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August 6, 2008 3:23 PM

Practice report, day three

Posted by Bob Condotta

The Huskies hit the field at about 2:30 p.m. today in what is a blistering heat by Seattle standards.

Well, about half of them, anyway.

This was the first of UW's split squad practices for fall camp, where the team essentially breaks into two groups, which coach Tyrone Willingham thinks allows for better work --- the thinking being that each group cam get more done working in smaller units. It usually works that the two groups meet together for about for about 30 minutes connecting the two sessions, usually to work on special teams.

The Huskies appear to have only four of those this year, however, two this week, down a little from previous years when they would usually do it every other day or so.

We got to watch the first 25 minutes of the first practice, which appeared to feature the starters and deep reserves.

The linebackers, for instance, featured the three starters --- Josh Gage, Donald Butler and Mason Foster --- as well as Chris Stevens and walk-ons Brandon Huppert, Riley Gervais and T.J. Poe.

The second practice will apparently feature the backups as well as most of the true freshmen though two true frosh I noticed were DLs Alameda Ta'amu and Everrette Thompson.

The team wore helmets, shoulder pads and shorts, indicating it would do some of its first hitting of the season.

Of note from practice:

--- Chris Polk was again working with the tailbacks with one knowledgable person telling me he expects Polk to stay there. "He's the best running back they have,'' the person said, saying Polk was the most electrifying RB UW has had since Napoleon Kaufman.

--- Juan Garcia was in uniform and working out with the line. During the conditioning drills he appeared to avoid anything that wasn't a straight-line run.

--- The Huskies will have their first full pads, full-contact practice on Friday after completing the NCAA-mandated acclimatization period.

All for now.


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Posted by ja

4:05 PM, Aug 06, 2008

Sure hope Juan takes it easy out there. Don't wanna see him pull a Boobie Miles ala Friday Night Lights.

Posted by Florida Husky

4:07 PM, Aug 06, 2008

NICE to see "Victory and Ruins" back up on yur site for about the 100th time! Seattle TIMES $uck$!!!!!!

I am done reading it!

Sorry Bob, you work for a desperate company trying to save itself!


Posted by Dawgforlife

4:16 PM, Aug 06, 2008

What's up with Q. Rich? Does it look like he's holding on to 1st string? Also what about Vic and Nate?

Posted by travuw

4:22 PM, Aug 06, 2008

The development of Polk's move to RB is the biggest story of practice so farin my opinion. That he is already getting mentioned as the best RB may be premature, but it still raises eyebrows. Is this guy looking so good that he's challenging to start? I'd be very surprised by that, but it's exciting.

Ta'amu and Thompson are going to get serious game time this year, and they both look like awesome talents. Meda looks like a freakin monster and he's not even started his freshman year! With Noble and Senio having grade problems, Meda and Thompson have to step it up.

Go Dawgs!

Posted by hsky69

4:24 PM, Aug 06, 2008

Bob - What with some of the other news recently overshadowing things sounds like Everrette Thompson has quietly begun fall camp. I'd forgotten that Rivals rated him the #2 prospect out of Washington state and Scout rated him the #12 defensive end in the country. Is it possible he's going to se time as a true freshman? Should we read anything into this? Thanks.

Posted by KC

4:41 PM, Aug 06, 2008

Bob, so after 25 minutes does someone escort all the reporters out? That is so strange.

Posted by Scott

4:42 PM, Aug 06, 2008

Hey Bob thanks for all the work you put into this blog. I have a question about scheduling. Is there going to be a return game by Hawaii in Husky Stadium? I don't see it on any of the schedules for the next couple of years but has it been discussed at all? Thanks.

Posted by Reality Check

4:42 PM, Aug 06, 2008

I'm so glad to read about Polk being viewed as a RB/TB. That seems like a much better fit for his skill set. He seems more of a Marshall Faulk type -- just get him the ball somehow and let him work (hand off, pitch, pass, whatever.) If we have Locker and Polk in the backfield, it could be a hell of a rough day for a DC trying to figure out who to key on. And nothing helps soften a defense like having them on their heels wondering what's coming next!

Posted by Seattle Dave

4:42 PM, Aug 06, 2008

I wonder who Bob's "knowledgeable person" is (even though I know he won't/can't tell us). Greg Lewis perhaps? He is one of the few people who could be described as "knowledgeable," has a legtimate reason to be at the practices since he is a UW employee, and would be likely to use Nip as a comparison. Anyways if this person's description of Polk is true, exciting times lie ahead.

Posted by Bob Condotta

5:01 PM, Aug 06, 2008

To answer a couple questions:

--- Hawaii is due tocome back, in either 2010 or 2011. I'll check and put that on the blog later.

