Check out the latest batch of weekly answers…
1) If you and Ralph Irvin ran the 40 – who would have the fastest time? – sp0tjones
I don’t know, but I think Sam Strong would beat us both.
2) Malcom Jones was clearly the most talented RB this year. Any idea why he rarely saw pt? What are the chances he transfers to another school? – djdan
I don’t know how you can say he was “clearly” more talented than Franklin when Franklin topped 1,000 yards. He battled injuries and fumbling issues early, but really, what’d you expect from him? And no, he’s not transferring.
3) How does the OL look for 2011? Keep up the good work. Thanks – Djdan
With Jeff Baca and Kai Maiava returning, and a projected bump-up by Chris Ward, I think it will be improved, but probably not drastically. A Sean Sheller return would obviously be a crucial piece, but so is developing sixth and seventh guys in the rotation, and that’s on Stan Hasiak and Wade Yandall. If either of them make the leap, then UCLA’s line will be adequate.
4) Jon, my hat went off to UConn’s WBB when they recorded their 88th and 89th wins. Knowing that 35 of our record-setting 106 NCs are in Women’s sports, in what context do you view UConn’s achievement? (ie. it should fall somewhere between “only-counts-in-Women’s-college-Basketball” and “greatest-streak-of-all-time”. – Rob M
It is an incredible achievement, particularly in this day and age, regardless of gender. As team sport streaks go, it’s up there. Comparing women’s basketball to men’s basketball, though, is like comparing golf to soccer. They are different sports. Until women’s basketball becomes above the rim or men’s basketball becomes below the rim, they will be separate.
5) Jon: What are your thoughts on the basketball team? What is the biggest surprise and the disappointment? – Legalsean
Before the season, I projected anywhere from 20-22 wins, and I think that’s about right. I said that there would be baffling losses, and there have been. I also said there was the potential for huge wins, and there have been. The biggest surprise to me IS the biggest disappointment: the inability to close out teams. This was a major problem last year – remember they went up by 10 over Oregon, Oregon State and I think Arizona State if I’m not mistaken – but I credited that to a lack of clutch scorers and atrocious chemistry. Now they have better scorers, better chemistry…and still can’t drop the hammer. Quite simply, that will need to change if they hope to have a realistic shot at postseason success, whatever that may be.