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August 25, 2008 11:05 AM

Press conference notes

Posted by Bob Condotta

The press conference is over on Montlake and here are a few notes and thoughts:

--- The depth chart lists nine true freshmen on the depth chart, all of whom figure to play. As noted yesterday, that would tie the 2000 team what is generally regarded as the record for a Husky team. The most surprising true frosh not on the two-deep is WR Anthony Boyles, who arrived last winter to a lot of fanfare, but has been surpassed by Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar. Boyles has admitted he had some early struggles picking up the playbook.

--- UW coach Tyrone Willingham said that the team is pretty healthy with the only real question mark of a key player revolving around tight end Michael Gottlieb, still battling with a hamstring. CB Byron Davenport and S Jason Wells are also not on the depth chart while still battling injuries, as well.

--- QB Jake Locker met with the media and said his hamstring "feels pretty good. It's still kind of a day-to-day thing and we'll see how it feels on Saturday.'' Locker laughingly declined to put a percent on his hamstring saying he's never really understood how people arrive at that. But he said that "I'm fully confident I'll be fine.''

--- Willingham said Senio Kelemete earned his starting spot through his play in fall camp but reiterated that the team plans to rotate a lot of players there, including the other true freshmen. "We'll involve all those guys in what we think are their roles and their strengths,'' he said. Kelemete is listed at 260 by the Huskies but his high school coach recently said he's closer to 290.

--- Ryan Tolar is listed as a backup at guard and center but Willingham said that shouldn't indicate any lessening of his value to the team. In fact, Willingham said he "could be our most valued player'' on the line due to his ability to play all three spots up front.

--- Darin Harris is the starter at strong safety and Willingham said that is partially due to his play as well as the injury that has slowed Victor Aiyewa. Willingham noted he recently re-watched last year's game against Oregon and saw Harris made on Jonathan Stewart, sending him backwards on a tackle. "He has done an excellent job,'' Willingham said.

--- Tripper Johnson is listed as the backup free safety and is also listed as a sophomore after previously being listed as a junior. Willingham said the school is still attempting to sort out Johnson's eligibility but the hope is that he will have three years.

--- The Ducks will go with Justin Roper as the starter and Willingham said now knowing who the starter will be helps UW clear up its defensive gameplan. "We think regardless of who they put into their system that is a formidable offense,'' he said.

--- Willingham said punter Jared Ballman missed two practices over the weekend due to a death in the family.

All for now.

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