--- And yes, we are escorted out after 25 minuntes. Usually we are all together so it's not that big of a deal. But we all know the drill by now so when it comes time to leave, we usually all start heading to the exits.

Posted by bufcard

5:24 PM, Aug 06, 2008

Bob, I know you are very busy these days the blog is much appreciated. I was wondering if you could contact Craig Noble and Senio Kelemete, and Vince Taylor to find out exactly whats going on with there academic situation. I am especially interested in Noble because he was one of are higher rated recruits. I think I speak for most fans in wanting some info on him.

Posted by Husky Fan In New York

5:29 PM, Aug 06, 2008

Hey Sam, didn't intend to bring you in on the previous thread. I just was curious what was out there, like seeing a huge field of tall grass and bluffs and firing a shotgun to see how many ducks ended up flying. Just a fun experiment I guess.

It's ok if Big Meda and his 340-350 lbs play this year, hopefully we'll have Deandre Coleman of Garfield coming in next year's class. He's the best prospect in WA State for 2009 and goes to school a 10-15 min drive from Husky Stadium!

Posted by Rob Condotta

5:51 PM, Aug 06, 2008

As good as polk may be at Tailback, he NEEDS to get the slot and WR position down as well. The offense can be too much more dangerous if he can be a Reggie Bush type of player, where he plays a dual role. I also think the RB position is loaded with talent even without Polk in the backfield. Ty and co need to figure out how to get all those guys on the field.

Posted by BoiseTruth

5:52 PM, Aug 06, 2008


HFNY, I agree Coleman is a must get if he can qualify. But, when I read the following from Scout, I saw the Iweka warning meter start flashing - " Coleman reports a 2.5 core GPA and took the ACT in June, but claims not to know his score. "I'm not sure," he said. "I know I got it back, but I've got to see what the score was."

Posted by iowa husky

5:55 PM, Aug 06, 2008

hey bob, thanks for the update.I agree with you about the need to have Polk play a Reggie Bush type role. A couple quick questions:

1) what exactly is "conditioning drills", and which kinds of drills is Garcia participating in? Your post seems to indicate that he is now running, and sprinting. Is this true? And if so, has there been any swelling or pain?

2) How have the LB corps looked? I'm especially interested in Gage and Stevens, but this unit looks like it could be the bigger problem unit than the DB (barring injuries, of course).

Thanks!

Posted by BoiseTruth

6:15 PM, Aug 06, 2008


Rob C., totally agree with you on Polk. I also think we have enough RB talent that we don't need him at RB, especially if our line is as good as we expect it to be. If we have the line, our running game will be just fine. The real fun would be to have the luxury of using a guy as talented as Polk in a multitude of positions. It would really strain the DC's to have to account for this guy in a number of positions. He's the type of player that can hurt you from anywhere, and those types of players are really a pain for the opposition.

Posted by old timer

6:52 PM, Aug 06, 2008

Is Chris Polk being considered for special teams, running back punts or kickoffs?

Posted by jason

7:05 PM, Aug 06, 2008

Bob, any word on Paul Homer this year or if he's looking good out there? He seemed to have some amazing blocks last year.

Posted by Husky19

7:13 PM, Aug 06, 2008

Polk moving to TB is good and this will probably open up more moves since there is a lot of talent at RB.

Johri Fogerson could move to Safety and at 6'2" 190 he would fit right in.

David Freeman can move to slot and take over where Polk left off. Freeman is probably a better fit there as an effective open field runner. Hard to see him as a full time RB at 5'7" 190 but than again, Hart did it at Michigan.

Bronson can move to safety or corner, saw some defensive highlights of him and he looked pretty good on D. (Assuming he gets in).

Daily looks like a keeper at RB.

And let's not forget about Shaw as the "Reggie Bush" type player. That guy is not tiny at 5'10" 190 and runs a 10.5 100 and 4.4 forty. Plus he has the RB experience from high school and has proven to have good hands.

Bruns will also be a slot WR and will totally remind people of Dane Looker.

Posted by Reality Check

9:19 PM, Aug 06, 2008

Husky19 --

I'm a big fan of Fogerson playing in the defensive backfield. I kind of see him as a potential Dana Hall or Shane Pahukoa (sp?) type player down the road.

Posted by Formerly Guest

10:15 PM, Aug 06, 2008

KC,
I wonder who they use to escort Bob and the press out after 25 minutes. I can't think of anyone more intimidating than Ta'amu. I would do what he told me.

Husky 19,
Can you remind me who this David Freeman guy is?

BT,
I agree. Reading between the lines, or just the quotes in general, about Coleman's academics...it doesn't sound optimistic.

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