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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 6, 2006 at 2:45 PM

Bonnell to start, but ….

About the most newsworty thing to evolve from Tyrone Willingham’s news conference today was his declaration that it isn’t a certainty that Carl Bonnell will start at quarterback against Stanford.
Willingham said that as of now, Bonnell is the starter, and in all probability will be the starter against Stanford. But he left open the possibility that Johnny DuRocher could also emerge as the starter.
“We’ll look [this week in practice] and see,” Willingham said.
Willingham said Bonnell’s health isn’t the issue, just seeing who would be best to run the team.
Willingham all but ruled out Jake Locker, however. He has left the door open for Locker to play up until now, but Monday said, “I would say it’s probably out the window (that Locker would play). I don’t think at this point you take away what the future is for two ball games. Or three.”
He did add a “but,” saying that if everyone got hurt, he might have to consider it. But any of you who have thought there was still a chance they might turn to Locker strictly for performance reasons, that’s not going to happen now.
As far as other injuries, it’s pretty much as the depth chart portrayed. Kenny James should be ready to go this week (I know that’s what he said last week, but it seems more certain now) and Clay Walker should also be OK. But Jason Wells and Donald Butler are unlikely to be back and Brandon Ala is also out for the year with that elbow injury.
As for position changes, Willingham said he will look again at Shelton Sampson and Johnie Kirton this week, but didn’t give any indication the running back situation would be any different than it has been.

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