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August 19, 2008 7:01 PM

Husky nightcap, Day 16

Posted by Bob Condotta

A recap of the day that was:

WHAT HAPPENED --- UW held one full-pads practice in the afternoon.

THE BIG STORY --- Jake Locker took part in his second day of practices, meeting with the media before hand to say he had made it through two practices on Monday without suffering any setbacks.

It's a definite step in the right direction that he is back, but also too early to say he will be 100 percent for the Oregon game. Locker and UW coaches say they are being as cautious as can be with Locker, which likely means he's not doing a lot of running in practice.

"I don't want to do anything that's going to possibly re-injure it or push me back any,'' Locker said. "So when I feel comfortable with it, I will (go full speed). If that's Saturday the 30th, then that's what it will be.''

Also an issue is Locker regaining the passing rhythm he had early in camp., UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano said Locker had had three really good days before getting hurt. It would only be normal if it took him some time to get that back.

The Huskies now have just 10 practices left before the opener at Oregon, so time is of the essence.

INJURY REPORT --- DT Cameron Elisara was not at practice the last two days while dealing with what coach Tyrone Willingham said were academic issues. Willingham said before Tuesday's practice he expected Elisara back, but he wasn't there during the portion open to the media.

Also missing Tuesday were RBs Brandon Johnson and Brandon Yakaboski, TE Michael Gottlieb, WR Charles Hawkins and CB Byron Davenport. Johnson returned to practice Monday and said he felt fine, so it's uncertain what his situation was Tuesday.

Among those in full pads was C Matt Sedillo, who had been limited since suffering a minor concussion a week ago.

QUESTIONS OF THE DAY --- I got a few today, so will answer them here:

Q: Any update on Craig Noble?

A: I actually talked with his high school coach, Matt Kerstetter, today and he said they are still in a wait-and-see mode on that test. "We should get some word by the end of this week,'' he said. "But as of this morning, we haven't heard anything.''

Q: Is Senio Kelemete in pads yet and can he get in the rotation by Aug. 30, especially if Alameda Ta'amu can't play?

A: He is in pads, having passed the five-day acclimatization period, and D-line coach Randy Hart continues to say that all available bodies could be in the rotation this season. Aug. 30 may be early for Kelemete, but as Hart points out, there are three byes this year making it a 15-week season --- and lots of extra time for practice for the young guys --- so he's not ruling anybody out for playing this season. Obviously, any injuries move everybody up.

Q: Have they given you an indication of who the two freshmen RBs are who are looking good?

A: All depends on your definition of freshmen, I guess. There is no doubt Chris Polk is in the running to be the starter. And David Freeman and Johri Fogerson have each earned a lot of praise for their play. My hunch right now is that the RB depth chart reads Polk, Willie Griffin, Fogerson and Freeman (with Johnson behind due to the injury).

Q: Is Victor Aiywea practicing at all yet since this groin pull?

A: Yes, he was back today and looked all right. Only problem now is Nate Williams looked a little slow today --- he appeared to have some ice on his leg the other day but we'll have to check what his issue is.

Q: Is Byron Davenport practicing? If so, any idea where he projects right now in depth? What was the injury he was dealing with again this summer?

A: No. He's dealing with a high ankle sprain and has been out about a week. Right now, he projects low on the depth chart because of that, but once healthy, he'd rise quickly as he was playing well before he got hurt.

WHAT'S NEXT --- Huskies are scheduled for two practices today, one in the morning and another in the afternoon.

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August 19, 2008 4:05 PM

Afternoon practice notes

Posted by Bob Condotta

A little breezy as the Huskies hit the field this afternoon, with some prominent boosters and former players in attendance, many there as part of a group being solicited to help finance a renovation.

The team was in full pads and appeared ready for an intense day of work.

Other notes:

--- DT Cameron Elisara was not present, apparently still dealing with academic issues that also caused him to miss Monday's practice.

--- RB Brandon Johnson was also not there, seen later walking through the halls in street clothes. Unsure what the situation is there. Johnson said at lunchtime he made it through Monday's practice pretty good healthwise.

--- TE Michael Gottlieb, still dealing with a hamstring issue, was also not present, and also not there were CB Byron Davenport and RB Brandon Yakaboski, all also still dealing with injuries. Everybody else appeared present and accounted for.

--- Among those in full pads were OLs Juan Garcia, Casey Bulyca and Jordan White-Frisbee, all back to regular work after being limited much of last week. Also in full pads and not wearing red was C Matt Sedillo, apparently recovered from the minor concussion suffered last week.

--- S Victor Aiyewa was also again in full pads and seemed pretty full-go during a tackling drill, at one point making a nice spin move when working as a ballcarrier in the drill (players were wrapping up but not taking each other down).

