Friday, November 2, 2012
HuskyNation Mailbag: Nov. 2
By Mason Kelley
Max Redfield is expected to attend the UW-Utah game next week.
SEATTLE -- The Huskies have an opportunity this week.
After knocking off Oregon State, 20-17, Washington’s season is back on track. Starting with Cal, the Huskies’ final four opponents have a combined nine wins.
The program has been presented with a chance to run the table on the way to its third bowl game in three seasons. However, to start a streak, Washington has to win a road game.
The answer to program’s road woes is execution. The Huskies just haven’t been the same team on road in 2012.
Faced with a short week, Washington continues to work on finding a way to get its offense untracked. Could this be the week quarterback Keith Price gets going? He has shown signs. He cut down his turnovers against the Beavers.
If the Huskies can figure out how to score more than 21 points against an FBS opponent, expect the program to move one step closer to securing a bowl bid.
As Washington waits for tonight’s 6 p.m. PT kickoff, it’s time to tackle the mailbag.
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Here is this week’s HuskyNation mailbag:
@adamjack34 via Twitter: What defensive line help does UW have coming in? We need a pass rusher bad! Any commits so far? I know getting (Hau’oli) Jamoa back will help.
A: Considering Tosh Lupoi is Washington’s ace recruiter and its defensive line coach, it should come as no surprise that he has done well with defensive linemen so far in the 2013 class. There is a lot to like in four-star defensive tackle Elijah Qualls (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande).
The Huskies have also landed a pair of athletic defensive ends in Marcus Farria (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial) and Daeshon Hall (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster).
In addition to those three prospects, the Huskies also currently have commitments from defensive tackles Andrew Basham (Lynnwood, Wash./Lynnwood) and Jaimie Bryant (Tumwater, Wash./Tumwater).
And, despite those commitments, the program continues to pursue several top talents along the defensive line that should help bolster the pass rush.
Nate, Seattle: Is Utah going to be a monster game for recruiting?
A: Based on the Twitter rumblings, next week’s game against Utah at CenturyLink Field should be as big as any this season from a recruiting standpoint.
Highlighted by USC safety commit Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo), the Huskies should see plenty of prospects make the trip to Seattle for the game. While a win won’t lead to fans storming the field, Washington will have another chance to win some recruiting battles with big-name prospects.
@wolbert6 via Twitter: What’s the latest on Priest Willis? Any quality big men considering UW?
A: For the latest on Priest Willis, check out #BlueChipBattles. And, if you’re talking about basketball big men, I haven’t heard of any true centers currently on the Huskies’ radar. However, Washington is still in the mix on 6-foot-7 forward Aaron Gordon, rated the nation’s No. 7 prospect in the ESPN 100, who would be an immediate help for the program.
@MCWayne22 via Twitter: What is the outlook for the Huskies if they lose tomorrow?
A: I think the Huskies find a way to get a win on the road against Cal. However, a loss isn’t the end of the world. There are still three winnable games lined up to end the season, which gives Washington plenty of opportunities to secure a bowl bid.
@sbhuskies via Twitter: Is there anyone Husky fans may not know about that the Huskies may get in next year’s class? Any surprises you are hearing?
A: I haven’t heard of any under-the-radar prospects the program is pushing for right now. However, based on what happened in 2012, I would certainly expect a surprise or two before signing day.