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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 16, 2007 at 8:20 PM

UCLA injury update, other notes

A really good source of UCLA information is the Inside UCLA blog from Brian Dohn at the Los Angeles Daily News.
His lead item as I post this is an injury update including the news that starting left guard Shannon Tevega will miss the UW game. Tevega is rated among the top guards in the country for the 2008 NFL Draft, so this is a big loss and comes on the heels of the loss last week of defensive tackle Brigham Harwell.
EXPLAINING A COUPLE PLAYS: I’ve seen a lot of criticism of Tim Lappano for calling two straight fullback dives near the goal line on the drive in the first half that ended in the first interception of the day.
To be fair to Lappano, those were each “read option” or “zone” plays where Jake Locker has the option to give it to the fullback, or pull the ball and keep it himself and take off, or pitch it to the other running back. So not to pin the blame on Locker, but just to point out that that is the way the option works.
“That’s been a pretty good for us and you’ve got three chances to win there and we thought that was something we could do down in that area and he handed it off to Paul,” Lappano said.
Not sure what Locker saw to hand it off up the middle twice, something I don’t think has happened any other time this year. But you have to give it to the up back sometimes to keep the defense honest, and maybe he something there that would make it work.
Also, both Lappano and Locker said that third-down lateral to Anthony Russo early in the game that killed the first drive of the game was a play the team had worked on all week.
“We were in a defense we didn’t expect them to be in,” Locker said. “It could have been a home run, but it wasn’t.”
And as for the “shovel pass” that James Laurinatis picked off, Locker said he thought it was breaking wide open. “We had a touchdown,” Locker said. “I tried to pitch the ball inside to Louis (Rankin) and he (Laurinaitis) made a great play. I don’t even know how he did that. It was a great play.”

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