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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

April 19, 2007 at 3:32 PM

Savannah makes his move

Tyrone Willingham just concluded his pre-practice media briefing and confirmed what had become apparent in watching a scrimmage and an open practice in the last week — E.J. Savannah has moved ahead of Chris Stevens at weakside linebacker.
Stevens was listed No. 1 there heading into the spring but most viewed it as a pretty tight competition for the spot that was held last season by Scott White.
Savannah had a good scrimmage on Saturday that included a sack and safety of QB Jake Locker, and also had an interception of Locker in the team’s first spring practice last week.
“The reason you make a move is one guy is playing better than the other,” Willingham said, adding that both guys “will add some wonderful things to our football team.”
Willingham added that “the one thing E.J. brings is he has some wonderful instincts about getting to the football and that’s what you need out of your linebackers. You also need to maintain that gap integrity and E.J.’s doing a good job of that.”
UW defensive coordinator Kent Baer has referred to Stevens as the defense’s “utility player” since he is used in a lot of different ways, including as a defensive end in some obvious passing situations.
One of the other hotly contested jobs of the spring is right guard where Casey Bulyca and Ryan Tolar were listed as co-starters heading into practice. Bulyca has been running No. 1 though Willingham said it’s still an intense competition.
Willingham said CB Matt Mosley was kneed in the back in Tuesday’s practice and shouldn’t be sidelined long. P Ryan Perkins missed Tuesday’s practice due to a death in the family, he said, and should be “returning shortly.”
Receiver Anthony Russo (hamstring) remains out as does WR Quintin Daniels (inflammation in knee).
Willingham also talked a little bit about the fact that the entire team attended a Career Fair on campus Wednesday.
“It’s important for our team to have other options in their life,” Willingham said.
UPDATE 7:15 P.M. — Perkins was back at practice today, though Russo and Daniels remained out. C Juan Garcia is beginning to return to more regular work.
FB Paul Homer was again wearing a gold jersey.
Also, a few of you have asked a few questions in recent days. I’m not ignoring them. I’ll try to get to them soon.

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