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August 13, 2007 at 12:46 PM

On the offense

A few of us met with UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano today for a kind of “state of the offense” interview. Here’s a bit of what he had to say:
— Lappano said the offensive line remains the same, with the three new starters still running with the first unit, and that there is about one more week left to experiment with it before settling on a first group. He said he expects the team to rotate more with the line this season, saying seven or so could play regularly. Judging by his comments, I figure the seven to be center Juan Garcia (set as a starter there), right tackle Chad Macklin (also set there) along with Ryan Tolar, Matt Sedillo and Casey Bulyca at guard and Cody Habben and Ben Ossai at tackle. Lappano said Bulyca has really come on the last few days. Bulyca, one of the three former starters demoted, said today he weighs about 345 while the coaches wanted him at about 340. Sounds as if some of the other guards aren’t in the mix quite as much right now.
— Lappano said the quarterbacks have improved greatly since the first day, an open practice when accuracy was a problem for all the QBs but especially Jake Locker. Lappano said he thinks the conditioning test earlier that day wore out the legs of the QBs that day, and that since then. the accuracy has been much better.
— Said he really likes the fullback position with Paul Homer and Luke Kravitz, each weighing roughly 250 pounds and showing a good grasp of the offense.
— Said the true freshmen running backs are hitting a little of a wall in terms of learning the playbook and right now are far behind the team’s two returners, Louis Rankin and J.R. Hasty, at that spot. Lappano praised the play of Hasty saying “his effort has really been good.” Rankin has been one of the stars of camp, apparently winning the team’s pre-season conditioning test on the first day — Locker was No. 2.
— Repeated what Tyrone Willingham said the other day about Corey Williams, saying Williams is having the best camp of his career. Said he thinks there’s a chance Anthony Russo may be able to play against Syracuse but if not, he thinks the depth is just fine at that spot. However, Marcel Reece has been battling some cramps in his legs the last few days, something that will apparently be looked into further. Lappano said he’s impressed by the way Reece has tried to play through the injury, something he said Reece might not have done last season.
— Said all three of the tight ends are playing pretty well though he’d still like to see more consistency there. Said Johnie Kirton had some particularly good moments in the scrimmage Saturday but that no one has yet to really stake out a spot there. Said he thinks all three will play a lot this season, but likely only those three, apparently an indication that Chris Izbicki is still in the learninig stages, as would be expected of a true freshman.

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