spot the ball and how to rotate their hips so they can avoid wasting steps.

-- Roy said the coaching staff is "just great, it's like night and day from when I was here".

-- Lastly, he said he's already got his Super Bowl ring and "it's heavy". He will work out with the current Huskies over the next four weeks and then head to Pittsburgh for the start of Training Camp on July 31st.

On the field Jake Locker, Ronnie Fouch and Taylor Bean were all running the offense. Locker is the unquestioned leader, amping the guys up, getting them into certain drills and calling for huddles/breakdowns.

One of the standouts today was incoming freshman WR James Johnson. He was all over the place. He made one of the nicer catches of the day between a LB, S and a CB. Fouch put the ball exactly where it needed to be and Johnson went up and snatched it out of the air.

Lewis came up afterwards and said "I can't believe that kid is a freshman. He's going to be great for this team and in this offense."

CB Matt Mosley was getting coached up by Lewis most of the day. He was showing him different techniques for covering different receivers.

WR D'Andre Goodwin is very impressive with his quickness. It's very tough for DBs to get a jam on him at the line.

The linemen were on the other end of the field and they had a solid turnout today.

DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim is just ripped right now. His arms are huge and he was terrorizing OT Ben Ossai who held his own at times as well.

DE Kalani Aldrich continues to impress with his sheer size (6-6) and outstanding wingspan. Even when he was blocked by one of the linemen, he was still able to get a hand on the "QB" (which was a standup pad).

At linebacker, Donald Butler is just a freak physically. His shoulders are huge and he's ripped beyond what I've seen of him before. He had an interception against Locker that was a thing of beauty as he dropped back into his zone.

Of the running backs, both Demitrius Bronson and Chris Polk looked great. Bronson appears to be in phenomenal shape and Polk wasn't lying when he told me he was 208 with 6% body fat.

Anyway, those were the players I noticed today. I'm going to try and get out on Thursday as well to check things out..

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\r\n7/9/2009
\r\n6:20 am\r\n

\r\n
OL recruiting update (7/9)...\r\n

\r\nHere's a quick look at how things are shaping up with some of the top OL recruits the Huskies are after.\r\n

\r\nUW already has Redmond OG Colin Porter and O'Dea OT Ben Riva committed for the 2010 class, but their biggest coup could happen in August when Oaks Christian OT Erik Kohler makes his choice. With Kohler telling numerous people UW is in the lead, it's not hard to imagine him pulling the trigger for the Dawgs in the next few weeks with the likes of Johnny Nansen, Demetrice Martin, Dan Cozzetto and head coach Steve Sarkisian putting the full-court press on him.\r\n

\r\nAlso working in Washington's favor is the fact Kohler's close friend, QB Nick Montana, is already committed to the Huskies and has been in his ear ever since he made his commitment early last month.\r\n

\r\nKohler is still slated to visit UCLA and Cal, who #2 and #3 schools, over the next few weeks and things could easily change, but at this point he continues to say the Huskies are in the lead.\r\n

\r\nWhat does this mean?\r\n

\r\nIf Kohler were to pull the trigger, he would team with Riva to be the bookend tackles the Huskies are so desperately looking for in this class. Kohler is technically sound and plays left tackle for Oaks Christian, while Riva is athletic, but raw. Porter would project as a physical presence inside at guard. \r\n

\r\nLoyola OL Colin Tanigawa projects inside at either guard or center and he too has Washington squarely in the lead for things. Should he (as well as Kohler) make his choice in the next few weeks, which is assumed timeline, and should it be for the Dawgs, that would leave them with one spot remaining in the class.\r\n

\r\nBecause they would already have two tackle prospects (Kohler and Riva) and two inside prospects (Tanigawa and Porter) they could then focus on bringing in the best available prospect they could get.\r\n

\r\nWho would that be?\r\n

\r\nSome have speculated that the Huskies are in great shape for Centennial (Peoria, Az.) OG Nick Rowland, but I've been hearing this just isn't the case. Rowland was looking pretty closely at Washington back when Dan Cozzetto was hired away from Arizona State, but since then his attention has turned to Cal, ASU and Stanford as well as USC who hasn't offered yet, but could in the near future.\r\n

\r\nMater Dei (Santa Ana, Ca.) OL Chris Ward is another player rumored to be looking heavily at the Dawgs, but after speaking with him, I expect him to stay in California at either UCLA or Cal.\r\n

\r\nMicah Hatchie (Waialua) and Kaiwi Crabb (Punaho) are both Hawaii prospects the Huskies have a great shot at. Hatchie is a perfect fit at tackle, while I picture Crabb moving inside to play guard. Nansen and Sarkisian are big presences on the islands and both of these players really have their eyes on what Washington has to offer.\r\n

\r\nSo who else is out there?\r\n

\r\nOceanside (Ca.) OG Thomas Molesi is a player that Washington offered after the May evaluation period and they have made up ground with the likes of Nansen recruiting him. He can play on either side of the ball, but appears to be a better fit at guard.\r\n

\r\nMission Viejo's Mike Christe is a player who's stock has skyrocketed after an outstanding spring and the Huskies are squarely in the mix for him. He's a 6-5, 295-pound bruiser who would be a nice compliment to Porter at guard. He's strong and he's just now starting to realize his potential according to his head coach.\r\n

\r\nWashington has also offered Sil Ajawara, a physically gifted guard/tackle prospect from Tesoro High School in Las Flores, Ca. ASU and UCLA are his other suitors at this point, but Washington offers early playing time and that appeals to the big o-lineman.\r\n

\r\nGiovanni Di Paolo (St. Bonaventure) from California has an offer from Washington and early on it appeared he was favoring the Dawgs, but he's cooled on them, becoming infatuated with USC after they offered him following his performance at their line camp. Also in the mix are ASU and Arizona.\r\n

\r\nArizona is quickly becoming one of the better places to find OL prospects and Saguaro (Scottsdale) OT Kody Innes shot up the charts with a solid spring. He's 6-3, 275, but he's got great feet and the frame to get to the 295-pound range. He could play guard or tackle at the next level and Washington, along with Arizona State, UCLA, Nebraska, Colorado, Cal and Stanford has thrown it's hat in the ring.\r\n

\r\nBen Gottshalk from Notre Dame in Sherman Oaks, Ca. doesn't have an offer, but he was in Seattle for Washington's 'Rising Stars' camp. Scout has him projected at tackle, but he appears to be more of a guard prospect. He isn't overly big, but he showed decent feet while competing against some solid DL prospects a few weeks ago. I do not expect him to get an offer soon, but if Washington misses on some of their other top guys, he could be a candidate to pick up an offer.\r\n

\r\nLocally, Wenatchee C Mike Marboe and Skyline OT/OG Jase Butorac are both candidates to earn offers down the road. Marboe attended the line camp for the Huskies, while Butorac was at the 'Rising Stars' camp. Don't be surprised if the Huskies take a flier on one of the two as more and more prospects make their decisions. A lot will depend on how things play out with the above mentioned players.\r\n

\r\nI do not expect Washington to go after a JC OL in this class, but there is still a possibility they might. Of the bunch that are out there, Etu Feo (Butte), Jason Weaver (Arizona Western), John Cullen (Fullerton), Roszell Gayden (Sequoias) and the combo of Juan Bolanos and Charles Wiley at Grossmont appear to be some of the top Cali JUCO's available.\r\n

\r\nI will have more down the road, but there's a quick look at who the Huskies are after and who they have the best shot at...\r\n

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\r\nPosted by Scott Eklund
\r\n7/8/2009
\r\n6:27 am\r\n

\r\nMorning links and other missives...\r\n

\r\n-- Here's the link to the story I posted last night regarding the status of Brandon Johnson and David Freeman who have left the program due to academic troubles and here's another link to a story the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta did with a quote from Freeman's high school coach and former Husky Charles Mincy.\r\n

\r\n-- Condotta also had a story on UW's search for a new baseball coach to replace Ken Knudson who was let go last month.\r\n

\r\n-- One last entry in Condotta's blog had to do with the summer 7-on-7 workouts going on and his thoughts on what he saw.\r\n

\r\n-- Scott Cushing, guest blogger for the Seattl P.I. asks the question...Is Washington a top 50 program?\r\n

\r\n-- Preaseason All-Conference teams are starting to come out in various forms and in this one, Washington's first opponent, LSU, has three players named to the first or second team.\r\n

\r\n-- There's also a uniform change on LSU's jersey's this year as Daily Reveille's David Helman notes.\r\n

\r\nThat's all for now. I will have something later on one of the top running back's Washington is currently recruiting a little later today...\r\n

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\r\nPosted by Scott Eklund
\r\n7/7/2009
\r\n4:50 pm\r\n

\r\nSome quick recruiting info...\r\n

\r\n--Here's the story on Oakland Tech WR DiAndre Campbell that I posted earlier today.\r\n

\r\n-- It appears the Bethel DT Happy Iona has scheduled his first official visit, a September 5th trip to Pullman, to visit Washington State.\r\n

\r\n-- We've heard that Oaks Christian OT Erik Kohler has narrowed his list down to three schools -- Washington, UCLA and Cal. Of that list, UCLA would have to be considered the prohibitive favorite with the Huskies running third behind Cal. However, this staff has proven that it never pays to count them out of a recruiting battle.\r\n

\r\n-- Crenshaw LB Hayes Pullard, in a story from SCPlaybook.com said his top six schools are Washington, USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, Florida and Arizona State. He also noted he plans to take official visits to UW, Notre Dame, Florida and ASU, but hasn't set them up yet at this point.\r\n

\r\nThat's all for now. I will have more later on one or two recruits who we haven't heard from in a little while.\r\n

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\r\n7/5/2009
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\r\nPosted by Scott Eklund
\r\n7/3/2009
\r\n10:00 am\r\n

\r\nThree recruiting updates (7/3)...\r\n

\r\n-- Crenshaw LB Hayes Pullard - I hadn't had a chance to catch up with Pullard in a while, so I put in a call to him. He said Washington is still in his list of top schools and that the Huskies have made a huge impression on him and showed him how much they want him. However, he said when you have schools like USC and Florida looking at you, you \"have to keep an eye open to that because they are the top two programs in the country and they have a great tradition.\"\r\n

\r\nPullard has not scheduled any official visits yet, but wants to take in a day of the Florida \"Friday Night Lights\" camp the last week of July, but he was unsure if he will be able to make that trip or not. \"I'm looking to schedule some visits once our season gets started, but I'm not sure who I will visit. I'm going to visit Washington though, I know that.\"\r\n

