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August 22, 2008 5:12 PM

Friday afternoon practice update

Posted by Tom Wyrwich

What happened: The Huskies held two practices, going in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts for both.

THE BIG STORY: Juan Garcia should be ready for the opener, said offensive coordinator Tim Lappano.

"I'm sure he's going to play,'' Lappano said. "I see him playing. I think he'll get on that field, definitely. We just have to keep our fingers crossed and hope it holds up''

Garcia's left foot, recovering from a Lisfranc fracture, held up Thursday in one of Garcia's most promising developments yet. Garcia estimated he took part in 80 percent of Thursday's scrimmage, the most involved he has been in all of preseason camp.

"The whole time in camp, every day I'm thinking I'm not even supposed to be doing this," Garcia said. "Just to be able to show up in camp and do the stuff I've done, it's pretty good.”

I'll have more on this in Saturday's paper.

RUNNING BACKS: No one was quite ready to name a starter at running back Friday, even after the final scrimmage of preseason camp. But Lappano at least reduced the number of players that will be involved in the Huskies' "running back by committee'' approach.

"We're going to play probably three running backs," Lappano said. "I don't believe in playing more than three. I'm not positive who that is yet; I'm not ready to say that."

Freshman Chris Polk, when asked where he fits in the rotation, began to answer before he shook his head and smiled, stopping himself before he got in trouble.

"I don't want to say that,'' he said, grinning.

The other running backs who could fit in that three-back rotation are sophomore Brandon Johnson and freshmen David Freeman, Johri Fogerson, Brandon Yakaboski and Willie Griffin, who sat out Friday's practices with a minor back injury.

"He got dinged up a little bit,'' running backs coach Steve Gervais said. "We're resting him right now.''

INJURY REPORT: S Jason Wells missed the afternoon practice due to his long-standing knee injury. CB Byron Davenport remains sidelined by an ankle injury. LB T.J. Poe and CB Anthony Gobern remain the only Huskies who have been eliminated for the opener.

NEXT: The Huskies practice once Saturday at 11:15 a.m.

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