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April 8, 2008 3:33 PM

Tuesday Willingham notes

Posted by Bob Condotta

Here are some notes from Tyrone Willingham's meeting with the media here today:

--- Still nothing new on the E.J. Savannah-J.R. Hasty front as the two remain suspended from spring practice. Willingham said "we will monitor their progress. So far, it's been pretty good.'' But he didn't elaborate on that and didn't address further questions on the topic only to say that he was "very'' disappointed in the two "because it's a wonderful opportunity'' for them to show their wares during the spring. When one reporter (not me) persisted in asking about the issue, Willingham said he wanted only to talk about players currently with the team.

--- Willingham said the injuries to Darin Harris and Jordan Murchison were "minor'' and that their status is "day-to-day.'' He said Murchison suffered an ankle injury and Harris a knee injury.

--- Asked about the offensive line Willingham said that it has to be a strength for the Huskies this season because '"we do have some experience at the position. ... We want to lean on that experience and those skill sets so they can be a leader of our football team. ... Their impact on our football team will be tremendous.''

--- Willingham said he thought the scrimmage Saturday was "pretty good'' and that he was impressed that "we have a lot of guys who were having fun playing football.'' Players he singled out for praise were LBs Mason Foster and Donald Butler, safeties Victor Aiyewa and Tripper Johnson, QB Jake Locker and WR D'Andre Goodwin. Willingham said Locker "looked solid'' for a third day of spring practice and that he liked the physicality of the linebackers and safeties.

--- Asked specifically about Tripper Johnson, Willingham said it's too early to say whether he has a chance to play this season and that "we'll let time determine that'' but noted that he has a good resume based on his high school experience. But he said that Johnson "is doing an excellent job with as much time as he's missed'' and talked about the open field tackle Johnson had on RB Brandon Johnson.

--- Asked about the running backs, Willingham said it was too early to really assess the position because the team hasn't really asked the backs to do any pass blocking yet this spring, something that will start today.

The team will practice a little later --- its fourth of the spring --- and I'll check in with a report afterward.


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