UW coach Tyrone Willingham, speaking to the media for the final time before the opener Saturday at Oregon, said the tight end Michael Gottlieb (hamstring), safety Jason Wells (knee) and one or more tailbacks won't make the trip. He declined to name the tailbacks until he could announce the traveling squad to the team. However, he said that true freshman Kavario Middleton from Lakes High could draw significant playing time at tight end.
Willingham also confirmed that linebacker Joshua Gage and offensive tackle Nick Scott, who walked on after transferring from Drake, have been awarded scholarships. This is the second consecutive season Gage has earned a scholarship. (And I'll have a story on him in our Friday paper, which references the famous story of Notre Dame walk-on Rudy Ruettiger, which is recounted in the YouTube video above.) Willingham said additional scholarships might be granted before school starts Sept. 24.
The Huskies held thier final pre-Orgeon practice Thursday afternoon. The 64-man travel squad will bus to Eugene on Friday.