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August 3, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Mills talks safeties on KJR

UW safety coach Jeff Mills was a guest on KJR-AM this morning on the Dave “Softy” Mahler show. Here’s some of what he had to say:
— Asked about strong safety Nate Williams, he said “we’re really excited about Nate. We think he’s poised to have a great senior year. He’s the leader back there and he’s really grown into that role in the time we’ve been here. He’s gotten quicker and stronger and really had a great spring and these guys really look to him as a leader back there.”
— Asked whether the safety group is getting close to the level that UW had in 1990-91 when Mills worked with the Huskies as a graduate assistant, he said: “It’s a lot closer from the fact that I think these are phsyical, tough guys — they want to hit you and get back to the mode of being what I remember when I was here before of tough, physical safeties at the University of Washington.”
— Asked about the health of Justin Glenn (who broke the fibula in his right leg against Notre Dame) he said that “from what I understand he’s done all the workouts this summer., He came by yesterday and said he was ready to go. He’s one of the guys I’m anxious to see because he was limited this spring due to that injury. We’ll find out more next week.”
— Asked about the free safety spot, he said: “it’s wide open. We are all going to evaluate every position daily. It’s an open competition. Coming out of spring Will Shamburger was the starter. Nate Fellner stared five games for us and had a really good spring.” He also mentioned Greg Walker being in the mix.
— Said the important thing more than who emerges as starters is that “these guys are growing closer as a group and that’s important as a secondary that they are all on the same page.”
— Asked about Sean Parker, said he “he’s going to bring a lot to the table not just athletically but the way he thinks” praising his intelligence and the way he interacts with coaches and teammates. Asked if Parker will play right away he said there is always a chance for freshmen to work their way in if they prove it on the field. He said the same holds true for the other true frosh, Taz Stevenson. “I don’t think they want to sit. I think they want to play.”

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