Returning to what's happening between the lines ... the Huskies are practicing in full pads and get full contact for the first time today. This, of course, gives a truer indication of what these players bring, as coach Willingham implied in this morning's media session.
"Then the game takes on a different aspect, then you see what the young men are made of when you're playing the complete game," he said. "When you can just kind of run around you've got some guys who are sheltered because there's not contact. They run faster, they jump higher. But then it's amazing when that ball is there and there's a chance that you might really get smacked, it kind of changes how high you jump, how fast you run. Now we get to see guys play the real game."
Only the first 25 minutes were open to the media, so we didn't see any hitting. But we noticed that cornerback Byron Davenport was practicing at well under full speed after suffering a hamstring injury Tuesday.
And tailback Louis Rankin was still wearing the honorary gold jersey.
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And former coach Jim Lambright was a sidelines visitor.
Friday, the Huskies will go to two-a-days for the first time.