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Archives: Sep. 2008

Sep.
30th

Locker fine with position switch, other notes

TNT reporter Eric Williams went up to UW today, while I worked on other things.


Here’s the beginning of his report for the Wednesday paper:


Even with his right arm in a sling and a soft cast protecting his surgically repaired thumb, University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker mulled the possibility of getting on the field.


Locker said his surgery went fine during a press conference with reporters on Tuesday, and confirmed he’ll likely be out six to eight weeks until the right thumb on his throwing hand heals. However, asked if he would consider returning early

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Sep.
30th

More bad news from UW injury list

Coach Tyrone Willingham said today that safety Darin Harris continues to show concussion symptons and therefore, the timing of his return to the team remains uncertain.


Willingham also said that cornerback Byron Davenport will undergo knee surgery in October. Willingham didn’t say that will end Davenport’s UW career, but that seems a reasonable expectation.


The only glimmer of better news was a report that safety Victor Aiyewa (groin) will begin “some limited moverment” as the team returns to practice this afternoon.

Sep.
29th

Willingham’s — and your — opinions on his job

Tyrone Willingham says he would resign if he didn’t see himself as part of the solution.


Scott Woodward says he doesn’t believe in mid-season firings.


Here’s your chance to weigh in with what you think, on the TNT poll on whether Willingham should be fired.


Meanwhile, there was predictably a lot of discussion on and around this general topic today, including a few minutes I spent with Willingham one-on-one. Here are Willingham quotes from that discussion:


On whether he would consider resignation:

I’ve always said this, that it is important that everybody in

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Sep.
29th

Uh-oh … key UW recruit de-commits

Realdawg.com is reporting that Deandre Coleman, perhaps the most prized recruit in the state this year, has backed off of his earlier oral commitment to Washington.


"I am opening up my recruitment," he told RealDawg. "This is a very big decision and one of the most important decisions that I will ever have to make. … I still like Washington. My family and I just decided that I should look at other schools to make sure this was the right choice. The Huskies are having a rough season right, now and I’m not sure if Willingham will

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Sep.
29th

Locker has surgery; might return at new position

Jake Locker underwent surgery on his fractured right thumb this morning. He will speak to the media tomorrow.


Locker would be expected to miss six to eight weeks … as a quarterback. However, coach Tyrone Willingham confirmed that it is possible Locker could return at another position. He would not say what position that would be, or even whether it would be offense or defense.


Willingham discounted the danger of Locker being injured if he returns, say, as a safety; noting that all football players run the risk of injury at all positions — including quarterback, obviously.


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Sep.
29th

No UW defender honored by coaches

Washington coaches have honored quarterback Ronnie Fouch (offense) and LB Chris Stevens (special teams) as players of the week for their performance against Stanford.


However, for the first time this season, no defensive players were honored.


Fouch entered in relief of starting QB Jake Locker and completed 13 of 27 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown.


Stevens was credited with three tackles.


Also honored were LB Fred Wiggs, C Mykenna Ikehara and S Greg Walker for their work on service teams.


Meanwhile, RB David Freeman and LB Donald Butler, who were injured in the

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Sep.
28th

A glance back to Stanford and ahead to Wildcats

Here’s my UW roundup from today’s paper.


Plus…


LAST WEEK

Washington fell to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 35-28 home loss to Stanford. The Huskies are the last major conference team without a victory, and one of only three winless teams in the 119-team NCAA Bowl Subdivision. Coaches and players admit they do not understand why.


SOMETHING TO BUILD ON

Freshman tailback David Freeman continued to run well with 64 yards on seven carries – a 9.1-yard average. Freshman receiver Jermaine Kearse caught six passes for 52 yards.

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Sep.
28th

Locker to see hand specialist Monday

There is no update on the condition of UW quarterback Jake Locker today. He is scheduled to see a hand specialist Monday morning.


If the exam is finished in time, Locker might meet the media at our normal Monday press conference at UW.


Locker, of course, broke the thumb of his right (throwing) hand in Saturday night’s loss to Stanford. It is not yet known how long he will be out, but there is every indication that this will take most, if not all, of the rest of the regular season.


Meanwhile, here is a quick

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