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April 14, 2007 at 1:46 PM

Day for defense

As often happens in first scrimmages of the spring (or the fall, for that matter) the defense dominated the proceedings today as the Huskies conducted their first full-pads workout of the year.
The only two TDs were scored after the ball was placed 19 yards away from the goal line, one coming on a 15-yard pass from Jake Locker to Marcel Reece, the other on a 1-yard run by J.R. Hasty.
But when the ball was placed at the 3-yard-line (or 97 yards away from the goal line) the offense was rarely able to move and there was one safety on a sack of Locker by Greyson Gunheim.
The offense, however, played without starting center Juan Garcia (out with an injury that we’ll get more detail on later). Ryan Bush filled in with the starting unit.
For the most part, the lineups looked as advertised. E.J. Savannah ran ahead of Chris Stevens at weakside linebacker, but the rest of the starters were as expected.
The best news of the day for UW is that there were no significant injuries, though walk-on linebacker Sho Yoshinaga left with a shoulder injury after catching a pass near the goalline.
More later.
UPDATE (2:32 p.m.) — Garcia hyperextended a shoulder in practice on Friday but doesn’t sound serious. Tyrone Willingham said he would be out a couple of days.
Also, there were roughly 150 former players here for the annual alumni day, including the likes of Damon Huard and Lawyer Milloy.
The school also used the occassion to announce that it plans to formally recognize the 1960 Huskies as national champions. The team went 10-1 for the season, losing the third game of the year at home to Navy 15-14.
It was ranked No. 4 in the final regular season poll, then beat No. 1-ranked Minnesota in the Rose Bowl 17-7. But in those days, there was no formal poll after the bowl games so Minnesota has generally been accepted as national champs. The Helms Athletic Foundation, which conducted its final poll after the bowl games, recognized UW as the national champs, and that is the designation UW is now using to claim the 1960 Huskies as a national champion.
You can find those polls here.

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