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August 21, 2008 12:46 PM

Afternoon notes --- Garcia to test himself today

Posted by Bob Condotta

The Huskies hadn't done anything on the field since the last time UW coach Tyrone Willingham met with the media, so there wasn't a lot of news, per se, from his session today.

Maybe more interesting was a quick interview Juan Garcia held with some reporters. The team is scheduled to hold a scrimmage today, including officials, and Garcia said he plans to test his foot as much as he can.

"Today I'm going to push it a lot,'' he said. Garcia said to date he has run no more than a play or two at a time. But today he said he plans to do "4-5 plays'' in a row. "I'm going to go through it and see if it holds,'' he said.

If it does, then he says he can envision himself playing a big role in UW's opener at Oregon Aug. 30.

"Matt Sedillo and I can tag team the first game or something,'' he said.

Asked if he was surprised at his quick recovery from what some said at the time was a 10-month injury, at best, he said "I'm stunned. I can't believe it.'' He said "I'd like to say I knew, but that's not the case.''

He remembered that five doctors last spring recommended he have surgery because they didn't think it would heal but that he held steady to his plan to try to let it heal on its own. "I believed in God,'' he said. "I wasn't going with surgery.''

Garcia said he did have a scare in practice on Tuesday when teammate Jordan White-Frisbee fell on his ankle. He said he initially heard "a pop'' and worried that the worst had happened. But he said he thinks it was just scar tissue tearing and that "it might have been a good thing'' to get that over with. He was held out of the rest of practice that day but said now he is fine.


--- Willingham's most interesting observation today might have come when he was asked about surprises during camp. He listed Garcia's recovery, the leadership of Casey Bulyca, the play of the freshmen running backs, receivers and defensive line, the overall play of the linebackers, and the competition at defensive back. Willingham said that "it was reasonable to say'' that all of the freshman WRs have a chance to play this year with the probable exception of Vince Taylor, who arrived late.

--- Willingham said there was still no winner at the place kicking spot, a position that could be up for grabs heading into next week, though one would imagine that the scrimmage today could tell a lot about that, as well.

--- Asked what he needed to see out of Brandon Johnson today, Willingham said that "the first thing he needs is to get well.'' Johnson is expected to participate in the scrimmage today. His injury problems have dropped him behind some of the other RBs. specifically Chris Polk.

--- Willingham was asked about some of the new rules changes and said that the team has been working on them in practice, particularly the new timing rules (read about those here). He said the change to a 15-yard penalty for all face masks is still hard to read because it's hard to know exactly how it will be enforced.

--- Just as a way of explaining, all of practice today is closed so I won't have any report from it later.

All for now.

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