Venoy Overton (above, left) and Justin Holiday (above, right) returned to drills today, however, both admitted they’re not 100 percent healthy and said they’re unsure how they’ll feel for Wednesday’s Pac-10 opener at USC.
Holiday strained his right foot in last week’s game against Nevada and Overton hyperextended his left knee in practice. He missed the previous game, snapping a 114-game streak of games played.
The trip to Los Angeles is significant for both Husky players.
Holiday attended Campbell High in North Hollywood and his younger brother Jrue played one year at UCLA. Meanwhile, Overton verbally committed to USC before signing with the Huskies.
Here’s a quick Q&A with Overton and Holiday.
(If you had to put a percentage on where you’re at, what would it be?) “Definitely high 80 percent. Maybe 85 percent. It’s not all the way there, but I was able to do everything today so it wasn’t too bad.)
(How did it happen?) “In practice. Diving for a loose ball and somebody just went right into my knee and made my knee go the opposite way.”
(Ever feel anything like that before?) “Nah. Never had anything like that. It was pretty scary.”
(Had you ever sat out a game?) “Nah. This is my first year ever being injured. I never really had a serious injury until this year.”
(Was it difficult to miss the Nevada game?) “I could have played that game, but it was like one game before Pac-10 starts and I didn’t want to risk nothing. So (I wanted) to make it be as high of a percentage as possible when we start the Pac-10 season.”
(Was today the first time you practiced?) “Yeah. Yesterday I did a little bit, but today was the point when I really went up and down.”
(How did it feel?) “It felt pretty cool. I’m still not as quick as I can be. I still feeling a little aches here and there, but I figure by Wednesday I’ll be fine.”
(How would you describe this season for you?) “It’s been ups and downs. I started hurt for awhile and had to get my conditioning up during games. I feel like I’m just now starting to get to how I’m supposed to be playing. I feel like I’m coming back around now.”
(How is your foot?) “It’s better. It’s not much pain. A little bit here or there. If I tweak it, it’s going to be real painful. But it’s just a little weak. But it’s way better than I expected it to be.”
(Where on your foot is there pain?) “It’s on the top and to the side.”
(Do you know how you did it?) “I came down on my toe and it went out.”
(Was today the first day you did anything?) “Yesterday I warmed up a little bit. Today was the first day I did 5-on-5 and moving like that.”
(If you had to put a percentage on it, what would it be?) “I don’t know. Maybe 65.”
(Really? That low?) “As far as pain goes, I can take well. But it’s not really hurting. The only thing right now that I noticed is I’m a little bit slower. But maybe once I get in the game and get adrenaline flowing I might be feeling good. I just haven’t ran up and down.”
(If you’re at 65 percent, what can’t you do?) “Just maybe a little bit of my quickness and speed. Also power and maybe jumping. I say that, but I’m not really good at picking a percentage. I’m a lot better than it might seem or the way you would think I would be at this point. I heal fast. I think I’ll be okay. Once it comes down to game time, I’m going to leave everything out there so hopefully I can elevate the percentage a little bit.”