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August 6, 2008 3:23 PM

Practice report, day three

Posted by Bob Condotta

The Huskies hit the field at about 2:30 p.m. today in what is a blistering heat by Seattle standards.

Well, about half of them, anyway.

This was the first of UW's split squad practices for fall camp, where the team essentially breaks into two groups, which coach Tyrone Willingham thinks allows for better work --- the thinking being that each group cam get more done working in smaller units. It usually works that the two groups meet together for about for about 30 minutes connecting the two sessions, usually to work on special teams.

The Huskies appear to have only four of those this year, however, two this week, down a little from previous years when they would usually do it every other day or so.

We got to watch the first 25 minutes of the first practice, which appeared to feature the starters and deep reserves.

The linebackers, for instance, featured the three starters --- Josh Gage, Donald Butler and Mason Foster --- as well as Chris Stevens and walk-ons Brandon Huppert, Riley Gervais and T.J. Poe.

The second practice will apparently feature the backups as well as most of the true freshmen though two true frosh I noticed were DLs Alameda Ta'amu and Everrette Thompson.

The team wore helmets, shoulder pads and shorts, indicating it would do some of its first hitting of the season.

Of note from practice:

--- Chris Polk was again working with the tailbacks with one knowledgable person telling me he expects Polk to stay there. "He's the best running back they have,'' the person said, saying Polk was the most electrifying RB UW has had since Napoleon Kaufman.

--- Juan Garcia was in uniform and working out with the line. During the conditioning drills he appeared to avoid anything that wasn't a straight-line run.

--- The Huskies will have their first full pads, full-contact practice on Friday after completing the NCAA-mandated acclimatization period.

All for now.


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