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Thursday, September 1, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

UW Offense


Offensive coordinator Tim Lappano once dubbed UW's offense this season "The Spread Coast" — a combination of the West Coast and spread-formation attacks. The Huskies, however, are likely to try to be more run-oriented than in recent seasons, saying the strength of the offense is the line and a large stable of running backs. Quarterback play, however, is the key. Isaiah Stanback gets first shot, and his initial charge is to hang onto the ball — the biggest reason for UW's 1-10 record last season was an NCAA-high 42 turnovers, 12 more than any other team in the Pac-10. That total included 24 interceptions.

QB Isaiah Stanback > Stanback has always had the physical tools — he has the strongest arm on the team, along with undeniable running skills. This year, he has shown a greater commitment to learning the game. Paus is the backup until Carl Bonnell recovers from injury and Johnny DuRocher becomes eligible. Backup: Casey Paus.

TB Kenny James > James is the returning starter and a versatile and dependable back. He's not listed as the starter for the opener due to injury leaving that job to Rankin, considered the best breakaway threat, while James Sims and Shelton Sampson also figure in what could be tailback-by-committee. Backup: Louis Rankin.

FB James Sims > Sims isn't your conventional fullback but he will get some time here as well as at tailback. The bigger Eriks, who played fullback for a while before switching to defensive end and is again a fullback, figures to get used more in blocking situations. Backup: Ty Eriks.

WR Corey Williams > Williams looked on his way to becoming a solid threat before breaking his wrist in the third game last season at Notre Dame. He's recovered and again is a starter, though this is another spot where a lot of players will get a chance. Backup: Sonny Shackelford.

WR Anthony Russo > Russo has prototypical slot-back skills and could be a major factor when the Huskies use their spread offense. He was also the team's leading punt and kick returner a year ago and will likely continue to be used in those roles as well. Backup: Charles Smith.

TE Robert Lewis > This became the biggest question mark on the offense when the decision was made in the spring to move Joe Toledo to left tackle. Lewis, a converted linebacker, has just five career catches — five more than anybody else playing this spot. Kirton, moved from running back during camp, could play a lot. Backup: Jared Bronson.

LT Joe Toledo > Starter at tight end last year, he made a voluntary move to the line, where coaches say he has huge potential. Could be the real X factor in making UW's line a strength of this team. Backup Flowers is a fast-rising freshman. Backup: Nathan Flowers.

LG Tusi Sa'au > Sa'au, a graduate of Rainier Beach, overcame back injuries to start five games last year and has stayed healthy through fall camp. Walker is an experienced backup and there could be a lot of rotating at this position. Backup: Clay Walker.

C Brad Vanneman > Vanneman, an Issaquah graduate, is the leader of the line and one of the emotional leaders of the team. Has 13 career starts. Leyritz is a walk-on and Walker can also back up here as well as redshirt freshman Ryan Bush. Backup: Brandon Leyritz.

RG Stanley Daniels > Another lineman thrown into the fire a year ago who now has experience, Daniels started seven games last season. Alailefaleula is a fifth-year senior who redshirted last season after switching from defense and could play a lot. Backup: Tui Alailefaleula.

RT Rob Meadow > Overcame a knee injury from 2003 to start 10 games last season and earn first-team honors from the Jewish Sports Review. Macklin (6 feet 8) is the tallest player on the team and can back up at either tackle spot. Backup: Chad Macklin.

K Evan Knudson > Knudson appears to be winning a tight three-way battle to hold onto his spot. Lost his job a year ago after a shaky start but rebounded to make 7 of 10 field goals for the season. Ryan Perkins, a true freshman, and Braunstein, a sophomore, remain in the mix should Knudson falter. Backup: Michael Braunstein.