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September 3, 2008 3:37 PM

Willingham notes

Posted by Bob Condotta

UW coach Tyrone Willingham has completed his daily meeting with the media. Here are some highlights:

--- Willingham said Tuesday's practice was "a little sluggish'' at the start as the players tried to put aside the disaster that was Saturday. But he said that by the end, the pace had picked up and it was a pretty good practice overall.

--- He said TE Michael Gottlieb participated and did well enough that as of now, he is expected to play Saturday against BYU.

--- He said Jake Locker "moved around well so no obvious affects of the previous ball game. Yet still, I don't think all the way back yet, but hopefully that will come in time.''

--- He said Byron Davenport is still "day-to-day, week-to-week'' but "hasn't made progress yet'' in recovery from an ankle sprain to get back on the field. He said Mark Armelin (foot) is a few weeks away from returning.

--- Of the move of Johri Fogerson, he said the goal is always to get the best players on the field and that in his case "the secondary may afford him that opportunity a little sooner than running back.'' Willingham referred to Fogerson as being "three, three-and-a-half'' on the depth chart at tailback. He said there is a chance Fogerson could see the field for a few plays Saturday though likely not significant action.

--- Willingham said Fogerson showed enough potential playing safety at O'Dea that "there was always the debate about where to play him.'' So for now, it's defense.

--- Willingham said that the decision to redshirt Jason Wells has essentially been made, barring a change, but that that didn't influence the move of Fogerson.

--- Said the biggest key for the UW secondary this week will be "our ability to pattern read'' and figure out where the ball is going.

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