Linebacker Dan Howell's 6-for-6 run with the gold practice jersey has come to an end. Wearing the gold jersey on Tuesday as a reward for their Monday practices were Roy Lewis (defense), Sean Douglas (special teams) and Anthony Russo (offense). Tuesday marked the first time that Howell hadn't practiced in the gold jersey since coach Tyrone Willingham instituted the incentive award at the start of fall camp.
Realdawg.com is reporting that freshman Jake Merrill of Gig Harbor left the team due to concerns about the affects of a recent concussion on his long-term hearing problem. Willingham, who has said only that Merrill left for personal reasons, added Tuesday that Merrill is no longer on scholarship.
The Huskies do some game-conditions work at every practice, but Willingham said he has no plans to run his team run through anything that he would consider a scrimmage.
Players "in the mix" as punt returners are Russo, Marlon Wood, Sonny Shackelford and Alex Mercier. Kickoff returners include Wood, Mercier, Roy Lewis and Matt Fountaine. Willingham said younger players haven't been added to the mix yet.