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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 26, 2007 at 2:34 PM

A few more thoughts

Tyrone Willingham’s weekly press conference has wrapped up and it was a pretty subdued affair.
Not a lot of players other than UW’s four Hawaiians, who all talked happily about returning home for a weekend (the only others there were Jake Locker and Dan Howell).
There isn’t much in personnel news as the Huskies appeared to suffer no significant injuries Saturday. LB Mason Foster suffered a broken nose but returned later, WR Cody Ellis (foot) and D’Andre Goodwin (fogginess was the way Willingham described it) also left and returned.
Asked about WSU’s final touchdown, Willingham again said it was a communication mishap “from coaches to players.”
He then took full blame for it saying “if you are looking to point a finger, that was us coaches.”
He said the Huskies will have to get more pressure on Hawaii QB Colt Brennan this week then they got on Alex Brink and said some younger players may be used more as UW seeks ways to get that done.
But he also said that ultimately “you’ve still got to beat a blocker one on one” and also noted that Brink simply did a good job Saturday of often scrambling away from pressure and finding a receiver, maybe never more notably than the first-down pass to Michael Bumpus on third down on the final drive.
The Huskies are leaving Friday and will return on Monday from Hawaii, giving the players Sunday as a little bit of a vacation.
MORE DOBA THOUGHTS: As I noted here Sunday, by winning the Apple Cup, WSU is assured of having a better overall and conference record than the Huskies this season (at least in terms of percentage as UW could be 5-8 while WSU is 5-7).
That means Bill Doba will have been fired as WSU’s head coach despite finishing with a better record than the Huskies in all five of his seasons (and with a better conference mark four of the five seasons). Doubt that’s ever happened to a WSU coach before.
That’s not to mention winning three of five Apple Cups.

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