With two-a-days now behind them, the Huskies had their morning free to give their closest look yet at their opening-day opponent: Syracuse.
Coach Tyrone Willingham said their gameplanning is limited in any first game because you're never certain what changes in personnel or philosophy an opponent might have undergone in the off-season. However, it doesn't seem that Syracuse offers any wildly atypical challenges, as with, say, Air Force a couple of seasons ago.
In other notes, Willingham gave a health update not much different from yesterdays: receiver Cody Ellis (hamstring) day-to-day, cornerback Byron Davenport (hamstring) not ready, and most other key personnel available.
Linebacker E.J. Savannah (pictured) clarified that the mysterious eligibility issue that hovered over him through most of camp was related to one lingering grade he was waiting on. He says he wasn't much worried, and now that he's cleared he's running with the ones and seems destined to start at Syracuse.
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Willingham also offered praise for defensive end Caesar Rayford, saying he has been "very very difficult for us to block" and could make an impact as a pass rusher this season. Rayford will be featured in my story for the Friday paper.
This afternoon, the Huskies will conduct their final significant fall scrimmage. Willingham said it would be "somewhat" like the work his team did Saturday, but with more emphasis on situations that could relate to Syracuse. Also unlike Saturday, this one is closed to the media. However, we're scheduled for a briefing from Willingham after, and I'll pop back in with highlights then.