Dawg Blog - Stanford

With the bye week in the rearview mirror, the Washington Huskies return to work Saturday against Stanford. The Huskies are desperate for a taste of success, and if they plan on reaching any post-season goals, a win over the Cardinal is pretty much mandatory.

3 Q Thoughts: Well, the Huskies faught the Cardinal to a draw in the third period, but that's not good enough when you're trailing. Defense forced two punts, a massive improvement from the first half, but still haven't come up with their first sack of the season. That's got to change if they plan on creating any opportunities for the offense going into the last period. Down seven, anything is possible, but Stanford is already 100 yards past their season average for total offense. Bend but down break would be an extremely kind way of putting it.

Quickie Halftime Stats: Stanford 21-14
First Downs - Stan 11 UW 17
Rushes-yards - Stan 14-89 UW 26-112
Passing yards (Net) - Stan 146 UW 89
Total offensive plays-yards- Stan 26-235 UW 42-201
Possession - Stan 11:07 UW 18:53
UW Rushing: Freeman 7-64, Polk 2-30, Locker 10-17, B. Johnson 5-9-2 TD's
UW Passing: Locker 5-9 for 51, long of 18; Fouch 4-7 for 38, long of 12
UW Receiving: Goodwin 3-26; Kearse 3-22; Gottlieb 2-29; Freeman 1-12
UW Taclkes: N. Williams 6; Butler 5; Foster 3; Forrester 3

2 Q Thoughts: Hard to win a game when your defense couldn't stop a geriatric from crossing the street. Stanford is a team that is averaging 272 yards of total offense a game. UW has allowed them 235 yards in the first half. And it probably could have been a lot worse if the Cardinal hadn't coughed up the ball.

Conversely, Ronnie Fouch is in the game now because of a Jake Locker unspecified hand/wrist injury, and just keeps chugging along. Sure the Huskies lose the big play run potential by not having Locker in there, but they gain a massively better passer. Perhaps that just might work in UW's favor. But in the end, it won't matter much if Stanford never has to punt. They didn't the entire first half.

1 Q Thoughts: For a couple of relatively anemic offensive teams, the only ones stopping Stanford and UW tonight are themselves. Despite the fact that the long throws are low-percentage, Tim Lappano stubbornly sticks to them, Maybe one of these days they'll pay off. Meantime, when Jake Locker sees an open man, he tries to put the ball through their chest. Lappano was seen motioning Locker to calm down. I didn't predict a shootout, but that's just what we might have tonight.
20 minutes before gametime: Watched UW's final move of their traditional game prep - a punt to the end zone, where the whole team runs down the field toward the returner and join him there. Well, D'Andre Goodwin was so focused on catching the short Jared Ballman punt, he ran through half the team, never looking down once, before cleaning catching the ball. Pretty impressive. Not so impressive was the team not really being aware of where the ball was in the air. Hopefully that's not a sign of tonight's action - taking the good with the bad. Hopefully it's all good.

One injury note: Erik Folk and Chancellor Young were seen on crutches.
12:10 am

"I can make plays too."

Three true freshmen wide receivers have stepped up and delivered so far this year for the Washington Huskies. Jermaine Kearse, Devin Aguilar, and Jordan Polk have all made significant contributions to the Huskies' offense. Between them they have 14 catches, 184 receiving yards and one touchdown in Washington's first three games. To read more on Jon Martone's take on how the new guys expect to make their presence felt, click on the link below.

"I can make plays too."
4:30 pm

Afternoon Practice Notes (Courtesy Jon Martone)

Curtis Shaw was watching practice from the bleachers (wearing UW gear)
Craig Noble was in full pads
Tyrone Duncan had a cast on his arm and was not in pads
Chancellor Young was not at practice
Erik Folk was on crutches
Victor Aiyewa was not in pads
Bryon Davenport was not in pads
Adam Long was not in pads (watching with Aiyewa and Davenport)
jason Wells was practicing in pads
4:05 pm

Afternoon Willingham Notes (Courtesy Jon Martone)

On Chancellor Young- He had a bruise last week to his knee. He is anticipating him being out for a couple weeks or maybe little bit more.

On Craig Noble- He arrived Monday and has been worked slowly. "Not done a whole lot with him, slowly brining him a along and getting him in some drills. Very cautious because experience says when a guy doesn't have a camp to build up with, something usually happens early." He said he might be in full pad this afternoon; also he will probably not play Saturday. The rules for the 5-day acclimatization period are for summer practices when they have two practices a day. (So Noble is eligible to play Saturday but probably won't)

On the possibility of Cody Bruns, Anthony Boyles, and Terrance Dailey playing- He said they have been doing well "but right now I don't anticipate they'll get time, they could, but we don't anticipate that right now."

On Victor Aiyewa's groin injury- He said the injury has moved "all over the groin area." He said they pinpointed it but now it's all over the place. They will wait to see where he's at and as they move forward they will find out exactly where his situation is at.

On Chris Polk's surgery- "We believe it went very well. It should have been yesterday and I anticipate his release will be today." The goal is to have him ready for the spring.

On importance of the Stanford game- He said they are in a very good conference and the champion usually has one lose, and that they already have theirs and there is no more room for error. After USC he thinks all the spots are up for grabs.

On live tackling- "You wont see it till we get in the game. That's when everything is really real." He said they always try and do things to eliminate transitions between games like tackling. "They have had live sessions this week." He said they don't drill the scout team players; they like to do ones versus ones and twos versus twos so you have the benefit of best vs. best.

On the other starting linebacker spot- "I think right now probably Houston might get the nod there, but I anticipate both of those guys playing."(Over Josh Gage)

On familiarity between the two coaching staffs- He said a few years have passed and him and Tim Lappano's offense has changed. He thinks there will be some familiarity or "flashbacks" and that could go both ways.

On speed of the game between Stanford and Oklahoma- He said no disrespect to Stanford but when you play good teams it gives the players a chance to really see themselves. He thinks they did things well so far and now it's time to do things consistently well. He doesn't think Stanford will be any easier because they're a good football team.

On Oklahoma game- He thinks that they did some things well and if they can expand on that and eliminate the errors than they can be a good football team.
7:03 am

Thursday morning Stanford news links...

ESPN's Ted Miller, formerly of the Seattle P.I., talked with Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh about the availability of freshman QB Andrew Luck...Will Stanford need Luck at Washington?

