A tough call
By Malamute--17 August 2001
offensive line showed great promise during the Spring game, although it
appeared to lack depth. Nick Newton’s (6-5,320) return from injury
should add depth to the inexperienced line.
At one time the coaching staff considered moving Kevin Ware
from TE to guard.
Ware is an above average blocker and has been
around the team long enough to help out where needed on offense. Incoming
freshman Joe Toledo (pictured above; 6-5, 285), an excellent prospect at TE,
could have filled in for Ware at that position, if he hadn't broken a foot in practice yesterday. At the earliest, Toledo could
be back near the end of September. Since he is a freshman, playing time for
him this year appears somewhat remote at this time.
moving Ware to guard is a moot question right now, in general, its consideration is still
worth noting. Moving him to another position would have been a tough call, since I believe his father feels that TE is the best place on
the team for Ware. And this could well be the case. The team has been
through this kind of thing before with Willie Hurst, when he was moved to slot
Although there is no "I" in the word "team,"
there are two of them in the word "spirit." The last thing a coaching staff
needs to do is break a kid's spirit.
(Pictures of Kevin Ware (shown above), courtesy of
are six ways to make seven
remember my mother making sandwiches for men who were out of work, who came
begging at our door during the depression. They were proud, spirited men whose
luck had fallen on hard times--men whose financial state had fallen into
penury. They couldn’t roll a pair of dice without
crapping out, couldn’t make a blackjack if there were just tens and aces
left in the deck. Never dealt a fair hand, they were always going bust.
best friend, raised in a foster family, always wanted to be a Marine. We
competed in the classroom and on the playing field. He couldn’t roll a seven or
eleven either. He was killed in Korea.
of us were born into fortunate circumstances; others have not been as lucky.
The guys who always crap out never seem to take the right path; somehow the
yellow brick road that seems so easy to find, always eludes them. For those
people—the less fortunate—everything can be a challenge, from taking a
speech class, to meeting with a professor, to writing an essay.
As far as ‘Cisco is concerned, if things don’t pan out for him, the memory
of that speech class will be forever haunting. He doesn’t need anymore
piling on. In fact, a little sympathy is due him. None of us know the true
story regarding the class. Let’s give him a break and hope that he makes it
into fall camp—if not, then into Washington by the winter quarter.
In the interim, let’s hope that he’s not too hard on himself. We can help
out here, by giving Francisco Tipoti the loyal support he needs. He wants to
be a Husky, and he will be a Husky.
Keep the faith, ‘Cisco