Dawgbytes - 8/11

It's pretty typical for things to move along with the speed of a steam-driven locamotive when it comes to the early day of fall camp. It's not what Tyrone Willingham wants to see, but it's also a good sign when the rust comes off earlier than anticipated. He spoke Thursday about tempo, torn bodies and getting a chance to find out more about his team.

"Yesterday pretty much went the same as the first day," Willingham said. "There's a lot of learning that's taking place. The speed and intensity aren't there yet, but that's to be expected."

The split practice format is helping get those that are competing for a starting role those extra reps needed to show the coaches they are ready to make a difference. "It's kind of a luxury," Willingham said of the extra time spent looking at players. "It gives us a chance to do what we want to do. Typically a starter will get 5 times the reps a backup player would, so by splitting up time we're able to see a lot more."

Thursday marks the third day of the 'acclimatization' process for the Washington football team, and the first in 'lightbulbs', meaning shells. "The third and fourth day you can be in shells, so by Saturday we'll be in full pads," Willingham said.

It's also become a common sight at Washington practices to see some color appear from time to time in the form of red jerseys worn by injured players. Kenny James bruised his shoulder during Tuesday's opening practice and will not practice today. Dan Milsten will be out of Thursday's practice nursing a hamstring injury and E.J. Savannah will stay away from contact because of a shoulder that's been an issue for him since high school.

"It's more of a precautionary measure," Willingham said of Savannah. "But he's pretty eager to play."

Another young man who is eager to play is true freshman Morgan Rosborough. Morgan, at 6-foot-6 and 390 pounds is, 'the biggest guy I've ever been around,' according to Willingham, is still going through conditioning with the hopes that he'll soon join the team and practice.

"He has a lot of potential," Willingham said of Morgan. "But we had a lot of questions we needed answered. He's a very bright young man, but we wanted to know if he had a commitment to football. We're satisfied that he has that commitment."

Marlon Wood has been moved from the secondary to wide receiver. "We've seen him at corner and safety and now we want to see him at receiver," Willingham said of the junior college transfer. With Wood's speed, he could be a big-play threat on offense.

There has been one more roster addition, as WR Sho Yoshinaga, a receiver from Ballard HS, arrived Wednesday and practiced with the team. Sho also participated in spring football.

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