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August 17, 2007 at 12:50 PM

Friday practice notes

The Huskies hit the field this morning for a practice that coach Tyrone Willingham said “was good. … Maybe not quite as efficient as I’d like but the energy was good.”
And in what is always the best news it appears that the Huskies made it through unscathed.
In fact, UW is on track to getting one of its injured players back as CB Byron Davenport went through most of the drills for the first time since injuring his hamstring more than week ago.
Davenport said he’s still taking it a little easy, not going into a full burst, but that he feels he’s on track to be full go by the opener at Syracuse.
Willingham elaborated a bit on the format for the open practice tomorrow, saying it will involve a lot of scrimmaging. Sounds as if the team will play a normal half of football, then take a brief “halftime” break and then return for a half of situational scrimmaging (two-minute drill, etc.).
But there will be officials, and a clock, so it should be pretty interesting to those who want to come out.
Willingham said he will be one of the officials, in large part to make sure that there the quarterbacks don’t get into any undue danger — they will still be off-limits to contact.
As for the question of whether the Huskies will limit the playbook with the practice being open, Willingham joked that he assumes that “it’s all Huskies” who will be in attendance and that they will take care of those who look like they aren’t Huskies. I’d read it as if the playbook will be scaled down a bit. But it will still be interesting to get a good gauge of personnel.
Willingham also talked a little bit about the backup defensive linemen. UW’s front four is set, but the backups are almost all inexperienced players and Willingham admitted that’s a bit of a concern. “We’re still not there yet,” he said of the backups. “We’re not as physical or as knowledgable as we’d like to be.”

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