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September 9, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Wood, Noble talk about their switch

The Huskies added two players to their offensive line last week in moving sophomore Nick Wood and freshman Craig Noble from the defensive line.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian said he made the move to add depth to an OL that has been hit with some injuries and attrition since the end of spring ball, and that he also thought it might best fit Wood and Noble.
Wood and Noble each said after Tuesday’s practice they were happy to move.
“I’m pretty happy to do it,” Wood said. “Obviously we were lacking some depth on the o-line, so I made the transformation. It’s been a week, so I’m still learning everything. It’s going pretty well.”
Noble is a man of much fewer words, but he said that “yes, it was a good move.”
Wood said he didn’t play any OL at Poway, Calif., High just some fullback and blocking tight end.
Noble, however, said he played quite a bit of OL at Taft High in Woodland Hills, Calif. he said “every school wanted me to be an O-lineman” and that one reason he chose UW was that the Huskies recruited him as a defensive linemen.
But Noble said he is now fine with the move.
He said he thought he was making some progress at DL but that “I just think I’ll be a better offensive lineman than a defensive lineman.”
Wood said he now weighs 275, down from 295 in the spring. Noble said he weighs 309 but that “I’m still trying to lose more.”
Wood said the idea for a move had come up before.
“Me and coach Sark had talked about it before,” Wood said. “We were thinking I was going to be able to play defense all year, but you never know when injuries are going to happen. We can’t be going out there with less than 10 offensive linemen that are ready to play.”
Both are starting at guard.
“The biggest things isn’t schemes,” Wood said. “I know all that. But you have to be able to identify who is who and call out where the line is going, especially on the inside. Since I’ve only been playing two weeks I’m kind of having a hard time. But I’m picking it up fast.”

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