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November 19, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Wednesday Willingham notes

The biggest thing to come from Tyrone Willingham’s meeting with the media here today is that projected starting tailback Brandon Johnson missed Tuesday’s practice and will miss today due to a death in the family.
Johnson is expected back for practice Thursday, but Willingham said that the limited work he will get in practice this week could impact how much he plays Saturday.
The question is who would step in for Johnson.
Willingham said Terrance Dailey didn’t do much due to his hip pointer, which held him out of all but one play last week.
That could leave it to Willie Griffin, who didn’t play last week due to a toe injury but was back for Tuesday’s practice. We’ll see who’s there when we go out today in a little while.
Willingham was vague about what else UW might do to fill in should none of the TBs be ready to go, but obvious options are some of the fullbacks, specifically Luke Kravitz, who has often been tabbed as the fullback most ready to play tailback if needed (also, Paul Homer has been suffering from a knee injury).
It was noted that UW began the year with so many tailbacks that it seemed like too many for a while. “That’s always the way it happens,” Willingham said of the fact that the field has been slimmed considerably since then.
He said he didn’t regret the move of Johri Fogerson to safety, however, saying if not for injuries, Fogerson would be having an even greater impact on the secondary.
In the only other significant personnel news, Willingham said Matt Mosley suffered a partial tear of a ligament in his knee. He said it won’t require surgery, which is good news, but sounds as if he’s likely sidelined for the rest of the season.
Willingham also said that while the Huskies are a favorite in the game, and many might regard it as an embarrassment if UW were to lose, his players have to treat their preparation seriously.
“The first thing we’ve got to understand is that if we don’t play well, yes, we can lose,” he said. “So that will be a very serious mistake on our part if we don’t understand that. So we’ve got to go out and play well. Right now, they have a victory and we don’t.”

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