The Huskies are holding another closed practice today. (Saturday's will be open.) However, we did get some time with coach Willingham.
He started by mentioning what he was disappointed to have missed the Dalai Lama's appearance on campus this morning, noting, "You don't have those kinds of opportunities many times in your life."
Then he gave a nice summation of how his three new assistants are fitting on on his staff: "You always bring new personalities. Obviously, if you've been on the practice field for five minutes, you can hear Coach White, he comes through loud and clear. And if you get near Coach Donatell, you can hear the real positive nature that he brings and how he talked to our guys and how he guides them through his knowledge of what we're doing; and if you get near Coach Gervias, you get that sense of calm in a sense that we're on the right track, we're doing the right thing. I think to they're respective groups, they've brought that kind of approach, that kind of feel to it. So far, it's been very positive."
* The Thursday practice was "a lot better" than the Tuesday work, which had dissatisfied him.
* He cited D'Andre Goodwin as the leader of his young receiving corps. Asked directly about Alvin Logan, Willingham said Logan is improving in general, and especially in how to use his large body to his advantage.
* He cautioned that the media (and fans) shouldn't get too hung up on the competitions at strong and free safety because in the end the best two players are likely to be the two starters regardless of which position they're currently listed at.
* He added that he is generally pleased with the physical play of his secondary, something he thinks was missing last season.
* He also said that the defensive line "really sets the table because if they don't do the right things up front, that puts too much pressure on your linebackers." He said if his current young group doesn't get the job done, then he'll look to the incoming crop of freshmen in the fall.