Aug. 7, 2008
SEATTLE - There wasn't much in the way of news during day four of the 2008 Husky football fall camp. One addition to the roster was confirmed as freshman Vince Taylor reported Wednesday evening. Having been variously listed as a defensive back and receiver in the past, Taylor was on the field Thursday afternoon with the wideouts.
Coach Tyrone Willingham, meeting with the press prior to Thursday's practice, was once again pleased by the previous day's workout.
Thursday's schedule included lifting and meetings in the morning and a full-squad practice in the afternoon.
Friday will see the team in full pads for the first time this fall in a split-squad afternoon workout. Saturday is the first two-a-day session of the year, with the annual Husky Picture Day squeezed in between the two.
Earlier this week, GoHuskies.com spoke with senior Mesphin Forrester. The Los Angeles native made the move from safety to cornerback during the spring and is one of the secondary's most experienced players. Here's what he had to say:
What has the position change from safety to cornerback been like so far?
"It's been a good process. With the spring and the off-season summer workouts I learned a lot of the position. Doing the seven-on-seven drills and watching film has helped. I think it is a good move for the defense and for myself and I'm looking forward to making a lot of plays this year."
Former Husky Dashon Goldson made this move two years ago and many say it's helped him in the NFL. Do you see that for yourself?
"My coaches and I talked about how I can help the team and also help myself. I actually talked to Dashon about my switch and he was happy for me and thought it was a good move."
Was has new defensive coordinator Ed Donatell shown so far?
"I would say the biggest thing Coach Donatell has brought so far is a positive energy. A lot of guys appreciate that and are willing to work hard at what they are doing because there is just a positive feel in it."
The defensive line will have several new faces this year. What do you expect to see there?
"A lot of guys have to grow up and just go out and try to make plays. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim is a great leader up there and he's going to push those guys. They are going to make a lot of plays for us this year."
Senior Johnie Kirton also made a position change - offense to defense. How does that look?
"Johnie is a beast. He was in my class of 2004 and I always knew he was going to be a defensive tackle. It's great to see him out there. He's learning the defense and getting better."
What is it like to play against so many top-tier teams, both in conference and out?
"It's competition. I am all for competition. I like to line up against the best to prove that I am one of the best. To go up against Oklahoma receivers, Oregon receivers, USC receivers; I'm up for that challenge."
As a senior, what do you envision your role being?
"As far as the secondary I see myself playing the leadership role. I'll have to take some of the younger guy under my wing, show them the ropes and how to do things right. And if I can help teach them some football along the way then we will get better."
The season opener is in about as hostile of an environment as a Husky will play in, down in Eugene. What are you expecting?
"It's going to be exciting. We have a lot of young guys whose last game was probably in front of 3,000 people in a high school stadium, or guys who have been here, but haven't played. The young guys will have to grow up fast and try to have fun out there so we can go win the game."