(updated) Weekly Answers, Pt. 5

Check out the latest batch of weekly answers…

1) Are they really going to sign Rick’s kid to a scholarhsip, rather invite him to walk-on? If so, does he grayshirt? Do they take 1 other QB or 2, besides his son? – UW Fan
I’ve been told he would greyshirt and they’d take one more this class. And yes, on scholarship.

2) Given the injuries to the O line, do you think Ward and/or Yandall will be pressed into service this year? I’m sure the staff would prefer that they both redshirt, if it weren’t for the various circumstances that have decimated the line. Have either of them looked capable of holding their own if required to play significant snaps? Any review of how Casey Griffiths has looked? Does he have any experience at center? Thank you. – Anonymous
I think Ward will make the two-deep, but I think they’d prefer to redshirt Yandall. Yandall only has a couple years of football experience – he played volleyball growing up – and even though he’s talented, he’s nowhere near where he’ll end up. That redshirt is vital. Ward is a little more polished. I haven’t seen enough out of Griffiths to think he’ll contribute this year.

3) I was under the assumption Norm Chow was hired–and hyped–because he had a proven system. So why in the heck is Coach Rick switching over to this new Pistol scheme? – Blue Bruin
Because a system is only as good as the players running it. Sometimes that doesn’t mean talent, sometimes it means understanding or desire. But if Chow didn’t think he had the machinery to make his offense work, I think it’s commendable that he wasn’t stubborn.

4) In terms of contribution to this year’s team, what can we expect out of: 1. Derrick Bryant 2. Isaiah Bowens 3. Antony Jefferson – Maximus
(updated) Bryant had shoulder surgery and will likely be added to the roster after they expand following the first week. Bowens will be backup linebacker for Akeem Ayers, and Jefferson will likely redshirt because of the depth at cornerback.

5) First of all, I am a teacher and I would let you sub my class. Secondly, how would you say Chuck Bullough is doing in his second year? What is different? – brand0n
First off, that opening comment made me laugh out loud, so thanks. Regarding Bullough, I need to see him scheme an opponent again, but he certainly plays the role of a defensive coordinator well. I saw him in a linebacker drill yesterday and, man, that dude is intense. He knows how to push the right buttons.

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  • Anonymous

    Bryant is a grayshirt? He’s already enrolled!

  • info

    grayshirt meants you join the team in january. if you join the team after the first week it means you werent invited to camp. and since they have a limited number of spots at camp, they dont invite injured players

  • Anonymous

    I guess my question about Neuhesal’s kid getting a scholarship is why? Didn’t USC in basketball a couple of years ago higher a top players Mom to a job at the university and then get out of using a scholarship on the kid because he was an employees son? If so why doesn’t that work for Rick where it is actually legit?

  • CrouchingBruin

    >> Didn’t USC in basketball a couple of years ago higher a top players Mom to a job at the university and then get out of using a scholarship on the kid because he was an employees son? If so why doesn’t that work for Rick where it is actually legit?

    USC has a policy that the children of employees can attend for free as long as they can gain admission through the normal admissions process, which is not an automatic deal; children of employees don’t get preferential treatment as far as admissions go (in fact, I would think it would be more difficult since the university would be losing out on that money). I don’t think the UC schools have a similar policy of waiving reg fees for UC employees.