\r\nPullard said the Husky coaches have been very agressive in recruiting him, telling him they are building the program back and he would be a centerpiece to that rebuilding. He said while most schools are recruiting him at both RB and LB, he said Washington wants to make him into a linebacker that can be the \"QB of the defense\".\r\n

\r\nWashington appears to be in decent shape considering who they are recruiting against, but Pullard told me that ASU, USC, Florida and UCLA are the other top schools on his list.\r\n

\r\nSt. Bonaventure CB Troy Hill - Last time I talked with Hill, he told me he wanted to pull the trigger when he was up visiting Washington with his friend Josh Shaw (see update below) for the Huskies' spring game. However, he decided to wait to let his family get a look at the Husky program. Well, that look may come later this month when Hill said he plans to be on Montlake to visit with the coaches as well as introduce his family (mainly his uncle) to the staff as well.\r\n

\r\nIf things go well I fully expect a commitment from Hill to come pretty quickly after that happens.\r\n

\r\nPalmdale DB Josh Shaw - Surprisingly, to me at least, Shaw is really looking hard at the Huskies after seemingly cooling on them after his visit to UW in April. \"I have always liked Washington since the new staff got there,\" Shaw told me. \"Coach (Demetrice) Martin is so energetic and it's like talking to a friend, a brother and someone who obviously knows the game and how to coach it.\"\r\n

\r\nShaw said he plans to be in Seattle to visit the Huskies for the LSU game, but it will be an unofficial visit. \"I'm not planning to visit any west coast teams officially,\" Shaw said. \"It's pretty easy to get to those for me from where I live, so I want to use my official visits on schools that aren't as easy to get to.\"\r\n

\r\nWho would that be?\r\n

\r\n\"Ohio State, Notre Dame, Georgia, maybe Oklahoma,\" Shaw said. \"Honestly, I'm not really sure right now, but that is who I'm considering right now.\"\r\n

\r\nShaw said Washington's 0-12 record last year doesn't have an effect on his interest in them one way or the other. \"This staff isn't 0-12,\" Shaw said. \"They don't even consider that. They say they are there to win and whatever it takes to get there, they are going to do it and do it right.\r\n

\r\n\"The believe they are going to be successful and you could see it in their players in the spring, they are believing it too. They have a lot of talent up there so even though they were winless last year, I don't believe that is what they really are in their heads and that's what really matter as they try to rebuild it.\"\r\n

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\r\nPosted by Chris Fetters
\r\n7/2/2009
\r\n7:25 pm\r\n

\r\nThursday 7-7 Notes...\r\n

\r\nSaw roughly 45-50 players at 7-7 today in Husky Stadium. The linemen did some 1-1's for a while, and then went toward the closed end to watch the 7-7's. \r\n

\r\nThe linemen I recognized there were Ryan Tolar, Cody Habben, Drew Schaefer, Mykenna Ikehara, Nick Scott, Senio Kelemete and Mark Armelin on offense; Cameron Elisara, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, De'Shon Matthews, Darrion Jones, Nick Wood and Kalani Aldrich on defense.\r\n

\r\nFormer UW QB stars Marques Tuiasosopo and Damon Huard were throwing routes to the receivers along with Jake Locker and Ronnie Fouch, and all the receivers were there. The only running backs we saw were Willie Griffin and Demitrius Bronson, along with Paul Homer and Austin Sylvester at fullback. Chris Izbicki, Kavario Middleton and Romeo Savant were at tight end.\r\n

\r\nDefensively, Roy Lewis was there again, and the former UW corner - who just picked up his Pittsburgh Steelers World Championship ring - was the object of all the receivers' attention. They all wanted a piece of him, and he was more than happy to oblige. The only WR's I saw catch a pass off of Lewis were Devin Aguilar and Jordan Polk. \r\n

\r\nSpeaking of Lewis, Roy will be on with the Dawgman guys on KJR Saturday morning from 9-noon. Also expected to be on the show is former UW point guard Will Conroy.\r\n

\r\nThe other LB's and DB's that were there that we recognized were Mason Foster, Cort Dennison, Matt Houston, Josh Gage, T.J. Poe, Nate Williams, Alvin Logan, Greg Walker, Quinton Richardson, Matt Mosley and Marquis Persley.\r\n

\r\nSpoke to Locker briefly for an update on his contract talks with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and he said that there was no news to report. The league is still looking over his proposed contract, the details of which have not been disclosed. It's expected that Locker would sign only if it guaranteed his ability to finish out his career at UW, and also allow him to pursue NFL opportunities first before trying his hand in MLB.\r\n

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\r\nPosted by Kim Grinolds
\r\n7/1/2009
\r\n5:20 pm\r\n

\r\nWednesday Open Gym Notes...\r\n

\r\nWent up to open gym today, not too many guys there because they had just gone through some rugged conditioning and most of them looked pretty wiped out, but there were a few to talk about...\r\n

\r\nIsaiah Thomas...whoa. He is ripped. He's starting to look like Nate Robinson now. People are going to be surprised. He looks very confident in everything he's doing right now. He just came back from the Deron Williams camp in Houston.\r\n

\r\nAdbul Gaddy, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Elston Turner, C.J. Wilcox and Venoy Overton were there. Alex Schrempf, who is walking on at UCLA this fall, was there, as well as Bobby Jones, who was watching the action in slippers. Tyreese Breshers was also watching. \r\n

\r\nWilcox can shoot as advertised. He was bombing 'em in from NBA 3-point range. Gaddy sees the floor so well; he has an off-the-charts basketball IQ. \r\n

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\r\nPosted by Scott Eklund
\r\n7/1/2009
\r\n5:05 pm\r\n

\r\nSome afternoon football notes...\r\n

\r\n--Saw this story by John Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News on his Pac 10 All-Decade team. Only one Husky is listed among the first and second team, while a program like Washington State, which doesn't recruit nearly as well as Washington, had three. A very telling sign of why the Huskies have had one of the worst decades in program history over the past 10 years.\r\n

\r\n-- Spoke to incoming freshman QB Keith Price recently and he gave me a quick update on things. Said he ended the season at 190, but lost 10 pounds \"pretty quickly\" after he began the workout regimen the Husky staff sent him.\r\n

\r\nNow he's back up to 188 and he said he hopes to start the season as close to 200 pounds as possible. \r\n

\r\nPrice also mentioned he is working out four times per day, five days a week. The morning is dedicated to lifting, then a quick bite to eat and followed by field work (throwing to receivers, sprints, etc.), after lunch and \"a quick nap\" he heads back to the gym to do another hour-long workout and finishes it off after dinner with an hour of swimming for cardio.\r\n

\r\nHe plans to be in Seattle on July 11th and will start taking part in the summer workouts with the rest of the players as quickly as possible.\r\n

\r\nAlso, in walk-on news, we learned that Reece Anderson, a 6-foot, 205-pound safety prospect from Newport High School in Bellevue - via the Cheshire Academy in Connecticut - will join the Huskies the Monday after the LSU game.\r\n

\r\nAnderson is the second walk-on we are aware of to declare his intentions; the other being Stan Langlow, a receiver from Curtis High School in University Place. It appears that Washington may take two or three more walk-ons, but they won't take part in fall practices because of the 105-man roster limit.\r\n

\r\nThat's all for now, I will have more recruiting updates tomorrow.\r\n

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\r\n7/1/2009
\r\n2:05 pm\r\n

\r\nMore Hoops Notes...\r\n

\r\nSounds like Josh Smith could make his decision public before the weekend and the overwhelming consensus is he is headed to UCLA. Should Smith choose the Bruins as expected, that leaves Washington with a pretty big scholarship hole to fill; possibly even two. One possible local addition could be Chelan's Joe Harris, a versatile 6-5 wing, who visited Washington yesterday. He's also being recruited by WSU and Virginia among others. While I do believe he's a Pac-10 level player, I'm not convinced he's a UW caliber guard. With such a lousy 2010 class nationally, there don't seem to be a lot of options left though. \r\n

\r\nAnother local 2010 player looming large on Washington's radar is Vashon Island forward John Gage. Problem is, Gage is a math wiz and is enamored with Stanford's highly interactive, internationally recognized engineering program. He's waiting for the final word on admissions from Stanford, which should come down in July, and he is expected to make his decision shortly thereafter. Washington is clearly the better basketball program, and if he's looking at preparation for a professional career in hoops it's pretty much a no-brainer. If an engineering career immediately after college is more his cup of tea, expect him to end up at Stanford. Either way you slice it, he's got a bright future ahead of him. \r\n

\r\nThe word on Tyrese Breshers is that he'll be cleared to play next week, starting with 1 on 1 workouts. He's been out of action for a year and a half now, so he's got a lot of rust to shed as he works his way back into game shape. He's a long way from game shape though and he's targeting August for his return to full court games. \r\n

\r\nDarnell Gant pulled his groin a couple weeks ago and should be ready to return to action next week.\r\n

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\r\nPosted by Scott Eklund
\r\n6/30/2009
\r\n7:40 pm\r\n

\r\nTuesday Summer 7-on7's...\r\n

\r\nDropped by UW today to check out the players working out. Comparing last week's workout to this week's workout, there were about 10 more players on the field (I counted 66 total).\r\n

\r\nOne of those out on the field with the players was former Husky and current Pittsburgh Steelers CB Roy Lewis. I got to chat with Roy for a bit and he said a couple of very interesting things...\r\n

\r\n-- First, he noted that he's been working out with the team for the past week and that \"it's tough keeping up with these guys. They work harder than we (the Steelers) do.\"\r\n

\r\n-- Second, he said the turnout was great and that he's working on a few that haven't made it out yet to get out to some of the workouts. He said \"when I was here, I was usually the only corner that would show up so this is a great turnout and something I never saw in the time I was here.\"\r\n

\r\n-- Roy was working on different drills with the corners as they got warmed up, teaching them how to spot the ball and how to rotate their hips so they can avoid wasting steps.\r\n

\r\n-- Roy said the coaching staff is \"just great, it's like night and day from when I was here\".\r\n

\r\n-- Lastly, he said he's already got his Super Bowl ring and \"it's heavy\". He will work out with the current Huskies over the next four weeks and then head to Pittsburgh for the start of Training Camp on July 31st.\r\n

