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August 25, 2008 8:17 PM

Monday evening notes

Posted by Bob Condotta

A few notes and thoughts to pass along:

--- As one poster noted, the Huskies are indeed busing to Eugene for the game this weekend. It's part of a new agreement between UW, Oregon and Oregon State to bus to games against each other in all sports whenever it is feasible. The agreement was reached recently largely as a reaction to the rising costs of air travel. WSU is not included in the agreement since schools want the option to fly to Pullman given the sometimes dicey travel conditions to the Palouse.

--- UW coach Tyrone Willingham was a guest on KJR-AM tonight and addressed the E.J. Savannah situation in more depth than he had previously. Willingham said that "I don't think it's a mysterious situation at all. We're just playing out the circumstances.'' He said the "door is always open'' for a return but that at the moment "that is still up in the air'' whether Savannah will return this year. He said "there are some things that have taken place that are very promising'' but that more steps must be taken before Savannah could return. He did not detail what those steps might be other than saying they involved academic and other issues. FWIW, Savannah isn't on the roster UW distributed today but he hasn't been on the roster all fall camp.

--- One depth chart move I overlooked earlier was walk-on Nick Scott moving into the backup role at left tackle. Scott is a transfer from Drake who joined the team shortly before camp began. He has moved ahead of redshirt freshman Mark Armelin, who was the backup heading into camp. O-line coach Mike Denbrock said early in camp that establishing some depth at tackle was critical since there is no experience at that spot after the two starters, Cody Habben on the right side and Ben Ossai on the left. That Scott arrived and apparently done well enough to earn a backup's role indicates some added depth at that spot.

--- Another interesting depth chart move I neglected earlier is Quinton Richardson listed as one of the two kickoff returners alongside Jordan Polk. The thought was Chris Polk would have one of those jobs, as well, but maybe it was decided that with Polk winning the tailback job that he had enough on his plate. That will be a question to ask this week.

--- I mentioned earlier that there are nine true freshmen on the depth chart. But it's possible more than that will play. Johri Fogerson, for instance, isn't listed on the depth chart but I think he's still in the running for playing time at running back. With so much youth at so many spots, I think a lot of roles are far from set in stone with the possibility of a lot of variation from week-to-week at some positions based on game performance.

--- Several of you have asked when the last time a true freshman started at tailback for UW. Rich Alexis started four games in 2000 and Willie Hurst seven games in 1998. Neither was a starter at the beginning of the season, however, unlike Polk. I'll need to do some more research to find out if that has ever happened before. Interestingly enough, Jacque Robinson never started a game as a true frosh in 1981 despite his success of that season, coming off the bench.

--- Somebody asked if Cameron Elisara isn't living up to expectations. Maybe it was overlooked in the talk today of Senio Kelemete winning a DT job that Elisara is the starter on the other side. I think that indicates he has had a good camp and is ready now to become a fixture in the starting lineup. As for De'Shon Matthews, who readers also asked about, he has been moved back and forth from DT to DE and now appears set back at DE now that some of the younger DTs are in camp. Again, the plan is to rotate liberally up front so I think all of those players will get ample chances to show what they can do. Those who perform in games will get more time.

--- Ronnie Fouch won the job as holder after the team experimented using the other kickers at that spot.

All for now.

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