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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 21, 2006 at 11:52 AM

It’s getting windy, it’s getting windy

Used to sign a song with those words to my oldest son, and it’s appropriate here as the wind is picking up here in Berkeeley, blowing 15-20 miles or so out of the south.
Otherwise, it’s a beautiful sunny day here and a good atmosphere for a football game.
Whether it will be a good game remains to be seen.
Several of you asked about the mood of the team this week. I’m always hesitant to read much into a few random interviews with just a few players considering there are 64 guys here today, but I got the sense there was a lot of apprehension and uncertainty — more so than at any other time this season. Obviously, there are lots of good reasons for that, so it’s not unexpected. But this team has thrived this year because of what has seemed a single-minded belief in what it was doing, so we’ll see how it reacts now.
A few other notes —
— There is still no definitive word on whether Jake Locker is going to play today. Locker’s family is here but word is they came just in case, not because they know anything. But it appears obvious watching the warm-ups that he is the backup as he is the one taking all the snaps after Bonnell. But being prepped as the backup and playing are two different things.
— Don’t be surprised if Dashon Goldson starts at cornerback alongside Roy Lewis. That was the ideal lineup heading into the year and if Goldson is healthy, I think that’s the way they want to go.
— UW has to get off to a good start as the Bears have outscored teams 91-27 in the first quarter and 101-50 in the first half this year.
— I meant to get this quote from Willingham in the paper this week and never did. I thought it was telling about what he thought happened last week — and potentially foreboding for the rest of the season. “We’ve played a couple of physical ball games in a row now,” he said. “Really, you go back to the Oklahoma game (the second game of the season) and then Fresno State and UCLA and on through the rest. That’s pretty physical football. So I don’t know if it there was a one-game affect (Saturday) as much as a cumulative affect.”
We’ll have more during and after the game.

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