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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 18, 2006 at 2:43 PM

Friday afternoon update

By coincidence, UW defensive tackle Jordan White-Frisbee was profiled in three different area newspapers today, all printing various versions of his struggle to get healthy and back on the field after missing last season following two foot surgeries.
Hopefully the stories weren’t a jinx as White-Frisbee showed up to the lunch area after practice wearing a boot on the same right foot. Coach Tyrone Willingham said it was precautionary, mostly the result of overwork on the foot. Still, any setback two weeks before the season isn’t a good thing for a player coming off as serious an injury as his was.
Also wearing red today was linebacker E.J. Savannah. But Willingham said that also was precautionary as Savannah will be told to take it more lightly during some practices as he attempts to recover from missing last season with a nerve injury in his neck, an ailment that dates to his Bellevue High days in 2004.
There wasn’t much news otherwise — no new players in camp yet, though it is expected that JC safety Ashlee Palmer could arrive at any time.
Willingham elaborated on his statement of Thursday that the team was not necessarily in better shape than was last year’s. Willingham said the standard has changed, now that he has been in charge for a season, and said that the team is simply “not there yet” in terms of its condition.
And asked which positions have most impressed him, he immediately mentioned the quarterbacks, saying all have improved, but especially Isaiah Stanback and Carl Bonnell. Given this team’s spotty — to be kind — QB play of the last two seasons, that’s good news. It also seems to reinforce the idea that freshman Jake Locker probably won’t be needed to play this season barring major injury.

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