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September 19, 2007 at 4:29 PM

Wednesday practice notes, Olson still out

First, news out of L.A. today is that Ben Olson is still not practicing which seems to increase the chances that Patrick Cowan will start at QB for the Bruins against UW Saturday.
Not sure whether that helps UW or not. While Olson is obviously the more accomplished passer, Cowan is a better scrambler and gained a lot of experience last season, leading the Bruins to wins over USC and Oregon State, among others.
As for the Huskies, little definitive injury news today.
As reported earlier, Byron Davenport said he hopes to play Saturday and if he can go, Tyrone Willingham said he would be used “significantly” in a rotation at cornerback. But Davenport still seemed a little hobbled in the portion of practice we get to watch.
Backup LB Matt Houston was the only player in red with everybody else who is on the two-deep ready to go, Willingham said.
Willingham said FB Luke Kravitz should be able to do more this week as he will have a smaller cast that should allow greater flexibility to carry the ball.
Willingham also said WR Cody Ellis is healthy. When asked about the fact that Ellis didn’t play last week, Willingham said simply that a lot of other players didn’t play last week, either.
In other notes:
— PK Erik Folk remains out and it’s best to assume now he is headed to a redshirt season.
— DE Darrion Jones, out since fall camp, is getting healthier and able to do more.
— The team will be able to take 64 players to UCLA. Willingham said he expects to take four RBs, which would be Louis Rankin, J.R. Hasty, Curtis Shaw and Brandon Johnson. Shaw appeared to be the second RB up in the drills we saw Wednesday, but that was just one drill so who knows. Willingham said again that there was no clear-cut No. 2 RB and that all could get a chance this week.

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