\r\nOn the field Jake Locker, Ronnie Fouch and Taylor Bean were all running the offense. Locker is the unquestioned leader, amping the guys up, getting them into certain drills and calling for huddles/breakdowns.\r\n

\r\nOne of the standouts today was incoming freshman WR James Johnson. He was all over the place. He made one of the nicer catches of the day between a LB, S and a CB. Fouch put the ball exactly where it needed to be and Johnson went up and snatched it out of the air.\r\n

\r\nLewis came up afterwards and said \"I can't believe that kid is a freshman. He's going to be great for this team and in this offense.\"\r\n

\r\nCB Matt Mosley was getting coached up by Lewis most of the day. He was showing him different techniques for covering different receivers.\r\n

\r\nWR D'Andre Goodwin is very impressive with his quickness. It's very tough for DBs to get a jam on him at the line.\r\n

\r\nThe linemen were on the other end of the field and they had a solid turnout today.\r\n

\r\nDE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim is just ripped right now. His arms are huge and he was terrorizing OT Ben Ossai who held his own at times as well.\r\n

\r\nDE Kalani Aldrich continues to impress with his sheer size (6-6) and outstanding wingspan. Even when he was blocked by one of the linemen, he was still able to get a hand on the \"QB\" (which was a standup pad).\r\n

\r\nAt linebacker, Donald Butler is just a freak physically. His shoulders are huge and he's ripped beyond what I've seen of him before. He had an interception against Locker that was a thing of beauty as he dropped back into his zone.\r\n

\r\nOf the running backs, both Demitrius Bronson and Chris Polk looked great. Bronson appears to be in phenomenal shape and Polk wasn't lying when he told me he was 208 with 6% body fat.\r\n

\r\nAnyway, those were the players I noticed today. I'm going to try and get out on Thursday as well to check things out..\r\n

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7/31/2009
8:55 pm

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Posted by Scott Eklund
7/30/2009
7:20 pm

7 on 7 notes from today (7/30)...

The good news is that Dominique Gaisie and David Batts are both in and were practicing with the team. I know some will be skeptical after what happened with Batts earlier this summer, but he said there was a misunderstanding so he had to go back and take another class that took a month to complete and that's why he left and came back.

There were over 50 guys out for the last 7 on 7 workout of the summer. The players will now take the next 10 days off before the beginning of camp on August 10th.

Spoke with Tyrone Duncan. He's at 275 right now and he said that even though the S&C coaches are working them hard this summer, they feel like they can keep going because they are in such great shape.

He said he will be playing nose tackle this fall. Said all of the linemen have taken it as a challenge with the new scheme that asks them to attack.

Talked with Curtis Shaw and he told me he feels much more at home at running back and he's glad he's back. Said he's feeling the fastest he's ever been and he's seeing things well. Said he missed the game while he was away and is glad to be back with his teammates and playing football again.

Both Batts and Gaisie looked good. Batts came up and played cover-safety a couple of times and used his hands well. He's about 6-3 and about 205/210 pounds. He has small legs, but he gets after it.

Gaisie is super-quick. It was fun watching him go up againt Jordan Polk and Devin Aguilar. A couple of times he was taken to school, but he more than held his own in one-on-ones.

Polk had the route of the day, going one way while Batts went the other. After Polk caught the pass and he and Batts were jogging back to the line of scrimmage, the rest of the DBs were laughing at Batts.

The only problem is...Polk did the same thing to two other players as well so at least two guys had to eat some crow.

For the most part the Defense appeared to have the better day, but the offense made some plays. QB Jake Locker escaped pressure from Daniel Te'o Nesheim and Cameron Elisara to throw a perfect bullet to Aguilar 25 yards down the field.

Shaw and RB Demitrius Bronson had the plays of the day.

Shaw caught a short pass and turned it into a 50 yard gain using his speed and vision perfectly.

Bronson on an outside run showed patience before turning up the field for a nifty 10-yard gain. Afterwards you could hear Locker saying \"way to be patient 'D'\".

That's all for now...hopefully we will know more on Daniel Mafoe's status (since Boyce is already on campus and Mahan has been cleared but isn't here yet).

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/30/2009
10:20 am

Sark and Butler notes from Media Day...

They were only up for about five minutes, but here's what they had to say...

Sarkisian

Excited to get started.

Excited about the schedule. Great time to be a Husky and wants to help raise the bottom half of the conference to make the overall conference better both nationally perception wise as well as for the rest of the conference.

Couldn't be happier than where he is currently coaching right now.

On the JC's -- Boyce is already on campus. There are still five guys who are planning to enroll next week, but still not finalized yet. A couple have already been admitted to the school, but he won't go into specifics until next week.

Noted there will be some similarities between USC and UW, but he wants to tailor things to the players they have on their roster. Specifically noted Jake Locker, Donald Butler, D'Andre Goodwin, Jermaine Kearse and Daniel Te'o Nesheim.

Said Jake Locker is an even better person than he is an athlete. Said that overall there is a mindset instilled within the team now that no matter what it takes they will put forth the effort to win.

Unsure of when things will get done with Locker and the Los Angeles Angels, but he expects them to get things done. Said he's proud of Locker for going slow and making sure he gets a good deal.

Said four of the first five opponents -- USC, LSU, Notre Dame and Stanford -- are all in the top 15 of the most physical schools in the country so UW has their work cut out for them, but he reiterated that he's excited about the schedule and to get things started.

Butler

Only one question for the senior linebacker and it had to do with the mentality instilled by the new staff...

\"The biggest change is the fire and passion the coaches have brought day in and day out and how to be competitive in the Pac 10 year after year.\"

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Chris Fetters
7/28/2009
9:20 pm

Bradly Roussel update:
Roussel, who left Washington after spring football, has resurfaced at Northwestern State University, located in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He is on full scholarship, and is listed as a sophomore on their roster. The roster can be seen Here.


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/28/2009
7:00 am

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian and Donald Butler will be up at 10:00 am Thursday. Here's the full schedule for those interested...

9:30 a.m. -- Introduction - Jim Muldoon
9:35 a.m. -- Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott
9:45 a.m. -- Paul Wulff/C Kenny Alfred - Washington State
10:00 a.m. -- Steve Sarkisian/OLB Donald Butler - Washington
10:15 a.m. -- Rick Neuheisel/MLB Reggie Carter - UCLA
10:30 a.m. -- Jim Harbaugh/RB Toby Gerhart - Stanford
10:45 a.m. -- Dennis Erickson/OLB Mike Nixon - Arizona State
11:00 a.m. -- Break
11:10 a.m. -- Mike Stoops/FS Cam Nelson - Arizona
11:25 a.m. -- Jeff Tedford/TB Jahvid Best - California
11:40 a.m. -- Mike Riley/OLB Keaton Kristick - Oregon State
11:55 a.m. -- Chip Kelly/CB Walter Thurmond III - Oregon
12:10 p.m. -- Pete Carroll/FS Taylor Mays - USC
12:25 p.m. -- Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott

Fans can watch all of the media day procedings by going to the official conference website.

Lastly, fans can get involved this year via Twitter according to the Pac 10 release...

Questions may be submitted at any time leading up to the event or on the day itself. The best questions will be selected and asked by the webcast's host, Steve Physoic, who will be calling Pac-10 football games this season on Fox Sports Net. Fans can participate by tweeting their questions to: http://twitter.com/pac10.

That's all for now. Check back later for some recruiting tidbits I've been working on the past few days...


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/24/2009
10:30 am

Players each Pac 10 team can't live without...

Saw this on another blog for another conference and it got me thinking...who would each of the Pac 10 teams be in trouble if they were to lose them?

Here are the ten players I thought of...

Washington: Is there any question? QB Jake Locker was lost midway through the fourth game of the season last year and it was obvious the team missed his playmaking ability as well as his quiet leadership. Locker's legs currently are more of a threat than his arm, but going 16 of 18 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game show that he's progressing into being a complete quarterback.

Arizona: RB Nic Grigsby is the top returning offensive player on the Wildcats' roster. What would they lose if Grigsby went down? How about 1,153 yards and 13 touchdowns while playing in a pass-happy offense in 2008? Grigsby is perfect for the spread offense employed by Arizona and would be a huge loss for them especially now that sophomore QB Matt Scott will do his best to replace Willie Tuitama who graduated.

Arizona State: The Sun Devils always seem to have a great pass-rusher and for the past two seasons, DE Dexter Davis has been the man for ASU. He's posted 27.5 sacks in three season (21.5 over the past two) and he's a pre-season All-American. Davis is a player the offense always has to account for and he wreaks havoc from the start of the game until the end.

California: Cal is loaded with talent, but RB Jahvid Best is irreplaceable. He's the top Heisman candidate in the conference and he'll try and do better than the 1,580 yards and 15 touchdowns he rushed for in 2008 this season. With his speed and quickness, Best is a threat to take it the distance every time he gets his hands on the ball as Washington found out last season when he went for 311 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-7 romp over the Huskies to end the season.

Oregon: QB Jeremiah Masoli was a pleasant surprise for the Ducks in 2008 signing late with Oregon after leading CCSF to the National Championship as a freshman in 2007. Masoli wasn't a prolific passer, but what he did was lead his team by sheer will and determination. He didn't take over the reigns of the Ducks until about halfway through the season, splitting time with three other quarterbacks, but when he finally got the keys to the car that is the Oregon offense, he led them to a 10-3 record and a Holiday Bowl win over Oklahoma State . Without him to guide head coach Chip Kelly's offense, the Ducks would still be a potent offense, but he takes them to the next level and is the reason they could challenge USC for the conference title.

Oregon State: This one was tough because both James and Jacquizz Rodgers were outstanding for the Beavers in 2008. However, a good running game is almost a pre-requisite to get to a conference title and the younger Rodgers brother (Jacquizz) was outstanding as a freshman last season rushing for 1,253 yards and 11 touchdowns. He's a game-breaker at times, but more importantly, he moves the chains and is a good receiver out of the backfield.

Stanford: RB Toby Gerhart is the choice, although with the talent upgrade that head coach Jim Harbaugh is bringing in, he might not have the impact this season that he might project to have. Making things easier on redshirt freshman QB Andrew Luck will be Gerhart's main job this fall, whether that's as a runner, blocker or receiver is yet to be determined. All we do know is that Gerhart is an indispensable piece to the Cardinal offensive puzzle.

