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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 3, 2007 at 1:40 PM

Monday news and notes

Here are some notes from Monday’s press conference:
— Sounds as if the FB Luke Kravitz injury isn’t real serious but that he is likely out at least this week, hence the move of Austin Sylvester to fullback. However, Sylvester will also remain working at linebacker, according to coach Tyrone Willingham.
— Willingham said he hopes Byron Davenport will be able to go this week. Said he just didn’t look ready late last week so it was decided to leave him home. Said he hopes all the extra rest time will allow him to get back.
— Guard Matt Sedillo and WR Cody Ellis should also be back this week from injuries. Willingham reported no other new injuries from the Syracuse game.
— The Players of the Week, as selected by the coaches, were RB Louis Rankin (offense), DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim (defense), and punter/kicker Jared Ballman (special teams). The scout team Players of the Week were TE Romeo Savant (offense) and DE De’Shon Matthews (defense and special teams).
Jake Locker’s performance apparently got better on review of film. Willingham today called it “very good” as opposed to the “so-so” grade he gave it after the game. Asked the difference, Willingham said simply he wanted to take a closer look at it before really grading it.
— Offensive coordinator Tim Lappano said Locker’s performance was even more impressive looking at the film. Said the only negatives were “one or two” missed reads on option plays.
— Both coaches heartily praised the downfield blocking by the receivers. “We really challenged them on that and they responded,” Lappano said, citing in particular a crushing block by Marcel Reece that opened up the 47-yard TD run by Rankin in the third quarter.
— Both coaches gave solid grades to the UW offensive line. Lappano said one of the players who graded out best was guard Casey Bulyca saying that most of the third-and-short plays were run behind him and that the Huskies converted every one. Cody Habben also graded out well and could move into the starting spot there eventually.
— Lappano said the tight ends weren’t intended to be a major part of the game plan against Syracuse and that the team then kept a lot of things under wraps once the game began to get out of hand. He indicated to expect more use of the TEs and both the receivers in the offense this week.
— Lappano said Boise State likes to play a lot of man coverage in the secondary, which will put a lot of emphasis on the receivers to win battles and get off the line of scrimmage and get open. “We have to step up and defeat man coverage,” he said, adding that’s something the Huskies have struggled to do at times the past few years.
— Boise State coach Chris Petersen raved about Locker. One of the most interesting things he said was that it wasn’t so much what UW did scheme-wise that beat Syracuse but Locker himself. “That’s what’s scary is Syracuse had guys in the right position,” he said. “And the guys still couldn’t make plays. … Syracuse had angles on him and they had some thngs defended and because he is so fast, they still ended up being 15-20 yards gains.”

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