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February 16, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Savannah done

Well, even up here in Vancouver I can hear the rumblings that KJR-AM’s Dave Mahler is reporting today that UW LB E.J. Savannah has been denied in his bid to get a sixth year.
UW has also confirmed the news on Savannah, a decision apparently coming down in the last day or two.
It had been regarded as a long shot all along for Savannah to get a sixth year as his case didn’t fit the traditional profile of missing two entire years for injuries or circumstances out of his control — usually consecutively. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2005, in part due to a lingering neck injury dating to high school days, then missed the 2008 season when he was initially suspended by coach Tyrone Willingham, then left the team when the suspension lingered. Savannah has maintained he was academically eligible to play, Willingham implied otherwise. The NCAA apparently felt that didn’t warrant a sixth year.
Anyway, upshot is Savannah’s UW career is over and the Huskies will have to move on redbuilding a linebacking corps that will be one of the bigger question marks on the team next year as UW also loses the graduated Donald Butler at middle linebacker.
UW has an obvious replacement for Savannah in junior Cort Dennison, who started five games in 2009 that Savannah missed for varying injuries. Mason Foster also returns at strongside linebacker.
Redshirt freshman Tim Tucker will be among those contending for the MLB job, though there will also be some other players in the LB mix, such as Jordan Wallace and Matt Houston, and defensive coordinator Nick Holt said late last season he could adjust roles to find the best three-man group.

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