No real news out of our briefing with coach Tyrone Willingham today. The closest, I guess, was his explanation that defensive tackle Cameron Elisara was missing from practice yesterday do to what is apparently a short-term academic issue, which could be cleared up as early as today.
Otherwise, I thought the most interesting thing might have been the increasing attention he seems to be paying to Oregon, as gameday nears its 10-day countdown. Willingham admitted that he's watching the Ducks' quarterback competition (see post below) closely, and that one advantage of playing Oregon in the opener is that the Huskies get extra time to prepare for the Ducks' unique and complex offense.
Willingham also said that in addition to his recent praise of the true freshman running backs, that Willie Griffin and Brandon Yakaboski are doing well also ... when healthy. Brandon Johnson, however, hasn't really been healthy enough yet to figure into the mix.
And speaking of those true freshman tailbacks, Willingham said that despite the depth at the position, Johri Fogerson has worked only with the offense and none with the secondary.
Meanwhile, we also got an update from secondary coach J.D. Williams, who said that his current No. 1 secondary would likely be Darin Harris and Nate Williams at the safeties with Quinton Richardson and Mesphin Forrester on the corners. Part of that could be due to injuries to Jason Wells, Victor Aiyewa and Byron Davenport.