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August 5, 2008 8:42 PM

Camp nightcap, day two

Posted by Bob Condotta

I've gotten a couple of comments that certain news and notes can get overlooked when buried in earlier posts. So what I'll try to do each day of camp is recap a few of the highlights, sometimes reprising info from earlier posts and sometimes throwing in stuff that never made it in the first place.

WHAT HAPPENED --- The Huskies held one practice today, going in helmets and shorts. This was their second practice of the fall.

THE BIG STORY --- After the flurry of the first day, there wasn't as much real hard news today. The only roster change was the addition of walk-on linebacker Fred Wiggs, an O'Dea grad who played in all 13 games last year on special teams, making eight tackles.

UW coach Tyrone Willingham said Wiggs had some unfinished academic business that led to him missing the first day. The addition of Wiggs gives UW 102 players on its roster --- the NCAA limit is 105 (85 of whom can be on scholarship). With five players currently attempting to get eligible and theoretically potentially able to come back this year, looks as if the coaches may know that some of those players may not make it back --- or maybe just assuming a few of them won't make it until school starts, when rosters can expand to 115.

THE BIG STORY, PART TWO --- Potentially of a lot more import were the statements of center Juan Garcia that he didn't think "I'd be this far ahead'' in his recovery from a foot injury. But while it all sounds good, coaches caution that his situation is still "tenuous'' and there's a long way to go yet to returning to the field.

Garcia will likely try to return to full-action sometime in the next week or two to determine exactly where he is in his recovery. Garcia will have to prove he can withstand the rigors of full-contact activity before coaches start penciling him into the lineup. You can read all of Garcia's comments here.

ROSTER SHUFFLE --- As discussed earlier, a few Huskies are getting tryouts at different positions than their regular spots, notably Ryan Tolar at center and Chris Polk at tailback.

Tolar said the move is just fine with him.

"It's a new challenge,'' he said, adding he has never played center before at any competitive level. He said he's happy to try whatever the team needs him to do.

Tolar also revealed that he played last season with a torn labrum, having suffered the injury in the spring of 2007. It was decided after the season he would have surgery. That caused him to miss spring of 2008, though he said he thinks he's getting back in the swing just fine.

INJURY REPORT --- The only new injury revealed today was a pre-exisiting foot injury to DL Alameda Ta'amu. He sat out part of Monday's practice, leaving the field, apparently having the foot examined. This could be a blow as it was hoped that Ta'amu might he able to play immediately to add depth to a rebuild defensive line. UW is already without two other frosh it hoped could help --- Craig Noble and Senio Kelemete --- for academic reasons. Willingham said the team will continue to be cautious with Ta'amu and that if he misses significant practice time, it will obviously impact his ability to contend for playing time.

QUOTABLE --- "You get a better understanding when you lose everything you thought you were supposed to have. You get a whole new perspective on things and coach Willingham could see that in me and he gave me an opportunity,'' --- walk-on WR Chancellor Young on his return to the Huskies. I'll have more on that tomorrow in the paper and on-line.

UP NEXT --- The Huskies will hold one practice and it will be the first split practice of camp, meaning half the players practice at one time, then the other half.


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