We just got our daily briefing with coach Tyrone Willingham. And that's likely all the news we're going to be getting today, because every second of this afternoon's practice is closed -- including those 25 minutes we usually get.
There wasn't much real news today, but there was an interesting answer. Willingham was asked what has excited him (Willingham almost never acknowledges surprise, so we've leared to ask differently) so far in fall camp. He had multiple answers: the "great news" of Juan Garcia's recovery, senior guard Casey Bulyca's leadership, which he called "really special," the development of the freshman running backs, receivers and defensive linemen, the "solid" linebackers and the competition in the secondary.
Speaking of Garcia, we just got an update from him, and it seems that his hopes are turning toward the excitement of realistic optimism. He had a little bit of a scare this week when Jordan White-Frisbee fell on his foot. (Which isn't advised for any foot, let alone an injured one.) But it appears that the scary pop he heard was simply scar tissue giving way. And while the coaches demanded that he call it a day at that point, Garcia said he plans to give his foot a major test in practice today. And if all goes well ... he figures he can split time with Matt Sedillo at Oregon.
(Shortly after I wrote that, the Garcia story got even a bit better. He was among 43 players named to the Rimington Trophy watch list -- one of seven Pac-10 players to be so honored.)
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Willingham also spoke a bit about the offensive line rotation, noting a few injuries but calling guard/center Ryan Tolar "the rock ... pretty solid all the time."
Asked about tailback Brandon Johnson, Willingham said that first "he needs to get well." After that, Willingham also noted that Johnson needs to get better in all aspects of the passing game -- blocking and receiving.
The Huskies hold their single practice -- perhaps scrimmage -- at 4:30 today. They will enjoy the final two-a-days of camp tomorrow.