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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 27, 2007 at 4:12 PM

Thursday notes

Here are some comments from Tyrone Willingham from today’s meeting with the media:
ON INJURIES: “It doesn’t appear that really any of our major players will be influenced negatively in terms of injuries for the game. The one guy, since I don’t speak tomorrow, that may be of question would be Matt Houston, and that has basically been, to date, special teams. That looks like that’s the only one, if my memory is correct. I think we’re in decent shape going into today’s practice, which should spell well for us for the ballgame.”
SO E.J. SAVANNAH’s EXPECTED TO PLAY?: “Absolutely.”
THOUGHTS ON CODY ELLIS WHO HAS BEEN WEARING A GOLD JERSEY THIS WEEK: “Good play is not indicative always of just catching a touchdown pass or catching balls. A receiver has a lot more responsibility. First of all, he has to know his job. If you go out there and you’re making mental assignments and not getting lined up and not running the right places, you’re not doing your job. The other part of it is receivers are also blockers. We count on them to help our football team make big plays down the field, and that’s where receivers really have an impact. If you do all of those things well, you have a chance to win a gold jersey.”
ON STOPPING USC’S RUN GAME: “I don’t know if anybody can say they have a key for them because obviously they’re very good and they’re very talented. But you have to be sound defensively. And you have to have a lot of people flying and pursuing to the football. That’s the way you have success against them. You gotta get linemen that defeat their offensive lineman at the point of attack. And they’ve gotta be contributors. It just can’t be your linebackers and your secondary that are flying around, but you’ve got to have your down linemen participating, your linebackers and your secondary. Everyone’s got to be involved to stop their running backs and their running game. Each young man is different than the other guy. One guy can really dance around pretty good, I think that’s 4 (freshman Joe McKnight), I really like his foot speed, his foot movement. You’ve got Johnson, who’s more of a slasher in a sense, and I think they’ve also got a little power guy in there, so they’ve got the right combination.”
Jokingly, Willingham also said that “I’m waiting for some to transfer, to eliminate some of that eight deep, get them down to four.”
COMMENTS ON LOU GELLERMAN: “Gosh, that news came as kind of a shock to me. I just heard that today. Anyone that’s done it as long as he’s done it, you kind of become an institution. It’s almost like you can’t do something without them being there. I think he’ll be missed, and I think he’s added up a great deal to the football atmosphere at the University of Washington.”
Willingham also said that the cutoff date for admission to school was Tuesday. Johnny Sears, the Michigan transfer we wrote about the other day, has not enrolled, despite some rumors out there indicating he had, so if he comes to UW, sounds as if it might be a mid-year thing.

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