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August 14, 2008 4:04 PM

Afternoon practice notes --- Locker getting closer?

Posted by Bob Condotta

The Huskies hit the field in the heat this afternoon for a full pads workout.

Jake Locker was still on the sidelines, but as the media portion of practice ended, he was doing some pretty serious running drills that indicated his return may be imminent.

Locker spent a few minutes doing some stopping and starting, backpedaling and then changing direction, under the guidance of a trainer. He appeared to be going about two-thirds speed or so. He then did some sprinting, again probably going about two-thirds speed, doing some 40-yard dash type runs, testing the strained left hamstring suffered a week ago.

Today marked the ninth practice Locker has missed of 29 UW will hold prior to the Oregon game. UW coach Tyrone Willingham did not mention Locker when talking about injured players in his press briefing earlier in the day.

Also out today were C Matt Sedillo (concussion) and TE Michael Gottlieb (hamstring) while RB Brandon Yakaboski (hip flexor) was in helmet and shoulder pads and shorts, obviously sitting out full-contact drills. And reporters couldn't find RB Brandon Johnson, who has been sidelined with a calf injury. He may have been elsewhere getting treatment.

Practice began with three sessions of the Husky drill --- a mano-a-mano contest between two players ringed by everyone else --- though it was hard to see who the participants were.

Then there was a quick round of kicking with each of the place kickers taking one turn --- Ryan Perkins appeared to make his from about 34 yards, Jared Ballman appeared to miss from about 39, and Erik Folk was right down the middle from about 44 yards. Ronnie Fouch handled the holds but coaches are also experimenting with having the kickers do some holding, as well. Carl Bonnell handled that task for the Huskies the last two years.

As noted up top, this was one of the hotter practices of the year for the Huskies. C Juan Garcia noted reporters and a few UW officials sitting under an easy-up, put in place for Picture Day last weekend, and asked jokingly "you guys just going to stand in the tent?'' Well, for 25 minutes anyway.

PROGRAMMING NOTE --- Given that we had no player access today, we won't be publishing the usual Husky Nightcap later tonight. UW will hold two practices tomorrow.

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Posted by Woof!

4:52 PM, Aug 14, 2008

Great post, thanks Bob!

Posted by MelloDawg

4:54 PM, Aug 14, 2008

In regards to DJ's comments on Willingham....

I don't believe for a second that Don James would ever say anything negative about any UW coach. If people take DJ's comments as the gospel and some kind of excuse to keep hanging onto Ty, it's a sign of desperation.

I hate to bring this up, but when it comes down to Don James vs. the big money boosters, the latter will matter more 10 times out of 10. As long as they are vocal enough about Ty, it doesn't matter what James says.

Posted by poster

4:57 PM, Aug 14, 2008

It's a sign of desperation to agree with the single most important voice on Husky football in the last 50 years?

My, how some of these attacks are stretched. What else can they do? DJ has spoken.

Posted by brockmandawg

5:00 PM, Aug 14, 2008


Ty could say the sky is blue and you'd argue against it. Let's see, I can believe the words from don James mouth, or your conspiracy theories. Since Don James actually brought up valid points, I'll stick with the former. When you actually have a SHRED of a evidence that James doesn't like what Ty is doing, get back to us.

Posted by Husky Fan In New York

5:01 PM, Aug 14, 2008

Mellow, don't try to fight what James said. Just let it go and wait for the season starts. You can say I told you so if you turn out to be right but I don't think you will be. We shall see in not too long, right?

Posted by poster

5:08 PM, Aug 14, 2008

There may be arguments against listening to DJ's views of the program, but we certainly haven't seen any good ones on this blog. Some people are so set in stone that they must be steamed by DJ saying what he did, and all they can do is compromise their own credibility with ridiculous arguments about his veracity or what one's motivation would be to point out what he actually said.

It really shows the credibility of some of some of the people posting on here regarding objectively weighing all the evidence. It's not like DJ gave a general approval, he said some explicit things about capabilities, improvement, and what went wrong with parts of last year. How can it be desperation? It is actually easy to align with that significant of a voice when it says something in agreement with one's arguments.

