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November 20, 2007 at 1:58 PM

A position switch, and injury updates

A few of us just talked with UW defensive coordinator Kent Baer for a few minutes and one of the topics was the standout play Saturday of Darin Harris, who led the team in tackles with 11.
Baer pointed out that Harris was actually playing a new position, having been switched to strong safety during the week with Mesphin Forrester moving to free safety.
“To me it was a big change,” Baer said. ”Just something we had talked about and decided it was the best move for our football team.”
The switch gets Harris closer to the line of scrimmage, where his aggressiveness can be put to better use, while allowing Forrester to play more in pass coverage.
Baer said Harris “is probably our most consistent guy back there right now.”
The switch figures to stay in force for the final two games, and will create some interesting options for UW next year when Jason Wells gets back in the fold.
It was a knee injury to Wells that created the initial insertion of Harris into the lineup at free safety. Harris has played both safety positions during his time at UW so it’s not a dramatic change for him.
INJURY UPDATE: Talked to Louis Rankin who said his hip pointer is fine and he will be ready to go Saturday. He said he could have probably played again Saturday if needed but he felt it wasn’t necessary the way Brandon Johnson ran at the end of the game.
CB Byron Davenport explained that his injury is actually a bruised knee suffered when he banged into Curtis Shaw during practice on Thursday. He said he swelled up pretty bad initially, so that’s why he couldn’t play on Saturday. He said he plans to practice today and see how it goes. Davenport will be needed this week against WSU’s high-powered passing attack.

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