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October 13, 2008 8:42 PM

Johnson says Huskies feeling like a team again

Posted by Bob Condotta

There weren't a lot of players at the Husky press luncheon today, which is usually a key indicator that things aren't going well.

But one who was, running back Brandon Johnson, said he still thinks there is some life in the Dawgs.

Johnson said he thought the bye week was a real positive for the Huskies, with what he said were intense and fun practices. With the team not having a game to prepare for, practices were a little different. The team worked more with the one offense against the one defense, and Johnson said there were some competitions built in, such as the losing team in certain drills having to run, or having to carry the equipment for the winners.

Johnson said the practices were among the most spirited of the season.

"If you saw us practice,'' he said. "You'd never think we were 0-5. ... We felt like a team again. It just felt like everyone was starting to understand what it's going to take to win and go out and play hard.

"There's been a lot of negativity going around the internet and the newspapers and stuff like that. But our guys are like 'forget about all the negative things' We've got to stay positive so we can win the next seven games. We just have to believe it and do it. We can't talk about it. We just have to do it. Just go out and play hard every single play and leave it on the field.''

And Johnson said he thinks all the players still have that belief.

"Everybody wants to win,'' he said. "I don't know one player who would ever say he wants to lose. If you say want to lose, you don't need to be playing football. This team worked too hard through the summer, running and conditioning at 6:30 in the morning, doing mat drills and all this stuff that we did and getting this result. Somewhere we have to find the answer to what is wrong. I think this bye week helped and hopefully we found the answer that guys just need to go out and have fun and stop worrying about everything else, stop worrying about who we are playing and our record and just go out there and play.''

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