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December 10, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Savannah coming back

It’s been rumored for weeks that linebacker E.J. Savannah might return to the Washington Huskies once a new coach was named.
And new UW coach Steve Sarkisian said today that it will happen.
“He’ll be back in January,” Sarkisian said.
Sarkisian said he is aware of the circumstances that led to Savannah’s decision to leave the team and has talked with him since becoming head coach.
“We’ll give him another opportunity,” Sarkisian said.
The return of Savannah could help a UW defense that was statisically the worst in school history this season in both points allowed (38.6 per game) and yards allowed.(451.8). He was UW’s leading tackler as a sophomore in 2007 before being suspended in the fall for what former coach Tyrone Willingham said were academic and other unspecified reasons.
Savannah then decided in early September to transfer. But he never landed at any other school amid rumors he was waiting to see what would happen at UW.
He will have one season of eligibility remaining and will rejoin a linebacking corps that could return all three starters from the 2008 season in Donald Butler, Mason Foster and Trenton Tuiasosopo.
Savannah helped lead Bellevue High to four straight state titles and was part of Willingham’s first recruiting class at UW in 2005. But he struggled with both injuries and academics during his first three UW seasons seeming to often draw the ire of Willingham, who suspended him twice during his last season as coach.
Sarkisian also said that running back Brandon Johnson, who skipped a few practices last week and was suspended for the season finale at Cal, is also back in good standing with the team.
And while there have been lots of rumors about possible coaching hires, Sarkisian said again today he is not yet ready to make any official announcements.

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