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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

April 14, 2007 at 11:01 AM

Saturday morning update

The Huskies are due for their first full-pads practice of the spring in a little while, and with this being the day that former players are invited back, figures to be a lot of excitment.
I’ll have some reports on it all here later, as well as in print and online.
For today’s paper I wrote about the return of Darin Harris to the secondary. This could be a pretty underrated positive addition to a thin secondary if Harris can make it all the way back from the back injury that held him out all of last season.
He emerged as a part-time starter as a true sophomore in 2005 and exhibited some good play-making ability. And in talking with him, there’s little doubt he has a lot of desire to succeed. Practices like today, when the team figures to go full-contact, will tell a lot.
I also had a chance to talk with offensive coordinator Tim Lappano a little on Friday.
When I asked him which players were making an early impression on offense (other than the QBs) he mentioned Marcel Reece and Johnie Kirton.
“I really like the way Marcel Reece is playing right now,” Lappano said. “He’s playing a lot faster than he played last year. He really picked his game up where he left off against Washington State and that’s what we wanted to see. He’s playing fast and blocking well on the perimeter. He’s also really matured and I like the way he’s taking coaching right now.”
Coaches have also marveled about Reece’s condition as he appears to be in great shape.
Of Kirton, Lappano said: “He’s improved as well and I think he’s picked his game up a little bit.”
Of the quarterbacks, Lappano said Jake Locker has been solid, though showing some inevitable signs of inexperience at times. He also praised the work of Carl Bonnell. “He’s done a good job of competing,” Lappano said. “I like how he hasn’t given up and he’s competing. He’s had a couple of good days and done some good things.”

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