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April 24, 2008 3:18 PM

Thursday Willingham notes

Posted by Bob Condotta

UW coach Tyrone Willingham gave just a little bit more definition to the format for Saturday's spring game (emphasis on the "little.'')

He said it is likely that there will be a "pretty even split'' of the roster to form two teams that will make for as competitive a game as possible. Could also be a way to not let people figure out who is starting where as Willingham tries to keep things as under wraps as possible heading into next fall.

He said again the game will likely feature a 15-minute running clock, with quarterbacks off-limits to contact.

There don't appear to be any new health issues, with Willingham said running backs Brandon Johnson and Brandon Yakaboski may play, but could be limited, as well. Yakaboski apparently suffered a minor knee bruise in practice on Tuesday so he may be more limited than Johnson. That would leave UW pretty thin on running backs, but the Huskies will keep the playbook as basic as possible in the spring game so they'll figure out a way around that (use the fullbacks more or whatever).

Willingham also said that "we'll be limited in what we do with special teams'' as well, so may not be a lot of live returning.

As he says every spring, Willingham said the number one goal of the spring game is to get through it healthy, a thought reinforced by the injury last week to Juan Garcia.

Willingham said there was nothing new to report on the personnel front --- no movement on the J.R. Hasty situation or anything like that.

He was asked about the progress of the three receivers who came in at mid-year --- Devin Aguilar, Anthony Boyles and Chris Polk --- and said that "they've done well under very difficult circumstances. Are they where you'd like them to be? No, that would be almost impossible. But they are doing a pretty good job.''


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