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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 29, 2006 at 5:34 PM

Four more days

It felt like football weather leaving the house today.
And the season can’t come soon enough as everyone on Montlake is getting tired of the pre-season and ready for the real thing.
When Tyrone Willingham met the media today, there was so little that hadn’t been touched on before that someone instead asked about putting walk-ons on scholarship. And in what passed as the biggest news of the day, he said that seniors Mark Palaita and Shelton Sampson had each been put on scholarship.
For Palaita, it’s a reward for five long years in the program — he’s already officially graduated with a degree in American Ethnic Studies though he has to be enrolled in a few credits this fall to be eligible.
For Sampson, it’s a reward for the way he has handled coming back to the team after quitting last fall, then returning in the spring. “They respect the fact he came back, battled, fought and has done it for the team,” said UW coach Tyrone Willingham. Like Palaita, Sampson has already officially graduated with a degree in Art.
It was the second bit of news involving Palaita, the team’s starting fullback. Earlier in the day, offensive coordinator Tim Lappano had said that Palaita has been battling a back injury, one reason true freshman Paul Homer is on the depth chart and sure to play this season.
The only other injury news was as expected. Willingham said he expects everyone to be able to play except for WRs Cody Ellis (clavicle) and Quintin Daniels (hand) who have been out or limited for some time.
And there remains nothing new on the fate of the players who remain out for academic reasons, notably Ashlee Palmer.
Willingham also said that there will be no more gold jersey winners — that was apparently a training camp thing. But the team will honor players who perform well each week by putting them in the Victory Club the following week. As many as one player, or the whole team, could be included for the week. He said the honors will be given win or lose.
The team will also continue to have weekly players of the week, though this year, those will be more formal and will be sponsored — believe it or not — by Pepsi.
And just in case you didn’t see this earlier, word came today that former Husky lineman Nathan Flowers is now playing for Eastern Arizona College. Flowers would be contending for the starting left tackle spot but he was declared academically ineligible.

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