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The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 28, 2007 at 3:45 PM

Davenport “60 percent chance” to play

Washington’s cornerback situation may be improving just a bit as UW coach Tyrone Willingham said today there is a “60 percent” chance that Byron Davenport could see action Friday at Syracuse.
That still sounds a little tenuous, but Willingham said it was a lot better than a few days ago.
“A few days ago I don’t know if there was a 10 percent chance of him playing,” Willingham said. “It’s amazing what happens as you get closer to a ball game.”
However, Willingham also said there was still a chance Davenport wouldn’t even make the trip to Syracuse depending on how he progresses.
“Don’t know yet,” he said. “Still got day and a half of work to go, so we’ll know all of that tomorrow.”
Willingham said Davenport did quite a bit more in practice on Monday, apparently more than he had in previous days, saying “he basically did all of practice so we’ll see what happens.”
Vonzell McDowell, however, is still scheduled to start at cornerback, Willingham said.
He also said it is unlikely he will move anybody from another position to cornerback to fill in the depth there.
Willingham also said the left tackle spot remains wide open and might be a game-day decision, though he also indicated he has already made up his mind.
The backup running back spot also remains iffy due in part to J.R. Hasty’s ankle injury. Willingham said Hasty “did okay, did some things” in practice on Monday.
There were apparently no new injuries with Willingham saying that MLB Donald Butler participated fully.
However, he also said if Butler can’t go that “we are pleased with Trenton Tuiasosopo and won’t be afraid” to use him as the starter if Butler can’t go.
Willingham did essentially rule out DE Darrion Jones and PK Erik Folk from making the trip.
PRACTICE UPDATE: While Willingham told us there were no new injuries to report, there appears to be at least one — LB Chris Stevens had his left thumb in a hard cast, though he seemed to be playing with it, going through the paces of early practice. Hard to know how serious that may or may not be.
Also, Davenport was participating in more of practice than previously, confirming what Willingham told us. Watched him twice cover UW receivers in a coverage drill. He was beaten pretty badly by Anthony Russo one time and then retreated to the sideline to stretch his legs just as our time to watch practice ran out.
And FWIW, Cody Habben ran at left tackle with the first unit offense when it first ran through plays, with Ben Ossai taking over after two plays in what appeared to be a rotation at that spot. So that could be the order come gameday as both are expected to play.

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