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August 16, 2006 at 7:13 PM

Numbers game

There wasn’t much news from UW’s afternoon practice — the only injury of note was suffered by walk-on cornerback Desmond Davis (hamstring).
So I’ll use this space to expound on an idea admittedly stolen from Dick Baird, the former Husky assistant coach and current KJR-AM personality (he’s unquestionably that).
Anyway, Baird pointed out that he counted only 93 players on the roster, a far cry from the days when the Huskies had many more than that and could scrimmage at will. I actually counted 90, so I’m going with that number.
These days, all teams are limited to 105 by NCAA rules during training camp (UW can add 10 more once school starts), so the Huskies couldn’t have the 125 or so that they often worked with this time of year under Don James.
Still, at 90, UW is 15 below the limit, which can limit what the team can do at practice.
And at the moment, UW has just 71 active scholarship players on its roster — 14 below the limit. Eight are currently academic casualties — including the likes of J.R. Hasty, Chancellor Young, etc. — including four who may still arrive at any moment. And at least three others are out now due to injuries but will be back later — cornerback Darin Harris, kicker Ryan Perkins and cornerback Josh Okoebor.
Tyrone Willingham said he’d obviously like more players but that it isn’t worth taking bodies just for the sake of taking bodies, saying they have to be able to help the team to be of real use.
In the big picture, the number says something about where UW is as a program — that it’s still rebuilding from the chaos of three coaches in four years.
It’s likely — and obviously greatly hoped by UW fans — that the Huskies will be able to keep those numbers a little higher once the program achieves a bit more stability under Willingham.

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