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September 25, 2007 at 5:20 PM

Tuesday practice notes

Fell behind today handling the Venoy Overton news and juggling some other stuff so sorry for the late report.
There wasn’t much at practice today other than the sight of LB E.J. Savannah in a red jersey, apparently as a precaution after he suffered a recurrence of stingers late in the UCLA game.
Savannah insists it’s nothing and he was in pads and going through drills. But coaches will be extra careful considering Savannah sat out the 2005 season with the same injury.
There were four UW players in gold jerseys, signifying good play against UCLA — WRs Anthony Russo and Cody Ellis, LB Dan Howell and FB Paul Homer.
LAPPANO TALKS: A few quick highlights from the meeting with Tim Lappano today:
— Said the team will rotate running backs this week. I know, I know — you’ve heard that before. But he seemed serious about it this time, saying he doesn’t know what the rotation will but that there will be a rotation this week, in part to keep Louis Rankin fresh.
— Said the team made a lot of mental mistakes in the run game, such as missed blocks, missed assignments, etc., and that he may pare down the playbook a bit this week as a result. Said it may be easier for the players to handle assignments with a smaller playbook.
— Said throwing deeper more at the end of the UCLA game was in part of a result of added confidence in QB Jake Locker to make those throws and that the success doing that could mean more of those types of plays this week. “That’s the kid growing, that’s growth me trusting him to make some of those types of lower percentage throws,” Lappano said. “If you’re throwing it in practice, then you’re able to thorw them in the game, if not then you are reluctant to let loose with some of that stuff. We’re seeing some pretty good throws in practice.”
— Said he listens to the players when they make suggestions and is happy to try to heed their requests if he thinks it’s a good idea. The answer came in relation to a question about Anthony Russo’s comments that the players were begging the coaches to throw deep more. Lappano responded with an anecdote about coaching Chad Johnson at Oregon State and how Johnson would insist after every series that he was open. “You’ve got to make sure that they are not being selfish and that they just want you to throw the ball downfield at them,” Lappano said.
— Called USC’s defense better this year than it was last season due to the experience, that the linebackers no longer get out of position as much as a year ago. But pointed out UW was able to move the ball on USC a year ago and scored 20 points despite twice having to settle for FGs inside the red zone. Said converting those red zone opportunities will be a focus of practice this week.
TICKET UPDATE: There have been about 66,000 tickets sold for this game, meaning there are some seats available.
Also, Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit are calling the game this weekend. Herbstreit will be in Eugene earlier in the day doing ESPN Gameday then take a a charter here.

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