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April 21, 2008 4:03 PM

Garcia has Lisfranc injury

Posted by Bob Condotta

UW coach Tyrone Willingham just announced that Juan Garcia suffered a Lisfranc injury when he was injured on Friday.

The injury is the same suffered in 2006 by quarterback Isaiah Stanback. But Willingham said that was a "severe'' version of the injury and that there are "varying degrees of it.''

He said it is uncertain right now how serious Garcia's injury is and that he will be further evaluated in the next few days to determine a more exact prognosis.

He said there was no apparent damage to the knee, which had also been listed as a potential area of injury on Friday.

Willingham said he would not estimate how long Garcia will be out other than to say the obvious that he is out for the rest of the spring.

Stanback had surgery and needed about nine months to get to fully recover. It is unknown whether Garcia will need surgery.

Willingham said Garcia will be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore Matt Sedillo with walk-on sophomore Gregory Christine serving as the backup. But he said it is possible other players could be moved to center if need be to put the best five players on the field.

Willingham said that Garcia i struggling with the thought that his career could be over, or at the least, that he won't be 100 percent for his final season.

"It's very difficult on him right now,'' Willingham said, noting Garcia's preivous injury history (missing the 2004 and 2005 seasons with injuries) and saying that he is inevitably asking "why me?''

The injury was suffered early in Friday's scrimmage and Willingham said Garcia's loss was obvious the remainder of the day.

"The whole team felt his absence,'' Willingham said.

A UW spokesman reminded us that while Stanback's is the most notable Lisfranc injury suffered by a Husky in recent years that DT Donny Mateaki also suffered a version of it in the spring of 2005 and came back to play that fall.

FORRESTER TO CORNER: In another bit of news, Willingham also announced that senior free safety Mesphin Forrester is moving to cornerback. The move is being done in part due to the rapid improvement of sophomore Nate Williams, who is emerging as a starter at safety alongside another sophomore, Victor Aiywea.

Willingham said he liked the pairing of Forrester, listed at 6-2, 205, alongside Quinton Richardson, who is 6-0, 205, saying "now we have two bigger bodies out there to contend with.'' So sounds as if the starting secondary right now is Forrester and Richardson at corner and Williams and Aiyewa at safety.

DEFENSE WINS SCRIMMAGE: Willingham also said that the defense got the better of the offense in the scrimmage Friday. "This time I gave the advantage to the defense coming out of the scrimmage,'' he said.

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