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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 16, 2007 at 4:42 PM

Full pads practice, Ducks helmets, more Lappano

Just back from practice, and the Huskies were in full pads today, which is the first Tuesday this year I can recall them being in full pads.
Usually they are in shells on Tuesday (helmets, shoulder pads, shorts) and then full pads on Wednesday. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get an explanation from coach Tyrone Willingham, and to see if this means two days in full pads this week, or if they are just switching days, or what.
No question the Huskies are desperate for a win, however, and maybe this is something new the coaches are trying.
The gold jersey winners for the week were Greyson Gunheim, Wilson Afoa, Jared Ballman and Louis Rankin.
And there were no players in red, so the Huskies are about as healthy as can be this time of year other than the players already out (Quintin Daniels, Jason Wells).
MORE LAPPANO:
Here’s a bit more from Tim Lappano today:
— Asked about the future of the UW receiving corps, Lappano mentioned the recent apparent good news on Anthony Boyles and Devin Aguilar and said “that’s really going to help. … . Had those two guys not made it (academically), we’re calling the junior colleges.”
— He also said D’Andre Goodwin will play more now that Daniels is out. “I think what he really needs to do is make sure he understands what he’s doing all the time… all the time because he’s got the ability. He’ll be on
the field a little bit more this week. … He’s going to see some more time and
that’s good because we need to develop him and get him going. He’s got some skill. Mentally still, he’s still young. He’s got the speed to get by these
guys.
— Here’s more of what he said about the second-half problems: “It’s just the ability to finish, the ability to go out there another 30 minutes and
really focus and take one play at a time and do your job. Dropped balls, holding calls… why do we have holding calls, why do we drop balls, why do have false starts, put ourselves in situation we do? All that kind of stuff… I don’t know. That’s why I’m thinking, ‘Are we playing not to lose? Are we being almost too
cautious?’ And when you play like that bad things happen. That’s what
happening. … We’ve got to be a lot tougher mentally and fight through those peaks and valleys of a football game. There’s always going to be a time in a game where your will is going to be tested. … We have to be tough enough everywhere to strap it up and forget about it and keep going. You’ve got to fight through that — you’re still in the game.
— Lappano said the team practiced deep passing more last week than it had previously and thought it paid off a bit with the Jake Locker to Marcel Reece touchdown. “That was a hell of a catch, I thought that was going deep. It was a great catch. We did practice that. It was something we felt we could do. We practiced the deep ball a lot in the last couple weeks. We had a couple deep balls, but there was just too much (on it.) I think he’s throwing the deep ball better than he is the short ball. He’s got more confidence throwing the deep ball than he did four or five weeks ago.
— Asked how Locker is handling the season, he said: “He’s not used to this.
It kills him. On the phone during the games, he’s really good to me. He’s good, but I know it’s just killing him on the sidelines. I can’t get a grip down there, I’m so far away, but on the headset I talk to him every time after the series and he seems to be really good. He’s good today. I met with him before I came in here… he’s tough mentally. We need to win a game.
— On the two-back running game: “We’re still trying to develop a tough attitude here and they do that by getting in two backs and pounding the ball. Our young guys enjoy that and the linemen liked that. You still have to do that and, when we’re good enough to be able to do that then spread people out with the option stuff, you can’t defend this. I know for a fact that what we do creates a lot of problems. I’m pretty close to the guys at Arizona State and I know it created for them a lot of nights — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday — because you have to have an answer for all that kind of stuff. But you just have to execute for a whole football game. I don’t know why… I know why — we made a lot of stupid mistakes. I’ve studied it. We’ve looked at it a thousand times and I think we play not to lose instead of playing to win.”
— When asked to expand on playing not to lose, Lappano said: “They need to believe in themselves and what we’re doing, and I think we’ll be fine. Don’t let people outside put things in your head that are going to make you start doubting yourself and what we’re doing. That’s really important because that’s kind of what is going on. They can’t second-guess themselves. I guess what I’m saying is, don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Go out there in the second half, you’re in the football game and we’ve been in every game, go play to win. I think sometimes we make (mistakes) because we’re afraid to make them. If we can have that mentality, we can win those games.
— Finally, Lappano said he knows the Huskies simply need to win a game, and soon: “We can still win. You can still win. There’s people that win every Saturday. We got to do that. We got to win a game we’re not supposed to. There’s no better one than these guys. We’ve got to win a game we’re not supposed to. Everybody understands that. I understand the deal.”
OREGON TO WEAR WHITE HELMETS?: Finally, there is speculation in Eugene that the Ducks might wear white helmets this week. Here’s a look from the Eugene Register-Guard.

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