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September 5, 2006 at 8:18 PM

Examining the hurts

Let’s delve a little further into the news of the day as the Huskies are already beginning to experience the one thing they had to stay away from if they were to really make a step up this season …quot; injuries.
That’s obviously true of any team and UW is far from immune. WSU may have lost starting RB DeMaundray Woolridge for a week or two, and USC starting safety Josh Pinkard is out for the season.
But when you’ve gone 3-19 the last two seasons, you need a little luck. And losing two of your top three tight ends in one game is not good luck.
I know Tim Lappano planned to do a lot more two tight-end stuff this year, if possible, and also simply make more use of the TE position in general. Now, with Michael Gottlieb (hand) and Robert Lewis (foot) out for 2-4 weeks, those plans probably have to be altered just a bit.
And I’d guess that those two guys are out on the high side of that estimate considering they are moving Walt Winter over to tight end.
Johnie Kirton is a dangerous receiver and pass catcher, but tight ends coach
Bob Simmons told us again today that Kirton still needs a lot of work on blocking.
“We need him to be the total package,” Simmons said.
Redshirt freshman Tim Williams is likely the new backup. And given that Kirton has never played a full game before, it’s hard to figure how Williams won’t see at least a little time Saturday against Oklahoma unless the Huskies simply go to schemes that don’t involve the tight end. Williams, however, is anticipating he’ll probably play.
“We do a certain amount of two tight-end stuff and they kind of sub the tight ends in a lot, so it will be fun to see what happens,” Williams said.
Williams is from Chehalis and a player Huskies fans should like considering he turned down Oregon to come north. He was also one of the first players to commit to UW once Tyrone Willingham became the coach.
“I liked it here a lot better,” he said. “They were more about football here. Oregon’s a great place, a great program. I just liked it a lot more here.”
If he can make the adjustment, Winter could work his way up the depth quickly considering walk-on Tim Harris is the only other player at the spot. Winter played tight end at Juanita as well as defense. But it’s hard to figure how he could make the adjustment in just a few days.
Willingham also elaborated today on the fact that cornerback Jordan Murchison didn’t suit up Saturday.
That’s beginning to sound long a worrisome long-term deal as Murchison has been plagued by a flareup of a knee injury that dates to his junior college days.
Willingham said that Murchison remains day-to-day.
His absence is one reason there is so little depth at cornerback right now. The team has essentially just five CBs …quot; Dashon Goldson, who has been injured; Roy Lewis, Matt Fountaine, Murchison, and Mesphin Forrester, who was originally a safety and still plays there some, as well.
Two of those five are obviously ailing.
The only other CBs on the roster are true freshman Matt Mosley and walk-on Desmond Davis.
I think Mosley will be a good player down the road, but trying to play CB in the Pac-10 as a true freshman is hard to do.
Murchison was one of seven JC players the Huskies signed last winter. To date, only three have seen action …quot; snapper Danny Morovick, safety Jason Wells and WR Marcel Reece. Murchison is ailing and Ashlee Palmer, Aaron Mason and Anthony Atkins all remain in academic limbo.
That’s not a good ratio for a rebuilding program seeking immediate help.



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