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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 31, 2007 at 4:23 PM

Wednesday practice update

UW coach Tyrone Willingham said in his regular meeting with the media today that he did talk with Byron Davenport earlier than Tuesday to discuss the reasons he was pulled from Saturday’s game.
“We did talk before then,” Willingham said. “As I said with Byron, it wasn’t two plays, I didn’t feel comfortable with where he was. That was not based on two plays but that I had watched all week with his shoulder but that he just didn’t seem to be Byron so at that point of the ball game I made a decision.”
Asked if he thought about putting Davenport back in the same he said “there was some thought but I didn’t think it was the best thing to do.”
On a few other notes:
— Willingham said J.R. Hasty does not immediately regain his standing on the depth chart but said no decision has been made where he will be.
— Willingham said CB Jordan Murchison “is working hard and doing a good job” but that he hasn’t moved into a playing role yet.
— Willingham said the team had “one of our better Tuesday practices” yesterday.
— DT Wilson Afoa is suffering from a shoulder injury. He was out Tuesday but was back in pads Wednesday, though still in red. He is expected to play Saturday.
— Willingham said he is fine if the team is angry, saying he feels that way himself. “We’ve knocked on the door long enough. It’s time to kick that sucker in,” he said.
— Willingham concluded his remarks today with an impassioned statement that he thinks the team is close to turning the corner. “There has been no time in my career, for one reason or another, that the heat hasn’t been on Tryone Willingham,” he said. “When I took the job at Stanford, the heat was on. When I took the job at Notre Dame, the heat was on. Here, the heat is on. The only thing that solves any of those problems is just winning football games. We are a football team that is very close to doing that an awful lot. No matter how you cut it, no matter what statistics you look at, this team has played good football. Now, we may not have played it long enough to win particular ball games, but we have played good football and we have to shore up all those areas where we are weak at and we will do a lot of winning.”

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