One class act deserves another
Barton should start in the bowl game
By: Malamute, 18 November 2002
know I'm being presumptuous, am jumping the gun and appear to be starting a
quarterback controversy. But I think that Taylor Barton should start at
quarterback in a bowl game, if the Dawgs should be invited to one. The
history of his recruitment and devotion to the Washington program
champion this idea.
Taylor Barton (photo above) transferred from the City College of San Francisco
to Washington under inglorious circumstances. Apparently, Colorado didn't want him, causing him to
transfer to CCSF, and although Huskies needed him, they had promised not to
recruit Colorado players after Rick Neuheisel left the Buffs to coach at
Washington. Bartonís long letter written to University of Washington President Richard
McCormick changed the prevailing attitude, and the Huskies gave up two scholarships to get him.
Was Barton worth two scholarships?
Well, he has the tools, but, through no fault of his own, he's rarely shown them during
his two years as a Dawg. In the 42-14 blowout of Oregon last Saturday, Barton
got in for two reps, taking a knee both times.
The most cerebral of the Husky
quarterbacks, Barton is a student of the game and had no trouble mastering the
Husky play book after he arrived. He throws with touch and can hum the ball
with precision. With natural ability and field presence, heíll stay in the pocket
until the last possible second before releasing the ball.
Other than some mop up duty, Taylor Barton has played in
just two significant games during his two years at Washington. After Cody
Pickett went down, he finished the second half of the USC game last season,
posting a win, and the next week started against UCLA at Pasadena. Because of
the battering he took against the Bruins, Barton was hospitalized after the game and
missed the next week of practice. He was sacked four times, hit over forty
times and too woozy to talk to reporters after the game.
Even though it ended in a loss, by rights his play against UCLA
go down in Husky history as one of the gutsiest performances ever by a Husky.
Although he has sat on the bench
most of this season, Barton has remained loyal to the Huskies and has provided
them--as a senior--with strong backup capability at quarterback. Barton is
class act and, in his two years at Washington, has played
behind one of the greatest quarterbacks in Husky history, Cody Pickett.
At this time, the 6-5 Dawgs are
bowl eligible. If they should play in a bowl, why not return the favor and, in
what would be the last collegiate game of his career, start Taylor Barton at
quarterback? I'm sure Cody Pickett, his good friend, would be the first to
agree with this notion.
One class act deserves another.