As rain steadily dropped on Washington players and coaches Wednesday, three days before the Apple Cup, two of last year's key performers on offense zig-zagged through defenses, doing their thing.
Both aren't figured prominently into this year's game plan.
Running back Willie Griffin was the top rusher in the 2008 Apple Cup – a 16-13 WSU victory in Pullman. He ran 26 times for 112 yards, and scored the Huskies' lone touchdown – a 3-yard scamper in the second quarter.
Receiver D'Andre Goodwin led the UW with his five receptions, which was in line with his season-long production – 60 receptions, which paced the team by a lot.
On Wednesday, Griffin – who appears lost on the depth chart, and hasn't even been on the travel roster the past two road games at UCLA and Oregon State – was wearing No. 31, and not his usual No. 21.
His No. 31 denoted the scout-team jersey for WSU's leading rusher in last year's game – Dwight Tardy, who had 75 yards.
Griffin, who's had one carry this season, politely declined comment to reporters Wednesday, adding that UW running backs coach Joel Thomas had made all the tailbacks off-limits this week to the working press.
Meanwhile, Goodwin's 12 receptions rank seventh on the team in receiving - well behind Jermaine Kearse's team-leading 39. He's had one catch since suffering a concussion on the final play at Notre Dame, and since has been reassigned to the second-team offense.
When asked about his limited snaps, and lack of production, Goodwin's lip curled. He started off toward the tunnel.
"I don't want to answer that," Goodwin said. "I don't know."
Is he fully healthy?
"I'm good," he said.
"I'm fine," he added.
Could be an interesting offseason.
Developments from Wednesday:
"Cameron looks good – looked good again today," Sarkisian said. "He's a go."
The opening-day starter has missed all week with the recurring headaches. They are so bad, they will likely keep him out of the lineup Saturday.
"He's had it in his past, and for whatever reason – anybody who knows who's had migraines – they're not very fun," Sarkisian said. "We're just holding him out. It doesn't look good (him playing against WSU)."
Boyles was taking receiver snaps Tuesday. On Wednesday, he ran with the defense, splitting time between the No. 1 and No. 2 units.
"We just try and keep him a little bit ready. You guys don't come to our Friday walk-through … but he actually does all the offensive walk-through, in the red zone, and what not to keep him ready," Sarkisian said. "That's the beauty of being versatile, and as we move forward into the future, you're going to see more guys kind of doing things on both sides of the ball."
"It's … serious enough he can't play, but it's not career-threatening by any means," Sarkisian said.
Sarkisian said players will be excused to spent the holiday with their families – or family of other players or coaches.
This was filed by correspondent Howie Stalwick in Pullman: