A few personnel notes from today's UW player and coach contacts:
*UW middle linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo will return to the starting lineup Saturday for the first time since Sept. 22 due to a knee injury suffered by Donald Butler.
"I can't wait to get out there and do all I can for the team," Tuiasosopo said. "When I'm out there I just want to hit somebody, but at the same time focus."
Tuiasosopo started the season's first two games – both wins – but Butler had started four of the five since.
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This start is also interestingly timed, as Trenton is a nephew of Arizona defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo.
Meanwhile, starting linebacker E.J. Savannah, starting cornerback Byron Davenport and reserve fullback Luke Kravitz of Olympia all have practiced in protective red jerseys this week, but Willingham called that precautionary and said he expects all three to be available Saturday.
And finally, Willingham confirmed that redshirt freshman defensive lineman Derek Kosub of Nevada "has removed himself from the program."