I got caught in the traffic from that nasty I-5 wreck today and missed the UW briefing. (Which is ironic. I had been fearing that huge predicted traffic mess in downtown Seattle, and that turned out to be almost nothing. Then, on the day when that construction project concludes, I get trapped in Fife.)
However, I think I've picked up most of the highlights of what went on:
For one, the Huskies officially broke camp, with players who live off campus departing the dorms. However, that's almost misleading because the last couple of days of camp were actually more like game-week practices because this will be a short week due to the long travel day on Wednesday and the unusual Friday night game.
The injury list remains mostly unchanged: true freshman tailback Brandon Yakaboski (concussion) wore a red jersey in practice, indicating injury. Tailback J.R. Hasty (ankle), defensive end Darrion Jones (ankle), linebacker Donald Butler, receiver Cody Ellis (hamstring) and cornerback Byron Davenport (hamstring) were out again.
Never miss a local story.
What's new is that coach Tyrone Willingham indicated that long-injured Davenport may not be among the 66-70 players he intends to take to Syracuse. Erik Folk (back) also may not be ready, which would leave the kicking duties to Ryan Perkins and Jared Ballman.
The team won't take the field Sunday, which is Willingham's usual custom.
Speaking of Sunday, my story for that day's paper will concentrate on the new NCAA rule that will push kickoffs back five yards to the 30. Coaches predict it will make more that five yards worth of difference.