The San Francisco Chronicle has even picked up on Tyrone Willingham's tenuous status as the coach of Washington...Willingham's future at Washington forever in doubt

Scout's Stanford site, The Bootleg, posted a story this morning regarding the final touchdown that the Cardinal scored against San Jose State last weekend and whether it was "running up the score" as some have accused...Clardy's Corner: Running it Up

4:40 pm

Afternoon Practice Notes

Not in pads today; Erik Folk (crutches), Chancellor Young (crutches, appears to be a left leg injury), Darin Harris, Victor Aiyewa and Byron Davenport. Aiyewa and Davenport were doing stairs.

Got to see a little situational practicing before our allotted time was up. They were down three with 49 seconds left, driving for a game-tying field goal. The ones, led by Jake Locker, got one first down before surrendering the ball on downs. The twos, led by Ronnie Fouch, got a couple of first downs, and then appeared to connect with Alvin Logan on a touchdown pass on the far sideline - couldn't tell if the coaches ruled it as such.
3:50 pm

Afternoon Willingham Notes

Asked about health of the team, and he said that they've recovered pretty well. Darin Harris' status is still uncertain - other than that he said they are in 'good shape'.

Asked about Craig Noble - Now that school has started, there is no five days of acclimatization, so TW wants him to progress at his own pace to see if he can contribute this year. It's not too late for him to play.

Asked about Johri Fogerson and TW said that he's done well, but he's been hobbled a little bit by an ankle thing, but it hasn't stopped him from practicing.

Now that school has started today, Josh Gage and Charles Hawkins' scholarships will be renewed.

Asked about Anthony Gobern, and because of his injury, he came to a 'mutual decision' with the staff to go home and grayshirt, meaning he'll come back in January with five to play four. Same end result that happened with Anthony Boyles and Devin Aguilar.

Chris Polk's surgery is today.

Asked about stopping Stanford's run and turning them into a one-dimensional team, and TW said that if you can do that it's 'more cards in your deck', but don't discount Stanford's pass game because they can strike at any time.

Asked about big games in his career and he mentioned the Rose Bowl game against Wisconsin and also at Florida State when he was at Notre Dame.
2:50 pm

Ed Donatell Notes

On going up against another good big back (Gerhart) - It's an emphasis this week, no question. Have to get into his legs and wrap him tight. The evidence is on the film, he's made some really nice runs. At his most dangerous when he's stopped because of his ability to bounce a play. He's faster than you think.

On stopping the run to stop their attack - It starts there, but they are balanced and they have a passing game we respect. Based on the west coast style, well-coached. But it starts there. All opponents have been different in that aspect, but we just want to get on track. They do things that a lot of Pac-10 teams do. They have a good power running game and I've always had respect for their passing game.

On Tavita Pritchard - Big, strong kid that has good movement. Week by week I've been more impressed with his movement. They've added more of the run game for him.

On being more aggressive as a defense against a strong run game - They aren't going to be as spread as the other teams we've played, but they do change from week-to-week. They'll switch some formations and give unscouted looks. We just want to prepare our guys to see those and give them the best chance to make plays.

On the bye week - the biggest thing was the improvement for the big young guys up front. Ta'amu was out a little with dental work done, but the other young guys really improved. Couldn't imagine a better situation where they could catch their breath and allow them to settle in. I saw them improve.

On allowing them a fresh start - We just like this young group of guys. Craig Noble will be out there today. You may not like the last performance they had, but you will. We're excited to work with them. But it's not trial and error. We need to win and we need to win this week.

On Noble - Give me 14 days and then I'll tell you what I know. There's always a chance he could play. We're open. We like to always have flexibility and thought.

On Johri Fogerson - I like him, I like his approach. He can find the football, and we just want to continue to grow him as a safety. We go into the off week thinking about the eight things we couldn't tell him then that we could tell him now. Just keep building, and I think he's going to be good sooner rather than later. To throw him in against that group (Oklahoma) was a tall order. There was going to be some balls getting to the second level when you are playing a group like that. There's just going to be more shots on a player like that in his first start against a quality opponent. You have to have a mental makeup. He has a little inner confidence about him and a resiliency. It would be the wrong thing to do if he didn't have the right makeup. He has it. It wasn't too big for him.

On live tackling - We needed it. There's nothing like the live stuff. There's been thoughts of (live tackling during game week) but we've tried to keep it a contained thing. But it's a thought. As a coach, we look at the youth we have and think it's necessary. There's no formula. You just don't get the feedback when you are thudding up, you don't get the feedback of finishing a play. When you're more established, then you get it done with thud tackling when you've reached those levels. But any time there's a problem you have to look at it and get a plan to fix it.

On Gage/Houston battle - Both will have time, like last game.

On mental errors diminishing as defense goes from week to week - I see progress. The first thing is that you want to be good fundamentally and have command of your scheme, and I'm seeing that grow. These guys have been thrown out there against good competition and we didn't measure up like we wanted to. But the what ifs? That means you aren't there yet if you have a lot of that. That just means there's work to be done.

On this game being a must-win - I just think there's a lot of importance on this game. We've had a week to get our guys back together and refocus and work on their needs. There's a lot of intensity and we want to be the team that gets in the win column. Our full intentions are to win this ball game no matter what. Our work is on what we need to do to win.

On defensive line rotation - We've been playing everybody, and that's our intention. Different on the d-line. If we change out a corner or safety, that's significant. You know there's been a change because you don't sub corners every three plays. But we roll our d-linemen. You may see levels of play go up."
2:00 pm

Johri Fogerson Notes

On going from high school to college - It was crazy but fun. That was a wild atmosphere against Oklahoma. Ten months ago the game was a lot slower and players were a lot smaller, not as physical. Now they are physical and as big, if not bigger and faster. More reason to work even harder.

On the change from the OU week to now - Just catching up then, but now I'm caught up and ready to go. Not a lot of thinking anymore. I'll be physically ready for it this time.

On stopping Stanford's run - We have to control the line of scrimmage, that's where everything starts. If we can do that, we can make things happen in the back, get turnovers.

On confidence by leading the team in tackles against OU - Gained a lot of confidence, proved to myself that I could play at this level. The coaches believed in me, they knew I could do it. Now I just go out and play hard all the time.

On talking with (O'Dea coach) Monte Koehler - He just said that I did a great job. He said he was excited to see me out there. He said it was funny because there were four O'Dea DB's playing that day - me and Taylor (Mays) and Quinton (Richardson). And earlier, we had Tony Felder playing.

On the veteran safeties - They were basically saying to keep my head up and how I did a great job handling my business only having a week under my belt.

On the bye week - Happy I had the bye week because now I'm caught up. I know all the checks. I can go out and run around wild.

On the transition to defense - It wasn't hard because I was a two-way player in high school. It's just a different mindset; switching from being patient, slow and calm (running back) to being just a wild madman and hit the football, just hit.

