The most significant news out of the football press conferences today were the health reports.
Tyrone Willingham reported that Jake Locker -- who was hit hard on the final play against Stanford –- is fine. However, defensive back Nate Williams will miss the Oregon State game Saturday and maybe more with a hamstring.
Meanwhile, the longer and more significant report came from Oregon State, where starting quarterback Sean Canfield is expected to miss the game with a shoulder injury suffered Saturday in a 24-3 loss to Southern California and to be replaced by sophomore Lyle Moevao.
Maybe more important, tailback Yvenson Bernard, who sat out last week with a shoulder injury, is expected back for the Huskies' visit to Corvallis.
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Bernard leads the Beavers and is third in the Pacific-10 Conference with 814 rushing yards – an average of 101.8 yards per game. He also is the Beavers' leading scorer with 66 points on 11 touchdowns, their No. 2 pass catcher with 32 receptions, and No. 2 in total offense behind Canfield.
OSU coach Mike Riley also reported that offensive guard Jeremy Perry might play against Washington, but at less than 100 percent; while defensive end Dorian Smith will miss the game with a knee injury.
Finally, Willingham confirmed that treshman tailback Curtis Shaw worked out at wide receiver last week, and Willingham confirmed that might become his permanent position.