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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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