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July 25, 2008 7:12 PM

Three frosh may not be ready for August

Posted by Bob Condotta

I've got a few other notes from media day passed along from Bud Withers, who was in attendance in Los Angeles.

Most noteworthy, Withers reports that UW coach Tyrone Willingham said there is a chance that incoming freshmen QB Dominique Blackman, DT Craig Noble and RB Demitrius Bronson may not enroll until January and almost certainly won't be there when camp begins Aug. 4.

"All of those kids, their window in Seattle (to start) will be later,'' Willingham said. "In the worst cases, we could probably be anticipating January. It's no different than we did last year with (receivers Devin) Aguilar and (Anthony) Boyles and that seemed to work out very well.'' Aguilar and Boyles each sat out last fall, then enrolled in January and participated in spring practice and still have five years to play four.

Noble may be the most vital of the three to get into camp as quickly as possible since he plays a position where there are some huge needs. Reports are that Noble needs a passing score on the California High School Exit Exam. Bronson and Blackman each have test score and GPA issues.

Willingham, however, said he didn't anticipate any other academic problems.

"To my knowledge, there are no summer-school casualties,'' he said. "We only have a couple of kids in the second session (which began last week), and that's really (for) helping them toward graduation.''

Willingham also said that RB Brandon Johnson, who had off-season arthroscopic knee surgery, has recovered fine.

"There's nothing that should delay him,'' Willingham said of UW's projected starting RB entering camp. :He should be on track (to be ready for the beginning of practice).''

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