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Sunday, August 27, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM


UW Football Notes: Huskies healthy as camp concludes

Seattle Times staff reporter

Washington's fall training camp officially came to a close Saturday with the Huskies apparently not having lost any key players to serious injury during the 19 days of practices.

The only key injury question revolves around a player who was hurt before camp began.

UW coach Tyrone Willingham said Saturday there is a chance that every starter — and essentially every player on the two-deep — could be available for Saturday's opener against San Jose State.

The biggest question mark of the starters remains cornerback Dashon Goldson, who was injured during an agility drill in late spring.

Willingham said Goldson is "65 to 70 percent," and when asked if Goldson will be able to play, said he'd "be surprised if he didn't" but that "the only person who can really answer that is Dashon."

Asked that very question a few days ago, Goldson said, "Hopefully I'll be able to play."

Goldson suffered a high ankle sprain during a jumping exercise.

"I came down on it wrong and rolled it real bad and tore some ligaments on both sides," Goldson said. "They said I would have been better off if I would have broken it."

Otherwise, despite a couple of notable injuries that looked and sounded worse than they turned out to be — namely, Greyson Gunheim's sprained knee and C.J. Wallace's concussion — the Huskies appear to have made it through camp healthy.

Both Gunheim and Wallace may be able to play against San Jose State, and by the following week at Oklahoma at the latest. The only other significant player who may miss the opener is backup receiver Cody Ellis (clavicle).

That's critical for a team that has depth issues almost everywhere, and is in contrast to many of their conference counterparts.

"I don't think I've had very many camps in my 12 years [as a head coach] that we've had a host of injuries," Willingham said. "We usually have good, healthy camps based on the nature of how we practice and how we organize practice and the thought we give to it."


• Willingham said the team is in a better position as it ends camp this year than it was last season.

"There's no question it's been a much smoother camp in terms of our ability to get things done and create a certain workload and make execution of that work load much easier," he said. "Hopefully that means that we are farther along and better as a football team."

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Football schedule

Sept. 2San Jose StateW, 35-29
Sept. 9at OklahomaL, 37-20
Sept. 16Fresno StateW, 21-20
Sept. 23UCLAW, 29-19
Sept. 30at ArizonaW, 21-10
Oct. 7at USCL, 26-20
Oct. 14Oregon StateL, 27-17
Oct. 21at CaliforniaL, 31-24, OT
Oct. 28Arizona StateL, 26-23, OT
Nov. 4at OregonL, 34-14
Nov. 11StanfordL, 20-3
Nov. 18at Washington StateW, 35-32

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