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Archives: Aug. 2008

Aug.
31st

That 0-1 start: Looking back and forward

Here’s look back at the Oregon game (just what you need) from today’s paper. And here’s how it looked to the Eugene Register-Guard.


And below my quicker version:


LAST WEEK

The Huskies opened the season with a 44-10 loss at No. 21 Oregon, which was disappointing in a variety of ways. In cold numbers, UW is now 0-1 on the season and in Pac-10 play. However, it also was psychologically painful as all those new faces produced a distressingly family result.


SOMETHING TO BUILD ON

A lot of Huskies who had no college

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Aug.
30th

Oregon 44, UW 10: Notes, quotes, discussion

Here’s my game story.


But the tight deadline didn’t allow time for the usual number of notes and quotes, so we’ll try to fill in some of the blanks here:


Anyone looking for a silver lining? The best I can do is pass along Coach Willingham’s report that it looks like the team came though would any serious injuries. He said he pulled Locker just to protect him and to get Fouch some playing time, not because Locker was hurt.


Otherwise, there was a lot of disappointment. The Huskies seemed very surprised that they had so

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Aug.
30th

Final: Oregon 44, UW10

10:55 of 3rd: Jeremiah Johnson went 13 yards for the TD. Johnson is now over 100 yards on the night, a career high. The drive was helped by a facemask call against the Huskies — and those are all 15-yard penalties this season.


Note: I’m on a real tight deadline tonight, so I probably won’t be blogging as much this half. Thanks for the halftime comments.


By the way, I don’t know how much the TV crew is mentioning this, but it’s no coincidence that all of the points so far have been scored by the team moving

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Aug.
29th

Huskies @ Oregon: Season kicks off at 7 p.m.


I’m down in Oregon for the first game of the season, and the Huskies only road game until October. (There’s no doubt this UW schedule is tough, but at least they bring all of their out-of-conference opponents to Husky Stadium.) In any case, I noticed the cool animated tour of the Pac-10 stadiums above and through some of you might like to see it, too. (Although this still shows Stanford’s old stadium.)


As far as road trips go, I think this is one of the best — at least from the fan’s

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Aug.
28th

Gottlieb, Wells out; two walk-ons earn scholarships


UW coach Tyrone Willingham, speaking to the media for the final time before the opener Saturday at Oregon, said the tight end Michael Gottlieb (hamstring), safety Jason Wells (knee) and one or more tailbacks won’t make the trip. He declined to name the tailbacks until he could announce the traveling squad to the team. However, he said that true freshman Kavario Middleton from Lakes High could draw significant playing time at tight end.


Willingham also confirmed that linebacker Joshua Gage and offensive tackle Nick Scott, who walked on after transferring from Drake,

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Aug.
27th

College/Pac-10 picks as season opens tonight

The college football — and the Pac-10 season starts tonight. We have lots of special coverage in the Thursday paper, including my first column of the new college season and my Pac-10 and national power rankings.


However, we probably won’t be getting my football picks into the paper for a couple of more weeks, so I figured we could get that started here on the blog instead. (After going 180-56 last season.)


THURSDAY

Stanford 27, Oregon State 24:
I’ll learn a lot from this one right out of the box because a lot of people

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Aug.
27th

UW frosh and Pac-10, NCAA coverage Thursday

We’ve got a lot of special Pac-10 and NCAA football coverage in the Thursday newspaper, and that took me away from UW a little bit Wednesday.


However, I was there enough be part of a good conversation with Senio Kelemete, the true freshman out of Evergreen High, who will start at defensive tackle for the Huskies on Saturday night at Oregon.


I’ll have a feature on him (and tailback Chris Polk, the other true freshman starter) in the Thursday paper.


Meanwhile, a few other notes from today:


The Huskies practiced under the lights for

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Aug.
27th

Morning material: Pac-10 openers, UO defense

We’ll get to hear from Coach Willingham and the UW defensive players and coaches in the early afternoon. Until then, here’s some reading material from this morning.


My TNT story looks a lot at the Washington-Oregon game and other opening games around the Pac-10.


Meanwhile, here’s a look at the Huskies-Ducks match — and Oregon’s defensive plan for Jake Locker — from the Eugene Register-Guard.