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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 10, 2006 at 9:46 PM

More on White

As reported on here earlier, outside linebacker Scott White didn’t practice with the Huskies today after saying the day before that he was unhappy with his new role as a backup to Dan Howell.
It’s easy to assume he’s gone, but officially the option for his return was still there Thursday night.
If he doesn’t come back, that means Howell will be the starter at a position that will suddenly be very thin. UW coach Tyrone Willingham said little-used junior Kyle Trew could be the new backup. Another possibility is true freshman Matt Houston, or possibly a walk-on such as Linus Chou of Lakeside in Seattle or T.J. Poe of Enumclaw, each listed as outside linebackers.
As for White, new transfer rules mean that he could possibly transfer to another Division-I school and play this year. White graduated in June with a degree in American Ethnic Studies and new NCAA rules allow graduate students to transfer to another school and be immediately eligible.
If White is truly gone, he surely won’t be remembered well by Huskies fans. But also remember that he was part of the Class of 2002 that was arguably as hard-luck as any in school history. Many of them committed to UW when the Huskies were still basking in the glow of a Rose Bowl win, and they were part of the team in 2002 when Rick Neuheisel was still coach.
We all know what has happened since, with these players all playing for three coaches in four years – a situation that could have easily yielded a lot more transfers than it has.
Before all this happened, I had planned on writing a story today on E.J Savannah, the former Bellevue High School linebacker who is making a run at starting at the other outside linebacker spot.
In talking with him today, he offered an unsolicited praise of White’s leadership.
“Scott White has really helped me this training camp,” Savannah said. “He’s the most knowledgeable guy on the defense and he’s helped me a lot. I’m coming along real good from what he’s been teaching me.”

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