August 14, 2008

Coach Quotes and Practice Notes - 08/14/2008


The Huskies had something resembling a mash unit working out on bikes and observing from the sideline. At last nights practice Matt Sedillo is still out with a concussion. Brandon Yakaboski (Hip Flexor), Brandon Johnson (Calf), Michael Gottlieb (Hamstring) did not work. Jake Locker was helping out the defensive backs again, throwing lightly as he appears to be progressing well. Juan Garcia (Foot), and Jason Wells were given limited reps. T.J Poe was the worst, suffering what appears to be a broken clavicle. He will be out an extended period of time. Freshman Terrance Dailey was not at practice but coach Willingham said it was not injury related.

Jordan White-Frisbee had battled a foot injury throughout his career and was held out for what Willingham called precautionary reasons. He also gave us this quip.

"An ounce of precaution is worth a pound of cures."

Redshirt freshman tight end Chris Izbicki pleaded not guilty today in the King County Court on two charges for second degree criminal trespass and minor in possession.


The NCAA Clearinghouse just determined that true freshman Senio Kelemete should have been cleared and made eligible for the start of fall practices. He just recently wrapped up an online course and is awaiting a final test score. However that is now pointless since he's eligible and on campus. Willingham was asked about that error and the hand they play in assisting the Clearinghouse as mediators.

"I don't know if you call what we do mediation. What we do is try to give them as much information as possible so they can make a informed and accurate decision based on all of this stuff needed for him to be processed. Therefore we do have a hand in getting them assisting them in getting that information." Willingham continued when asked how far they go when there is a hunch a mistake has been made? "We always have a hung when a mistake is being made to some degree. But you're never sure. That's whey they [NCAA Clearinghouse] are there, to try and process it as best as possible. So we enlist the support of his high school and any of the people that have accurate information and can help us calculate what has actually taken place.

Willingham's gave his thoughts on Kelemete as both a football player and person.

"He's a young man, that when we went through the recruiting process with him, some people thought he was one of the best defensive players around. We think we have added some other fine players to our squad in that freshman class. He's just an amazing worker and he's again one of those young men that's humble, that wants to be successful, that's willing to work, and beat the odds. You just enjoy being around someone of that nature. We have built our team around young men that believe work is the core of life."

The-101 Club had their annual lunch today at the University of Washington. The 101-club is a sub member group is the Downtown Washington Athletic Club. They are primarily a group of local businessmen that promotes amateur athletics across the state. Players and coaches were present for the lunch and some coaches including Willingham spoke to the guests.

"This is an important lunch for us and we have done it every year. It has gone on for 20 or 30 years and possibly even longer than that. Obviously the 101-club is one of the prominent groups in this community in terms of amateur athletics and they do so many things to make it better for amateur athletics in this community. We want to be apart of that and have their support, but it' also about introducing our young men to business professionals. Showing them what the responsibilities are that they have. Showing them it's not just the fact they play the game, but there is responsibilities after the game to be involved in the community and give other young men opportunities similar to this."

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