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August 8, 2008 5:07 PM

Husky nightcap, day five

Posted by Bob Condotta

A recap of the day that was on Montlake:

THE BIG STORY --- In case you haven't heard, it was revealed today that Jake Locker suffered a strained left hamstring in practice on Thursday. Here's our latest report with the details.

While there is still some vagueness to this, especially with the MRI results still not in, all indications are that this is probably a fairly minor deal. One source said there is growing relief due in part because the injury is apparently one in which there is a relatively small risk of re-injury (not being a doctor and all, I can't really explain it better than that, but that's what I was told). So the thought is apparently that once it heals, Locker will be good to go instead of it potentially turning into a lingering thing.

As the story indicates, UW coach Tyrone Willingham didn't seem to think Locker will be out long. The biggest issue of this may mostly be whether Locker misses enough practices that it impacts the preparation for Oregon, Obviously with a lot of young skill players, the more practice the better. As Willingham said, you wouldn't practice at all if practice didn't matter, so obviously it's not optimum missing any this time of year. But if he's back in a few days, this may be much ado about nothing.

We will hopefully have a more definitive picture tomorrow as Willingham may announce the results of the MRI when he meets the press at 11:15 a.m.

You can watch the press conference yourself here.

PRACTICE REPORT --- With the news about the Nike deal breaking, I didn't get to the practice report, so I'll just put it here.

The team practice in split squads again today, going in full pads.

The media got to see the first 25 minutes of the practice featuring what was mostly the deep reserves with a few starters sprinkled in, apparently to help teach the young players. Josh Gage was with the linebackers, for instance, and Brandon Johnson the running backs.

After warmups, the practice featured about 10 minutes of a live two-minute drill.

Luther Leonard quarterbacked one team and walk-on Justin Gunn the other.

Leonard's first drive ended on the second play in an interception by Tripper Johnson on a pass that fluttered when Leonard's arm appeared to be hit as he threw the ball. For Johnson, it likely brought back his baseball days as he pretty much just settled under a pop fly and caught it. The first play was a short completion to Cody Bruns.

Gunn QB'd the second drive and hit Chancellor Young with two quick completions on short and intermediate routes, though coaches got on Young for not getting out of bounds and stopping the clock. Gunn then hit RB Willie Griffin on a short pass over the middle. With the clock running out, Gunn then threw incomplete deep to walk-on WR Vicente Cordova to end the drive.

Leonard came back and hit Jermaine Kearse for about 20 yards or so on the first play of the next drive. Gunn was then sacked by Trenton Tuiasosopo, and then on the next play by Nick Wood. His next pass was batted down at the line, indicating that Leonard may need to work on raising his release point a bit (it was either Wood or Kalani Aldrich who got the deflection). The drive then ended with a deep overthrow of an open Bruns down the sideline.

The drill ended there, as did the media's time to watch practice.

SEEN AND HEARD --- Among the visitors at practice today was former Husky head coach Jim Lambright.

QUOTABLE --- "Warren Sapp,'' Johnie Kirton when giving his name while checking in for lunch.

UP NEXT --- UW will hold two practices today, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, In between the team will hold its annual Picture Day from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Details on that are here.


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