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April 24, 2007 at 6:20 PM

Tuesday practice

The Huskies conducted a roughly two-hour practice today that inclued about an hour’s worth of full-contact drills.
It wouldn’t be accurate to call it a scrimmage since every play was controlled.
It began with six third-and-one plays, in which the No. 1 offense didn’t appear to ever get the needed yardage against the No. 1 defense.
Then there were about seven plays run at the goal line in which the offense again struggled to get the ball in running, though it did score on a pass and a couple of mis-direction type plays.
Then came about 20 plays run from the 41-yard-line. The highlights included a 41-yard TD run by Luke Kravitz on a pitchout, a 38-yard pass from Jake Locker to Corey Williams — who had another big day receiving — and a 70-yard or so return of an interception for a touchdown by Jason Wells on a tipped pass thrown by Chandler Clemons.
That session was one in which the team was working on blitzes, which inevitably led to a couple of big plays for the offense.
Then came about 15 plays run from the 12-yard-line, with the highlights including a Locker TD pass to Michael Gottlieb, a Louis Rankin run up the middle for another score, and another Wells interception (of a Carl Bonnell pass).
In what might be the best news of the day, there once again didn’t appear to be any serious injuries.
More later.
UPDATE — The only injuries were a shoulder injury to DT Wilson Afoa that he suffered early and could hold him out another day or two, and a foot injury that held RG Casey Bulyca out of all of the main drills.
With Bulyca out, Ryan Bush and Ryan Tolar split time at right guard, with Bush appearing to take the first round of snaps each session.
Cameron Elisara stepped in for Afoa.
Also, RB coach Trent Miles has been out for the last few days with his father passing away. Tyrone Willingham has been serving as the running backs coach in his absence.
UPDATE 10:15 p.m. — Got a question about the note about six short-yardage plays being stopped. They were all basic runs up the middle, and one thing I should point out is that we never know for sure what they are working on and looking for, etc. But of what we saw, it looked like the No. 1 defensive line was getting the better of the No. 1 O-line, though I wouldn’t necessarily expect much else given that the D-line could be the strength of the whole team while the O-line obviously has a couple of big question marks.
Willingham said later that “the defense did a pretty good job early” seeming to confirm what we saw, while noting that the offense got it going later, which is when most of the longer players I referred to occurred.
He also had praise for J.R. Hasty today, saying “he’s coming. He’s working at it.”
Also worth noting that Kravitz’ run came while he was playing tailback, as both of the fullbacks are being used at tailback at times this spring with UW having just two tailbacks.
Asked whether the FBs are being used as TBs just to fill in the gaps this spring or to see if they can play there in the fall, Willingham said “a little bit of both.”
The team also worked on some returns today, but Willingham admitted that’s a hard area to judge with Anthony Russo, who figures as a prime candidate for both punts and kickoffs, out of the mix right now while nursing a hamstring injury. Russo suited up and did a little bit of work, but stayed out of full contact stuff, as did WR Quintin Daniels (knee).
WR D’Andre Goodwin continues to get looks on both punt and kick returns. Hasty also was getting a look on kick returns today.
As for Bush moving in for Bulyca a bit when he’s played primarily center to date this spring, Willingham said it was simply part of the team’s trying to find the best combination up front and that all of the O-linemen will be expected to play multiple roles.

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