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October 20, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Huskies decimated by the flu

The Huskies roster has been decimated by the flu, which has essentially stalled the start of training camp and prevented coach Lorenzo Romar from conducting a full practice.
Those affected so far include: Quincy Pondexter, Venoy Overton, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Darnell Gant, Scott Suggs, Tyreese Breshers and Clarence Trent.
Romar said Gant was the first to show symptoms Friday night and by Saturday morning, other players felt ill. The Huskies were supposed to have began training camp Saturday and had two practices Sunday, but they held light workouts because of limited players.
The shortage of players is also the reason behind Romar holding walk-on tryouts Thursday. He said the team had just seven healthy bodies Monday and need players to practice. Washington has just one spot open on the roster, however, Romar said the he could keep several walk-ons just for practice purposes.
Here’s a few quotes from Romar.
(Opening statement) “We were able to practice on Saturday, but we haven’t been able to have a full practice because we’ve had a breakout of the flu. Half of the team has had the flu so we haven’t been able to really get after it.
(How have you compensated?) “We’ve just done 3-on-3, 4-on-4 stuff. We’ve actually have gotten some good learning in, good teaching in. We haven’t really been able to put it together and go up and down (the court), which is something that we do quite a bit.”
(Are you OK?) “I think I’m alright.”
(Who has shown symptoms?) “It might be better to say who hasn’t. So far C.J. (Wilcox), Abdul Gaddy, Isaiah Thomas, Elston Turner and Justin Holiday have escaped it.”
(What advice are you getting from the medical staff?) “Once they get it, they have been able to come to practice except for Darnell Gant. He’s had it the worst. They’ve been able to come to practice, but they’re off on the side.”

Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs

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