On David Freeman's 'guarantee' of a win against Stanford - I don't guarantee anything, because anything can happen at any given time. The Pac-10 is one of the best conferences in the nation, so you can win or lose on any day. Look at USC and Stanford last year. Not predicting a win at all, just have to play hard and if we win, we win. But I love the confidence. That's a person who wants to win, and you want to surround yourself with and the more people you have like that, the more successful you'll be.

On speed of the game - With the no-huddle, it was pretty mindblowing - but as the game went on it slowed down and I was able to collect myself and make plays.

On this game opening up a fresh start - Yup, we're ready to go. The bye week was great, everybody's healthy and we're good to go.

On the focus on the defense - Get to the football, be more aggressive, play with more tenacity and pride. Don't give up any points. We have to set our goals higher than what we've had them, and that's what we're going to do.
1:10 pm

Josh Gage Notes

On dealing with another big back (Gerhart) - They've been working hard on tackling and rallying to the ball. They've been getting a lot of hitting in.

On having already played against bigger backs and that helping UW this weekend - The talent level isn't going to drop off. The Pac-10 always has great talent running the ball, so we expect to see more great backs coming up.

On stopping the run to give them the advantage - In general, if you can stop the run it limits teams in a lot of things. So they are definitely focused on stopping the run game.

On his position battle with Matt Houston - It's always been a battle and it's been good competition. All the great programs have that kind of competition, and that heightens everyone's game. It's been good. It helps to really hone in on focus and intensity and will that might not necessarily come if you weren't getting pushed.

On the bye week and new beginnings - It did come at a good time. They were a little banged up, so it gave the team a chance to heal up. Already had one Pac-10 game, but they really start now to get into the meat of things. Have high expectations. It's tough to lose, but you have to focus and keep your goal in mind, win one game at a time and get to the best bowl they can get to. The ultimate goal is winning the rest of the games.

On the Stanford game being a must-win game - It is, but they are all must-win games. When you have high goals as a team it's that way. Don't feel any additional pressure.

On his biggest improvement from fall camp - Just getting used to game speed and how fast you need to be when you're coming up to tackle. Also just getting the experience.

On turning the 0-3 start into a positive going forward - It's just how football is. If we would have done this or that, you can imagine how things could have been if we had put it all together. It's tough to swallow, but that's the nature of competitive sports. It doesn't make it any easier. As a defense, having all the reps in the scheme and taking bits and pieces from the games, it's coming together. Now it's just a matter of putting it all together and making the little adjustments.

On including live tackling in a game-week practice - We practice full speed anyway, just don't take them down and risk injury. That's how they do it in the NFL. It's possible we could, have to ask coach about that. I see both sides to it. I can see how it could benefit, but I don't know if we'll be doing it just because of the health concerns.
8:46 am

Morning Stanford news links...

Lots of news and notes from Jake Curtis of the San Francisco Chronicle including a Stanford player...Zagory got a kick from cutting class

The Mercury News has a story by Darren Sabedra about Stanford QB Tavita Pritchard trying to hold off true freshman Andrew Luck this week in practice...Stanford QB Pritchard played well; Luck might remain redshirt

4:45 pm

Afternoon Practice Notes

Erik Folk was on crutches
Darin Harris was not in pads
Bryon Davenport was not out there
Victor Aiyewa was not out there
Craig Noble was not out there
There was new walk-ons today (names aren't available yet)

Luke Kravitz led husky jacks
2:20 pm

Tim Lappano Notes

On what he's seen from Stanford's defense - They do a lot of similar things, even though they have a new coordinator, Ron Lynn, who worked with Lappano with the 49'ers. They try to disrupt blocking schemes and running schemes. They crawl all over the place and try to create havoc. That hasn't changed from a year ago. They play hard and smart and you aren't going to trick them. We handled a lot of what they did a year ago, but we didn't do well in the red zone. UW ran for 388 yards rushing, didn't score enough points.

On why the run is important against aggressive defenses - You have to run the ball to have success against anyone at any level. We got a lot out of our run game this week against our defense. More physical up front. Rotated a number of backs. Have to do a much better job of not turning the ball over, including Jake Locker. They will try to pry the ball loose, so ball leverage is crucial.

On the young guys emerging over the bye week - Brandon Yakaboski did some nice things. Terrence Dailey (Turbo) can run the football. He's tearing it up. He can make you miss. He can run with power. He can avoid tacklers. He gets behind his pads, can run inside or outside. When he first came to fall camp, he tried to always bounce things outside, and he's worked at squaring up and running downhill. Not convinced it's going to be a redshirt year for him. Have to make a decision soon. Cody Bruns had a big day Thursday and played some with the number-twos. Those are some of the young guys that did well during the bye week. Have to find out pretty soon if some of the freshmen are going to redshirt or not. They were high on Cody but then he got hurt during camp. Dailey also got a little dinged up during camp.

On Anthony Boyles - Continues to improve. Is coming to meetings on time, which is crucial to the team. He's giving more effort on the practice field. He caught a touchdown during a scrimmage.

On young receivers - They are going to get better every week. Won't be reaching their full potential by the middle of the year, it's very much a process for them. When they are going up against strong, experienced defensive backs, they get bounced around. All the young guys have good ball skills, but when you get out there with DB's up in your grill, that's when they need work in the weight room. It's going to take time for them to gain weight and increase their strength numbers. That's the biggest thing for all the young offensive skill players compared to who they are going up against. That's exactly what happened with D'Andre Goodwin. He's still working on getting stronger.

On Mike Gottlieb - He's back. Did some nice things. Be shocked if his hamstring is an issue now. He can help in the run and pass game.

On Brandon Johnson - He's alright. He'll work back in the rotation. There's a place for him. Thought he had his best week of practice last week. He picked it up this past week.

On the OL and knowing they had success against Stanford last year - It will help, but in this business it's about what have you done for me lately. It's a new year and we have to put it together.

On Luke Kravitz - Started a year ago. We were disastrous on 3-and-1. This year we are 100 percent on third and short. We're leading the Pac-10 in 3rd down conversions. We tried a number of things, and he started doing things in that role. He's a guy that was a running back in HS, he's 240 pounds and plays behind his pads. Ever since we put him in the role we've had a lot of success. It's a chance to get him on the field. That's his role, and as long as he continues to bang it in there, we'll stay with him. Not concerned that he went to South Africa while the team was working out. He's always been a great workout guy. He squats and benches the gym. He's always been good about that. He was in shape when he came back, so no problems there.

