A live Bengal tiger? At practice? Really?
It was an interesting week at Washington, as the program prepared to play third-ranked LSU. Coach Steve Sarkisian pulled out all the stops to prepare his team, including a surprise visit from Sheena, a 300-pound Bengal tiger.
The Huskies head on the road this week to the hostile confines of Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., facing a loud crowd and tough team.
Before the team takes on the tall task of trying pull off an epic upset, it is time to tackle the mailbag.
Here is this week’s HuskyNation mailbag:
Matt, Seattle, Wash.: Read not too long ago that UW was possibly onto a set of twins. Do you recall who they were? They were WR/S players and also wanted to play basketball. Who were these guys and are we still pursuing them? Seems to me that we are pretty set at WR and safety for this current class that might be small.
I caught up with Tyree recently -- click here to read the story -- who said Washington remains “in the mix.”
The twins, who also plan to play basketball, were set to visit Oregon for its Sept. 8 game against Fresno State.
With 19 current commitments, the Huskies’ 2013 class is filling up quickly, but the two-sport standouts would be a nice addition.
Nate, Seattle, Wash.: I hear Coach Sark is getting close to his final number of recruits for the year. How many do you think we take in this class? And, knowing how these kids can change their mind closer to signing day, do you imagine UW "flipping" a number of already committed recruits?
A: I don’t see any reason why the Huskies won’t take a full 25-player class in 2013.
Now, looking at the lack of seniors, there is some concern that Washington won’t have enough room for a full class. However, there is attrition every year and, if the Huskies want to add a full class, they will find a way to make room.
Now, as far as Washington “flipping” players before signing day, the Huskies will definitely try to turn any top targets they feel might still have interest in playing college football in Seattle.
Who will be this year’s Shaq Thompson? Well, we won’t know that until closer to signing day, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see a surprise or two before this class is complete.
Steve, Seattle, Wash.: I’m concerned about the running backs. Who are the Huskies recruiting?
A: After losing two running backs to season-ending ACL tears, the Huskies would like to add a running back or two right now.
However, since that’s not an option, let’s look ahead to who the Huskies have landed and who they are looking at.
Lavon Coleman (Lompoc, Calif./Lompoc), a 5-foot-10, 205-pound power back, committed to Washington in June and is off to a strong start to his senior season, rushing for 386 yards over two games.
Since depth is an issue at the position, the Huskies could add another running back and Terrell Newby II (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade) -- Washington is in his top four -- and Khalfani Muhammad (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Notre Dame) are options.
LakesLancers via Twitter: (Erich) Wilson II or (Willis) Wilson, who is the better backup?
A: There is a lot to like with both backs. Willis Wilson has worked his way up the depth chart as a walk-on and has earned every opportunity he has been given.
Erich Wilson II also looks capable of making plays. The true freshman needs to fill out his frame, but was able to pick up 22 yards on two carries against San Diego State last week.
JayDavis44 via Twitter: How scared should we be for the season? We gave up 199 rushing yards to a team we should have crushed.
A: As Washington’s defense settles into Justin Wilcox’s system there will be growing pains. The true test comes this week against LSU, which gained 316 yards in its season opener against North Texas.
The Huskies will focus on slowing down the Tigers’ ground game so, before you start to panic, let’s see what happens in Baton Rouge, La.
With a tough early schedule and a new system, Washington’s defense should improve as the season advances.