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Get Ready To Raise The Woof On Friday
Release: 08/26/2010
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Aug. 26, 2010

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The second annual "Raise The Woof!" kickoff celebration for Husky football is set for Friday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the East Practice Field at Husky Stadium.

Most importantly, fans should know that the event is sold out, so reservations are no longer being taken. However, for those who did purchase tickets, here are a few things to know:

• Parking is complimentary in the E-1 lot located north of Husky Stadium. Upon arrival let the attendant know you are there for Raise the Woof and they will direct you. From E-1 you can either walk or take a shuttle to the Husky Tunnel entrance or walk to the NE gate entrance. Disability parking is available under the stadium's North deck and can be accessed via the main Husky Stadium entrance. Please see the map (link at top of this page) for specific location.

• Check -in and the reception will be located on the track around the main field. Dinner and programming will be on the east practice field, and begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. You can enter the event from one of the following locations:
-The NE gate of Husky Stadium by softball.
- The West Plaza of Hec Edmundson Pavilion by the Team Shop. Use this entrance to walk down the Husky Tunnel.

• There are no physical tickets for this event. Upon arrival, check-in at any of the information kiosks with your name to receive your seating assignments.

• Dress for the weather in your Husky casual attire. Purple and gold strongly recommended! The event will go on no matter the weather, so plan accordingly.

THURSDAY PRACTICE: The Huskies took the field Thursday morning for the last "real" practice of the fall camp period.

The early portion of the practice was spent familiarizing the players, particularly the newcomers, with the Huskies' on-field pregame routine.

Coach Sark agreed that Thursday morning's workout was the end of "camp."

"We technically break camp Saturday, but with our walk-through this afternoon and the mock game tomorrow, that's kind of the end of camp," he said. "Saturday will be a good practice with all BYU stuff."

Sarkisian was asked to assess where the team stands at this point in its preparation for the season.

"All in all, I like our football team and where we're at," he said. "I think we've accomplished a lot in three weeks. Now it's time to start game planning."

Here is a video of Coach Sark's post-game talk with the press, followed by a Q & A with junior defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu:

Alameda Ta'amu Q & A

Junior defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu has been a regular on the defensive line in each of his two previous seasons. Now, if you listen the coaches' comments after practices, he seems poised for his best year to date. He's taken off some pounds, but also added strength, which seems to be a pretty good formula. GoHuskies.com correspondent Kyle McDonald caught up with him after practice Friday. Here's what the big man from Rainier Beach High had to say:

GoHuskies.com: You grew up in the area; did you always plan on coming to UW?

Ta'amu: The main fact that made me want to come here was that I wanted my family to see me play. Just being able to play in front of and represent my family out here in Washington. I like to be at home.

GoHuskies.com: Is it ever an issue balancing weight so you can be powerful but fast at the same time?

Ta'amu: No, not with the stuff that coach Ivan Lewis has us on. I lose weight but I am getting stronger too. I think the faster you run, the harder you hit.

GoHuskies.com: What's it like going up against Drew Schaefer every day?

Ta'amu: Going up against the same guy every day is just annoying, but going against him is like--he's speedy. You don't go against many centers that run fast like that side-to-side so that helps me out a lot.

GoHuskies.com: How have you made each other better?

Ta'amu: I think I made Drew better by having a bigger person in front of him to hold his weight. He's made me better on my lateral movement because I have to get a hold of him when he runs sideways and things like that.

GoHuskies.com: What have you improved on most since last season?

Ta'amu: My hands, my hands are way better than last year. Last year my hand placement was just all over the place. But thanks going through a bunch of drills, it's gotten much better.

GoHuskies.com: On most plays, what is your primary job?

Ta'amu: My main job on nose tackle is just don't let the center off, and just hold my own gap so that way I can let 3-technique and other people do their job.

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