The Huskies practiced nine times over six days, and may -- or may not -- have capped it with a Saturday scrimmage. But the bigger news is what didn't happen: Jake Locker didn't return to action. And by the end of the week, potential starters such as Michel Gottlieb, Victor Aiyewa and Brandon Johnson were out with him. And speedy receiver Curtis Shaw left the team to deal with an undisclosed family issue for an undisclosed amount of time.
The coaches are still talking cautiously, but the idea of Juan Garcia playing at Oregon is becoming less a nice but unrealistic thought, and apparently more a real possibility. Maybe even probability. Freshmen RBs Johri Fogerson and David Freeman sound like their making the most of their add4ed reps. And true freshman DL Senio Kelemete reported to camp.
The injury list remains longer than anyone would like. Even if all the key pieces are back by Aug. 30 -- even Aug. 25 -- so much missed time has to be costly ... especially with so young a team.
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The week ahead
The Huskies will hold two-a-days Monday, Wednesday and Friday, single practices Tuesday and Thursday, and a split squad practice on Saturday. Friday will mark the end of two-a-days for another camp. ... According to what coach Tyrone Willingham said last week, there could be scrimmaging with game officials brought in for one or more of those sessions. ... UW fans gotta hope this is the week when the balance tips toward more players returning to the field than leaving it.