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August 18, 2007 at 5:40 PM

Early scrimmage notes

Washington’s open scrimmage has just wrapped up. Here are a few notes and observations:
— There appeared to be no new major injuries, though a number of players sat out including WR Anthony Russo, CB Byron Davenport, DT Wilson Afoa, LB Donald Butler, DE Caesar Rayford, OL Matt Sedillo and WR Cody Ellis. Not sure of the injury involved with some of the new names on the list. Also true frosh DL Tyrone Duncan didn’t suit up with his shoulder wrapped. UW coach Tyrone Willingham said later that none of the new injuries were serious and would hold players out of the Syracuse game.
— In the formal scrimmage portion, the Purple team (the one offense and two defense) beat the Gold team (two offense, one defense) 14-12. The big plays were a 57-yard TD pass from Jake Locker to Marcel Reece, a 7-yard TD run by Locker and a 39-yard TD pass from Carl Bonnell to Charles Hawkins. They then added an OT session for whatever reason Purple team turned the ball over on a Locker pass that was interception by Dan Howell with the Gold then kicking a field goal by Ryan Perkins. Worth noting that Locker’s pass appeared to go through the hands of D’Andre Goodwin and right to a waiting Howell.
— There was a lot of sloppiness early, including three bad shotgun snaps, including one that went for a safety. Only one was by starting center Juan Garcia, however, with the other two by backup Ryan Bush. He was replaced by walk-on Greg Christine after the second bad snap. “There’s no excuse for that,” said offensive coordinator Tim Lappano. “We’ll get that taken care of.”
— The kicking games were spotty, as well, with Jared Ballman and Ryan Perkins each going 1-2. Ballman hit from 24 and missed from 39, while Perkins missed from 41 and hit from 39.
— The punting was also spotty and hard to tell who is the leader there. Perkins had one high punt that went for about 50 yards while most of Ballman’s were shorter. Willingham sounded non-commital later when asked about the position.
— In some real unofficial stats, I had Locker at 10-18 for 134 yards, one TD and one interception while Carl Bonnell was 8-17 for 145 yards. Louis Rankin had five carries for nine yards as the running game struggled at times.
— However, Locker had 25 yards on four carries, and a lot of that part of the offense was kept under wraps. Also, Rankin had a 23-yard TD run and a 2-yard TD run in the situational stuff that happened after the formal scrimmage and coaches sounded pleased with his play. Rankin would surely look better if all of the spread option running game stuff were in there.
— After some shakiness early, Locker completed seven of his last nine passes, including the 57-yard TD to Reece. This is now the second time in scrimmages we’ve seen him struggle early then rally the team late, once again showing some of those Marques Tuiasosopo-type intangibles.
Curtis Shaw was the most impressive of the young RBs with 28 yards on four carries. He did, however, have a fumble in the situational stuff that happened later. Willie Griffin also had some nice runs with 32 yards on six carries.
— I had J.R. Hasty with 12 carries for five yards and it’s possible he’ll have to fight for the backup job. Lappano said afterward that a look at the film would determine who is the backup right now, which seemed a little more noncommital toward Hasty than previously.
UPDATE 6:05 — Willingham said almost all the players who sat out probably could have played today except maybe Russo and Afoa. He said Duncan is out only a few days or so with an injury that occured yesterday.
— His opening quote: “Overall I thought it was good. We did a decent job in a lot of places. Some of the confusion was my doing.”
— On the players who sat out, he said “We’re taking some precautions with our football team and thought it was the rigiht time to not play them.”
— The starting offensive line was, left to right, Cody Habben, Ryan Tolar, Juan Garcia, Casey Bulyca and Chad Macklin. Lappano said that could be the starting group come the Syracuse game. When the team came back on the field after the first half, Ben Ossai took Habben’s place at left tackle with the first unit. Lappano indicated that it is the one spot where there is still a lot of competition, though he said everything will be evaluated greatly based on the film of today.
— Ossai had some rough moments early, getting beaten badly twice on outside rushes.
— As I go through stuff and complete the stories for the paper I’ll add a little more stuff so keep checking back.
MORE UPDATE
— The second-team offensive line was, left to right, Ossai, Jordan White-Frisbee, Ryan Bush, Morgan Rosborough and Erik Berglund.
— With Davenport out, the starting cornerback opposite Roy Lewis was walk-on Cory Nicol. He appeared to be beaten on the long TD to Reece, though it was a play-action and the safety on the play was also out of position. That appeared to be true freshman Nate Williams.
— True freshman Mason Foster got a lot of action at MLB with Butler out and appears to be on the way to having a role with this team.
— Lappano said true freshman Chris Izbicki is a likely redshirt candidate, barring injury, saying it would be hard to take more than three tight ends.
— Yes, there was a fun play where Rankin threw a 13-yard pass on a halfback option to Locker. It could easily have gone for more but Locker was off limits to contact and was down at a mere touch.

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