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Husky Football Blog

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August 23, 2007 at 6:39 PM

Scrimmage update

The Huskies have wrapped up their last major scrimmage of the fall and coach Tyrone Willingham called it “a good session. We worked hard but the execution was still not where I would like it to be in all areas.”
Willingham didn’t go into a ton of specifics about what happened (as mentioned in the previous post, we were escorted out before it began) but here’s some of what he said:
— There was only one new injury to DE Darrion Jones, though he said he didn’t think it was major, though still too early to say whether he’d miss the Syracuse game.
— CB Byron Davenport and WR Cody Ellis did not play but apparently everyone else did, including MLB Donald Butler, who has been in and out of the lineup of late.
— Said he particulaly liked the improvement of the “game organization and game flow” meaning getting players in the right formations, the right plays called, etc. The team apparently played one full quarter in complete game-like conditions as a run-through of personnel groupings, etc.
— Players he singled out were walk-on Fred Wiggs, who has been moved to strongside linebacker and in Willingham’s words “did some nice things”; WR Marcel Reece, who he said made a couple of big plays; and walk-on WR Charles Hawkins, who he also said made a nice play.
— Said players rotated in at many positions and warned us not to read much into who was wearing what color jersey, though I still think it probably indicated something.
— Said the shotgun center snaps were better than last Saturday, when three went over the head of the QB. “That was just an occurrence of that particular game,” he said.
— Said Jared Ballman, Ryan Perkins and Erik Folk all handled some kicks, with Folk and Ballman apparently doing field goals and PATs and Perkins only PATs. Said only one FG was missed, though he didn’t say by whom, but indicated he was overall pleased with the performance there.
— Said all three QBs “did a really nice job” and seemed most pleased that third-teamer Ronnie Fouch was able to handle the game management part of things so well.
— Said Anthony Russo was able to handle punt return duties just fine, apparently breaking one for 30-40 yards that was called back by penalty.
— Said Brandon Johnson may well emerge as the starting kickoff returner in part because he shows a good burst through the hole.
— Was asked whether the scrimmage cleared up any of the job position battles that are still ongoing and said it probably did, but added the inevitable caveat that he has to look at the film first.
Hopefully we’ll get a better view of what happened tomorrow after the coaches have done their film review.
UPDATE: I was able to transcribe a few Willingham quotes from the scrimmage later so I’ll add them here.
— On Brandon Johnson: “You need a guy that if he gets a cap, he just blows through it, and Brandon has a tendency to do that. He has a chance to maybe be that guy (starting kick returner) at the start of the season.”
— On Ronnie Fouch: Willingham said he thought his mechanics looked good though he pointed out that some of his passes were dropped. But he sounded pleased with what Fouch has done in camp. Fouch is sure to travel as the No. 3 QB though I would assume they will try to redshirt him this year to keep him a year removed from Locker, if nothing else.
— On the safety position: Willingham said Jason Wells is the leader at free safety but that Mesphin Forrester, while the leader at strong safety, still has competition from Darin Harris and Nate Williams. “I’m very interested in seeing much improved leadership and much improved play from all the guys at that position,” he said.
— On the kickers: He said all the PATs were made and only one FG missed. Said Folk made all of his PATs.

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