--- Among the former players in attendance were Jabari Issa, Jason Chorak and Mike Ewaliko, all of mid-to-late-90s vintage.

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August 19, 2008 1:37 PM

A few more afternoon notes

Posted by Bob Condotta

As the title says. ...

--- UW coach Tyrone Willingham said DT Cameron Elisara missed practice yesterday while "tending to some academic issues.'' He said the "probability'' is that Elisara will be back today.

--- Asked how Jake Locker looked on Monday, Willingham said: "He's still limited and again we've said we will be daya to day with him. Very cautious about what we do. We know hamstrings can take some time. But we said all along it would be day-to-day steady progress with him and I thought for what he did yesterday he did pretty good.''

--- While Willingham on Monday seemed to single out the true freshmen RBs for praise in Saturday's scrimmage, he said redshirt frosh Willie Griffin also shouldn't be forgotten. "He's doing very well,'' the coach said. "He had a good scrimmage the other day. Was very solid for us.''

--- Asked about the fact that Alameda Ta'amu remains limited with a foot injury, Willingham said it isn't any different "than what we anticipated. Again, his sitaiutoin is very similar to Juan (Garcia's) in my mind. Those are big men with injuries that I'm not sure we are ready to say precisely what their timetables are because when you are that size not sure the world has graduated to an indepth understanding of what injuries mean to a man that size. So we kind of anticipated that we came in very cautious with them and we are pretty much on schedule.''

--- Locker said he did not feel any pain yesterday. "I haven't had any pain,'' he said. "They want me to do everything I'm doing to be pain free and that was the case yesterday. I'm not really allowed to open up and really spring yet. We'll see day to day when I'm able to do that. But besides that, I feel really good.'' But Locker said he feels he could run full-out if needed. "I feel like I could, but it's not necessary at this point,'' he said.

--- Asked about being cautious the next two weeks, he said "I don't want to do anything that's going to possibly re-injure it or push me back any, so when I feel comfortable with it, I will (push it all out.) If that's Saturday the 30th, then that's what it will be.''

--- A few of us talked with secondary coach J.D. Williams and I'll try to have more of that conversation later. But two interesting things he said is that if the season began today, Darrin Harris would be the starting strong safety alongside Nate Williams, due in part to the recent injury that has slowed Victor Aiyewa. He said the starting CBs remain Mesphin Forrester and Quinton Richardson He also said that at the moment, he doesn't see any of the true freshmen --- CB Justin Glenn, CB Adam Long or S Greg Walker --- in the mix for playing time at the start of the season.

More later.

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August 19, 2008 12:44 PM

Locker expects to be 100 percent for Oregon

Posted by Bob Condotta

UW quarterback Jake Locker met the media here today in his first comments since returning to the field on Monday.

He said that while he is not yet 100 percent, he has no doubt he will be by Aug. 30, when the Huskies open the season against Oregon.

"I don't expect to be anything less,'' he said.

Locker said he has not had any setbacks in his rehab, heeding the advice of coaches and trainers to be as cautious as possible.

He said the biggest limitation placed on him right now is that he is not yet "opening it up and sprinting.'' He said he doesn't know when that will happen but said he gets closer every day.

Locker pointed out that he did begin doing a lot of throwing late last week and doesn't think he fell behind on timing with receiverse.

Locker said "it was hard'' having to sit and watch for 10 days after injuring his left hamstring but that he also felt "I was able to take a lot from it'' in terms of watching practices and reading the defenses.

As for where he goes from here, he said "I'll be able to work more and more in as the week goes on.''

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August 19, 2008 9:11 AM

Tuesday a.m. links

Posted by Bob Condotta

Nastia-was-robbed editiion:

--- Here's our coverage for the day --- the story and the glance.

--- Here are notes on Oregon's practice from the Eugene Register-Guard showing 13 players in varying states of availability --- similar to UW's total of late --- and that Nate Costa remains the No. 1 QB.

--- RealFootball365 says Oregon needs to worry about Jake Locker's legs (hope they don't expect a lot of money for that kind of analysis).

--- Dennis Dodd of offers up this Pac-10 preview though he seems to have a more dire prognosis for Locker than most.

--- Ted Miller concentrates on quarterbacks in his daily Pac-10 links.

--- Reggie Williams is getting closer to returning to the lineup in Jacksonville.

--- This Raiders notebook includes the news that Marcel Reece is playing solely fullback now.

--- One former Husky I've neglected to mention earlier is Stanely Daniels, who is currently the No. 4 left guard for the New York Jets. That's putting him real close to Brett Favre.

ON DEPTH CHARTS --- Several of you have asked when UW will pubish an official depth chart. The first one typically comes on the Monday before the first game, so that would be next Monday.

UW coach Tyrone Willingham will meet the media around noon and the team will practice in the afternoon so we'll have more later.

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