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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 5, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Media day notes

Official interviews from media day have ended so I’ll pass along as many notes as I can right now:
— There are no changes to the current active roster other than the expected addition of some walk-ons, which we noted earlier. Coach Tyrone Willingham said he could not talk specifically yet about the status of WRs Anthony Boyles and Devin Aguilar but said “it’s not beyond reason to expect we could have one or both at some point” this season. That, at least, jibes with what Boyles and Aguilar said about attempting to take the test one more time to get eligible later this season, maybe after the fourth or fifth game.
— Willingham said again that Jake Locker is the starting QB heading into camp.
— As to the question of the condition of the team, everybody waxed as optimistic as possible, saying it was the best summer of the three since Willingham took over.That’s to be expected, however, as I’ve rarely heard teams say on this day that they didn’t have a good summer. However, two of the more insightful comments I heard on that topic were from Carl Bonnell and Tim Lappano. Bonnell said it was “the most consistent” of the summers since he has been with the Huskies in terms of overall turnout. Lappano, meanwhile, admitted that the turnout for seven-on-sevens during the summer started out well then kind of dropped off as the summer wore on. This year, he said he heard, was a lot better in that regard.
— In terms of the condition of the O-line, sounds as if a few players still have some work to do. Lappano specifically mentioned guards Morgan Rosborough and Jordan White-Frisbee as players who still need to lose some weight. “The good news,” he said “is that nobody put on any weight” over the summer. Players he said were in particularly good shape are C Juan Garcia and tackles Chad Macklin and Ben Ossai. Ossai, Lappano said, had his best summer since he’s been a Husky.
— WR Marcel Reece looked pretty close to where he was in the spring, when he was listed at 240. Reece playfully said he “didn’t know what I weight right now” but it doesn’t appear that weight should be an issue for him this fall, as it was a year ago.
— Willingham said there are no new injury issues and that every player should be able to go once practice begins this afternoon.
Roy Lewis talked about the surgery he had on his hand in June to repair some ligament damage. He said it was a lingering injury that began last season and continued through the spring. He also said he played with “a pretty bad thumb” much of last season. But he said he’s “100 percent, maybe even better” right now.
— Lappano said he thinks the three fastest running backs on the team are Louis Rankin, Curtis Shaw and Brandon Johnson. He said each has legitimate “sprinter’s speed.” That would seem to indicate that Shaw and Johnson would have the best chance of the incoming frosh to make an immediate impact.
— Defensive coordinator Kent Baer said it was heartening to look in the meeting room and see 16 defensive backs. “I think in the spring we had six,” he said. Nobody wanted to say yet if some players will be moved around to add to the secondary depth, but sounds as if it is being discussed.
Greyson Gunheim and Jordan Reffett each showed up wearing mohawks, something Reffett said they are doing as a way to get motivated for camp. Reffett said he and Gunheim are “the barbers” on the team and expect to shave a few other players similarly.
More later.

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