Perfect day here in Corvallis, which was unexpected if you followed the weather reports all week. Little cloud cover, high 40s – and we're just minutes away from kickoff.
A couple notes:
• Lakes High's Kavario Middleton was on the field earlier than most, in a capacity I've never seen him in – long-snapping. I'm assuming it was a travel roster issue, if, indeed something happens to Danny Morovick.
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• Willie Griffin is off the travel roster again this week (and this was the guy UW coaches touted as the most well-rounded tailback coming out of camp). Maybe the next time he'll travel is with Sacramento State or something.
• De'Shon Matthews at defensive end? If pre-game warmups (in the 3-4 scheme) are any indication … could be.
• Receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty must be part-acrobat. The way he jumps into fellow UW assistants (in the same manner players do with one another celebrating a touchdown) is impressive and a bit 20-something-ish. Oh yeah, he's the only 20-something assistant on the staff. Never mind.
• White tops, gold pants with the stripe. Looks pretty good.
** QUICK GAME-TIME STUFF: Devin Aguilar starts as one of the kickoff returners, replacing Quinton Richardson. … Drew Schaefer is your starting left tackle.