Aug. 7, 2007
SEATTLE, Wash. -- On the roster, Ronnie Fouch doesn't look any different than any of his freshman classmates. This season will mark his first at the University of Washington. He's the same general age as the other freshmen. And, last Sunday's first practice of fall camp, which entered its third day Tuesday, was his introduction to the start of a college football season.
However, along with linebacker Austin Sylvester, Fouch, a quarterback from Redlands, Calif., has a leg up on his classmates. Fouch graduated early at Redlands East Valley High, skipping what should have been the end of his senior year to join the Husky football team last spring.
It's a decision he seems happy with.
"I feel like I had a big advantage, being here in the spring," says Fouch. "If I hadn't come in the spring, I'd be way behind where I am now. I learned so much as far as the offense, defensive coverages, all of that."
And as a quarterback, it's even more crucial that he was able to get all that extra learning time.
"It's a lot more important," he agrees. "When you first get started learning the offense, you just don't know where to start."
Despite being a little ahead of most of his classmates, Fouch still considers himself a full member of the 2007 freshmen class.
"I'm a part of the class, but I'm used to a lot of stuff that the rest of them aren't necessarily used to yet," Fouch explains.
Entering the fall, Fouch finds himself behind sophomore Jake Locker and senior Carl Bonnell on the UW depth chart. While he's not surprised at where he stands, he's resolute in the fact that he has to practice as though he's going to play.
"I'm just working on getting better every day and learning from those guys," Fouch says. "I have to be ready. Right now, I'm third string. Last year, we needed our third-string quarterback, so you never know. I have to be prepared, like we all should."
Now a full-time collegian, Fouch managed to get home last spring for his prom and graduation. And, evidence of the fact that he's a Husky through-and-through, he was missing Seattle even while enjoying those good times.
"It was fun, but I missed it up here," Fouch concedes. "I love it up here."
Unlike on Monday, when the team held split practices in the afternoon (wherein the team is split in to two squads), Tuesday's schedule included weightlifting and conditioning in the morning and a full-squad practice in the afternoon at Husky Stadium.
Coach Willingham reported that the team is, by and large, still healthy, other than some minor issues. He reported after practice that defensive back Byron Davenport suffered a hamstring injury and receiver Anthony Russo and hand injury. The status of both players will be determined Wednesday.
There were no roster changes, additions or subtractions to announce, the Coach said.
Wednesday's schedule will see another day of split-squad sessions. In the morning, the Huskies will have the opportunity to watch the Seattle Seahawks work out as the three-time reigning NFC West champs will hold practice at Husky Stadium in the morning.
Louis Rankin was wearing the first gold jersey of fall camp during Tuesday's practice. The coaching staff determines who wears the coveted gold jersey by player's performances in the previous days work outs.