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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 5, 2007 at 4:36 PM

Afternoon notes

We’re done with our access to the team for the day, with Tyrone Willingham having met with us a little earlier, and our 25-minute viewing of practice now over.
Here are some highlights:
— Willingham said he had no comment on the news yesterday involving Jordan Murchison saying the “proceedings are still ongoing.” I would assume that to mean that Murchison may not be back this season, if ever.
— He said there was no new injury news, and what we saw of practice confirmed that. Byron Davenport was moving around well working as the No. 2 cornerback behind Vonzell McDowell, Johnie Kirton looked good catching some passes and Cody Ellis was out running around.
— Willingham talked quite a bit about how hard it is to prepare for Boise State and the multitude of formations that will come UW’s way. Willingham said “you can’t practice (against all of the formations that BSU may employ). That’s where you have to have a firm understanding and grasp of your own rules and fundamentnals and rely on those. In our scheme of practice, you can’t practice all of the looks they will give you.”
— Still, he said this will be a game with “a lot of strategy involved in trying to figure out what the opponent might do” and then planning accordingly.
— Asked if there was another team that seemed similar offensively, Willingham said “no, they are kind of unique in what they do.”
— Asked about Boise State running back Ian Johnson, Willingham said he is “very clever in finding that little crack” to run through and that it is that attribute that makes him most dangerous.
— Asked about the crowd, he said he hopes it makes a huge impact for UW Saturday. “I hope it’s worth 20 points,” he said.
— We got to see some of the defense pre-practice stuff going against the scout team, and there was a lot of time spent on getting in the right alignment against different formations.
— One interesting personnel connection to Boise State is that the father of UW defensive end Darrion Jones is Arnell Jones, who was a star basketball player at BSU from 1986-88 and was the Big Sky Player of the Year in 1988. Darrion Jones remains sidelined with an injury.
— UW and Washington State officials have announced a press conference for tomorrow to announce “special news related to the Apple Cup football rivalry.” No official word on what that news is, but it could be related to the fact that this year’s game is the 100th between the two teams. There have been plans in the works for some pretty extensive celebrations in connection with that milestone.
— Official word is that there are still “a couple thousand” tickets left for Saturday’s game. There has not been a huge uptick in sales this week, apparently, with most of the tickets having already been sold prior to the win over Syracuse.

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