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September 28, 2006 at 9:03 AM

Thursday mailbag

Here’s another go-round of emptying the mailbag:
First, though, here’s a couple of notes I wasn’t able to get in today’s paper.
THIRD-DOWN SUCCESS: I wrote a little story today about UW’s success stopping third downs this year. What I wasn’t able to get in the story is how much better their ratio is so far this year compared to last season.
The Huskies ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in stopping third downs last year, allowing 44.5 percent (69 of 155). But through four games this year, UW is allowing foes to convert just 34.5 percent on third down (19 of 55).
FORRESTER’S FAMILY: In that same story, I wrote a little about Mesphin Forrester. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that he is coming on, considering his lineage.
His older brother, Wale, was a cornerback for Cal the past four years playing for J.D. Williams, now the secondary coach at UW. His younger brother, Naeem, is a junior at Venice (Calif.) High, where all the brothers played, and will be on the field tonight when Venice is featured on ESPN2 against Oaks Christian.
IS THERE ANYTHING WRONG WITH GREYSON GUNHEIM?: We all wrote a lot about Greyson Gunheim being one of the breakout players on the team this season, so some of you have wondered why he has yet to get a sack this season. Coaches say Gunheim isn’t doing much wrong and that there is nothing wrong with his knee from the injury he suffered during training camp.
“He’s doing OK,” said defensive line coach Randy Hart. “He’d like some more sacks and some more other things but they’ve thrown the ball quickly and done some things to take some things away from him.”
HOW DID DONALD BUTLER PLAY SATURDAY? The true freshman linebacker saw some action Saturday in the nickel package in place of injured E.J. Savannah, then was removed after a few plays for senior Tahj Bomar. As one might have guessed, he had some typical true-freshman struggles.
“He’s going to be a good player and he did some things well but he made some mistakes so we put Tahj Bomar back in there,” said linebacker coach Chris Tormey.
As for this week, Savannah is almost certain not to play and Tormey says Butler could return to that spot on the nickel package though it’s more likely
Bomar remains in there.
IS THERE ANYTHING WRONG WITH COREY WILLIAMS? The junior receiver doesn’t have a catch in the past two games and just seven for the season. But as with Gunheim, coaches insist it’s more circumstance than anything else that has prevented him from putting up big numbers just yet.
“The reads just haven’t taken the quarterback to his spot,” said receivers coach Eric Yarber. “He’s been doing his part of getting open but the reads just didn’t dictate him getting the ball.”
WHY DIDN’T MARCEL REECE PLAY MORE SATURDAY? Mostly, it was a matter of UW going to the spread option offense, which Reece apparently isn’t quite as ready for just yet. Yarber said that “the rotation didn’t call for him to be in there.”
Also a factor is the reemergence of Cody Ellis, who coaches say is one of the team’s fastest receivers and is particularly suited for the spread offense.

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