On taking advantage of coming out of the early schedule - It was a tough road, they knew that. They gave effort in all the games. Didn't play well at all against Oregon. Played extremely hard against BYU. And in the second half of the Oklahoma game we challenged our guys' pride and they responded by scoring two touchdowns and moved the ball against a great defense. You can't say it's the start of a new season, but it really is. Outside of the Oregon game, they have the whole league schedule ahead of them. Outside of USC, who is far and away the frontrunner of the league, the rest of the teams are very similar. There's a lot of parity in the league, regardless of whether that means the league is good or great. A lot of people can win a lot of games. Our players watched and saw all the beatings the teams in the league took, and they get confidence from that. They are right there, and it all starts Saturday night. This is the new beginning for them. They have to come out and win a football game and take one at a time. They have to win a road game. Every game is a must-win game. They've backed themselves into a corner and have to come out swinging, fighting, biting, scratching and clawing - do whatever it takes - to get this thing going. Always comes down to execution and making plays.

On Stanford getting eight sacks against SJSU - Doing the same thing they always do, and SJSU struggled in their protections. They let a lot of guys run free.

On the OL being more physical - They understand they have to get their pad level down. It's a game of leverage and the low man wins. Weren't playing with their pads low enough, and Coach Denbrock did a nice job during the bye week of going over that and making sure they are stepping with the right feet, getting their pad level down and keeping a strong base so they can knock people off the football. When you do that, good things are going to happen.
12:25 pm

Brian White Notes

On kicking game - Nothing sorted out yet, did a lot of work in the off week and we have to remedy that because we're leaving too many points on the field. Variety of things that are causing the issues with missed kicks - protection, operation time to how they plant their foot to just not putting the ball through the uprights. Will continue to kick through the week to determine who will kick on Saturday. Erik Folk will not be in the mix because he's still hampered with a hip injury.

On return game - Almost broke one against OU, but still need to improve. Only had one punt return the entire season. Not a lot of punt returns happening, for whatever reason. A lot could be based on protection schemes.

On the secondary return man - They have to be reliable and dependable and communicate well and be able to return it. Tripper had two returns in the last game.

On tight ends and health - Gottlieb is healthy again, close to 100 percent. He should have an impact on the run game because they are looking for more consistency in that area and he can help because he's a good blocker, he's smart and tough. He played 26 plays against Oklahoma.

On how they'll use the tight end - They'll use two tight ends at times. Both Gottlieb and Kavario Middleton are pretty much interchangeable at this point. They both do different things and do them well, so it's their job to put them in positions where they can help the team the best.

On Middleton - He practiced well this past week. And any time you get a chance to play the game for real with live tackling you are going to learn from it. He's getting better as a blocker. He'll get bigger and stronger with time. Blocking is a function of strength, but it's also a function of understanding the people you are playing against, footwork and not getting caught in big, long strides. The point of attack is critical.

On Chris Izbicki - He's working hard through each phase. We aren't playing with three tight ends right now, and we have two guys we feel good about. He's just working hard and we're pleased with his progress. He's a good run blocker, but he can also catch. He's got good ball skills.
11:30 am

Pac-10 Teleconference Notes (Willingham included)

Mike Bellotti -

On QB injuries and preserving their health - some of the rules changes been made to project any helpless athlete (QB,Punter, PK, etc.) The violence of the game is something you still have to deal with. Guys are bigger, faster and stronger and you have to deal with that.

On the illegal hits against BSU - They were both penalized, should have resulted in ejections. Second one did, but the first one was probably more vicious. Rules are there and we've beefed them up to protect to players. Sometimes it's with intent and sometimes accidental, but both of those were done with intent. When you see somebody laying on the turf, brings you right down to the realities of the game.

On the league being down - No explanation why. Still probably early to make those determinations. Final determination probably after bowl games. Played two true frosh QB's, one that isn't even 18 yet. But still no excuses.

On Walter Thurmond - We miss him a lot. Could have made some plays, but Talmadge Jackson played well, got a pick to help us. Playing with youth, again no excuse. BSU played better. Our secondary was highly-touted coming in this year and are still very good. DL has played very well. Kellen Moore made a lot of good plays and we got fooled in the secondary. Will know mid-week if he'll return.

On defense determining offense - We look at QB first, to see how mobile we are and what we can do in the spread option. It varies on who you talk to. We're pretty balanced with run/pass. The balance is the key, that's what keeps defenses honest.

On QB starter - Probably a game-time decision. Probably make it earlier, just won't tell anyone publically.

On Fresno State and playing them at home - Listened to FSU talk about that, and we've played them twice. I don't understand it. It's somewhat their battle cry. It's however you get people to play and get fans in the stands. Usually are playing schedules made by somebody else, so I don't buy it.

On handling QB rotation - In general, play the guy that gives us the best chance to win. Don't have a rotation right now. Next three days will determine how we'll go about things. Also look at personnel matchups to see how our attack will evolve and who we'll use at QB.

On Darron Thomas - Obviously pleased. As a HC, you are an eternal optimist. Thomas was most improved from fall camp. Improved to the point where we are really excited about his future. Like to have redshirted him, but need to use him now. Made some throws that we were iffy about, but he's got the ability to do that. And we were in 'make or break' mode against BSU. Probably 2nd best runner on the team, have to factor him in the mix.

Jim Harbaugh -

On Husky Stadium - Preparing for hostile environment. OU film, it's loud, even without sound based on how the teams are communicating. Played there in college and in the pros when the Kingdome was being renovated. Expect it to be a hostile environment.

On Pritchard - He did a real good job with his legs, decisive in his scrambling. Scrambled for a touchdown. Threw some nice balls. Played consistent and was productive in the football game.

On Luck - Don't think that (redshirt) option stays open. This weekend he might be available, but there's a window that's closing there.

On Defense - Saw them improve last week, their confidence and level of play. Could see it build during the week. Great second half, gave up 59 yards of passing offense, -12 rushing in the second half against San Jose State. Got six sacks. Pleased how whole team played down the stretch. Still need to improve and we're addressing those things.

On UW getting their best shot - Expecting their best shot. Two teams desperately fighting for the win. They have played the toughest schedule in the country arguably and that can harden a team. UW has dominated the series, we've only won four times since 1976.

On USC and the gap with everybody else - Been asked about the Pac-10 and being down and the gap, and I'm so focused on playing one game at a time right now. That's where we're at. UW is our opponent. Also focused on addressing our own team and getting better. That's all the bandwidth I have right now.

On trying to beat USC - USC isn't on our schedule this week.

