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It's a rare scene at Husky Stadium in the spring; a quarterback taking off that protective yellow jersey. Once the yellow is gone, it's a sign to the defense that the QB is fair game, and it has been a most infrequent occurance at Montlake. That just might change this spring, Tyrone Willingham said Monday.

"I have not made that decision for spring game," Willingham said, also noting that the QB's would probably go live at some point in the spring during their scrimmaging process. He added that a QB like Johnny DuRocher, who transferred to Washington from Oregon after earning his associate's degree at Pierce College, benefits from the timing of his transfer. For this spring at least, the former Bethel star is on the same page with the other signal-callers when it comes to terminology.

Willingham also said that the Huskies did about 'thirty percent' hitting during their first padded practice on Saturday. There have been no new injuries to report since spring football began last Thursday, and he said that a lot of that has to do with the team all practicing at the same speed - one-hundred percent.

"If you can do that, you can guard against injuries," he said. "If we're all driving down the road at 80 miles an hour, we aren't going to be in a lot of accidents. But if one person is driving 90 and another is driving 70, we probably increase our chances of somebody having some type of collison."

One player that won't have to worry about practice is redshirt frosh Chet Sanders. Willingham announced that the 6-1, 210-pound safety from Carson, California is gone. "Chet Sanders will no longer be a part of the team," he said. "It would be my hope and wish that he finishes the quarter here." Willingham would not elaborate further on the circumstances surrounding Sanders leaving the program. Chet is the third UW player to leave in recent days, joing OL Tyler Ashby and walk-on receiver Steve Anderson.

Because of the thinning corps of defensive backs, Willingham suggested that there could be movement during spring and to not be surprised to see players switch to other positions. While Cody Ellis - who is experimenting with a move from corner to receiver right now - would be the logical player to think about, Willingham said that he wasn't going to single out Ellis and that all players are being evaluated and the coaches will do what's best to help the team. We will look at anyone at any position."

"I'm very concerned about our cornerback position because we may only have three scholarship players that are active. It is a concern."

Notes:
No time to dance: Willingham and staff will not take time out to watch the finals of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Monday night because they will still be breaking down film of Monday's practice. "I don't think we'll get a chance to see it tonight, and that's a shame," he said. "But we'll be working. We finish practice by 6 and then get back to the office by 7 to 7:15. We will be looking at every phase of practice and talk about what we want to do tomorrow. And that takes us to 9, 9:30 or 10 o'clock, and the game will probably be over by then."

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