Coach Tyrone Willingham just gave up his afternoon update, and the good news for Husky fans was that receiver Anthony Russo participated fully in the morning practice, although with a splint on his broken finger.
Also, Willingham said that linebacker E.J. Savannah "should be fine," regarding the mysterious eligibility issues Willingham has hinted at through most of camp. So fine, in fact, the Willingham said he expects Savannah to be in the starting lineup against Syracuse.
The return of Russo could help the Huskies in two ways, because Willingham also listed him among the top kick return candidates for this season. However, Willingham also said he was leaning against using Roy Lewis as a return man this season because of the thin depth situation at cornerback.
Now the Huskies are about to head out for their second practice of the day ... but they go with the happy knowledge that this will conclude their two-a-day practices.
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Finally, my story in the Thursday paper will be about the Huskies quest to turn more big plays in their favor: turnovers, returns, long passes. The two problems are that UW hasn't been very good in those areas recently. And turnovers, especially, often seem to depend less on practice than on whether the football fates are smiling your way.