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Husky Football Blog

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September 29, 2009 at 6:06 PM

A thunderous Tuesday practice report

The forecast calls for rain Saturday in South Bend and the Huskies got prepared for it Tuesday with a practice featuring the most inclement weather of the season.
It was not just wet, but the proverbial “raining buckets” kind off weather, accompanied with some thunder and lightning that had freshman receiver James Johnson saying he was leaving his helmet on no matter what.
“Me being from San Diego, I’ve never really played in the rain,” Johnson said. “That was very different. It was very cold. I couldn’t feel my hands. Very cold, a little annoying. I had a visor on so I couldn’t see much trying to catch the ball, plus my hands were just frozen out there, like rocks. Very tough.”
But given the projected conditions Saturday, maybe it was for the better.
“We got hail today, so Mother Nature is working on our side right now,” Johnson said., “For me, at least, it will get me used to catching the ball when it’s wet.”
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier agreed that “it’s great practice if we do get rain.
“It was funny to watch some of our freshman from California today. But it’s like ‘hey, this is football. It rains at times.’ So if it’s raining Saturday, this will help us get prepared.”
He later said that “I really believe this, that was a productive practice from the standpoint that you have to get used to handling the football when it gets slick and we did a good job of learning to deal with that today. We haven’t had a ton of rain during fall camp so I think it was a positive thing for us.”
In other news. …
— LB E.J. Savannah and WR Devin Aguilar each sat out practice. Aguilar did some running and cutting on the side. Aguilar is expected to be able to play Saturday while Savannah’s status is still uncertain.
— Otherwise there were no new injuries and no apparent significant personnel moves, though frankly we watched much of practice either from the tunnel or standing under the roof of the east end snack bar so we weren’t necessarily paying the kind of attention we usually do (assuming we’re paying attention then). One thing I did notice again was Demitrius Bronson getting a lot of work with the regular offense (not ahead of Chris Polk or Johri Fogerson but in rotation with them) further suggesting his running debut may be close at hand.
— Scouts from the Raiders and Steelers were there for a while.
— The soundtrack changed up a little bit mixing in the Notre Dame fight song and the theme from Rudy along with some crowd noise and some of the usual favorites (Kid Cudi, etc.).
— I got some other stuff from Nussmeier about Notre Dame’s defense — basically, the Irish blitz a lot — and his thoughts on UW’s O-line that I’ll pass along later.
— The Steve Sarkisian radio show is at 7 p.m. on KJR-AM. As always, I’ll monitor it and pass along the highlights.
All for now.

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