UCLA: The Bruins are plugging holes all over the place, but besides QB where redshirt freshman Kevin Prince is the presumed started heading into fall camp, the defensive line is the biggest concern and if they were to lose DT Brian Price, it would be something that would cause head coach Rick Neuheisel to pull out what hair he has left on his thinning blond quaff. Price is a beast who stuffs the run and gets after the quarterback with equal aplomb. He causes so many problems up front for offenses that he is regularly double-teamed and he's the main threat on a young and improving Bruins defense.

USC: This one is a tough call. The Trojans have an embarrassment of riches at almost every position. When one All-American candidate goes down, they just plug in another possible candidate in his place. That being said, I believe that S Taylor Mays is about as indispensable as anyone can be on USC's roster. He's an intimidator, a leader and one of the top defensive players in the country. When your team has lost the amount of leadership and talent the Trojans have over the past 12 months due to graduation, you need someone like him to hold things together.

Washington State: Another tough one to call, but for a different reason. The Cougars are so devoid of playmakers on both sides of the ball, it's tough to single out anyone as indispensable. However, LB Andy Mattingly has the best chance to be the leader on a defense that was one of the worst ever in D-1 football history. He moves back to linebacker after two years at defensive end and that should be a good move allowing him to roam and use his speed and instincts to make plays.

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Chris Fetters
7/23/2009
7:30 pm

Thursday 7-7 workout notes:
Skill guys there (40): Jake Locker, Ronnie Fouch, Keith Price, Demitrius Bronson, Curtis Shaw, Willie Griffin, Paul Homer, Austin Sylvester, Tobias Togi, D'Andre Goodwin, Jermaine Kearse, Devin Aguilar, Jordan Polk, Cody Bruns, Luther Leonard, Tony Chidiac, James Johnson, Chris Izbicki, Kavario Middleton, Kimo Makaula, Marlion Barnett, Donald Butler, Mason Foster, Joshua Gage, Cort Dennison, Kurt Mangum, Andru Pulu, Tim Tucker, Nate Williams, Greg Walker, Victor Aiyewa, Alvin Logan, Jordan Wallace, Quinton Richardson, Matt Mosley, Vonzell McDowell, Justin Glenn, Marquis Persley, Adam Long and Desmond Trufant.

Linemen there (18): Ryan Tolar, Cody Habben, Drew Schaefer, Mark Armelin, Mykenna Ikehara, Morgan Rosborough, Nick Scott, Terence Thomas, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Cameron Elisara, Darrion Jones, Kalani, Aldrich, Tyrone Duncan, Nick Wood, De'Shon Matthews, Everrette Thompson, Semisi Tokolahi and Talia Crichton.

Also there were former Huskies Marques Tuiasosopo and Roy Lewis, as well as two other former regional college players; Washington State WR Greg Prator, who played last year in the CFL, and Eastern Oregon's James Mayfield, who played arena ball last season.

This session was easily the most spirited one I've seen so far this summer, especially when the team went 11-11 at the end. The ones took their shot first, followed by the twos, and then back to the ones to finish it up. One lineup of the OL piqued my interest: Mark Armelin (LT), Mykenna Ikehara (LG), Ryan Tolar (C), Cody Habben (RG) and Drew Schaefer (RT). If I had to hazard a guess, I believe some of the switching around of spots had to do with the numbers on hand and who has experience playing each position.

The No. 1 offense got off to a good start, led by Curtis Shaw, but was shut down when Jake Locker tried to pass cross-field to Jermaine Kearse, but Vonzell McDowell had the play sniffed out perfectly. The junior cornerback from Rainier Beach looked great out there Thursday, along with Justin Glenn. The defensive backs in general just look more assured and confident in their play. Glenn, in particular, looks so smooth it's hard to tell if he's got the speed to make plays, but like Brandon Roy, his burst and ability to get on the ball in a hurry is so deceptive. He has a chance to be a really good one.

Watching Nate Williams, it's clear the back end is his territory and he's taking that leadership role. Guys are looking to him to know where to be and he's on top of it. It was good to see Aiyewa out there and working.

The No. 2 offense also got shut down, as the defense was flying around. Even though it's just touch, they were getting aggressive. One of the highlights of the afternoon was when the ones took the ball back one last time and Locker connected with Kearse as the sophomore from Lakes was racing down the field. Greg Walker was in perfect position to make a play, and if there were playing with pads he would have leveled Kearse. As it stood, the two made a very solid collision, with neither one of them giving ground. It elicited quite a few oohs and aahs from the sidelines, especially for Walker's play. He stood Jermaine straight-up.

With Tuiasosopo playing timekeeper and peacekeeper, Locker did his best to get his guys lined up. With time running out, the junior QB threw a strike to Tony Chidiac, who was touched down at the defense's 25-yard line or so. Locker was racing to get his guys lined up one more time for a clock play when the defense felt time had run out. They rushed the field in celebration with the thought that they had won the informal battle, but Locker was emphatic that they have one more play to settle it once and for all. It looked like Tuiasosopo agreed, so they lined up for an untimed down.

As Locker was racing off tackle to get out of the pocket for a throw, Mason Foster came flying through and touched him. Locker went ahead and passed the ball, but the game was over. The defense went crazy again. The offense wasn't thrilled at all. It was great to see the competition spill over into this voluntary session, and while the rest left, the two backup QB's and Tuiasosopo still threw 1-1's for at least 30 minutes afterward.

Speaking of Marques, he will be on with the Dawgman guys at 9:35 Saturday morning on KJR 950-AM. We will be asking the 2001 Rose Bowl MVP about his time working with the newest crop of Dawgs, as well as his NFL career.

I also spoke quickly with Everrette Thompson after he was done with his workout, and he looks really good. He's probably 6-foot-6, 260 right now and looks very fit. He told me that he's still probably at '80 percent' coming back from a broken bone in his foot during spring ball.

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/23/2009
7:00 am

-- S Nate Williams told me he's up to 220 right now and that he feels like he can move just as well as he did last season. He noted that the coaches had him at strong safety for most of spring, so he's not quite sure where they will have him once the season starts, but that he's ready to play anywhere they want him.

We also talked about the mentality of the entire team right now and if they have a fragile mindset after going 0-12 last season. He said while that is definitely something they can't forget about, they also are looking forward especially with a new staff in place and that it was tough coming to practice and on gamedays because they felt everything just \"went out the window\" last season after the old staff was fired.

Williams told me he's not going to make any predictions, but he said this will be a different team that runs out onto the field September 5th. He said that the players aren't scared of facing LSU on national T.V., but they know the Tigers are a tough opponent who they will have to play well against in order to win the game.

-- DE Darrion Jones told me that the defense that takes the field this season will be a lot different than the one he's played in since he arrived at Montlake.

The fifth-year senior noted that in the past the Husky DL was expected to read the run until they figured out it wasn't a run and then they could rush the quarterback, but in the new scheme they are aggressive and their first step is more explosive so they will be ahead of things moreso than they were in the past.

He said his totals from last season were disappointing for him and he plans to go out on a high note this fall.

-- WR Anthony Boyles said he's really taken to Seattle and loves it here. He said last year he was all set to start the season in the three-wide sets they had, but he lost his concentration because of some personal stuff he had going on.

He said in two practices, the week before the opener against Oregon, he dropped 14 passes and he vowed to never let that happen again. He said he got down and never got the chance to get his spot back because the season went downhill after that.

He said the new staff lets the players be who they are. \"If you like to talk, you can talk, just don't take away from the gameplan or get a penalty.\" He said where he comes from, you talk a big game and you back it up, but that former head coach Tyrone Willingham told them they couldn't do that. Boyles said the new staff allows them to have some swagger and he can feel the difference already.

That's all for now...

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/22/2009
6:50 am

Morning links and some football notes as well...

-- The state of Washington will be profiled this Friday (7/24) on ESPN's popular College Football Live show. Expect a lot of talk about the Huskies, Cougars and some of the top high school programs in the state.

-- The Huskies will take on LSU in the first game of the season and while they will be going after OT Ciron Black on the field, it's hard not to root for the big-time NFL prospect after reading this story from Andy Staples on Sports Illustrated.

-- Washington released the start times for fall camps practices. Here's the list and the link...

Practice Dates & Times for UW Football, Fall Camp 2009

Mon., Aug. 10 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 11 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 12 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 13 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 14 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 15 - Two-a-Day Practices, 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 16 - Picture Day, 10:00 a.m. (no practice)
Mon., Aug. 17 - Two-a-Day Practices, 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 18 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 19 - Two-a-Day Practices, 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 20 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 21 - Two-a-Day Practices, 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 22 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 23 - Off Day
Mon., Aug. 24 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 25 - Two-a-Day Practices, 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.

Wed., Aug. 26 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 27 - Two-a-Day Practices, 8:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 28 - Practice, 3:00 p.m.; Raise the Woof! Dinner, 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 29 - Practice, 10:15 a.m. (Fall Camp Ends)
Sun., Aug. 30 - Off Day


That's all for now. Check the blog later today when I will have some tidbits from some of my conversations with three Husky football players over the past few days and their thoughts as we get closer to the start of camp...

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Posted by Scott Eklund
7/21/2009
11:30 am

Summer 7 on 7 news and notes (7/21)...

Fetters and I wandered out to the Dempsey to watch the guys run through 7 on 7's. Here's what we saw...

Present today were...

OL: Morgan Rosborough, Ryan Tolar, Mark Armelin, Mykenna Ikehara, Terrence Thomas, Drew Schaefer and Nick Scott

DL: Daniel T'eo-Nesheim, Tyrone Duncan, Semisi Tokolahi (Fr.), Kalani Aldrich and Talia Crichton (Fr.)

DBs, TEs and WRs: James Johnson (Fr.), Jermaine Kearse, Devin Aguilar, Marlion Barnett (Fr.), Chris Izbicki, Kimo Maukala (Fr.), Nate Williams, Johri Fogerson, Luther Leonard, Quinton Richardson, Alvin Logan, Greg Walker, Justin Glenn, Nate Fellner (Fr.), Desmond Trufant (Fr.) and Anthony Boyles.

QBs, RBs and LBs: Ronnie Fouch, Jake Locker, Keith Price (Fr.), Demitrius Bronson (Fr.), Paul Homer, Austin Sylvester, Tim Tucker (Fr.), Matt Houston, Andru Pulu (Fr.), Jordan Wallace (Fr.), Josh Gage, Kurt Mangum and Cort Dennison.

Alumni: Marques Tuiasosopo, Damon Huard and Roy Lewis.

