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October 27, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Tuesday practice report — Boyles being tried at cornerback

Practice is over for today and the most eye-catching sight was that of Anthony Boyles being tried at cornerback.
DC Nick Holt, who spoke to us today in lieu of Steve Sarkisian, said it’s a temporary switch at the moment just to see how it goes.
“We’re getting him in and just trying to find out where he can help the team the quickest,” Holt said. “We’ve been kind of talking about it for a while, but who knows?”
Boyles knocked down a couple of passes, and almost had a pick-six on a comeback route at one point, and appeared to be having fun in his new role — he was not allowed to speak to the media on order of the coaches.
“He looks the part,” Holt said of the 6-3 Boyles, who played safety in high school and one of UW”s top-rated recruits in the Class of 2008 but has played just one game so far.
“He was a really good DB out of high school and we have a great receiving corps right now and it’s hard to get on the field and with the bye week, we have a couple of days to experiment and this is one of those experimentations.”
Holt said Boyles was receptive to the idea.
“He’s a football player and he wants to play and help out,” Holt said. “He’s a good kid and he wants to help out so we just threw him out there and hopefully maybe someday it will work out.”
— A number of players sat out to rest and heal injuries, as referenced yesterday. A couple of new injuries today, however, were C/G Mykenna Ikehara (with a knee injury that we didn’t get any more details on), WR James Johnson (sick), DE Kalani Aldrich (knee) and LB Cort Dennison (stinger). Holt says Aldrich has what is essentially a “chronic” knee condition and often has to have the knee drained after heavy activity.
— WR Cody Bruns got a lot of work today with Johnson gone and Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar resting, and seemed like the offensive player of the day, making two deep grabs in the team period.
— With E.J. Savannah and Dennison out, Jordan Wallace worked with the starting LB group and drew kudos from Holt. Holt also said he was impressed with MLB Tim Tucker and DEs Talia Crichton and Andru Pulu, of young players.
Jason Wells got a lot of work at free safety and said afterward he’s as close to 100 percent as he’s likely to get. Holt said Wells almost played Saturday but it was decided to hold him out to give him two more weeks to prep before returning to play. Holt said he could add to the rotation at safety.
— Savannah spoke to reporters for a while afterward and revealed that he had the cast he had been wearing reduced to a splint before the game hoping it would allow him more flexibility to wrap up and tackle. But without the protection he broke another bone in his left hand in the third quarter and is again in a cast.
All for now but I’ll have more from Holt later today or tomorrow.



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