True freshman tailback Johri Fogerson is now true freshman safety Johri Fogerson.
The former two-way star at O'Dea, who grew up on the Tacoma Hilltop, said coach Tyrone Willingham told him Tuesday morning that he was more needed on defense. By Tuesday afternoon, that's where he was practicing.
And come Saturday, that may be where he's playing. Despite going through all of fall camp as a tailback, Fogerson said he believes he could see the field for the first time Saturday when the 0-1 Huskies have their home opener against BYU.
"I'm struggling right now a little bit learning the plays," he said. "But it's coming fast, and hopefully this Saturday I do a great job."
Meanwhile, Tripper Johnson, a surprise starter for the Huskies at Oregon, says it looks like he will have three years of eligibility at UW.
As explained in this earlier News Tribune story by Ryan Divish, Johnson's class status wasn't certain after he spent eight seasons in minor league baseball. As of today, Johnson said it is his understanding that he has the eligibility status of a sophomore. And he said that as of now, he plans to use all of that remaining eligibility.
"I would love to compete as much as I can," he said. "The plan is that I'll graduate in the spring of 2010 and then I would come back in the fall of 2010. We'll see where I am at that point in my life, but I would love to play a third year. It's also one of those things, at my age, we'll see where I am in my life and see where it goes."
Johnson started as the Huskies fifth defensive back against Oregon, and also was on the kickoff return team.
A few other notes: Willingham said the team was "a little bit hurt, a little bit beat" as they returned to practice Tuesday. ... He also said tight end Michael Gottlieb returned to practice and seems likely for the BYU game. QB Jake Locker "moved around well" but appeared "not all the way back" from his hamstring injury. ... The Huskies have another practice at 4 this afternoon. ... Finally, the univeristy has selected StubHub as the athletic department's secondary ticketing partner for the institution's athletic program. Details available at gohuskies.com.