Present but not taking part: Matt Mosley and Victor Aiyewa as well as \"Ten\".

**Note: There may have been one or two players I forgot to mention, but this was a good representation of who was there...

Got a good look at Trufant today. The kid is super-quick and likes the challenge of going up against the top WR out there. He got burned a few times and turned around a few others, but he competed all day and showed some fire. The rest of the players were pretty excited to see what he had to offer.

Pulu is just a specimen. He's got really broad shoulders and he's pretty cut already, but he's got the frame to add a lot more weight and end up at DE or DT before it's all said and done. He worked mainly at MLB today and he looked solid.

If you haven't seen Richardson in a while, what sticks out most are the development of his shoulders. They are huge and he's just a big, physical corner who comes right up and challenges the WR he's ready to face off against. He and Boyles were battling a lot and he and Aguilar went at it a little as well.

Fetters and I were debating who was the quicker wideout...Jordan Polk (who wasn't present today) or Aguilar. There wasn't a clear winner in our discussion, but either one is about as quick as I've seen at wideout. Aguilar was \"breaking ankles\" today and really gave Lewis all he could handle on several routes.

Locker and Fouch throw a different ball than Huard and Tui. It isn't that they throw a poor ball, but you can definitely tell the difference in who is a pro and who is still learning at the collegiate level. Even if Tui or Huard didn't put the ball exactly where they wanted it, they threw it much more on time than Fouch, Price or Locker. It's a nuance that is tough to learn, but once you do it can make all the difference in the world for wideouts. At the pro level, when a wideout has a half-step on a DB, they are considered open. That isn't the case in college and QBs are used to at least one if not two or three steps.

Wallace was taken to school by several wideouts and tight ends, but you can see his athleticism. Fetters compared him with Evan Benjamin in the way his body is molded and how he carries himself and everyone we talked to seemed to agree. He's destined for a SLB position in my mind.

One player who really stood out today was Izbicki who continues to show his renewed focus on his trade. He works really hard at running his routes and made two outstanding grabs in traffic for what would have been big gains. He's got soft hands and while he isn't the best athlete among the tight ends, he gives the most effort and in the end that might make the difference in who starts and who only sees spot duty this fall.

The linemen went through a heated 30 minute workout doing one on ones before doing full-team drills.

Tolar and Tokolahi both went at it with Tolar getting the best of the freshman. Last week when I watched them Tokolahi had the better day, but today Tolar showed him who's boss and let him know verbally as well.

Tokolahi was drenched afterwards and talked with his family who has moved to the Seattle area (as we reported this past spring). It wouldn't surprise me if he sees some time this fall, but if he doesn't he will see lots of time in 2011 just because of his sheer size and quick first step.

Crichton looks a bit thin to me, but he uses his hands really well, knocking down Scott's hands to got a quick \"sack\" on Fouch. He probably won't play on first or second down, but I can see him as a situational pass-rusher this fall.

Ikehara is smallish, but really gets after guys. Love the way he goes about his business and he will be a good once once he gets just a little more size on him. He really does play with the strength of a 300 pounder.

The final WR/DB one on one of the day was Tolar running a route vs. Ikehara. The islander made his move as the ball was being delivered to Tolar and batted it away as Tolar ran a post pattern. All the players seemed to love the action and had a great laugh before huddling and giving a \"Go Dawgs\" before they left.

From what it sounds like, Huard is headed to San Francisco next week for the start of training camp so it sounds like today was his last day at seven on sevens.

That's all for now...

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Posted by Aaron Beach
7/21/2009
8:05 pm

Some basketball news and notes...

Justin Dentmon is weighing his professional options, which include an offer from a Spanish team, other European clubs and the NBADL. Ryan Appleby is currently training players full time out of the Emerald City Basketball training facility in Seattle.

The Huskies opponent in the Wooden classic is none other than the Georgetown Hoyas. Their non conference schedule also includes Texas A&M and Texas Tech. The Hoyas were 16-15 last season including a 7-11 record in the tough Big East, and return just about everyone from last years' team including former prep phenom Greg Monroe.

The UW Coaching staff headed to Vegas Tuesday morning where the top AAU talent in the country converges every summer. There are now five major tournaments running simultaneously showcasing thousands of AAU teams.

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/21/2009
11:30 am

-- Donald Butler will accompany Sarkisian to Los Angeles next week for Media Day. Last year Tyrone Willingham had DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim in tow when they met with the media.

Butler is a two-year starter who has struggled with injuries the past two seasons, but he's still managed to post 145 tackles and two sacks in his three seasons at Montlake.

-- As the Tacoma News Tribune's Todd Milles wrote in his yesterday, it has been announced that the Huskies will allow fans to attend every practice of fall camp which starts on August 10th.

As he states, it is unknown whether practices during the season, which would begin on August 31st after the team breaks camp, will be open to fans, however it is rare for coaches to make those practices open so fans should plan on attending during camp if they want to see the team up close.

-- Here are the dates listed for practices and remember they are subject to change...

Key Dates for UW Football, Fall 2009
Mon., Aug. 10 - Practice
Tue., Aug. 11 - Practice
Wed., Aug. 12 - Practice
Thu., Aug. 13 - Practice
Fri., Aug. 14 - Practice
Sat., Aug. 15 - Two-a-Day Practices
Sun., Aug. 16 - Picture Day (no practice)
Mon., Aug. 17 - Two-a-Day Practices
Tue., Aug. 18 - Practice
Wed., Aug. 19 - Two-a-Day Practices
Thu., Aug. 20 - Practice
Fri., Aug. 21 - Two-a-Day Practices
Sat., Aug. 22 - Practice
Sun., Aug. 23 - Off Day
Mon., Aug. 24 - Practice
Tue., Aug. 25 - Two-a-Day Practices
Wed., Aug. 26 - Practice
Thu., Aug. 27 - Two-a-Day Practices
Fri., Aug. 28 - Practice
Sat., Aug. 29 - Practice
Sun., Aug. 30 - Off Day
Mon., Aug. 31 - Practice
Tue., Sept. 1 - Practice
Wed., Sept. 2 - Practice
Thu., Sept. 3- Practice
Fri., Sept. 4 - Practice
Sat., Sept. 5 - Huskies vs. LSU, 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Here's the full release as well: Key Dates For Football Fall Practice

--Lastly, Chris Fetters, Kim Grinolds and myself will be at the Founder's Club to bring you full coverage of the media kickoff presser that will be held on August 7th.

Interviews with Sarkisian as well as the assistants and players will most likely take place then so fans should be ready for a full-on media blitz from Dawgman.com starting then.

That's all for now...


Posted by Chris Fetters
7/21/2009
1:00 am

Elite 11 news

The ESPN Rise Elite 11 Quarterback Camp gets underway Monday in Southern California, and there are two signal-callers UW fans are intimately aware of: Oaks Christian QB Nick Montana, who has verbally committed to Washington; and Jake Heaps, the Skyline star who will be playing his college ball at BYU. A funny thing happened on the way SoCal, however...

There no doubt has been plenty of drama the past few months, as first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian tried to figure out who the centerpiece for his 2010 class would be. At quarterback, he had offered three players early: Jake Heaps, Jesse Scroggins and Nick Montana.

Heaps was the local favorite; he had led the Skyline Spartans to back-to-back state titles and hasn't lost a game as a starter. Scroggins was probably the most athletic of the three and has an unbelievable arm. Montana has the pedigree (his father is Joe Montana), as well as the game.

Heaps was the first one to commit - to BYU - in early June, followed by Montana to Washington. So in many ways, the two field generals will forever be connected in some way.

And starting Monday they'll have another interesting connection; they are roommates at the Elite 11. How is that going to play out? We'll be in touch with both after the camp to get their thoughts.

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Posted by Chris Fetters
7/18/2009
8:35 pm

Podcast Time!

We get requests all the time for podcasts of the Dawgman on KJR radio show, and while we can't podcast the whole show, KJR does archive our special guests.

The latest interviews are both for hoops: New UW Basketball assistant coach Raphael Chillious and Dawgman.com Head of Hoops Aaron Beach have come on the show and their chats with us can be heard at the link below.

Dawgman on KJR podcast archive page

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Posted by Chris Fetters
7/18/2009
12:05 am

Some JC news...

Well, word came out last week that Cerritos College DT Johnny Tivao probably wasn't going to make it into UW for fall camp, and we were able to confirm the news through sources close to Tivao's recruitment. A school that has popped up is New Mexico State, but it's unclear whether the 5-foot-10, 340-pound Tivao will be able to enroll at any D1 school before fall football starts.

One thing is for certain, though: Johnny Tivao will not be a Husky.

Talk about it: Here


Posted by Kim Grinolds
7/16/2009
5:30 pm



Basketball open run at Hec Ed...

Good turnout of guys today. Here's the list of who was there...

Abdul Gaddy
Elston Turner
Spencer Hawes
Nick Collison
Clarence Trent
Jamaal Crawford
Venoy Overton
Quincy Pondexter
Brandon Roy
Isaiah Thomas
Tyreece Breshers
C.J. Wilcox
Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Darnell Gant

Football 7-on-7's...

Saw most of the freshman out there, but I wasn't sure who all of them were. Juan Garcia and Marques Tuiasosopo were both taking part in the workout.

It was a pretty spirited workout and they were going at it pretty good.

I will have pics of what I saw up later tonight...


Posted by Scott Eklund
7/14/2009
8:05 pm

Summer 7-on7's report...

Almost all of the incoming freshman were there and were taking part at least partially. Some went through the position \"drills\" and things like that, but they didn't participate in the full skelly.

Saw DT Semisi Tokolahi take on C Ryan Tolar in one-on-ones and he more than held his own against the junior pivot. Tokolahi is an absolute beast. He doesn't have a great physique, but his first step is amazingly quick and he's really strong already.

CB Desmond Trufant took part in the full team and skelly drills and looked good. He was getting coached up by Vonzell McDowell and Justin Glenn at different points.

It appears that Kimo Makaula will start out on the defensive side of the ball since that is where he was working today. He's got a good looking frame, but he'll definitely redshirt this year imho.

QB Keith Price was working with Jake Locker, Ronnie Fouch and Marques Tuiasosopo. He's got a high delivery and release point and his footwork was a bit funky compared to the three experienced QBs, but he's got a good arm and he was really accurate, putting the ball right on the money several times in the warmups. He throws a nice tight spiral and you can tell he knows how to spin it.

