Aug. 19, 2006
SEATTLE - On another beautiful afternoon in the Pacific Northwest, the University of Washington football team conducted its 15th of 28 preseason practice sessions Saturday, prior to its Sept. 2 season opener at home against San Jose State.
The Huskies went through the approximately two-and-a-half hour session, which included an increased amount of live scrimmage situations, on the Husky Stadium turf before participating in a team-wide yoga session in Dempsey Indoor. The practice session was the second of the preseason that has been opened to the media.
Tyrone Willingham, in his second season as UW's head football coach, met with the press following practice and relayed his thoughts as to how the session went.
"I don't think today's practice was really indicative of the way our team has performed during the preseason," said Willingham, who conducts two press briefings almost every day throughout the preseason practice period. "We were a little spotty today and I didn't think we were as sharp as we have been. I think the players who maybe wanted to find a wall to hit did so today."
Willingham lauded the performance of punter Sean Douglas. The Bellevue, Neb. native blasted several punts well downfield during the special teams portion of the practice, including a 75-yarder that landed on the five-yard-line and nearly bounced out of bounds before entering the end zone. He followed that up with a 65-yard punt.
"I've said all along that Sean Douglas has the ability to be included as one of the top punters in the nation," said Willingham. "He has the ability to perform at a very high level and really just needs to work on special situations such as angling punts out of bounds near the end zone. I think our deep snapper situation has improved and Sean should have more time to get punts off."
Former Husky head coach Jim Lambright attended Saturday's practice as a spectator. Lambright, who compiled a 44-25-1 record from 1993-98, will enter the Husky Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2006. The class of 2006, which also includes former crew coach Jan Harville, football standout Greg Lewis, men's basketball player Todd MacCulloch, men's swimmer Jody Braden and women's track and field star Aretha (Hill) Thurmond, will be formally inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 27, in a ceremony at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, and will be introduced during halftime of Washington's Oct. 28 Homecoming football game against Arizona State.
NOTES: The Huskies are scheduled to conduct a single practice session on Sunday, in addition to regular meetings, film sessions and a short walk-through ... The team will return to two-a-day format drills on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of next week ... Tuesday and Thursday are scheduled to feature a split-practice format in the afternoons ... Punter Sean Douglas and defensive lineman Wilson Afoa wore gold jerseys during the practice session ... ISP Sports announced the annual UW Football Radio Show will take place Mondays at 4:30 p.m. at Anthony's Homeport Shilshole and will again air locally on KJR-AM 950 ... The annual UW Football Kickoff Luncheon will take place on Monday, August 28 at 11:30 a.m. Call 206/616-1180 or visint www.HuskyFever.com for tickets.