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 spring at linebacker, has been moved to defensive end.
Sophomore Michael Gottlieb has moved past Robert Lewis and Johnie Kirton as the No. 1 tight end.
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Junior quarterback Carl Bonnell continues to receive praise from coaches for his work this spring. However, offensive coordinator Tim Lappano isn't yet willing to say he has passed Johnny DuRocher for the No. 2 spot behind Isaiah Stanback.
The Huskies will conclude spring work Saturday with the annual Purple-Gold spring game. Willingham said he hasn't yet decided how he will divide the teams, but that he values competition, and therefore likely will not, for example, stick all the regulars one the same team.
When fall practices roll around, Washington will stay on campus for the second straight season. Before Willingham's arrival, the Huskies sometimes took a week away at The Evergreen State College in Olympia.