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Husky Football Blog

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May 24, 2007 at 3:31 PM

Catching up with Howell and Bulyca

Had a chance this week to tag along as a few Husky football players visited a local Seattle elementary school, part of a program the school calls “Blitz the Sound.”
The program is in its second year and is designed for players to visit with students and talk about the importance of education. You can read more about it in a story running in Friday’s paper.
The players at the program I attended were linebackers Dan Howell and Matt Houston and guard Casey Bulyca. And while I talked with each about their participation in the “Blitz the Sound” event, I was also able to sneak in a few football questions.
So I asked Howell about the injury that kept him out of the Spring Game.
Howell said it was a “lower abdominal strain.” He said he suffered it on Thursday or Friday before the game but that it really flared up on the morning of the game.
“When I woke up, I could hardly move,” he said.
He said he was sent to the hospital for tests, which is why he wasn’t at the Spring Game, though he said he was discharged in time to get there right as it ended.
But the fact that Howell was at the hospital during the game and no one knew the results of the tests helps explain the somewhat mysterious way his injury was announced that day.
Howell said he’s fine now and it’s nothing that will bother him next season.
I asked Bulyca, meanwhile, about the talk about the weight of a few of the offensive linemen. UW offensive line coach Mike Denbrock was quoted by the Times during spring practice, while talking specifically of the guard position, that “hopefully we’ll be a little smaller by the time we get to fall camp. There’s some work that needs to be done there, and they know that.”
The starting guards at the end of the spring were Morgan Rosborough, listed at 6-6, 375 but who said he was about 370 during the spring; and Bulyca, listed at 6-6, 320 but who said he actually weighs about 355.
Rosborough said during the spring he’d like to get to around 355-360 by the start of the season while Bulyca said this week he wants to be around 335-340.
Bulyca said he’s “already lost about 12 pounds” since the end of spring ball, which apparently means he was pushing around 365 during spring practice.
“I gained weight because I just gained weight,” he said. “But I’m not too worried about. I know myself and I know I will play better being a little lighter. I’m not going to lose any strength, I just have to lose a little bit of my belly and I know I’ll be a better player.”

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