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October 20, 2007 at 3:02 PM

Pre-game notes

To those of you who may have gathered ahead of time, I apologize.
I stumbled around out there for a while but couldn’t find you guys. Maybe next time.
That was actually my first time going through the tailgate section before the game — usually I just come up here to the press box, so that was kind of fun walking through there.
For anyone who doubts I tried, I’ll call on former Husky Spencer Marona as a witness. I ran into Spencer and his wife and two kids, all dressed up and ready for a fun time today.
Given everything I’ve ever heard about this rivalry I was somewhat surprised to see so many Ducks and Huskies mingling, apparently cordially.
With that, here’s a look at five key players for UW today:
Jake Locker: Okay, so he is always a key player for the Huskies. But he seems due to turn in a game that is a step forward. Maybe playing against a defense prone to giving up some big plays will allow for that today.
Marcel Reece/Anthony Russo: UW needs some playmakers to emerge. Reece turned in one big one last week, but it will take two or three today. These are the most likely WRs to do that.
Donald Butler/E.J. Savannah: Oregon QB Dennis Dixon is the most mobile QB the Huskies have faced this year, UW finally getting a taste of its own medicine. UW’s LBs will have to keep Dixon in check.
Greyson Gunheim: Had maybe his best game of the season last week, when taking the opponent into account. The entire front four will need to play well to fend off Oregon’s running game, with Gunheim leading the way.
Ryan Perkins: Missed field goals have proven the spark for two UW second-half collapses this season. UW has to win the special teams today.
AND TO ANSWER A COUPLE QUESTIONS:
— On Jordan Murchison: I really have no better answer than what Tyrone Willingham gave at the time since it was his decision. He said he evaluates every case differently and in this case, felt Murchison deserved another chance where some other players didn’t. He said you can’t compare the situations.
— On Lou Tice: I know he does some stuff with the team already. Jordan Reffett worked with Tice this summer and I know they bring Tice in occassionally. How much, I don’t know. But he’s been involved to some extent as far as I know.

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