Aug. 26, 2006
SEATTLE - After 19 consecutive days of practice, the University of Washington football team concluded its preseason fall camp Saturday with an upbeat and optimistic view of the upcoming season.
The Huskies open the 2006 campaign on Sept. 2 at home against San Jose State in a 12:30 (PDT) kickoff in picturesque Husky Stadium. Tickets are on sale by calling 206/543-2200 or by clicking here. Following the opener, UW travels to Norman, Okla. for a 2:30 p.m. (CDT, ABC-TV) matchup against the 10th ranked (Associated Press) University of Oklahoma Sooners. The Huskies play their final non-conference game on Sept. 16 at home against Fresno State.
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Toward the end of the practice session, the team conducted a competition that became a regular occurance as camp was winding down. Four players each from specific offensive and defensive units were selected to kick short field goals. Of the eight attempts, each made field goal removed one wind sprint before practice was concluded.
Four of the first five Huskies to attempt the field goal cleared the uprights, including one "un-named" player who bounced the ball off the crossbar for a clearance. Senior quarterback Isaiah Stanback (Seattle, Wash.), the penultimate kicker checked the wind, took aim and promptly missed his attempt with a line drive that went well wide right of the upright.
"It's funny because I did kickoffs in high school," said the affable Stanback, who failed to mention that he graduated from nearby Garfield High School four years ago. "But, back then I was trained to kick the ball deep and to the corners. So, that's why I missed. I think I'll stick to quarterbacking."
Following a rare off-day on Sunday, selected Husky players and coaches will participate in a Monday morning press conference before the entire group will attend the annual Kickoff Luncheon at 11 a.m. in Dempsey Indoor. On Monday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., head coach Tyrone Willingham will conduct the first of his season-long weekly radio show live on 950 KJR. The show will originate from Anthony's HomePort Shilshole and the public is encouraged to attend.
At Saturday's practice, freshman defensive back Fred Wiggs (Seattle, Wash.) and defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (Waikoloa, Hawai'i) wore gold jersey, awarded to the top players in Friday's session, as voted by the coaching staff.
"Fred Wiggs earned the gold jersey today because his effort and his teamwork were exceptional," said Willingham at today's post-practice press briefing. "He did a wonderful job. The gold jersey is not limited to just potential players or starters. If you give us great effort at a high level that really makes us a better football team, then you deserve it and Fred deserved it."
The focus at Saturday's practice was to continue to prepare for the upcoming season and start more comprehensive preparation for San Jose State.
"We came into today's practice with a plan and we executed it," said Willingham. "Our focus today was to focus again on San Jose State and some of the some areas and things we needed to look at."
Anthony Russo (Lakewood, Wash.) and C.J. Wallace (Sacramento, Calif.), two of three players involved in a collision Thursday afternoon that sent Wallace to the hospital with a concussion, went through limited drills and are expected to return to full action on Tuesday.