UW offensive line coach Mike Denbrock added a little clarity -- a little -- on the surprising No. 1 unit that rolled out for the Huskies first practice yesterday: center Juan Garcia, guards Ryan Tolar and Matt Sedillo and tackles Chad Macklin and Cody Habben. The day before, head coach Tyrone Willingham had offered a vague explanation for Ben Ossai, Casey Bulyca and Morgan Rosborough running with the second unit.
And Denbrock expanded a bit: "There were some things that we asked those guys to do over the course of the summer. Not everybody got everything accomplished so we shuffled some things around a little bit. I think more than anything it gives those guys an opportunity to understand that we're serious about doing things the right way. We want to make sure that they know that they're not out of the mix and we're hoping that they do the things necessary to get themselves back in the positon to compete for the starting job. The door certainly is not closed on anybody."
However, Denbrock said he told surprise starters Sedillo and Habben that like any other starters, the job is theirs to lose. "If they practice the best and do everything better than everybody else, those are the guys we'll line up with against Syracuse."
If not, Denbrock seemed comfortable that there is enough experience on the line to endure a little delay in getting the starting five working together as a unit.