After studying the film overnight, coach Tyrone Willingham said he saw some good things in the Huskies' initial practice. He singled out No. 2 quarterback Carl Bonnell, defensive end Greyson Gunheim and linebacker Dan Howell.
Then, when the team reported for Wednesday practice, he honored Bonnell, Gunheim and Howell by having them practice in gold jerseys, each showing the No. 1.
Team-wise, Willingham said the most encouraging thing was hearing back from his players many of the things that coaches have been stressing. "To me that's hopefully one of those signs that there's progress being made and we're all starting to focus on the same area."
Howell worked with the first unit, ahead of returning starter Scott White. Willingham characterized theirs as "a great competition" and likened it to the linebacker race on the other side between sophomore Chris Stevens and redshirt freshman E.J. Savannah.
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Willingham acknowledged that the Rose Bowl would be a "pretty nice" accomplishment, but that the goals he is stressing this season are more of the day-to-day variety. He explained: "Your focus – even though (the Rose Bowl and other bowls) are at the top of the things we want to accomplish – it is the process of taking care of every day that will give us those things."
Coming in the Thursday paper: an interview with Jake Locker and his thoughts on his first practice in Division I football.
One early tidbit: Even though he was an exciting return man at Ferndale, he doesn't expect to fill that position-of-need for the Huskies.
"I could do it in high school, but I don't know (about college)," he said. "I could give it a shot, but it's a different level and the guys are a lot bigger and a lot faster. I could probably leave that to the guys that are really good at it."