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September 17, 2007 at 1:27 PM

Press conference notes

Not a lot of real news out of today’s press conference.
Tyrone Willingham had no real update on any of the injured players, saying that “we’ll have to work through the week to see” what their status will be Saturday. He threw Dan Howell into that group indicating there is still some doubt as to his status.
The theme of the day was mistakes, and that the team simply made too many to beat a team as good as Ohio State.
Jordan Reffett said the players watched the film Sunday and “got after each other” a little bit, “holding each other accountable” for the mistakes that were made. Reffett pointed out that while much was made of Vonzell McDowell’s errors on the one long pass play, that the defensive line could have prevented it by getting to the quarterback.
Willingham said Louis Rankin remains the starter at running back but that the position obviously needs to produce more.
Asked if J.R. Hasty could play more this weekend Willingham said “he might.” Asked if it was the ankle that was limiting Hasty’s time, Willingham said “I see some improvement in his ankle. I don’t think that’s all that’s keeping him out of the lineup. I think some of the other guys are making some good plays so we are looking at what they can do also.”
Willingham’s evaluation of Jake Locker was pretty much that it could have been better but that Locker also needed to get more help around him.
Willingham said the blocked field goal was simply a protection error and when I asked if the play was aligned properly he said it was and that the kick had enough height, but that a blocking error allowed for it to get blocked.
As for the two straight runs to Paul Homer in that one sequence, Willingham said the first play was designed to go to Homer. On the second, the personnel grouping was not correct and the play wasn’t supposed to go to Homer but he was still the one in the game so that’s who got it (that’s a little different than the explanation Tim Lappano gave after the game, when Lappano said it was simply an option play).
Willingham disputed the idea that the Buckeyes had been more physical than UW, saying he thought OSU was more physical on some plays but that there were plays when UW won the physical battle.
Asked about the fact that the Huskies got little pressure on OSU QB Todd Boeckman, Willingham said everyone had to remember that the Buckeyes “have a pretty good offensive line. That was a good football team.”
Willingham said his film review of the play where the ball slipped out of Boeckman’s hands and E.J. Savannah ran it in showed it could have been ruled a fumble. But he called it a “bang-bang play” and that the rule is clear that it’s a non-reviewable play, so there wasn’t much that could be done about it.
The UW Players of the Week were Homer (offense), Daniel Te’o-Nesheim (defense), and Rankin (special teams). The scout team POWs were Ronnie Fouch (offense), Cort Dennison (defense) and Marquis Persley (special teams).

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