DE Talia Crichton is quick, but needs to add strength. If/when he plays this year I think he will only see time situationally. He's got the knack for dipping the shoulder though.

WR James Johnson continues to impress. He just looks so smooth out there and he really impresses with the way he catches the ball and his soft hands.

TE Dorson Boyce was hanging out with Kavario Middleton and Chris Izbicki. The three seem to be forming a nice little bond right now.

Saw LB Andru Pulu working with the LBs and the guy already has a Pac 10 body. He's got very wide shoulders and he changes direction really well. I still think he ends up at DE, but from watching him he could end up a number of places on D.

All together there were about 65 to 70 players out today. Some pictures below are of some of the players and I will try and get more the next time I'm out. Until then...

Darrion Jones, Cameron Elisara and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim:
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Willie Griffin and Demitrius Bronson:
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Demitrius Bronson:
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Johri Fogerson:
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Posted by Scott Eklund
7/13/2009
8:05 am

Monday Recruiting updates...

Spoke with a couple of players over the weekend and here's what they had to say about Washington and the possibility of visiting the Huskies before the start of the season or in the fall...

-- Kaiser (Fontana, CA) LB/DE Josh Shirley - He's one of the most sought-after defensive players in the country right now and the Huskies have a small glimmer of hope, but after talking to him they still have an uphill climb.

\"Washington is recruiting me hard and I like the coaches there,\" Shirley said. \"I'm not sure who I'm visiting right now, but I'm going to have to start figuring that out here in the next month or so because I want to start setting up some visits.\"

The Huskies along with USC, UCLA, Arizona, Notre Dame and Tennessee all appear to be favorites of the talented defender and, according to Josh at least, the Huskies appear to be recruiting him to play outside linebacker for them.

\"Schools like my get-off and how I never stop going on a play,\" Shirley said.

-- St. Francis (La Canada, CA) S/RB Dietrich Riley - Spoke to Dietrich last night and he said his plans have changed and he won't be in Seattle in the next two weeks.

\"My uncle was planning the trip and he couldn't get up there because of work,\" Riley said. \"We're going to go up for the start of their camp in August to check things out and meet with the coaches.

\"Actually it'll be good because I can see the team in action and stuff like that. I'm looking forward to it.\"

Riley said he's not ready to name a leader, but that the Huskies are right near the top of his list.

\"You can't help but be excited about what they are doing there,\" Riley said. \"I mean, I love the coaches and I think they will be able to really make some strides this fall.\"

-- Tesoro (Los Flores, CA) OL Sil Ajawara - Spoke with Sil on Saturday and he said Washington is a school that interests him a lot, but that he needs to learn more about them.

\"They are a school I'm interested in, but I haven't heard as much from them as some other schools,\" Ajawara said. \"Coach (Nick) Holt is the coach recruiting me for them and I want to get to know them more.\"

Ajawara said his team plays a zone-blocking scheme, requiring him to have quick feet and good technique.

\"I love to get out and pull,\" Ajawara said. \"It's fun to get angles on guys, get to the next level and bury a DB or linebacker. I mean, I just love playing ball.\"

Ajawara isn't ready to narrow things down, but said he'd like to schedule some visits early on in his senior season and would like to make his commitment before the end of the year.

We'll have more on him in the next month or so, but Ajawara is definitely a player to keep an eye on.

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Posted by Scott Eklund
7/11/2009
5:40 pm

Sark notes...

-- Coach Sarkisian noted that all the incoming freshman have qualified and will take part in the Bridge Program that begins tomorrow (July 12th).

-- He also noted that several of the JC players signed last February are still working to get qualified and we won't know the status of them until right around the start of fall camp.

-- Sarksisian also said that David Freeman and Brandon Johnson are going to be the only academic casualties this summer and everyone else is fine.

Here's the link to the audio from today's interview... Sarkisian on KJR with Dawgman.com


Posted by Chris Fetters
7/10/2009
10:50 pm

A very special guest to join the Dawgman guys on Saturday:
We were able to confirm this morning that Washington Head Coach Steve Sarkisian has agreed to take a few precious minutes away from his summer vacation to join us on the radio Saturday morning at 9:35. So tune into KJR 950-AM to hear the latest on UW football!

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Posted by Chris Fetters
7/9/2009
7:40 pm

Huskies Hoops Run:
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(From Kim Grinolds):
Stopped by Hec Ed today to take a peek at open gym. Not much going on. According to Isaiah Thomas, they've run pretty hard the past three days. Attendees: Isaiah Thomas, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Abdul Gaddy, Justin Dentmon, C.J. Wilcox (minus the dreads), Joe Wolfinger, Alex Schrempf, and a few guys I didn't know.

Spoke with Wolfinger for a few minutes. There was speculation with Charles Garcia not making it in that Wolf might stay for his final year. That won't happen. Joe will play this winter at The Citadel, having a better chance to see playing time.

Dentmon is trying to decide between the NBADL, Italy or Spain.

Darnell Gant watched for a few minutes. He said he's up to 223 pounds. When he first arrived on campus he was below 200.

Tyreese Breshers watched as well. He showed up with three boxes of Clif Bars. He's running on the treadmill but hasn't been cleared yet. Even when he gets cleared, he's still going to be a ways away.
(From Chris Fetters):
Guys seen at the Huskies 7-7 Thursday (and I may have missed a couple):
Offensive Skill Players: Jake Locker, Demitrius Bronson, Willie Griffin, Chris Polk (didn't participate), Paul Homer, Austin Sylvester, Dorson Boyce, Romeo Savant, Cody Bruns, Jamal Kearse, Devin Aguilar, Jordan Polk, Luther Leonard, D'Andre Goodwin, James Johnson.
Defensive Skill Players: Mason Foster, Donald Butler, Kurt Mangum, Cort Dennison, Matt Houston, Tripper Johnson, Nate Williams, Greg Walker, Alvin Logan, Vonzell McDowell, Matt Mosley, Quinton Richardson, Marquis Persley, Justin Glenn (didn't participate).
Offensive Linemen: Terence Thomas (didn't participate), Cody Habben, Ryan Tolar, Mykenna Ikehara, Nick Scott, Senio Kelemete, Mark Armelin, Drew Schaefer
Defensive Linemen: Kalani Aldrich, Everrette Thompson (didn't participate), Nick Wood, Tyrone Duncan, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, De'Shon Matthews, Conrad Remington.

Damon Huard, Juan Garcia and Roy Lewis were also on hand. Roy was the only one that went through the whole workout. Huard just threw routes, while Garcia worked out on his own at the other end of Husky Stadium.

Locker came out with his new puppy, a purebred brown lab named Ten. Paul Homer was definitely having fun with Ten, and Ten christened the W in his own special way before practice started. Looks like the team has their own unofficial mascot now. There's a couple of pictures of Ten at the bottom of this entry.

Great to see Garcia today at the 7-7's. His quote of the day, talking about doing a CrossFit workout: \"I accepted that I was going to die, but it never came.\" He'll be in Seattle a couple more weeks before heading out to Minnesota's fall camp. He's at 303 pounds, which is just what Minnesota wants him to be at. He talked to us a little bit about the change in the guys' bodies from when he left, and he had a few choice words for the situation the former players found themselves in with regard to the old strength and conditioning staff. Needless to say, he's thrilled things have changed, but still pretty bugged about not having the same opportunities the current players are receiving.

He also talked a little bit about when he went up against Pat and Kevin Williams during his workout at Minnesota, and how Pat was just an immovable object inside and Kevin was unbelievably quick for being 320 pounds. He's going to have his work cut out for him, but he's absolutely up for the challenge.

Garcia was supposedly giving Locker some noise about naming his dog after his number, until he remembered that his two dogs are named Five and Eight. True story.

Talked briefly with Demitrius Bronson, who seemed disappointed that Brandon Johnson and David Freeman won't be around the fall, but acknowledged that he now has a giant opportunity in front of him. He said he's a solid 210 pounds, and he stayed late with Paul Homer to run routes against Mangum, who said he's running at around 240 pounds, or maybe just a biscuit shy of 240.

Saw two players that weren't working out - Justin Glenn and Everrette Thompson. Thompson is still rehabbing a cracked bone in his foot, but said he'll most likely be cleared for full work by the end of the month. So while I expect he'll be brought back slowly during fall camp, he should be ready to go August 10th. Glenn hurt his ankle a couple of weeks back and was staying out of drills as a precaution. He also looks to be full-go by the time the Huskies strap on pads a month from now. Polk was also there in full sweats, holding an ice bag. I don't know what his injury is at this point, but he seemed to be walking around just fine.

Had not seen Boyce until today, and he actually looks a little bigger than the 6-2, 250 he's listed at - seemed to me that he was closer to 6-3. In talking to some of the players before practice, they think he's faster than either Chris Izbicki or Kavario Middleton, so expect Boyce to jump right into the mix this fall.

Boyce and James Johnson were the first two from the 2009 class to work out in these informal sessions, but expect a full boat next week. We ran into the third member of the class to show up - Marlion Barnett. He got into Seattle today and checked out practice with his Mom and Dad and younger brother Dorion.

Barnett is 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds, and well put-together. He expects to start out at the slot position, or H-Back, or hybrid position. He'll probably be asked to do a little bit of everything.

Players are scheduled to check in Sunday, and Barnett's roommate is Nate Fellner. Barnett said that he keeps in touch regularly with Fellner, as well as Keith Price and Tim Tucker. His nickname in high school was 'Uno', because he wore No. 1. He asked Polk if he could have No. 1, and was flatly turned down. He's hoping to wear No. 18.

Barnett's brother is just going into the 9th grade this fall at Santiago High School in Corona, Calif., and is already 6-foot-2 and 187 pounds. Look for Dorion Barnett to be on the Huskies' watch list for the class of 2013.

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Posted by Chris Fetters
7/9/2009
12:40 pm

Angelo Chol is one of Washington's top hoops targets for the class of 2011. Scout.com's Tracy Pierson took some video of the 6-8, 200-pound post prospect from Hoover High in San Diego, participating at UCLA's summer camp.

