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September 17, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Thomas Tutogi ready to step in to middle of UW defense

It did not appear that middle linebacker John Timu practiced with the rest of his teammates inside Husky Stadium this morning. He was wearing only a jersey and shorts; everyone else was in shoulder pads today, and Timu was favoring his right arm as he left the field.

Backup MIKE linebacker Thomas Tutogi played most of the second half in Timu’s place during Saturday’s victory over Illinois.

“I’m always taking mental reps,” Tutogi said. “… I just like to be prepared for those times where someone goes down or … whatever it may be.

“With John, it’s easy because whatever I don’t understand, John helps me out with,” he added. “So being behind someone like John, I’m not complaining about it. He’s always there when I need him.”

UW defensive coordinator¬†Justin Wilcox¬†said he was pleased with Tutogi’s effort Saturday.

“Johnny is a real bright guy. He knows our stuff as well as anybody,” Wilcox said. “Thomas came in and did a real nice job and Thomas has been practicing well, as has Princeton (Fuimaono) and Shaq (Thompson). …

“We didn’t have a lot of alignment errors after Johnny went out, so the guys that went in there did a nice job getting lined up. We had a couple technique errors at a couple spots, but I thought those guys for the most part had a good understanding of what we were doing and we were able to get lined up. It didn’t mean we played perfect, but it was a good job getting the call, getting the communication we needed.”

Nose tackle Danny Shelton said he’s been playing through a shoulder injury of his own, suffered in the opener against Boise State. He played, obviously, against Illinois, and sounds like he expects to play against Idaho State on Saturday.

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