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August 31, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Monday night links

A Monday Night LIghts practice for the Huskies is still about an hour away, enough time to pass along a few links and notes. …
— Here’s my story for our web site and paper wrapping up the depth chart moves made today. Cody Habben was the one O-linemen who was available today so that’s why he’s the only one of the ones impacted by today’s move quoted in the story. As the story indicates, Habben said the move won’t be that difficult. “The footwork and aligning your feet is definitely different,” he said. “I think that the was the biggest thing moving to left tackle rather than right tackle. But it will be good. Whatever they think gives us the best chance of winning, I’m all for it.” And Habben said Greg Christine had earned the right to start. “I’m very excited for him. He’s put in a lot of hard work over the off-season and it’s finally paying off, so it’s good.”
— A few of you have asked me what I think of the O-line shift. Certainly, there’s no way to look at it and not think it indicates a little bit of concern about how the line was developing. But in essence, there is only a change of one player — Christine for Drew Schaefer. Schaefer had been briefly displaced earlier in camp, as well, so obviously the coaches want to see a little more maturing from him — he’s only a redshirt freshman and it was a surprise to most when he ascended to the starting job in the spring. That it’s Christine in for Schaefer is the biggest surprise — coaches had talked about him a few times during camp but there wasn’t much outward indication of this. But what it also does is puts Ossai and Habben back in spots they are familiar playing, and it may be that the coaches just want to get guys back in the roles they are the most experienced. Soon, I will stop pointing out that this team went 0-12 last year because we’ll have new data. But again, this team went 0-12 last year and has a new coaching staff and no one should be deluded into thinking there won’t be a lot of challenges along the way, as well as some continued experimentation. This team is far from a finished product and this is just vivid proof of that. And as for the questions on Scott Shugert, he just hasn’t done enough yet to work his way into the depth chart. Think it’s simple as that right now.
— Here’s the transcript of LSU coach Les Miles’ press conference today. I see a few of you have already picked up on his mention of having talked with “sleep specialists” to help the team get acclimated to the two-hour time change. That’s in the answer where he’s asked about preparations for the rain and late kickoff.
— The AP story on the Miles’ presser today notes that he’s no longer ripping the Pac-10, as he did two seasons ago.
I’ll have more after practice tonight.
— ESPN’s Ted Miller rates the Pac-10 cornerbacks and has UW at No. 10.

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