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April 26, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Spring game thread

A FEW QUICK POST-GAME NOTES — TE Michael Gottlieb sat out due to being sick. Otherwise, there were no real injuries, though Brandon Yakaboski suffered some sort of injury late which is why Chris Polk was suddenly used so much in the backfield. Matt Sedillo was also suffering from a “pretty bad ankle” which is why he spent a lot of time with the second unit today.
Tyrone Willingham said he thought the game confirmed much of what the coaches had seen through the spring, with improved play from the defense and some play-making ability from the new receivers, though also a need for more consistency from that group.
He said the disappointments were the penalties (a total of 10 for 80 yards) and the field goal kickers (made just one of four).
Willingham said he was also pleased with the play of the quarterbacks, as was OC Tim Lappano who said that backup Ronnie Fouch “had his best day as a Husky..”
Willingham said of Locker that “it was very obvious he knows what he’s doing now and it comes a whole lot easier to him.”
Also, Willingham said Savannah remains on the second-team because he still is behind picking up the defense. Savannah talked to us for the first time this spring and said he thinks he’s still being punished and that he’ll be back on the first team when the season starts. He wouldn’t directly say why he had been suspended, but when asked what he had to do to get back in the coaches’ good graces he said attend every off-season workout, a pretty good hint.
I’ll try to have a more complete report later.
A FEW POST-GAME STATS — Locker 13-17, one INT, one TD, 159 yards.
Fouch 11-23, one TD, 99 yards.
Goodwin 7-109 one TD.
Aguilar 2-37.
Leading rusher was Griffin with 71 yards on 20 carries, next was Polk with 20 yards on five carries.
Leading tacklers were Savannah with eight, Nate Williams with seven, Mason Foster and Cort Dennison with six. There were four sacks — Jones, Te’o-Nesheim, Elisara and Savannah.
FGs were just 1-4.
GOLD WINS 10-7— I’ll have more later.
PERKINS MISSES FROM 47 — The Purple had another chance to tie but Perkins missed right on a 47-yard FG with 53 seconds left. Chris Polk played the entire series at tailback and twice was lit up trying to block on pass plays, once by Daniel Te’o-Nesheim.
KIRTON BLOCKS FG — The Purple, now quarterbacked by Fouch, had a chance to tie the game but a 49-yard FG by Jared Ballman appeared to be blocked by Johnie Kirton, though there was also a bad snap that led to a low kick. It’s still 10-7.
GOTTLIEB OUT — TE Michael Gottlieb is out with an undetermined injury, Izbicki has taken his place and has two nice catches in the second half.
GOLD TAKE 10-7 LEAD — Fouch has just hit Devin Aguilar with a 13-yard pass to put the Gold ahead 10-7 with 13:02 remaining. That was an 11-play, 70-yard drive for the Gold. Fouch was 5-5 for 50 yards on the drive while Griffin had five carries for 18 yards.
PURPLE AHEAD 7-3 END THIRD QUARTER — We’re through three and it’s 7-3 Purple, but the Gold is driving thanks to nice some passes by Fouch and nice runs by Griffin, who is having a nice day.
PURPLE SCORES — Locker has hit Goodwin with an 11-yard pass on a fade route over the top of Quinton Richardso, who was also called for a PI on the play. Perkins hits the kick and it’s 7-3 Purple with 3:19 to go in the third quarter. That was an 80-yard drive in 13 plays for the Purple. I have Locker going 7-7 for 69 yards on that drive.
PURPLE DRIVING — The Purple, the No. 1 offense, is driving as I write this keyed by a fourth-down pass from Locker to Chris Izbkick that picked up eight yards when five were needed.
GOLD MISSES FIELD GOAL — After a nice drive to the 12-yard-line stalled, the Gold then missed a 34-yard field goal, attempted by Erik Folk. It had good distance but was wide left. Crowd is estimated at 9,000.
DEFENSE HOLDING STOUT — Maybe the most surprising number of the game so far is that the starting offense has minus-one yards rushing. That’s in large part due to three sacks on Locker for minus-24 yards and two of those were just touch sacks that would never happen in a real game. Still, the No. 1 offense has just 25 yards rushing on eight attempts with a long of five. A lot of that may be due to the fact Locker can’t run (though he did scramble for five yards at one point). Still, an interesting number.
SOME FIRST-HALF STATS — Locker is 6-10 for 94 yards with a long of 28 with the stats looking a lot better than it has looked on the field at times. Goodwin has four catches for 60 yards, Logan 2-34 and Charles Hawkins 3-15. Willie Griffin is the leading rusher with 23 yards on 7 carries. The Huskies have combined to rush for 32 yards on 24 carries, but with Locker off-limits to contact, the running game is without a major weapon. Brandon Yakaboski and Brandon Johnson are each 3-10 rushing.
Savannah has six tackles to lead all defenders while Te’o-Nesheim, Savannah and Jones all have one sack.
HALF ENDS 3-0 — The Rutkowski FG is the only score of the first half. The passing game looks anything but at mid-season form. The Purple got the ball back at the 43 with 39 seconds left but couldn’t move as Locker threw two incomplete passes and then was sacked — and this one would have been legit as he was wrapped up by Darrion Jones as no one was open. On one play, Locker and Chris Polk appeared to have communication issues, Polk turning in and Locker throwing out. So far, not a great day for the offense.
INTERCEPTION BY RICHARDSON — The Purple was driving when Locker underthrew Curtis Shaw near the goal line and the pass was picked off by Quinton Richardson. The pass traveled about 25 yards in the air or so and was the kind of mid-range toss Locker has been said to throw better this spring. But you never know if maybe the route was run wrong or something, as well.
GOLD TAKES 3-0 LEAD — The Gold, which is essentially the second-team, has taken a 3-0 lead with a 39-yard field goal by Cory Rutkowski. Erik Folk did the holding. There is 3:35 left in the first half.
E.J. STILL SECOND TEAM — One interesting item on the roster is E.J. Savannah running on the second team with Josh Gage on the first team. It was thought Savannah would immediately reclaim his starting spot, and I suspect come Aug. 30 he will. But for now he remains on the second unit following his suspension for the first half of the spring.
STILL NO SCORE — Still no score after the fourth possession of the game. Curtis Shaw and Devin Aguilar have been handling the punt returns, but the plays aren’t live so we can’t really judge their returning.
FIRST QUARTER SCORELESS — The first quarter has ended scoreless, but it’s a running clock we are on just the fourth possession of the game. One notable defensive alingment change is having some of the LBs line up as D-ends, such as Trenton Tuiasosopo. Chris Stevens has done that in the past but it appears to be a bigger part of things todayh.
ONES VS. ONES — The format today is essentially the starters against each other and the backups against each other.
NO REAL SURPRISES — It’s a beautiful day here, the nicest of the spring.
No real surprises in the lineups, though one slight change is Tyrone Duncan listed as a defensive end instead of at tackle. The first two drives by the Jake Locker-led offense ended in a turnover on downs and a punt.
CATCHING UP — Running a little late here, but the game has started and we are in the third sesries and so far no scoring but two nice catches by D’Andre Goowin.



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