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August 14, 2008 8:29 PM

Coleman commits to UW

Posted by Tom Wyrwich

Big news for the Huskies tonight as the Times has gotten the word Garfield coach Anthony Allen that defensive tackle Deandre Coleman, widely considered the state's top recruit, has committed to the UW. Coleman had -- or I guess still has -- offers from LSU, California and Oregon, among others.

"I talked it over with my family, and I felt it was the best place for me," Coleman said. "I like coach Willingham. I have a good relationship with the coaches. I feel I have a good chance to play early. This is the right place for me."

This gives UW five commits for the Class of 2009 --- two today --- and is by far the most significant. UW had been the last Pac-10 school to get a commit amid rumblings that maybe the uncertainty over the status of head coach Tyrone Willingham was giving them pause.

Coleman had been one who had said that uncertainty was not a factor for him, however, though he had indicated that he might wait until taking all of his trips to make a decision --- Cal had been thought to be his other, most serious, pursuer.

Instead, Coleman decided today to give the word to UW, something Allen --- a former UW receiver who has been at UW practices a few times of late --- told the Times today.

"He’s a good coach and I like him," Coleman said about Willingham. "I feel he should be here."

Coleman is rated the top recruit in the state by Rivals.com and recently rated the No. 13 player on the Northwest Hot 100 list by Scout.com.

We'll have more in tomorrow's paper.

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August 14, 2008 4:04 PM

Afternoon practice notes --- Locker getting closer?

Posted by Bob Condotta

The Huskies hit the field in the heat this afternoon for a full pads workout.

Jake Locker was still on the sidelines, but as the media portion of practice ended, he was doing some pretty serious running drills that indicated his return may be imminent.

Locker spent a few minutes doing some stopping and starting, backpedaling and then changing direction, under the guidance of a trainer. He appeared to be going about two-thirds speed or so. He then did some sprinting, again probably going about two-thirds speed, doing some 40-yard dash type runs, testing the strained left hamstring suffered a week ago.

Today marked the ninth practice Locker has missed of 29 UW will hold prior to the Oregon game. UW coach Tyrone Willingham did not mention Locker when talking about injured players in his press briefing earlier in the day.

Also out today were C Matt Sedillo (concussion) and TE Michael Gottlieb (hamstring) while RB Brandon Yakaboski (hip flexor) was in helmet and shoulder pads and shorts, obviously sitting out full-contact drills. And reporters couldn't find RB Brandon Johnson, who has been sidelined with a calf injury. He may have been elsewhere getting treatment.

Practice began with three sessions of the Husky drill --- a mano-a-mano contest between two players ringed by everyone else --- though it was hard to see who the participants were.

Then there was a quick round of kicking with each of the place kickers taking one turn --- Ryan Perkins appeared to make his from about 34 yards, Jared Ballman appeared to miss from about 39, and Erik Folk was right down the middle from about 44 yards. Ronnie Fouch handled the holds but coaches are also experimenting with having the kickers do some holding, as well. Carl Bonnell handled that task for the Huskies the last two years.

As noted up top, this was one of the hotter practices of the year for the Huskies. C Juan Garcia noted reporters and a few UW officials sitting under an easy-up, put in place for Picture Day last weekend, and asked jokingly "you guys just going to stand in the tent?'' Well, for 25 minutes anyway.

PROGRAMMING NOTE --- Given that we had no player access today, we won't be publishing the usual Husky Nightcap later tonight. UW will hold two practices tomorrow.


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August 14, 2008 3:13 PM

Huskies get fourth commit

Posted by Bob Condotta

As some of you have already noted, there are reports out there that UW has received its fourth commitment for the recruiting Class of 2009 from safety Nathan Fellner of Clovis West High in Fresno, Calif.

Here's his Scout.com profile, showing he also had offers from Stanford and Washington State.

UW has now picked up four commits since the last week of July.

The Scouts Inc. profile through ESPN.com calls Fellner "one of the most talented and versatile athletes in the 2009 class. A tough and agile player that has a motor that doesn't quit.'' It also refers to him as "quicker than he is fast.''

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August 14, 2008 12:32 PM

No real news today

Posted by Bob Condotta

There was very little of note from the press briefing from UW coach Tyrone Willingham today.

Willingham had no real updates on any of the injured players other than noting that walk-on LB T.J. Poe suffered a broken clavicle and could be out "an extended period of time.''

Some of the players sidelined in the afternoon yesterday, such as RB Terrance Dailey, could be back today.

Willingham also said G Jordan White-Frisbee was limited yesterday for "precautionary reasons.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,'' he said, a reference to JWF's long-standing foot issues that make it smart to get him off his feet every once in a while.

The team was hosting its annual 101 Club lunch today so no players were available to the media, so there may not be much else coming from Montlake this afternoon.

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August 14, 2008 11:24 AM

Izbicki pleads not guilty

Posted by Bob Condotta

Tight end Chris Izbicki has entered a not guilty plea to two misdemeanor charges he faces in connection with an incident last month at the White River Ampitheater, according to a spokesman for King County court.

Izbicki was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in King County District Court in Burien on the two charges --- one for criminal trespass in the second degree, the other for minor in possession --- but waived his appearance and entered the not guilty plea.

His next scheduled court appearance is a pre-trail hearing Sept. 15.

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August 14, 2008 10:13 AM

More on Kelemete's arrival

Posted by Bob Condotta

The good news yesterday was that freshman defensive tackle Senio Kelemete finally arrived at Washington's camp.

The bad news is that it sounds now as if he never needed to be delayed in his arrival in the first place.

Kelemete's high school coach at Evergreen, Shaun Tarantola, said yesterday that just as Kelemete was completing his final test for an on-line class to complete his final core course, the NCAA Clearinghouse determined it had initially erred, and Kelemete had everything he needed all along.

"He took the test (Tuesday) night and we're assuming he passed,'' he said. "But we just found out that the Clearinghouse cleared him and that it was a mistake on their part. All of that was basically for nothing, so Senio missed a week-and-a-half of practice for a Clearinghouse mistake.

"It's too bad for him, but it makes him a little more hungry to get in the mix.''

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August 14, 2008 8:44 AM

Don James speaks

Posted by Bob Condotta

For those of you who wanted to know what Don James thought after watching practice Wednesday, here you go.

I was able to catch up with the former Husky coach after practice and as you can see, he doesn't think much of the schedule the Huskies have to play this season.

"We played good teams,'' he said. "But the non-conference schedule should have one or two a year in his (Tyrone Willingham's) favor. Because the league schedule is so tough. You've got nine league games now. If you go into (conference play) with three teams that are as good or better than you, you could have a long season.''

James doesn't like the fact that there are three byes, either, saying "I sure wouldn't want to be playing after Thanksgiving.'' That's kind of just a changing-nature-of-college-football-type thing there, however.

As I wrote in the story, James mentioned the schedule a few times when asked his assessment of the season.

"They've got a tough early schedule and they've got to stay healthy,'' he said. "You get a couple of guys dinged up. ...''

One player he mentioned standing out that I wasn't able to get in the article was true freshman WR Jordan Polk.

"He's a quick little guy,'' James said. "He's not very big, but he looked good on the kick returns.''

In the story itself, James offers other thoughts on the program and Willingham.

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