On Toby Gerhart - Toby is a tremendous athlete, comes from a very athletic family. Brother is at ASU, one of his sisters is coming to Stanford to play softball. More than that, he's so determined to play the game great. He wants to play great, spends extra time in the weight and film rooms. What he's brought to our team is a real presence as a RB, playmaker, tough runner, can get yards after contact and make the big play. He's a special athlete who is determined to be great. Has deceptive speed. Don't have a 40 time on him. At times he's breaking away from a dead start and pulling away. He's light on his feet for having a thick lower body. He can get up to speed pretty quick. I don't think he's slow by any means.

On winning in 2006 - Different circumstances, but the experience of playing up there in that stadium, any past game you can learn from. So the guys that played in that game can take something away from that experience and use it this year.

Mike Stoops -

On things coming around - We're where we should be. Didn't play as well as we needed against UNM. Hopefully learned from that and bounced back well at UCLA. Won pretty easily, could've put a couple more scores on the board. Bye comes at a good time for us. Lost Blake Curley, starting center - so having two weeks for getting line acquainted with new center is nice to have. This team can grow and get better.

On UW - When you play UW, you play Locker, phenomenal athlete. Want to get to 4-1 and stay atop P-10. Didn't play well defensively last year, and that gives us great motivation. Our offense played well, bailed us out. Still have to perform because UW has excellent athletes. Having an extra week will help us.

On injured QB's in the Pac-10 - With parity in college football, QB becomes more relevant. Every time you step on field, chances to win go up with you have a healthy, experienced QB out there. Look across nation, QB has hands on the ball every snap. His decision-making becomes really important to team's success.

On gap between USC and the rest of the Pac-10 - they haven't played a P-10 game, so we'll see.

On Gronkowski's presence - UCLA went in with a plan, and if you see him on single coverage you have to get him the ball. Another weapon in those situations. Him and Mike Thomas are big-time weapons and tough matchups. Teams play a lot of man-free on critical downs and distances, and those guys know how to get open.

On guys stepping up - Lewis at linebacker, Mitchell on the DL. Hunley and Ross at corners. Just playing well as a team when it comes to defense. Not a flashy group with big names, but we have attitude and effort.

On getting up early - Actually down 7-3 early, but came back and took control of the game. Fought our way back and started to control it mid-way in the second quarter. Proud how we fought our way through it. Felt UCLA would struggle offensively because of their offensive issues. They are searching for playmakers and have guys banged up. Defensively they put a lot of pressure on our offense.

Mike Riley -

On Pac-10 being a QB-driven conference - No question that injuries have hurt. Teams that have experienced QB's coming back have an advantage. Don't know how it works in other conference, but it's probably as real out here as anywhere.

On Reser Stadium advantage - Hope that's the case. Want to protect own turf, and that's a rallying cry for most team. Was fun to come home to play at Hawaii and want to build on that and have that as an identity. Was important to get a big win going into a big game hosting USC. To gain confidence and built it up, it's one of those things where you have to have it in order to have more success.

On Stanford's Toby Gerhart - Very talented athlete, very impressive-looking guy. He got going and made a couple of long runs against us and showed his speed and toughness. They did a nice job of feeding him the ball and being patient. He had one big third-down run that really hurt us. Seeing him in the game, everyone took note. As he builds up a reputation, the film is now there for everyone to see. A very good all-round back and great athlete.

On Stanford's OL - Very disciplined blocking schemes. Did a variety of things, but they were very sharp and crisp that night, were able to control the game running the football. They didn't turn the ball over and that's what helped them win the game.

On being a big underdog - You have to have concrete issues that you talk about. Regardless of opponent, you have to build up confidence through the gameplan. The preparation is what wins the game. Whoever you play, that's important. This week is a big, big challenge for our team, but the approach is the same - building confidence through the week.

On comparing this USC team to the 2005 team - This team defensively is as good as any he's seen. Play with great vision on the football. Have eyes on the QB and react quickly to the ball. Such a great pass rush the QB doesn't have a lot of looks, have to get the ball out quickly.

Pete Carroll -

On this USC defense being his best - Only have played two games, trying hard to do well. We have a good group, lot of tough games coming up that will tell the story and what we're capable of doing.

On Thursday game - nothing too upsetting. Cool we're playing on Thursday night, no real issues.

On Pat Hill and the SoCal schools not wanting to play in Fresno - schedule is so far out, we don't have a lot of chances to switch opportunities. It's not as easy is just changing it if someone challenges you. But they have a terrific program and they show it every year. We can't do much about helping them schedule. Has nothing to do with not wanting to go to Fresno, schedule is already set for the next six years.

On ranking - would never bring it up and no reason why we would. Have a ridiculously tough schedule coming up. We have a way of dealing with our schedule and our games that it doesn't matter what the setting is. We don't ever talk about rankings or hype or anything. We can't be up and down with the challenges, it doesn't fit our mentality.

On OSU - really ripped on offense against Hawaii. Started slow, but then they took it over. Attack is so well versed. When they can protect the QB, they can move the ball on anybody. Big-time technology they are using in terms of the kinds of routes and schemes they are using.

On Pinkard coming back - Had a difficult time getting going. Such fantastic ability, had a difficult staying out there with two knee injuries. Rotated him with the starting corners, and it's not a big transition that he's starting. Hopefully he can get off to a good start as the starter.

On Garrett Green being the backup QB - He just seemed to handle himself the best in terms of understanding offense. The other guys are young in terms of understanding what they want to do. Not ruling out anything for future weeks.

Rick Neuheisel -

On losing QB's early and protecting QB's - people talk about rule changes to keep QB's healthy, but the fact is it's a physical game. When bodies are flying around, you are susceptible to injury. Can't make excuses, just have to keep going and try to get better.

On Pac-10 teams playing Fresno State - Big challenge, very talented team, very talented QB that will probably play on Sunday. They are hungry, that's what Pat Hill-coached teams are. Plenty of Bulldog fans in the Rose Bowl and we better be ready for the challenge.

On keeping spirits up - Hope we have. Only played three games. One terrific win, two disappointing losses. Will be tested every week, great challenge for our whole team. Feeling sorry for ourselves isn't productive.

On Kevin Craft - he just needs to translate what he knows in the film room onto the field on a more consistent basis. If we can do that, we can be a productive offense. If can't, tough sledding, especially with a banged-up OL and running back corps.

On Kahlil Bell - hope he can bring a spark. We're going to give him a chance. Wanted to go against UA, but didn't feel like he was totally ready. Probably not 100 percent right now, but we're going to give him a chance.

On Forcier moving up - Working him and Kevin Prince behind Craft, but they aren't at that point where doing the best thing for the team would be to put them in.

