We just got our first of two briefings from Coach Willingham today.
He noted confirmed that defensive tackle Wilson Afoa (pictured top) is wearing a red practice jersey signifying injury. Willingham called Afoa's status day-to-day but didn't have details on the injury, seeming to cite the release forms that limit what he can say publicly about some players' health.
In the afternoon practice, Afoa seemed to be moving fine, so it doesn't seem to be lower-body related.
Meanwhile, receiver Corey Williams (also pictured) apparently won the right to wear another gold jersey in this afternoon's practice, and Willingham said he hopes Williams stepping up his game will cause other receivers to try to do the same.
Mesphin Forrester (bottom picture) is holding down the safety position opposite Jason Wells. "He's having a good camp, but we have a higher expectation that he really elevate his game," Willingham said of Forrester.
Willingham said he has noticed that starting tailback Louis Rankin seems to have matured this season, is showing more leadership and is "a little more vocal" ... something generally lacking in past season. "Louis usually doesn't say 10 words but I think among his teammates he's more encouraging, more demanding," Willingham said.
Willingham said that the team has begun working "a little bit" with an eye to Syracuse, but that will increase this weekend and then, of course, much more in game week. The coach also fretted a bit about the muggy humid conditions of the Carrier Dome, which isn't air conditioned.
So, I guess if the Huskies are turning more attention to the Orange, we should too, so I'll try to provide some Syracuse news and links over the next day or two.