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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 14, 2006 at 2:08 PM

How are players like velociraptors?

Today was the first day of two-a-days for the Huskies. The first practice started at 8:45 a.m.; the second one starts at 4 p.m. Coach Tyrone Willingham took some time to talk to reporters in between sessions.
Willingham said his second preseason camp feels a lot more comfortable than his first. He said he knows the guys better, what to say to some of them, what not to say to others.
Players echoed that sentiment. Two guys counted on to be big-time producers, quarterback Isaiah Stanback and running back Kenny James, both said they are a lot more comfortable with Willingham’s terminology — and his high expectations.
There was a humorous moment at the news conference when Willingham started talking about what it’s like coaching young men. He compared his guys to the velociraptors in the movie Jurassic Park. He recalled the scene when the aggressive dinosaurs continually test the borders of the electric fence for weaknesses, probing and probing until they can find a way out.
Same way with young guys and rules, Willingham joked.
Among the athletes that he considers standouts, specifically for their work ethic: linebacker Dan Howell, who has now worn the gold jersey for the sixth straight day (on Monday morning for outstanding special teams play) and Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, a redshirt freshman defensive end from Hawaii.
Interesting side note, Te’o-Nesheim’s position coach in high school was none other than Bern Brostek, the former Huskies All-American center.

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