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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 28, 2006 at 11:50 AM

Roster updates, more

Just back from the first Monday news conference of the season — the Huskies hold one every Monday of game week — where the big news revolved around Scott White’s promotion on the depth chart to the starting job at weakside linebacker ahead of Chris Stevens and E.J.Savannah.
That means the three LBs are White, Tahj Bomar (middle) and Dan Howell (strongside).
Tyrone Willingham said it was a move designed to get the team’s three best linebackers on the field.
“We’re always looking to place our best players on the field,” Willingham said. “[White] has played better than the other guys.”
White hasn’t played WLB too often in games, but Willingham said it has been “sprinkled in” in practices of late.
White has been off-limits to the media since saying a few weeks ago that he would consider transferring in the wake of his demotion behind Howell. But Stanley Daniels, his friend since third grade, said White is ecstatic with the move and that he actually prefers playing WLB. So maybe this will all work out for everybody.
Here’s a quick breakdown of other aspects of the roster:
Two true freshmen are listed — guard Ryan Tolar and fullback Paul Homer. Homer, I think, will be a special-teams guy. Tolar is ahead of William Kava at right guard in part because Kava has been ailing with a hamstring injury of late. Willingham said today that being on the depth chart is no guarantee of playing. He also said other true frosh could still play, notably MLB Donald Butler, who also could be a special-teams player.
Anthony Russo and Corey Williams are the top two receivers with Sonny Shackelford as a backup to Russo. But all three could start if they begin the game in a three-receiver set, and Shackelford could start depending on the formation at the beginning of the game. I wouldn’t read much into those designations other than it speaks to what a good camp Williams has had.
Somebody asked about Tim Williams. He is not listed on the depth chart with Michael Gottlieb, Johnie Kirton and Robert Lewis all listed ahead of him at tight end. Williams is the No. 4 TE. But because he is no longer a redshirt, he could see action depending on the game situation.
Willingham said he expected all the players listed to be able to play Saturday, including CB Dashon Goldson, calling his team “relatively healthy.”

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