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August 6, 2007 at 2:00 PM

Afternoon practice notes

With camp in its second day, the general camp routine is getting in place.
The Huskies hit the field at 2:30 for their afternoon practice, and UW is again employing a lot of split practices, where the starting unit and what would probably be called the No. 4 group works together. Later in the afternoon, the No. 2 and No. 3 units will work out. All the groups will join briefly in between the two workouts to work on special teams.
Coach Tyrone Willingham likes the approach because he says it gives everyone more reps. UW will have its first double-days on Friday. But two-a-days are no longer allowed on consecutive days and the Huskies will have just seven two-a-days during camp.
The media is allowed to watch only the first 25 minutes, which is most stretching and running, etc., so we don’t get to see a lot.
What we did see today is that the changes made to the starting lineup on Sunday are still in place — Matt Sedillo, Ryan Tolar and Cody Habben remain with the starting O-line and Chris Stevens as a starting linebacker. That means tackle Ben Ossai and guards Morgan Rosborough and Casey Bulyca are continuing to work with the second unit, as is LB E.J. Savannah. The change also impacts Jordan White-Frisbee, who had been challenging for a starting job, as well, but is now deep on the depth chart at guard.
I asked O-line coach Mike Denbrock about the changes today and this is what he had to say:
“There were some things that some guys had to do over the course of the summer and not everybody got everything done,” Denbrock said. “So we shuffled some things around a little bit. I think more than anything else, it gives those guys an opportunity to understand that we are serious about doing things the right way.
We want to make sure that they know they are not out of the mix and we are still hoping that they do the things necessary to get themselves back in position for a starting job. The door is certainly not closed on anybody but we wanted to make sure they understood that we are serious about what we are trying to accomplish.”
I talked to White-Frisbee for a while and he said that as far as he knows, the demotions are strictly due to conditioning standards that weren’t met. White-Frisbee, listed at 320 pounds, said he is instead more like 350, and wanted to be around 330, instead. He admitted he didn’t work as hard as he hoped he could this summer, citing some personal issues as getting in the way of his training. He said the good news was that he still passed the team’s conditioning test on Sunday, so he feels he is in good enough shape to play (and he said his foot isn’t an issue) but that he knows the coaches are sending a message about his weight. I’ll have more on that in a story for tomorrow’s paper.
— As we wrote earlier would happen, Byron Davenport is wearing No. 18 instead of the No. 25 he wore Sunday and is listed as wearing on the roster. No. 25 isn’t officially retired but apparently won’t be worn by any Husky for the forseeable future.
— UW will practice without pads until Thursday.



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