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October 4, 2006 at 4:40 PM

Wednesday practice update

There wasn’t a lot of personnel news today so UW coach Tyrone Willingham had some time to clear up some loose ends from the Arizona game.
Specifically, we asked him about the play when Marlon Wood grabbed a punt and appeared to be off to the races only to have the officials call it back saying Wood had singled for a fair catch.
Wood have given a sign similar to an umpire’s “safe” call warning teammates to stay away from the ball before picking it up. Willingham said he was under the impression that’s okay but was told by the officials that is not allowed. Willingham said he is seeking an official interpretation from the Pac-10 office so he can clear that up and understand how best to instruct his players. Generally, a waved hand over the head is used to signal fair catch.
Also, he said he had no problems with the pass interference penalty that was waved off after Arizona fans threw bottles on the field. Willingham said he thought it was a blow to the head penalty if anything. But he said film didn’t indicate a pass interference call was warranted. He said he was told by one official that there was no call on the play, though he wasn’t sure why a flag was thrown in the first place.
Little new on the injury front — LB E.J. Savannah won’t play this week but TE Robert Lewis might. The other players who have suffered some injuries in past weeks are practicing and should be okay, such as Scott White, C.J. Wallace and Trenton Tuiasosopo.
Willingham also said Wood will likely begin seeing more time as a kickoff returner. Cornerback Roy Lewis has been handling those duties but Willingham said Wood is “closing that gap” in part because he is almost completely back from the broken leg suffered against USC last year.
Willingham said earlier in the week that the team may use more backups on the scout teams this year to give the starters the best look possible at USC.
That appeared to be the case Wednesday as Chris Hemphill, for one, was wearing a scout team number.

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