At least a couple of other UW blogs have indicated incoming freshmen QB Dominique Blackman, RB Demitrius Bronson and DT Craig Noble may not be available this season, instead delaying their enrollment until January. And coach Tyrone Willingham apparently said something to Seattle Times columnist Bud Withers that was fairly unclear but generally was taken to mean that linebacker E.J. Savannah may have more to worry about beyond his arm injury before he takes the field again.
Reading all that, I went back an reviewed my recordings of what Willingham told me about personnel issues heading into the Aug. 4 start of fall practices.
Here’s the direct quote (which doesn’t clarify much): “Right now, as you know, some of the cases we’re not able to comment on. When we start camp we’ll have what our freshman class looks like. Because right now, the bridge program isn’t necessarily a mandatory program, so you could have guys in, you could not have guys in. So, their status will likely be official when we open camp on the third. And then for our veteran players, we have a few guys who have questionable summer school right now. We’re looking at those. Those won’t know for a while till we know where they’re at.”
I also asked about any off-season position changes: “We haven’t made any,” Willingham said. “The biggest there is obviously (injured center Juan) Garcia and what happens there because it could necessitate some shift there on the offensive line. I think we’re prepared to do something, but we’ll wait to see what we have to do at that time.”
Since guard Ryan Tolar has been mentioned among those who might switch to center if Garcia can’t go, I asked about Tolar’s off-season progress from his injury: “There were never concerned about Tolar,” Willingham said. “None whatsoever.”