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Archives: April 2006


Thomas to UW

Curtis High School hoops star Isaiah Thomas will continue his basketball career at the University of Washington.

Click here for the story by News Tribune reporter Todd Milles.


Denbrock back

Offensive line coach Mike Denbrock has returned to the job. He had been out with symptoms of Crohn’s disease, a digestive disorder.


UW Monday, 12th practice

In his first meeting with the media since last week, UW football coach Tyrone Willingham said the Huskies came through their latest scrimmage with no new injuries. He said the Thursday scrimmage showed general improvement from the one on April 8 in which the defensive controlled the action and dominated the offensive line. The offensive line was "better in spots," Willingham said.

One of those spots apparently is not left tackle. Willingham said Nathan Flowers and those competing behind him there haven’t yet "lived up to what we hoped."

Darrion Jones, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound sophomore who began the

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UW basketball awards

Brandon Roy was honored as most valuable player at the Washington Huskies men’s basketball banquet Wednesday night.

Roy led the Huskies in scoring and assists as they advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament and concluded their season with a 26-7 record.

Roy also won the playmaker and hustle awards and he shared the defensive player award with fellow senior Bobby Jones.

Other awards and their recipients: most improved, Jamaal Williams; top rebounder, Jon Brockman; most inspirational, Joel Smith; coaches award, Ryan Appleby; walk-on award, Brandon Burmeister; community service, Zane Potter; industrial award, Joe

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Injury news

Coach Tyrone Willingham announced Wednesday that No. 2 center Robert Lukevich will undergo surgery soon for a knee injury he suffered in the scrimmage on Saturday. It is unlikely will be will ready to return by fall.

In somewhat better news, defensive tackle Erick Lobos seems to be working his way back from a foot injury, although his return date isn’t determined.

And finally, defensive tackle Jordan White-Frisbee might miss all of spring, but seems likely to be available by fall camp. (Defensive tackle is correct, by the way. UW coaches considered moving White-Frisbee to the offensive line,

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Saturday scrimmage

The UW defense dominated the offense Saturday as the Huskies ran through a 90-minute scrimmage at windy, rainy and cold Husky Stadium.

Not surprisingly, the domination started up front, where the offensive line could do little to open holes for runners or give time to passers.

Isaiah Stanback had the best day among the quarterbacks, as he completed 5 of 12 passes and ran for seven times for 45 yards. The other QB contenders had brutal days as Johnny DuRocher was 3 for 12 and had one pass intercepted by Chris Hemphill for a 96-yard touchdown. Carl

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Friday, spring practice No. 7

Junior defensive tackle Erick Lobos limped off the practice field Thursday with an injury to the same foot that sidelined him last spring. UW was awaiting X-ray results Friday.

Quarterback Isaiah Stanback also sat out Thursday and was limited Friday due to what was considered a minor shoulder injury.

Otherwise the big news is that the Huskies will scrimmage Saturday with more than 100 former players watching.

"(Saturday) will be a key day for us," coach Tyrone Willingham said. "Anytime you have an opportunity to have your former players back … to me it’s an exciting time,

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Spring football

My story for the Friday paper will be on Danny Morovick, the snapper specialist signed out of California. The difference between a good snapper and a bad one is just fractions of seconds … but fractions of seconds that can win or lose games.

A few health notes: Offensive line coach Mike Denbrock is out with an undisclosed illness. In his absence, the offensive line is being led by tight ends coach Bob Simmons and former UW center Kyle Benn. Among the players out or limited by injury include lineman Jordan White-Frisbee (foot), Johnie Kirton (foot), Tim Williams (shoulder),

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