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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 24, 2006 at 4:34 PM

10 good minutes

So yes, indeed, the Huskies were scrimmaging today, and those of us in the media got to see about 10-12 minutes of it before we were kicked out. I won’t rail on the stupidity of that policy again today, other than to make it clear I think it’s still stupid. I mean, the Seahawks hold scrimmages like this in front of 12,000 people and it doesn’t appear to harm them much.
Also, we will have no post-scrimmage update since Tyrone Willingham won’t be meeting with us today for reasons that weren’t real clear.
But the scrimmage was a very formal affair — moreso than the one we saw on Saturday. The teams were split in half and appeared to be playing a complete game, with officials, a coin toss and live kickoffs and punting. The scrimmage we saw the other day was strictly situational.
The defense had the upper hand while we were watching, holding the first-team offense to three-and-out on the first possession.
Just as we left, Isaiah Stanback scrambled for a first down on third-and-10 on what was the second possession for the No. 1 offense.
The second-team offense picked up a first down on its first drive on a Shelton Sampson 5-yard run on third-and-two.
Other offensive highlights were a 9-yard pass from Johnny DuRocher to tight end Tim Williams for the backup unit
There appeared to be few real surprises in the lineup. The offense was exactly as has been portrayed all camp, with Kenny James the tailback, Williams, Shaceklford and Russo the receivers, Gottlieb the tight end (though Kirton came in on the third-and-10, an obvious passing situation). The line was the same as it has been all fall.
The only change on the No. 2 offensive line was Ryan Tolar in at guard for the injured William Kava.
There appeared to be no change in the QB depth. Stanback and Carl Bonnell were taking the snaps for the No. 1 offense and Johnny DuRocher and Jake Locker with the No. 2. (It’s typical for the starter and top backup to each get turns with the main offense in such scrimmages).
Defensively, the changes were more for injury purposes. Brandon Ala ran as the defensive end for the starters in place of the injured Greyson Gunheim. And Dashon Goldon was still sidelined, as well, making Roy Lewis and Matt Fountaine the two cornerbacks.
The rest of the D-line was as expected (Wilson Afoa, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Donny Mateaki).
We all wrote about Donald Butler making a run for the starting MLB job this week, but the first two MLBs to see action were Tahj Bomar with the No. 1 unit and Trenton Tuiasosopo with the No. 2’s. The other starting LBs were Dan Howell and Chris Stevens, with Scott White and E.J.Savannah the other No. 2’s.
The starting safeties were again Jason Wells and C.J. Wallace with Durrell Moss (strong safety) and Chris Hemphill (free) as the No. 2’s.
Among those working with the No. 2 D-line was Jordan White-Frisbee, who appeared ready to go. I would imagine he will be limited in number of plays for a while, however, until it’s obvious how his foot is holding up.
Marlon Wood appeared to be the No. 1 punt returner and was also on the kick return team. True freshman D’Andre Goodwin also worked on the punt team and true freshman Matt Mosley on the kickoff team, but they appeared to be on the backup units. Mosley, however, was also in as a No. 2 corner and seems more and more likely to play this season.
An interesting true freshman on what appeared to be the No.1 punting unit was fullback Paul Homer of Omaha, Neb. Haven’t heard much about him this camp but if he’s on the No. 1 punt unit – he was the up back – then he’s not going to redshirt this year.
Injury wise, Gunheim and Goldson appeared to be the only significant players who weren’t seeing action.
There were also no roster additons, meaning none of the JC guys waiting to be cleared were there, meaning the odds of any of them making a significant impact anytime soon are slim.
And no, there was no Leon Jackson sighting.

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