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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 6, 2007 at 12:41 PM

Afternoon notes

Tyrone Willingham has concluded his daily press briefing and there isn’t much big news since the team has done little since he met with us after practice last night.
Willingham elaborated on Nick Wood’s wrist injury saying it was a pre-exisiting injury that the team decided needed surgery once he got on-campus. He will be out 2-4 weeks, but being a true freshman lineman means he is almost certainly headed for a redshirt season.
Willingham said a film review of the first day of practice was about the same as it appeared in person. “It was a good day but not a great day,” he said, reiterating that the passing game was rusty on both ends.
Willingham also talked about punter/kicker Ryan Perkins and said he was impressed that Perkins was able to hold his own while punting Sunday with his left foot — Perkins can kick with either foot. The team will do place kicking today and Perkins will try that as well. Willingham said the team will play it by ear for a while to see how Perkins is rehabbing and if it’s necessary to limit him to doing just one or the other. For now, he seems to be in legitimate competition for both spots.
ON NUMBER 25: A number of you asked about Byron Davenport being awarded Curtis Williams’ old No. 25 jersey.
Apparently, it was pretty much a fluke and he won’t wear that number during the season. Secondary coach J.D. Williams, who is Curtis Williams’ older brother, said Davenport was given that number for his practice jersey because he is in locker 25. He said his gameday jersey will probably be No. 18. J.D. Williams said as far as he knows, Curtis Williams’ jersey won’t be worn and is technically retired, though the school has never officially designated it as such.
“It’s no big deal,” J.D. Williams said of Davenport wearing 25. “He’s just wearing it for practice.”
WILLIAMS ON SWITCH: Talked to freshman running back-turned safety Nate Williams who said he decided on Friday that he wanted to make the switch to defense. Or, “the dark side,” as Williams called it.
Williams said he made the move in part because of his performance in the state All-Star game when he was named the Defensive MVP after making two interceptions at safety.
Williams also said the fact that UW brought in five running backs this year played a part in his decision, as well.
Willingham said he okayed the request since it’s also a move that could best help the team with UW still having some depth issues in the secondary. He said he doesn’t okay every request to move, always basing it on what he feels is best for the team.
BONNELL UP TO SCALE: While there’s lots of focus on some of the bigger players who may be too heavy, one player UW wants to see get bigger is QB Carl Bonnell.
Bonnell said he was able to do that this summer, adding about 14 points to get up to 214. He said he was about 210 a year ago before suffering a shoulder injury and having off-season surgery that made it difficult for him to lift weights and keep weight on.
“I’m back to where I should have been the whole time,” he said. “Hopefully this one will stay. I think it will.”

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