On none of the UCLA recruits being interested in Fresno - Pat's been doing that for a long time at FSU, and it's worked. No one is going to argue with his motivational techniques. We need to rise to the occasion, and if we can do that it's going to be a whale of a ball game.

Dennis Erickson -

On bye week and health - We're fairly healthy. Herring will be back against Cal. Haven't had anything that's going to last for the year. But after two straight losses, taking the week to regroup. Like everybody in the league, championship is still there, and that's our number-one goal.

On OL and run game - Have to pass protect, but also have to run block too. That's going to be a real key to see what happens. Lot of competition right now on the OL. Have to be able to run the football. Have to evaluate all our positions and get better.

On things coming from Georgia game - have to become more balanced in our offense. Other thing that jumped out is that our front four played well against the run. Not at their caliber at this time, shows what you have to do to get there.

On Pac-10 being down - don't know how to answer. Had a bad week a couple weeks ago. Have been competitive, don't know if we're down, maybe others are up. Don't see much difference from a year ago, to be honest.

Paul Wulff -

On getting first win and improvement - Still struggling and making mistakes. This weekend we made plays. Granted it was against Portland State, but made some plays. If continue to make same mistakes against better opponents, won't be able to get away with it. There are signs, haven't put it all together. Still a work in progress, putting a lot of new players into a new system. Obviously have to find a signal-caller that can handle what we need them to do.

On Xavier Hicks and Alfonso Jackson - Lot of savvy there, good tacklers. With those two veteran players back there, it's going to help a lot.

On Cory Evans and Lopina - Evans probably not healthy enough to play, and still evaluating Lopina.

On Lobbestael - In practice has done good things with limited opportunities. Hasn't had a consistent opportunity to show what he could do. The opportunity presented itself and it looked natural to him. Nice and encouraging to see that. He's got a whole game possibility in front of him, so he's got his hands full. But he could be good if he keeps working hard. Having the whole week to think about starting, a lot more on your shoulders and brain moves a lot faster and you've got a lot more to think about. Hopefully nerves don't affect his play. There is a difference, and the good ones are not affected by it and play well, and that's what we're hoping from him.

On using Kellen Moore as an example for Lobbestael - The UO game was Moore's third game as starter. Know Moore a lot because we recruited him heavily at EWU. Great player. Marshal is a little different style. More raw in those everyday elements. But if Moore can do it, Lobbestael can use it to show that a younger player can get it done if he keeps his head in the game.

On preparing as a defense seeing so many QB's from Oregon - It's a big challenge. Got phenomenal talent at RB and their OL is big and experienced. With QB have to be prepared and can't get too caught up with which one is in there or we're going to be wasting our time.

On UO defense - have playmakers in secondary. Nick Reed is best pass-rusher we've seen all year. They keep their DL fresh. They have good speed and are a well-coached team.

Jeff Tedford -

On winning one for the Pac-10 against MWC - Doing it more for ourself to get ourselves on track. Lost a tough one at Maryland, have enough concerns on our own.

On Maryland game and late offensive success spilling over into bye week - Without a doubt the way the team kept fighting, we just ran out of time. Took confidence from it, even though there's no consolation in losing the game.

On return game and success - It's the coaches' job to put players in position to be successful and also have to have talent to have success. Never fall into comfort zone, have to pay attention to detail. Have to play hard, be in position, and decision-making is huge in return game. Can't take it for granted, have to always work hard at it.

On bye week - mostly just played fast against ourselves, ones against ones, scrimmaged. Lot of drill work to address attention to detail. Was productive week from that standpoint.

On MWC and success against Pac-10 - No point of emphasis this week. Always want to be successful, more about what we can do. If we play to our potential, have a good chance of being successful. We have to take care of our business, doesn't matter who we are playing.

On CSU seeing their first 3-man front - always a challenge, but they have plenty of film on us and they are a good staff. They'll be prepared and ready to play against us.

On Jahvid Best - He practiced all week, didn't hit him but he was full-speed in all his individual work.

On Kevin Riley - Still work in progress. Still learning, plenty to improve on. Liked how he competed, especially late, against Maryland. Working hard at it, and with the added experience he's going to improve each time out.

Tyrone Willingham -

On getting through rough stretch and having belief - The schedule did that for us. We just need to make it visable to our guys. Have nine games remaining, so on a numerical basis nine is greater than three, so there's a lot we can do. Have played some of the best teams in the country.

On sentimental attachment to Stanford - There is, but you have to put it in perspective. Want to do well, the connection is well, but you want to win. Might be a little extra right before the game. Like playing brother. Very intense, but when it's over you respect each other and move forward.

On the schedule toughening his team - the difficulty of schedule has potential to harden us. Still wanted to win all those games, because those wins would have put us in the upper-crust of the best teams in the country. But hopefully it'll make us stronger and tougher as we face these nine games.

On defense - not pleased, but have done some things well and have developed. Have put pressure on young guys to step up. Hopefully the three games we've played will help. Donald Butler has been a player we've leaned on. Carousel in the secondary. Real leader has been Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. Strong player who we depend on to get things done.
2:00 am

Coach's Corner

After watching Stanford's first three games it is apparent to me that the Cardinal will test Washington's young defense this Saturday night. They are really a very conservative team in terms of their approach to the game in that they prefer to run the ball on offense, play tough, attacking defense, and are solid but not flashy in their return game. To read more of Coach Baird's analysis of what UW needs to do to beat Stanford, click on the link below.

Coach's Corner - Stanford
2:00 am

Stanford's two-deep announced
Cardinal Offense 

WR 9 Richard Sherman 6-2 191 Jr. 
 8 Ryan Whalen  6-2 205 So. 
LT 76 Ben Muth 6-6 296 Sr. 
 77 Tyler Mabry 6-7 289 RS-Fr. 
LG 72 Chase Beeler 6-3 288 So. 
 70 Bert McBride 6-3 292 So. 
C 60 Alex Fletcher 6-3 296 Sr. 
 70 Bert McBride 6-3 292 So. 
RG 71 Andrew Phillips 6-5 295 So. 
 52 David DeCastro 6-5 297 Fr. 
 75 Joe Dembesky 6-5 290 So. 
RT 63 Chris Marinelli 6-7 297 Jr. 
 61 Matt Kopa 6-6 290 Jr. 
TE 84 Austin Gunder 6-5 245 Sr. 
 82 Coby Fleener 6-6 238 RS-Fr. 
 41 Tom McAndrew 6-5 258 Jr. 
QB 14 Tavita Pritchard 6-4 205 Jr. 
 12 Andrew Luck 6-4 215 Fr. 
 15 Alex Loukas OR 6-4 224 So. 
 4 Jason Forcier 6-2 207 Jr. 
RB 7 Toby Gerhart 6-1 232 Jr. 
 5 Anthony Kimble 6-1 217 Sr. 
 34 Jeremy Stewart 6-0 215 So. 
FB 48 Owen Marecic 6-1 246 So. 
 47 Josh Catron 6-0 241 Jr. 
WR 89 Doug Baldwin 5-11 185 So. 
 25 Stephen Carr 6-3 221 So. 
 85 Nate Wilcox-Fogel 6-1 188 Sr. 
Cardinal Defense 

