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August 22, 2006 at 12:32 PM

Houston, we have a tailback

New Husky tailback Michael Houston met the media today before the afternoon practice and he couldn’t have sounded happier than if he’d just won the lottery.
“I don’t see anything but good things happening,” said Houston, who on Monday completed his transfer from Texas and was able to practice with the Huskies for the first time.
Houston was exceedingly amiable and courteous — already appearing a contender for UW’s “All-Good Quote Team” in future seasons — as he explained that he left Texas because he felt kind of lost on the depth chart and was looking for place where he would have a better chance of playing immediately.
He also was adamant that he wants to be a tailback and not a fullback. His size, he said he’s 6-1 with an optimum playing weight of 235, had Texas coaches wanting to use him at fullback, something he said he didn’t want to do.
After leaving Texas, he attended a junior college in Aurora, Col., near his hometown of Denver. He said he also considered Cal and Colorado State but was sold on UW after a recruiting trip in late June. Houston said he was impressed particularly by QB Isaiah Stanback, one of several times incoming recruits have mentioned how Stanback helped sell them on becoming a Husky.
Houston also had a previous relationship with UW assistant coach Bob Simmons, who had handled his recruitment at Notre Dame.
Houston will sit out this year and be eligible next year when he could have a great chance at immediate playing time with only Louis Rankin of the team’s current trio of backs returning next season.
— No new news from Willingham’s noon meeting with the media. None of the guys out for academic reasons are in yet and nothing new on injuries. Cornerback Roy Lewis will wear the gold jersey today for his defensive play yesterday. He is the only player honored. He has won it several times recently, indicative of the kind of camp he is having.

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