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August 23, 2008 11:47 AM

Saturday practice report

Posted by Bob Condotta

A beautiful morning at Husky Stadium as the team hit the field in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.

And as one observer noted looking out over the players "looks like a pretty healthy team.''

Indeed, three players weren't there --- TE Michael Gottlieb (hamstring) and S Jason Wells (knee), each surely getting treatment for their injuries --- and punter Jared Ballman, who was also apparently absent on Friday, as well. It's uncertain what Ballman's situation is. (One other guy also still nursing an injury worth mentioning is Byron Davenport, who didn't appear ready to go today, either).

But the rest of the team appeared ready to go, with no red jerseys in sight and everyone else accounted for (CB Quinton Richardson rode a bike during the early warm-up period, but returned for the beginning individual drills).

With training camp now essentially over --- this figures to be a light workout today, the team is then off Sunday and then begins gameweek preparation Monday --- it appears as if the Huskies have made it through camp pretty unscathed. The biggest concern was Jake Locker, and it's probably not ideal that he sat out Thursday's scrimmage, meaning he will have gone through camp without taking part in any live scrimmaging (that we know of, anyway). But he'll be there Saturday as it looks as if the team will hit the starting line pretty intact.

Speaking of Locker, during the early warmup period, he took snaps from center Juan Garcia, and worked with a backfield featuring fullback Paul Homer and running backs Chris Polk and Brandon Johnson, a possible indication of how the depth chart sits at those positions. If Garcia really starts at Oregon, it will cap an amazing recovery from his injury of last spring (something detailed in our main UW story today).

Country music blared over loudspeakers during the early warm-up period, the first time this fall I remember hearing music, something that has actually been fairly commonplace in recent years. One person said that the music was probably the selection of Locker and guard Casey Bulyca, each acknowledged as leaders of the team and each apparently fans of the genre..

There is no coach or player availability today so this is likely it in terms of news from Montlake. As mentioned above, the team is off tomorrow but will kick off game week on Monday, which includes a press conference Monday morning and the kickoff luncheon Monday afternoon.

The Huskies will practice Tuesday night at 7 p.m., apparently to replicate the conditions they could get Saturday night in Eugene, and then again on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons before heading to Eugene on Friday.

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