DE 91 Pannel Egboh 6-6 275 Sr. 
 94 Tom Keiser 6-5 242 RS-Fr. 
DT 92 Sione Fua 6-2 305 So. 
 98 Matt Masifilo 6-3 284 RS-Fr. 
NT 54 Ekom Udofia 6-2 310 Sr. 
 95 Brian Bulcke 6-4 278 Jr. 
DE 80 Erik Lorig 6-4 270 Jr. 
 41 Tom McAndrew 6-5 258 Jr. 
SLB 20 Clinton Snyder 6-4 240 Jr. 
 42 Will Powers 6-4 240 Jr. 
MLB 50 Nick Macaluso 6-3 239 So. 
 43 Chike Amajoyi 6-0 235 So. 
WLB 44 Pat Maynor 6-2 225 Sr. 
 57 Max Bergen 6-2 223 RS-Fr. 
LC 6 Wopamo Osaisai 5-11 198 Sr. 
 37 Mark Mueller 6-3 196 So. 
FS 32 Sean Wiser 6-2 194 RS-Fr. 
 40 Taylor Skaufel 6-0 198 So. 
SS 22 Bo McNally 6-0 205 Jr. 
 32 Sean Wiser 6-2 194 RS-Fr. 
RC 24 Kris Evans 6-0 180 Jr. 
 27 Johnson Bademosi 6-1 195 Fr. 
 3 Michael Thomas 6-0 184 Fr. 

Cardinal Special Teams 

PK 11 Aaron Zagory 6-0 176 Sr. 
 18 Travis Golia 6-0 193 Fr. 
P 38 David Green 6-1 200 RS-Fr. 
 36 Daniel Zychlinski  6-3 225 Fr. 
LS 56 Zach Nolan 6-4 208 So. 
 59 Andrew Fowler 6-2 233 So. 
H 22 Bo McNally 6-0 205 Jr. 
 36 Daniel Zychlinski   6-3 225 Fr. 
KOR 34 Jeremy Stewart 6-0 215 So. 
 89 Doug Baldwin 5-11 185 So. 
PR 89 Doug Baldwin 5-11 185 So. 
 9 Richard Sherman 6-2 191 Jr. 

2:45 pm

Jake Locker Notes (Thanks to Jon Martone for attending Monday's press conference and getting these notes for us.)

On feeling after bye week - "I think everybody is feeling good and confident. I think the bye week was good for us to refocus on what we need to and get ready for this week."

On playing lesser caliber teams - He said the Pac-10 has a lot of good teams and you cant overlook or underestimate anybody and they will approach the game the same as any other.

On what needs to improve - "Turnovers we had, especially at the times we had them. I felt we moved the ball well, but we shot ourselves in the foot and against a team like that you cant do that." He said that they concentrated on putting the ball away during practice.

On if he gets hit in practice - "Not in practice"

On how he practices taking hits - "It's difficult during the week of practice, our coaches stress ball leverage and where you carry the ball at so that's one thing I focus on." He said even though he doesn't get hit he makes sure the ball isn't flying all over the place.

On his and D'Andre Goodwin's relationship - He said they came in the same class and both red shirted. They spent a lot of extra time throwing together after practice. "I think we built a chemistry and a mesh and comfort level and I think you're seeing that on the field now."

On the young receivers - He thinks Jermaine Kearse, Devin Aguilar, and Jordan Polk all have done a nice job so far. "They have a done good job of stepping up and playing older than are."

On the offense - He said even though the season is young they thought they would put more puts on the board this year. He thinks it's something they're still very capable of doing but they just we haven't found as many ways to score as they want yet.

On if the struggling kicking game puts more pressure on him - "I don't the kicking game is struggling right now. We had some unfortunate things happen with the (kicking game) but all things don't fall on one guys shoulders." He thinks they need to get the kickers in better positions. Also he said, "Coach always tells us to keep them off the field, 7 is better than 3 so were always trying to score."

On if him and the receivers have a plan for scrambles - "No, not really, I always tell them that there is a possibility that I could be running around." He said they worked more this year on practicing scramble with the scramble drill and making sure the receivers know the rules as far as blocking.

On his improvement as a passer - "I've felt pretty good, confident, I understand what I'm doing a lot more this year. Throwing the ball with a lot confidence in what I do. I feel I'm staying in the pocket more this year and not as quick to run and giving routes a change to develop." He thinks his improvement as a passer gives the huskies a change to move the chains a little more this year.
2:10 pm

Tyrone Willingham Notes

On the bye week - "I believe the bye week has served us well. I believe we accomplished the goals we set out to do." The first goal was to make the entire team (second and third string as well as first string) better overall. Another goal was get healthy, which he thinks they accomplished. The last goal was get the younger guys scrimmage looks.

On Pac-10 - He said looking at the pre-season rankings you could pick one superior team, possibly being USC, the rest you could throw a hat over.

On 0-3 start - "I think were looking forward, that was the great timing of the bye. We think the teams we played are very good football team, the threesome and they will go on and do good things before this year is over." The bye gave them time to get back to where they need to be mentally and physically.

On Willingham never starting 0-4 - "No I haven't thought about started about 0-4, now that you have forced me to think about it, you want to win the next game, that has always been my focus." He doesn't like to get caught up in the future or past, likes to stay in the moment.

On urgency - "I don't talk to our guys in terms of that. The environment around them will let them know what's going on, my job is to make sure were well prepared on what we have to do to keep that focus." He said they are focused on getting wins.

On depth - "Safeties is still very much a concern." Other than safety he thinks they have "managed" well. He thinks Kavario Middleton will be better after the bye week and Mike Gottlieb will be ready to "roar."

On running back depth - He said there is still 4 or 5 guys he is comfortable with, and after switching one to defense (Johri Fogerson) and losing one to injury (Chris Polk) and you still have 4 backs you are comfortable with than you are in good shape.

Jason Wells - He said they are looking at giving him a red shirt after the year

Victor Aiyewa - Day to day and week-to-week

On the players attitude for the bye week- He said the team had their mindset to work, improve, and get better because they weren't pleased with what they have done as a football team.

