A few injury updates from the 20-minute open window at UW practice this morning:
— Keith Price (thumb) did not attempt any warmup throws during the open portion of practice. He kept his hands mostly inside his waste-high hand-warmer pocket. Cyler Miles, Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams made warmup throws as usual.
— Starting left guard Dexter Charles (shouler) took part in stretching but did not participate in team drills.
— Starting linebacker John Timu was in full pads but limited. His sprained right ankle was heavily taped.
— True freshman safety Kevin King was wearing a yellow no-contact jersey.
— Larry Stone wrote about Don James and Frosty Westering and the profound influence coaching can have on players’ lives. As Larry writes:
James, of course, operated from a different point of view, at least outwardly. Hugh Millen, who quarterbacked the Huskies under James from 1983-85, said the coach didn’t try to build or maintain close personal relationships with his players.
“We always had the sense he wanted to keep his objectivity about who should be playing,’’ Millen said. “He didn’t want to develop favorites. So even in that, there was a fairness to him.”
James exuded toughness and an expectation of excellence.
“He was always in command of every player, every coach, every situation with an official, media,’’ Millen said. “No one was ever in an alpha position over Don James.”
The coach sat in his famous tower during practice, seemingly omnipresent, if not omnipotent.
“Of course, it’s impossible, but everyone always had the feeling that Coach James must be watching them,’’ Millen said. “So when I later played for some pretty big profiles in the game — Don Shula, Bill Parcells, Jimmy Johnson — they didn’t seem intimidating to me whatsoever, because I felt I had already been with the ultimate intimidator.”
— “A challenging, challenging time” for Keith Price and the Huskies this week.
— The News Tribune’s story out of Monday’s press conference.
— Why Zach Kline deserves a shot at Cal’s starting quarterback job.