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July 26, 2007 at 9:58 AM

Huskies speak in Los Angeles

Tyrone Willingham and Greyson Gunheim just left the podium, and as could probably have been expected, they didn’t sound too concerned about UW being picked ninth in the Pac-10 by the assembled media.
“What’s important is where we finish at,” Willingham said. “Right now, in some years, the projections have been slightly off in terms of who would finish where. We are excited and we like our chances and I think this is a team that’s improving and growing and that is beginning to understand the character that it takes to be a champion, to win in the fourth quarter. If we can master that, I like where we will finish.”
Gunheim said simply that “in my point of view, I think we are one of the best in the conference.”
Willingham was asked if there have been any changes in personnel since the end of the spring and he basically demurred, saying nothing would be official until the start of camp a week from Sunday. He called the apparent ineligibility of several incoming recruits as “pending situations” and that “they will probably not be resolved until camp opens.”
Given what the players involved said, however, I think this is mostly Willingham’s way of simply waiting until camp starts to make anything official rather than any change in the status of any of those players.
UPDATE: As might be expected, much was also made of UW’s schedule.
Said Willingham on the schedule: “We don’t think there is anyone who has a toughter start, but we also think our conference schedule is pretty difficult. But when you start on the road at Syracuse, we consider them a team very much like ourselves that is growing, developing. That’s an important football game for us to get off to a great start against a difficult opponent in their home, and then have to turn around and play the 2006 Cinderella team (Boise State.). … Then you play Ohio State. There is no question that is a very challening start for our football team. What we have tried to get across is that it is a challenge, an opportunity for us to prove ourselves and show ourselves.”
Said Gunheim: “It’s a big opportunity for us. The whole team is excited about it. Just excited to show how much we have improved and how hard we have worked this summer.”
SPEAKING OF QUARTERBACKS: Willingham was also asked to compare Jake Locker and Isaiah Stanback:
Willingham made an interesting point that Locker’s success will depend heavily this season on the supporting cast:
“I never try to compare players. I think each player is unique. Obviously, I think Jake is a very unique individual who has the size, the speedm the intangibles that a quarterback needs to be an excellent player. At the same time, with our excitement for him, we don’t want to place too much on him in that role. The key
for us is to surround him with a complement of playes and then he’ll be in great shape.”



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