Desmond Trufant, first-rounder
A basketball season wraps up while a football season cranks up. All this and more in your friendly neighborhood dots.
It's a cruel world, son. One day, you are sitting poolside, soaking in the rays and thinking about joining the proprietor's daughter for a dip in the jacuzzi. The next, you are getting kicked in the nards while some dipshit pisses in your lemonade. All you got in this world is me and these Dots. Remember that.
- Spring camp opens next week (!) and hopefully you've been getting your fix by reading our spring previews. Steve Sarkisian has been all over the media the last week trying to get Husky fans amped up (just in time to sell some tickets to open a new stadium!). He held a live chat with the Seattle Times that you'll definitely want to read.
- Desmond Trufant, who failed to crack Ted Miller's Top 25 list (but, hey, a linebacker who played half a season and a kick returner for a losing team both made it, so there is that), had an outstanding draft combine and answered a ton of questions about his speed - including whether or not he had the requisite speed to be successful. Desmond is now well-positioned to slide into the first round and become the third of the Trufant brothers to not only land in the NFL, but to become a defensive starter.
- Speaking of the NFL, a couple of Husky alumni are showing up in the news this week. In Nashville, Jake Locker is learning to incorporate some zone-read into the offensive scheme of the Titans. Over in San Francisco, it looks more and more likely that Dashon Goldson is going to get his wish and not have the 49ers label him with the franchise tag.
- I mentioned Miller's Top 25 list on the ESPN blog. As opposed to years past, the list was pretty silly this year with half of it being comprised by players only from Oregon and Stanford (Stanford actually had more entrants demonstrating, yet again, the ongoing Stanford love-fest that Kevin Gemmell brings to the blog). Fans were given a chance to have their say and submit their own list, which Miller summarized here. Not surprisingly, three of the most commonly cited omissions from the list included Bishop Sankey, Desmond Trufant and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Ironically, Ted also talks about how Kevin Hogan almost missed the cut. Apparently, the facts that he only started half a season and did not complete a pass over 25 yards all year are irrelevant when a Stanford player is up for consideration.
- SBN's Football Study Hall broke down the 2012 performances of college quarterbacks. Obviously, we all knew that Keith Price had a pretty rough season. This analysis may feel like piling on, but speaks to some of the specific frustrations that UW fans had - in particular the dearth of big plays coming out of the offense.
- I saw Condotta link to this, so I thought I'd pass it along here. Athlon's ranked the most attractive coaching jobs in the country and UW made the cut as one of the top four among the Pac 12 positions. I kind of chucked about where the Oregon job was ranked given all the arguments I heard out of the Oregon world about how the Ducks were more attractive a job than most pro opportunities, much less college ones.
- The Brandon Roy saga continues to linger, mostly because he is not speaking much to the media. One could understand why B-Roy is not very motivated to have much of a presence in the public eye at the moment. The waning moments of a career not ended on one's own terms in a profession that one dreamed about excelling in for most of his life must be tortuous to endure. The T-Wolves have confirmed that they are in buyout talks with Roy, thus opening the final chapter in Brandon's NBA (short) story.
- In more positive news, the Sacremento Kings (who just released former Duck and Ryan Appleby hater Aaron Brooks) are watching Husky great Isaiah Thomas go on an absolute tear. Did you know that IT has made 43 straight free throw attempts? Kings fans are now acknowledging what one season ago would have seemed absurd to all but a Husky fan ... The Kings are now Isaiah's team to lead.
- Q-Pon is back! Good to see him back on the court, healthy, doing what he does.
- If you watched Terrence Ross win the NBA slam dunk contest, then you undoubtedly saw the retro Raptor Jersey that he donned in one of his more sensational attempts. Vince Carter was honored.
- Carmello Anthony recently channeled the frustrations of many a Dawg fan and took a swing at Spencer Hawes. (Just kidding, big Spence. We love you. Kinda)
- The Huskies MBB are back home today taking on the disappointing Cougs of WSU. Former Husky assistant Ken Bone has really struggled in a season where they had to kick their PG off the team and the youth of the program was really exposed. Apparently, Coug fans, including one very influential booster, have had enough of a coach that some say they never wanted and are calling for his head.
- Lorenzo Romar is holding the ship steady in a tumultuous season and has constantly been to the defense of his kids (e.g. no snide "lacking the bullets" comments coming from him). He is promising the world that there is no quit in his team and that they are going to close out the season leaving it all out on the floor.
- The most unfairly maligned Husky of all, Abdul Gaddy, has had a remarkable if not unfortunate run as a collegiate basketball player. Percy posted this article on the status of being Gaddy and included some of the most direct comments I've ever heard attributed to Coach Romar. Great read.
Question of the Day
I've noticed that there hasn't been much dialogue going on in the comments threads of the dots despite average if not better than average page view stats. Either you are all floored with the comprehensiveness of my commentary or, more likely, I am not setting you all up very well to get the discussion started. Since there are only so many times I can play the Ducks card (always a sure fire way to rack up comment counts), I thought I'd throw out a question of the day. Take a look at the poll and then leave your thoughts in the comments.
In the Football Study Hall analysis from today's Dots, it was observed that Keith Price failed to complete a pass longer than 25 yards all season. Do you believe that KP will be able to bring the big play back into the Husky offense in 2013?
Yes (25 votes)
Possibly, but he needs help (34 votes)
Not Really (3 votes)
Doesn't Matter - someone else will be starting (4 votes)
66 total votes