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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 21, 2006 at 4:45 PM

Texas transfer at practice

Texas transfer Michael Houston was at practice this afternoon, wearing No. 34 and working with the running backs.
He’s officially listed by UW at 6-1, 238 pounds even though the ESPN.com link from last year listed him at 5-11.
He was not made available to reporters today so answering questions such as why he came to UW and all that will have to wait another day.
He left Texas last December after playing in two games and rushing three times for 27 yards. But because he played late in the season, he will have to redshirt this year and then begin play next year, when he will have three years to play three. As of now, he would be only one of two tailbacks sure to be on next year’s roster — junior Louis Rankin being the other.
Willingham said that Houston will definitely be a tailback and not a fullback, as he is listed on some previous rosters, saying “we just keep getting bigger, don’t we?”
There were no other new players at Monday’s practice as JC transfers such as Ashlee Palmer and Aaron Mason were watching from the sidelines in street clothes but still not eligible to practice.
Coach Tyrone Willingham said he was not yet too concerned that none of those players have made it in.
Still, the it seems likely now that only Palmer of that group will make a real big impact this year, especially early on. And UW now has just five days of practice left before beginning a normal game week next Monday, which is now the earliest day that Palmer could be available and practicing in full pads.
UW now has 72 scholarship players on its roster. The NCAA limit is 85.
The most interesting news after practice may have been that Willingham said the middle linebacker position has become a three-way battle between Tahj Bomar, Trenton Tuiasosopo and true freshman Donald Butler. Willingham termed it a “dog fight.”
Asked if he would say that Butler really has as much of a chance as the other two to win the starting job, Willingham said “yes, I would.”
There were no new significant injuries. Willingham said new injuries include RB Shelton Sampson (thigh bruise), PK Michael Book (knee) and OT Erik Berglund (foot) but said none were serious.
In good injury news, DT Jordan White-Frisbee was able to take part in both practices Monday, Willingham said.
In bad injury news, Willingham said CB Dashon Goldson remains limited with a high ankle sprain.

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