We're getting a little less access to the Huskies during the bye week, but coach Tyrone Willingham said today that the week is going well.
"Our focus this week is to try and become a better football team, and I think we're one day away from doing that of course with our practice this afternoon," he said Thursday. "But I think we've gotten some good work, and our work has been concentrated on trying to get all levels of our team better. A lot of times you think of the bye week as just being something to improve your health – and one, we've wanted to do that at the right places – but at the same time we need to get our starters better, our backups better, our young kids keep developing them. And so far I think we've been able to do that through scrimmaging and through our practice and preparation work for Stanford, which has been our other area of focus."
In other news, Willingham said:
*He doesn't expect the starting lineup to look much different for Stanford than it did for Oklahoma.
*Some players in the secondary are working at both safety and corner, but there are no real position changes in the works.
* There are no roster additions or subtractions, including no final word on whether recruit Craig Noble will enroll soon or in January.
* Several players are dealing with various health issues, but few are expected to be unavailable for Sept. 27. TE Kavario Middleton is working, but not yet at 100 percent. Alameda Ta'amu has been out this week including today after having some dental work done, Darin Harris remains out, and Chancellor Young is out with a knee bruise of undetermined severity. CB Byron Davenport remains out, but Willingham said there is no thought of seeking a sixth year for him.
* Willingham also followed up on his comments from yesterday, that he welcomes the news that Scott Woodward has taken the full-time ADs job. He also mentioned that he likes Woodward's idea of easing back on the out-of-conference schedule a bit.