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\r\n7/9/2009
\r\n6:20 am\r\n

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OL recruiting update (7/9)...\r\n

\r\nHere's a quick look at how things are shaping up with some of the top OL recruits the Huskies are after.\r\n

\r\nUW already has Redmond OG Colin Porter and O'Dea OT Ben Riva committed for the 2010 class, but their biggest coup could happen in August when Oaks Christian OT Erik Kohler makes his choice. With Kohler telling numerous people UW is in the lead, it's not hard to imagine him pulling the trigger for the Dawgs in the next few weeks with the likes of Johnny Nansen, Demetrice Martin, Dan Cozzetto and head coach Steve Sarkisian putting the full-court press on him.\r\n

\r\nAlso working in Washington's favor is the fact Kohler's close friend, QB Nick Montana, is already committed to the Huskies and has been in his ear ever since he made his commitment early last month.\r\n

\r\nKohler is still slated to visit UCLA and Cal, who #2 and #3 schools, over the next few weeks and things could easily change, but at this point he continues to say the Huskies are in the lead.\r\n

\r\nWhat does this mean?\r\n

\r\nIf Kohler were to pull the trigger, he would team with Riva to be the bookend tackles the Huskies are so desperately looking for in this class. Kohler is technically sound and plays left tackle for Oaks Christian, while Riva is athletic, but raw. Porter would project as a physical presence inside at guard. \r\n

\r\nLoyola OL Colin Tanigawa projects inside at either guard or center and he too has Washington squarely in the lead for things. Should he (as well as Kohler) make his choice in the next few weeks, which is assumed timeline, and should it be for the Dawgs, that would leave them with one spot remaining in the class.\r\n

\r\nBecause they would already have two tackle prospects (Kohler and Riva) and two inside prospects (Tanigawa and Porter) they could then focus on bringing in the best available prospect they could get.\r\n

\r\nWho would that be?\r\n

\r\nSome have speculated that the Huskies are in great shape for Centennial (Peoria, Az.) OG Nick Rowland, but I've been hearing this just isn't the case. Rowland was looking pretty closely at Washington back when Dan Cozzetto was hired away from Arizona State, but since then his attention has turned to Cal, ASU and Stanford as well as USC who hasn't offered yet, but could in the near future.\r\n

\r\nMater Dei (Santa Ana, Ca.) OL Chris Ward is another player rumored to be looking heavily at the Dawgs, but after speaking with him, I expect him to stay in California at either UCLA or Cal.\r\n

\r\nMicah Hatchie (Waialua) and Kaiwi Crabb (Punaho) are both Hawaii prospects the Huskies have a great shot at. Hatchie is a perfect fit at tackle, while I picture Crabb moving inside to play guard. Nansen and Sarkisian are big presences on the islands and both of these players really have their eyes on what Washington has to offer.\r\n

\r\nSo who else is out there?\r\n

\r\nOceanside (Ca.) OG Thomas Molesi is a player that Washington offered after the May evaluation period and they have made up ground with the likes of Nansen recruiting him. He can play on either side of the ball, but appears to be a better fit at guard.\r\n

\r\nMission Viejo's Mike Christe is a player who's stock has skyrocketed after an outstanding spring and the Huskies are squarely in the mix for him. He's a 6-5, 295-pound bruiser who would be a nice compliment to Porter at guard. He's strong and he's just now starting to realize his potential according to his head coach.\r\n

\r\nWashington has also offered Sil Ajawara, a physically gifted guard/tackle prospect from Tesoro High School in Las Flores, Ca. ASU and UCLA are his other suitors at this point, but Washington offers early playing time and that appeals to the big o-lineman.\r\n

\r\nGiovanni Di Paolo (St. Bonaventure) from California has an offer from Washington and early on it appeared he was favoring the Dawgs, but he's cooled on them, becoming infatuated with USC after they offered him following his performance at their line camp. Also in the mix are ASU and Arizona.\r\n

\r\nArizona is quickly becoming one of the better places to find OL prospects and Saguaro (Scottsdale) OT Kody Innes shot up the charts with a solid spring. He's 6-3, 275, but he's got great feet and the frame to get to the 295-pound range. He could play guard or tackle at the next level and Washington, along with Arizona State, UCLA, Nebraska, Colorado, Cal and Stanford has thrown it's hat in the ring.\r\n

\r\nBen Gottshalk from Notre Dame in Sherman Oaks, Ca. doesn't have an offer, but he was in Seattle for Washington's 'Rising Stars' camp. Scout has him projected at tackle, but he appears to be more of a guard prospect. He isn't overly big, but he showed decent feet while competing against some solid DL prospects a few weeks ago. I do not expect him to get an offer soon, but if Washington misses on some of their other top guys, he could be a candidate to pick up an offer.\r\n

\r\nLocally, Wenatchee C Mike Marboe and Skyline OT/OG Jase Butorac are both candidates to earn offers down the road. Marboe attended the line camp for the Huskies, while Butorac was at the 'Rising Stars' camp. Don't be surprised if the Huskies take a flier on one of the two as more and more prospects make their decisions. A lot will depend on how things play out with the above mentioned players.\r\n

\r\nI do not expect Washington to go after a JC OL in this class, but there is still a possibility they might. Of the bunch that are out there, Etu Feo (Butte), Jason Weaver (Arizona Western), John Cullen (Fullerton), Roszell Gayden (Sequoias) and the combo of Juan Bolanos and Charles Wiley at Grossmont appear to be some of the top Cali JUCO's available.\r\n

\r\nI will have more down the road, but there's a quick look at who the Huskies are after and who they have the best shot at...\r\n

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\r\nPosted by Scott Eklund
\r\n7/8/2009
\r\n6:27 am\r\n

\r\nMorning links and other missives...\r\n

\r\n-- Here's the link to the story I posted last night regarding the status of Brandon Johnson and David Freeman who have left the program due to academic troubles and here's another link to a story the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta did with a quote from Freeman's high school coach and former Husky Charles Mincy.\r\n

\r\n-- Condotta also had a story on UW's search for a new baseball coach to replace Ken Knudson who was let go last month.\r\n

\r\n-- One last entry in Condotta's blog had to do with the summer 7-on-7 workouts going on and his thoughts on what he saw.\r\n

\r\n-- Scott Cushing, guest blogger for the Seattl P.I. asks the question...Is Washington a top 50 program?\r\n

\r\n-- Preaseason All-Conference teams are starting to come out in various forms and in this one, Washington's first opponent, LSU, has three players named to the first or second team.\r\n

\r\n-- There's also a uniform change on LSU's jersey's this year as Daily Reveille's David Helman notes.\r\n

\r\nThat's all for now. I will have something later on one of the top running back's Washington is currently recruiting a little later today...\r\n

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\r\nPosted by Scott Eklund
\r\n7/7/2009
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\r\nSome quick recruiting info...\r\n

\r\n--Here's the story on Oakland Tech WR DiAndre Campbell that I posted earlier today.\r\n

\r\n-- It appears the Bethel DT Happy Iona has scheduled his first official visit, a September 5th trip to Pullman, to visit Washington State.\r\n

\r\n-- We've heard that Oaks Christian OT Erik Kohler has narrowed his list down to three schools -- Washington, UCLA and Cal. Of that list, UCLA would have to be considered the prohibitive favorite with the Huskies running third behind Cal. However, this staff has proven that it never pays to count them out of a recruiting battle.\r\n

\r\n-- Crenshaw LB Hayes Pullard, in a story from SCPlaybook.com said his top six schools are Washington, USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, Florida and Arizona State. He also noted he plans to take official visits to UW, Notre Dame, Florida and ASU, but hasn't set them up yet at this point.\r\n

\r\nThat's all for now. I will have more later on one or two recruits who we haven't heard from in a little while.\r\n

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\r\nPosted by Chris Fetters
\r\n7/5/2009
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\r\nPeople have been asking for it, and we try our hardest to deliver. Big Thanks to our Producer, Curtis Crabtree, for helping out with podcasts of recent interviews during our Dawgman on KJR-950 AM show, hosted by Kim Grinolds, Scott Eklund and Chris Fetters every Saturday morning at 9 AM.\r\n

\r\nFor those looking for the Dawgman On KJR Interview and Podcast Center, we've included the link below. Please bookmark it for future use, as we'll be updating it weekly with special guests we have on our Saturday show.\r\n

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\r\n7/3/2009
\r\n10:00 am\r\n

\r\nThree recruiting updates (7/3)...\r\n

\r\n-- Crenshaw LB Hayes Pullard - I hadn't had a chance to catch up with Pullard in a while, so I put in a call to him. He said Washington is still in his list of top schools and that the Huskies have made a huge impression on him and showed him how much they want him. However, he said when you have schools like USC and Florida looking at you, you \"have to keep an eye open to that because they are the top two programs in the country and they have a great tradition.\"\r\n

\r\nPullard has not scheduled any official visits yet, but wants to take in a day of the Florida \"Friday Night Lights\" camp the last week of July, but he was unsure if he will be able to make that trip or not. \"I'm looking to schedule some visits once our season gets started, but I'm not sure who I will visit. I'm going to visit Washington though, I know that.\"\r\n

\r\nPullard said the Husky coaches have been very agressive in recruiting him, telling him they are building the program back and he would be a centerpiece to that rebuilding. He said while most schools are recruiting him at both RB and LB, he said Washington wants to make him into a linebacker that can be the \"QB of the defense\".\r\n

\r\nWashington appears to be in decent shape considering who they are recruiting against, but Pullard told me that ASU, USC, Florida and UCLA are the other top schools on his list.\r\n

\r\nSt. Bonaventure CB Troy Hill - Last time I talked with Hill, he told me he wanted to pull the trigger when he was up visiting Washington with his friend Josh Shaw (see update below) for the Huskies' spring game. However, he decided to wait to let his family get a look at the Husky program. Well, that look may come later this month when Hill said he plans to be on Montlake to visit with the coaches as well as introduce his family (mainly his uncle) to the staff as well.\r\n

\r\nIf things go well I fully expect a commitment from Hill to come pretty quickly after that happens.\r\n

\r\nPalmdale DB Josh Shaw - Surprisingly, to me at least, Shaw is really looking hard at the Huskies after seemingly cooling on them after his visit to UW in April. \"I have always liked Washington since the new staff got there,\" Shaw told me. \"Coach (Demetrice) Martin is so energetic and it's like talking to a friend, a brother and someone who obviously knows the game and how to coach it.\"\r\n

\r\nShaw said he plans to be in Seattle to visit the Huskies for the LSU game, but it will be an unofficial visit. \"I'm not planning to visit any west coast teams officially,\" Shaw said. \"It's pretty easy to get to those for me from where I live, so I want to use my official visits on schools that aren't as easy to get to.\"\r\n