If there was ever a point where it would benefit someone to show they weigh both sides of an issue, and how the respond to evidence substantially contrary to their point, this is it.

Posted by irish2dagrave

5:20 PM, Aug 14, 2008

jimmy claussen is the nations best wishes he was playing safety for wsu...

Posted by poster

5:24 PM, Aug 14, 2008

I might add, what MelloDawg said is logically correct, but it sort of quietly ignores the other people that align with DJ's comments.

Note: If the first part is true, then it may be a sign of desperation. Problem is, that is not the only way for people to respect DJ or what he said. It could also simply be true, for example.

But, who cares. Here's a link with limited injury information for the Ducks yesterday.

Posted by Sittingdawg

5:36 PM, Aug 14, 2008

There is a difference between:

1) Saying nothing at all; and
2) Polite comments about the current coach, in the spirit of not hindering the program; and finally
3) Sitting down with a Seattle Times reporter, supporting the coach and the program, its direction, personnel, and players, and giving detailed reasons why you think it's going in the right direction and why you think it would be detrimental to the program to fire the head coach.

Don James could have done 1 or 2. He chose 3. That's a huge difference. I'm not a huge Ty supporter, but to say Don James is simply doing what he's supposed to do is laughable. Any of the 3 above options are totally legitimate and respectable. He chose the 3rd, and spoke his mind.

Posted by im mikey

5:37 PM, Aug 14, 2008

mello never has had credibility, so its not like he losses anything by trying to argue against DJ. move along mello.

Posted by huskyfan77

5:53 PM, Aug 14, 2008

Frankly Don will always be the dawgfather...He is THE reason we have the expectations that dirve us today! I am going to shut up now until the evidence for this season is clear! Put up or shut up time.... The schedule is challenging...could be tweaked and a good idea if we could have thought of that a bit sooner...Let's see how Ty performs with a very young, inexperienced team. How they improve in the conference and how they finish...that is what will decide this!

Posted by Ziasudra

8:22 PM, Aug 14, 2008

To plagarize a 60 year old poem:

You can always tell a freshman by that lost, bewildered look;
You can always tell a sophomore by the absence of a book;
You can always tell a junior by his wise ideas and such;
You can always tell a Cougar, but you sure can't tell him much.

Posted by SuperFraud

11:48 PM, Aug 14, 2008

You can always tell who is a Husky because he has his head down on the bench as his team locks up another last place finish in the Pac-10.

Posted by MelloDawg

11:52 PM, Aug 14, 2008


How would you describe Don James? Classy? Is he a classy guy to you? I'd say he is. That being the case, he would never insult or degrade any Husky coach because he LOVES the UW program.

It's like in Bull Durham when Nuke LaLouche is learning all the cliches from Crash. You don't expect them to say anything different.

My point regarding James's opinion vs. the big boosters' is accurate though.

Posted by hsky4vr

1:36 AM, Aug 15, 2008

You may have won a few from us in recent years, but we have still taken 7 of 10 from you guys, including those oh so painful losses the last time you were actually still in the top half of the pac ten. a few years does not constitute a decade. Yeah we're down, but you guys are right there with us. sorry, doesn't sound like domination to me. oh, and we have a lot more talent heading into the next couple of years.

Posted by huskybabe

3:12 PM, Aug 15, 2008

Bob, buddy, were you even at practice yesterday? Did you see that Ballman made his FG? Because I'm an alum and I did. Get your story straight before you write wrong facts. Especially about Ballman. That kid is going places. I'm keeping my eye on you.

Posted by huskybabe

3:13 PM, Aug 15, 2008

Bob, buddy, were you even at practice yesterday? Did you see that Ballman made his FG? Because I'm an alum and I did. Get your story straight before you write wrong facts. Especially about Ballman. That kid is going places. I'm keeping my eye on you.

Posted by Bob Condotta

3:21 PM, Aug 15, 2008

I wrote appeared because I couldn't tell from where I was. I asked the guy next to me and he thought it was no good as well. Nothing personal, just what I thought I saw.

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