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August 20, 2007 at 9:17 AM

Monday morning notes

The Huskies return to work today with two practices after taking Sunday off (they held meetings and such but didn’t hit the field).
This is one of just two two-a-days left — the final one is Wednesday. The Huskies are likely to hold a last scrimmage on Thursday and then, believe it or not, begin gameweek preparation for Syracuse, which obviously has a slightly different feel to it with it being a Friday night game three time zones away. UW will be traveling to Syracuse a week from Wednesday, meaning their pre-season work here in Seattle will be done in eight days.
So the season is getting close.
Someone asked how the punters looked and whether any of them stood out above the others. Not really. Jared Ballman and Ryan Perkins were better than walk-on Kiel Rasp, but I didn’t sense much of a difference between Ballman and Perkins. Perkins had the best-looking punt, one that boomed high into the air and went for about 45 yards or so. That’s the one Louis Rankin muffed (not sure we’ll really see him much as a returner this year), and I didn’t get exactly what yard line he was at when he did that, so I don’t have the exact distance of the punt better than that.
Ballman had a punt that was longer, going for 49 yards, but it was one that went 38-40 yards and then got a good roll. Neither of them, frankly, looked like they did anything to win the position.
Someone else commented on the receivers and that Corey Williams will end up as a starter. Personally, I think designating the five seniors as starters or backups this year will be somewhat a matter of semantics. Those guys will rotate quite a bit, and who starts which game could often be due merely to what play the team runs first. But I would agree that Williams is emerging as a go-to receiver, and right now, if I had to guess who would catch the most passes this season, I’d think it would be him, Marcel Reece and Anthony Russo.
Finally, on the kickers, the Huskies no doubt have to hope someone steps forward to claim that job, and then performs consistently, so as not to be reminded of Michael Braunstein, who as one reader noted, appeared to have a good day for Ohio the other day. I think we’ve said all there is to say about why Braunstein is gone so I’m done with that aspect of it. But it’ll certainly be an interesting subplot in the eyes of some this season.
Also, I see that had an update on Devin Aguilar and Anthony Boyles. In essence, both are still studying to retake the ACT Sept. 15, as has been previously reported. Aguilar, however, is in Seattle and was apparently at the scrimmage on Saturday. As has been the thought all along, there’s a much better chance that Aguilar makes it in this year than Boyles, who seems to have a lot more ground to make up on his test.
— Here’s a look at the situation facing Reggie Williams after he barely played the other night. I had this bizarre thought the other night that it’s possible Isaiah Stanback will have a better NFL career as a receiver than Williams.
— Sounds as if Marques Tuiasosopo will have a lot of trouble making the Jets’ roster. Anybody else watch David Greene the other night and think maybe the local team ought to bring Tuiasosopo home if the Jets don’t want him?
Dashon Goldson is out for a week or so with a strained ligament in his elbow.
Stanley Daniels was cut the other day by the Jets.
A BRIEF PROGAMMING NOTE: I’m actually out of town on a family commitment for the next two days and won’t be at Husky practice (I also prefer to look at it as doing my civic duty by being off I-5 for a couple mornings). But you can still check the blog for any major breaking news that might occur from Montlake as Bud Withers will be checking in out there and will file reports as needed.



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