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Archives: Aug. 2006

Aug.
31st

Final Willingham update until postgame

Coach Willingham met with the media for the final time until the postgame news conference Saturday after the San Jose State game.


There wasn’t much news except for a pretty vague injury update. He said defensive end Greyson Gunheim’s recovering knee has held up well to practice this week, but cornerback Dashon Goldson’s high ankle sprain has been more of a problem. Goldson is expected to see limited action in the opener, but the final decision may not come until gametime. Willingham also indicated that receivers Quintin Daniels, Chris Hemphill and some unnamed others also will be gametime decisions.


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Aug.
31st

Willingham talks about the weather

The temperatures are supposed to climb back up to around 80 by the time the Huskies kick off their season Saturday afternoon against San Jose State.


That’s warmer than this morning, but Coach Willingham says the Huskies practiced in worse and so it shouldn’t affect his substitution pattern.


He says temperatures would have to reach the 90s for that to happen.


And that kind of heat might be little over a week away. A week from Saturday, the Huskies will be in Norman, Okla. There, the temperature is 91. However, the Sept. 9 gameday has just crept

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Aug.
30th

Scott White speaks about return to Huskies

UW linebacker Scott White met with the media today for the first time since he walked away from the team after being demoted to No. 2 on the depth chart behind Dan Howell. He returned after a one day absence after being told that he would have to start from the bottom, meaning third on the depth chart and work on special teams. White agreed, worked his way up, and on Friday was told he would start the opener against San Jose State – not instead of Howell, but alongside Howell – with White moving to the position handled last

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Aug.
30th

Baer on SJSU offense, UW defense

We just got a visit from UW defensive coordinator Kent Baer, giving us some information of San Jose State, and a little more on his own Huskies.


He said the Spartans traditionally have a good deal of speed, especially at the skill positions, and a big offensive line. That seems to be the case again this season. They may rotate quarterbacks, but both seem to present pretty much the same skill set.


In terms of his own defense, Baer said the final starting job up for grabs – the tackle competition between Donny Mateaki and Jordan Reffett –

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Aug.
29th

Shelton Sampson’s scholarship restored

The biggest news coming out of Coach Willingham’s press conference Tuesday was the awarding of two scholarships … to a walk-on and a walk-off.


The latter is former Clover Park High School star Shelton Sampson of Lakewood, who walked off the team last season after being shifted to the defensive backfield. Sampson was later allowed to return, but the return of his scholarship wasn’t part of the deal. Still, he worked hard, eventually was returned to tailback due to depth considerations, and is currently running third on the depth chart with a chance of playing Saturday when the Huskies

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Aug.
29th

Brandon Roy sighting

Bumped into Brandon Roy back in the bowels of Hec Ed. He looked good with diamonds shimmering from each earlobe.


He says he’ll report to Portland on Tuesday for start of informal preseason work.


He also says former UW teammate Tre Simmons is headed to a pro league in Europe.

Aug.
29th

Around the Pac-10: True freshman No. 2 QB at ASU

Tuesday mornings this time of year bring a conference call with all 10 Pac-10 coaches.


League play begins Thursday night with Northern Arizona at Arizona State and Eastern Washington at Oregon State.


The rest of the league gets going Saturday, highlighted by the first intraconference game (Stanford at Oregon) and three visits to the Southeastern Conference (California at Tennessee, USC at Arkansas and WSU at Auburn).


Some highlights from today’s conference call:


ARIZONA STATE coach Dirk Koetter said sophomore quarterback Rudy Carpenter retains the respect of his teammates even after Koetter’s depth chart flip-flop was

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