Friday, February 22, 2013
Mailbag: Who will back up RB Sankey?
By Mason Kelley
If Jesse Callier is healthy, he would be favored to win the No. 2 running back spot.
SEATTLE -- It was a quiet week at Washington.
After signing day and junior day the program took a brief break before diving into preparations for spring football, which starts March 5.
With little recruiting news on the football front, I took the time to continue catching up with recruits who attended the Huskies’ junior day. The more prospects I talk to, the more it seems like it was a very successful event for the program, creating more positive momentum for a team that just wrapped up another top 25 recruiting class.
While it was a quiet week for recruiting news, the questions keep coming in, so it is time to tackle the mailbag.
@JT_Campos via Twitter: Who goes into spring camp and then fall camp as the Huskies' No. 2 running back?
A: With the way Bishop Sankey played after being thrust into a starting role last season, he solidified his spot as Washington’s starter at running back heading into the spring and then looking ahead to the fall.
However, the backup situation is a little more difficult to sort out. If Jesse Callier is healthy when the program opens fall camp, he would seem to be the favorite to be Sankey’s backup.
Callier was expected to be an important part of the program in 2012 but suffered a season-ending injury in the season opener against San Diego State.
With Callier still recovering, the competition among running backs should be interesting in the spring with Kendyl Taylor, Erich Wilson, Dezden Petty and others all vying for potential playing time.
@GO_DAWGS_UW via Twitter: Why are there so few UW offers out? I think they have 40ish out. Are they getting a little more specific?
A: Since I wasn’t covering Washington recruiting last year at this time, I don’t have a good comparison between how many offers were out then and the number the Huskies have extended so far to 2014 prospects.
What I do know is the program has been aggressive with its top targets. From running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) to safety Bishard “Budda” Baker (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue), Washington has made sure its top targets know where they stand.
The Huskies have done a good job in recent years of addressing depth, so they do have the ability to be a bit more selective when it comes to the prospects they are offering.
Aaron Gordon is the No. 4 overall player in the 2013 class.
@mhadman11 via Twitter: What’s going on with Aaron Gordon? Haven’t heard much about what’s going on with him. Is UW still the favorite to land him?
A: The plan for Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) all along was to take his time and see how things went for programs he was considering this season.
Gordon is rated the No. 4 prospect in the ESPN 100, and Washington is among the four favorites to land the standout power forward, joining Oregon, Arizona and Kentucky.
@brianreinhart08 via Twitter: Will coach Romar be on the hot seat next year? Three NCAA appearances in the last seven years (including 2013 season) ...
A: There are a few ways to look at this. Yes, missing the NCAA tournament in 2013 would make it three appearances in seven years. However, the Huskies also have been three of the past five seasons and participated in the NIT last year.
Considering everything Lorenzo Romar has done for the program -- six NCAA tournament trips as Washington’s coach -- and the recruiting class he is putting together, I think he has earned enough security to avoid the hot seat next season.
The success he has had during his time with the Huskies has elevated the expectations for the program, but he has piled up enough winning seasons with the Huskies that his job should be safe.