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\r\n\"Ohio State, Notre Dame, Georgia, maybe Oklahoma,\" Shaw said. \"Honestly, I'm not really sure right now, but that is who I'm considering right now.\"\r\n

\r\nShaw said Washington's 0-12 record last year doesn't have an effect on his interest in them one way or the other. \"This staff isn't 0-12,\" Shaw said. \"They don't even consider that. They say they are there to win and whatever it takes to get there, they are going to do it and do it right.\r\n

\r\n\"The believe they are going to be successful and you could see it in their players in the spring, they are believing it too. They have a lot of talent up there so even though they were winless last year, I don't believe that is what they really are in their heads and that's what really matter as they try to rebuild it.\"\r\n

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\r\n7/2/2009
\r\n7:25 pm\r\n

\r\nThursday 7-7 Notes...\r\n

\r\nSaw roughly 45-50 players at 7-7 today in Husky Stadium. The linemen did some 1-1's for a while, and then went toward the closed end to watch the 7-7's. \r\n

\r\nThe linemen I recognized there were Ryan Tolar, Cody Habben, Drew Schaefer, Mykenna Ikehara, Nick Scott, Senio Kelemete and Mark Armelin on offense; Cameron Elisara, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, De'Shon Matthews, Darrion Jones, Nick Wood and Kalani Aldrich on defense.\r\n

\r\nFormer UW QB stars Marques Tuiasosopo and Damon Huard were throwing routes to the receivers along with Jake Locker and Ronnie Fouch, and all the receivers were there. The only running backs we saw were Willie Griffin and Demitrius Bronson, along with Paul Homer and Austin Sylvester at fullback. Chris Izbicki, Kavario Middleton and Romeo Savant were at tight end.\r\n

\r\nDefensively, Roy Lewis was there again, and the former UW corner - who just picked up his Pittsburgh Steelers World Championship ring - was the object of all the receivers' attention. They all wanted a piece of him, and he was more than happy to oblige. The only WR's I saw catch a pass off of Lewis were Devin Aguilar and Jordan Polk. \r\n

\r\nSpeaking of Lewis, Roy will be on with the Dawgman guys on KJR Saturday morning from 9-noon. Also expected to be on the show is former UW point guard Will Conroy.\r\n

\r\nThe other LB's and DB's that were there that we recognized were Mason Foster, Cort Dennison, Matt Houston, Josh Gage, T.J. Poe, Nate Williams, Alvin Logan, Greg Walker, Quinton Richardson, Matt Mosley and Marquis Persley.\r\n

\r\nSpoke to Locker briefly for an update on his contract talks with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and he said that there was no news to report. The league is still looking over his proposed contract, the details of which have not been disclosed. It's expected that Locker would sign only if it guaranteed his ability to finish out his career at UW, and also allow him to pursue NFL opportunities first before trying his hand in MLB.\r\n

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\r\n7/1/2009
\r\n5:20 pm\r\n

\r\nWednesday Open Gym Notes...\r\n

\r\nWent up to open gym today, not too many guys there because they had just gone through some rugged conditioning and most of them looked pretty wiped out, but there were a few to talk about...\r\n

\r\nIsaiah Thomas...whoa. He is ripped. He's starting to look like Nate Robinson now. People are going to be surprised. He looks very confident in everything he's doing right now. He just came back from the Deron Williams camp in Houston.\r\n

\r\nAdbul Gaddy, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Elston Turner, C.J. Wilcox and Venoy Overton were there. Alex Schrempf, who is walking on at UCLA this fall, was there, as well as Bobby Jones, who was watching the action in slippers. Tyreese Breshers was also watching. \r\n

\r\nWilcox can shoot as advertised. He was bombing 'em in from NBA 3-point range. Gaddy sees the floor so well; he has an off-the-charts basketball IQ. \r\n

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\r\nPosted by Scott Eklund
\r\n7/1/2009
\r\n5:05 pm\r\n

\r\nSome afternoon football notes...\r\n

\r\n--Saw this story by John Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News on his Pac 10 All-Decade team. Only one Husky is listed among the first and second team, while a program like Washington State, which doesn't recruit nearly as well as Washington, had three. A very telling sign of why the Huskies have had one of the worst decades in program history over the past 10 years.\r\n

\r\n-- Spoke to incoming freshman QB Keith Price recently and he gave me a quick update on things. Said he ended the season at 190, but lost 10 pounds \"pretty quickly\" after he began the workout regimen the Husky staff sent him.\r\n

\r\nNow he's back up to 188 and he said he hopes to start the season as close to 200 pounds as possible. \r\n

\r\nPrice also mentioned he is working out four times per day, five days a week. The morning is dedicated to lifting, then a quick bite to eat and followed by field work (throwing to receivers, sprints, etc.), after lunch and \"a quick nap\" he heads back to the gym to do another hour-long workout and finishes it off after dinner with an hour of swimming for cardio.\r\n

\r\nHe plans to be in Seattle on July 11th and will start taking part in the summer workouts with the rest of the players as quickly as possible.\r\n

\r\nAlso, in walk-on news, we learned that Reece Anderson, a 6-foot, 205-pound safety prospect from Newport High School in Bellevue - via the Cheshire Academy in Connecticut - will join the Huskies the Monday after the LSU game.\r\n

\r\nAnderson is the second walk-on we are aware of to declare his intentions; the other being Stan Langlow, a receiver from Curtis High School in University Place. It appears that Washington may take two or three more walk-ons, but they won't take part in fall practices because of the 105-man roster limit.\r\n

\r\nThat's all for now, I will have more recruiting updates tomorrow.\r\n

\r\nTalk about it: Here\r\n

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\r\nHere\r\nPosted by Aaron Beach
\r\n7/1/2009
\r\n2:05 pm\r\n

\r\nMore Hoops Notes...\r\n

\r\nSounds like Josh Smith could make his decision public before the weekend and the overwhelming consensus is he is headed to UCLA. Should Smith choose the Bruins as expected, that leaves Washington with a pretty big scholarship hole to fill; possibly even two. One possible local addition could be Chelan's Joe Harris, a versatile 6-5 wing, who visited Washington yesterday. He's also being recruited by WSU and Virginia among others. While I do believe he's a Pac-10 level player, I'm not convinced he's a UW caliber guard. With such a lousy 2010 class nationally, there don't seem to be a lot of options left though. \r\n

\r\nAnother local 2010 player looming large on Washington's radar is Vashon Island forward John Gage. Problem is, Gage is a math wiz and is enamored with Stanford's highly interactive, internationally recognized engineering program. He's waiting for the final word on admissions from Stanford, which should come down in July, and he is expected to make his decision shortly thereafter. Washington is clearly the better basketball program, and if he's looking at preparation for a professional career in hoops it's pretty much a no-brainer. If an engineering career immediately after college is more his cup of tea, expect him to end up at Stanford. Either way you slice it, he's got a bright future ahead of him. \r\n

\r\nThe word on Tyrese Breshers is that he'll be cleared to play next week, starting with 1 on 1 workouts. He's been out of action for a year and a half now, so he's got a lot of rust to shed as he works his way back into game shape. He's a long way from game shape though and he's targeting August for his return to full court games. \r\n

\r\nDarnell Gant pulled his groin a couple weeks ago and should be ready to return to action next week.\r\n

\r\nRead about it Here\r\n

\r\n
\r\nPosted by Scott Eklund
\r\n6/30/2009
\r\n7:40 pm\r\n

\r\nTuesday Summer 7-on7's...\r\n

\r\nDropped by UW today to check out the players working out. Comparing last week's workout to this week's workout, there were about 10 more players on the field (I counted 66 total).\r\n

\r\nOne of those out on the field with the players was former Husky and current Pittsburgh Steelers CB Roy Lewis. I got to chat with Roy for a bit and he said a couple of very interesting things...\r\n

\r\n-- First, he noted that he's been working out with the team for the past week and that \"it's tough keeping up with these guys. They work harder than we (the Steelers) do.\"\r\n

\r\n-- Second, he said the turnout was great and that he's working on a few that haven't made it out yet to get out to some of the workouts. He said \"when I was here, I was usually the only corner that would show up so this is a great turnout and something I never saw in the time I was here.\"\r\n

\r\n-- Roy was working on different drills with the corners as they got warmed up, teaching them how to spot the ball and how to rotate their hips so they can avoid wasting steps.\r\n

\r\n-- Roy said the coaching staff is \"just great, it's like night and day from when I was here\".\r\n

\r\n-- Lastly, he said he's already got his Super Bowl ring and \"it's heavy\". He will work out with the current Huskies over the next four weeks and then head to Pittsburgh for the start of Training Camp on July 31st.\r\n

\r\nOn the field Jake Locker, Ronnie Fouch and Taylor Bean were all running the offense. Locker is the unquestioned leader, amping the guys up, getting them into certain drills and calling for huddles/breakdowns.\r\n

\r\nOne of the standouts today was incoming freshman WR James Johnson. He was all over the place. He made one of the nicer catches of the day between a LB, S and a CB. Fouch put the ball exactly where it needed to be and Johnson went up and snatched it out of the air.\r\n

\r\nLewis came up afterwards and said \"I can't believe that kid is a freshman. He's going to be great for this team and in this offense.\"\r\n

\r\nCB Matt Mosley was getting coached up by Lewis most of the day. He was showing him different techniques for covering different receivers.\r\n

\r\nWR D'Andre Goodwin is very impressive with his quickness. It's very tough for DBs to get a jam on him at the line.\r\n

\r\nThe linemen were on the other end of the field and they had a solid turnout today.\r\n

\r\nDE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim is just ripped right now. His arms are huge and he was terrorizing OT Ben Ossai who held his own at times as well.\r\n

\r\nDE Kalani Aldrich continues to impress with his sheer size (6-6) and outstanding wingspan. Even when he was blocked by one of the linemen, he was still able to get a hand on the \"QB\" (which was a standup pad).\r\n

\r\nAt linebacker, Donald Butler is just a freak physically. His shoulders are huge and he's ripped beyond what I've seen of him before. He had an interception against Locker that was a thing of beauty as he dropped back into his zone.\r\n

\r\nOf the running backs, both Demitrius Bronson and Chris Polk looked great. Bronson appears to be in phenomenal shape and Polk wasn't lying when he told me he was 208 with 6% body fat.\r\n

\r\nAnyway, those were the players I noticed today. I'm going to try and get out on Thursday as well to check things out..\r\n

\r\nTalk about it Here\r\n
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