On similarity between BYU and Stanford running back - "This guy (Stanford running back Toby Gerhart) is a little bit different, not much in the size area, but a little different in some regards. Does the size potential alarm you as a player, probably not I think our guys look at like bring it on, lets go see what we can do against another big back." He said the key against a big back is turn his shoulders and not let him run down hill, a lot of things have to happen at the line scrimmage and linebackers have to work to do that.

On Darin Harris - "I'm not optimistic for this week."

On what young WR that has stepped up - He said Jermaine Kearse has stepped up all year, "he's already made some big plays, and he already showed himself and if continues along this pace he will be a very very very good receiver for us." Also said Devin Aguilar made some plays last ball game.

On there will be any new freshmen playing - "No, they took some good stuffs but not sufficient enough for me to say they will play this week."

On progress of Defensive linemen - He thinks they have been very consistent in terms of working and growing and taking advantage of the opportunity to play.

On tackling - He thinks good football teams put you in a disadvantage with tackling angles and make you miss tackles and they didn't wrap up. The key is to keep practicing and he said they did over the bye week.
1:30 pm

Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh Notes

General comments - He said were 2-2, we play Washington, were excited to play a heck of a Washington team. He thinks UW has played the toughest schedule no doubt about it.

The transition to be a competitive - First step was be competitive, second step is win ball games, and the next step is win consistently.

On Tavita Pritchard (QB) - "He's our starting quarterback." "He played very well last ball game, he was very protective and consistent."

On team's progress - "Special teams, they have done a good job, made some plays, created momentum, we still need to improve. We need to improve our kickoff coverage. Our guys are playing extremely hard on special teams and doing a heck of a job." For defensive progress he thinks confidence has risen. He thinks the biggest offensive improvement has been being able to run the ball effectively.

On Toby Gerhart (RB) - "He's made a big play in each of our games. He's a quality back, his approach to the game has been phenomenal, extra film work, does everything he can to make sure he is prepared to play in each game, it's been a big lift for us."

On the 388 rushing yards UW had on Stanford last year - "They played really good up front against us last year." He described Jake Locker as productive and he said UW executed really well last year.
10:30 am

UW's depth chart versus Stanford

WR 11 D'Andre Goodwin 5-11 175 So./Jr.
9 Devin Aguilar 6-0 195 Fr./Fr.
LT 79 Ben Ossai 6-6 332 Jr./Sr.
69 Nick Scott 6-4 337 Jr./Sr.
LG 76 Jordan White-Frisbee 6-5 368 Sr./Sr.
65 Ryan Tolar 6-5 321 So./Jr. OR
70 Morgan Rosborough 6-6 382 Jr./Sr.
C 58 Juan Garcia 6-3 305 Sr./Sr.
64 Matt Sedillo 6-3 320 So./Jr. OR
65 Ryan Tolar 6-5 321 So./Jr.
RG 72 Casey Bulyca 6-6 339 Sr./Sr.
65 Ryan Tolar 6-5 321 So./Jr.
RT 71 Cody Habben 6-6 316 So./Jr.
67 Skyler Fancher 6-5 294 RFr./So.
TE 86 Michael Gottlieb 6-5 249 Sr./Sr. OR
80 Kavario Middleton 6-5 255 Fr./Fr. OR
83 Walt Winter 6-4 254 Sr./Sr. OR
4 Chris Izbicki 6-3 249 RFr./So.
QB 10 Jake Locker 6-3 222 So./Jr.
8 Ronnie Fouch 6-1 203 RFr./So.
7 Taylor Bean 6-1 199 RFr./So.
TB 20 David Freeman 5-7 190 Fr./Fr.
21 Willie Griffin 5-8 198 RFr./So. OR
6 Brandon Johnson 5-9 207 So./So.
FB 30 Paul Homer 6-1 239 Jr./Jr.
32 Luke Kravitz 6-0 228 Sr./Sr.
WR 3 Alvin Logan 6-2 218 RFr./So. OR
15 Jermaine Kearse 6-1 180 Fr./Fr.


DE 66 Daniel Te'o-Nesheim 6-4 263 Jr./Sr.
92 Everrette Thompson 6-6 255 Fr./Fr.
96 De'Shon Matthews 6-4 260 So./Jr.
DT 99 Cameron Elisara 6-3 289 So./Jr.
74 Alameda Ta'amu 6-2 348 Fr./Fr.
DT 93 Senio Kelemete 6-4 260 Fr./Fr.
37 Johnie Kirton 6-3 296 Sr./Sr. OR
91 Tyrone Duncan 6-2 278 RFr./So.
DE 59 Darrion Jones 6-2 245 Jr./Sr.
50 Kalani Aldrich 6-7 240 RFr./So. OR
96 De'Shon Matthews 6-4 260 So./Jr.
OLB 24 Joshua Gage 6-2 226 Jr./Sr. OR
5 Matt Houston 6-0 232 So./Jr.
ILB 9 Donald Butler 6-1 242 Jr./Jr.
57 Trenton Tuiasosopo 6-2 243 Sr./Sr.
OLB 40 Mason Foster 6-1 229 So./So.
29 Chris Stevens 6-1 218 Sr./Sr.
FS 36 Johri Fogerson 6-2 190 Fr./Fr. 
34 Tripper Johnson 6-1 210 So./Jr.
21 Desmond Davis 5-11 193 Sr./Sr.
SS 8 Nate Williams 6-0 207 So./So.
34 Tripper Johnson 6-1 210 So./Jr.
41 Victor Aiyewa 6-1 209 So./So.
CB 28 Quinton Richardson 6-0 200 RFr./So.
6 Vonzell McDowell, Jr. 5-9 178 So./So.
CB 23 Mesphin Forrester 6-2 202 Sr./Sr.
19 Matt Mosley 5-10 180 So./Jr.

Special Teams

P 12 Jared Ballman 5-11 186 Sr./Sr.
17 Erik Folk 5-11 199 RFr./So.
13 Ryan Perkins 5-10 205 Jr./Sr.
FG/PAT 13 Ryan Perkins 5-10 205 Jr./Sr.
12 Jared Ballman 5-11 186 Sr./Sr.
KO 12 Jared Ballman 5-11 186 Sr./Sr.
HLD 8 Ronnie Fouch 6-1 203 RFr./So.
SNP 49 Danny Morovick 6-4 213 Jr./Sr.
KOR 82 Jordan Polk 5-8 161 Fr./Fr.
28 Quinton Richardson 6-0 200 RFr./So.
PR 11 D'Andre Goodwin 5-11 175 So./Jr.

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