Afternoon Practice Notes:
Shorts and pads today. Ben Ossai was the only one in red, so they put Cody Habben at LT and Skyler Fancher was at RT, just like it was for the UCLA game when Ossai got hurt.
Players seen with no pads on today - Kurt Mangum, Kalani Aldrich, Vicente Cordova, Darin Harris, Jason Wells, Victor Aiyewa. Brandon Johnson was not there due to a death in a family.
Tim Lappano could be audibly heard over Jim Hendrix' 'All Along the Watchtower' as he was trying to work on some offensive plays. During one play, he demonstrated how it should be done, including running into the end zone and jumping up and down in mock celebration. After each time a completion was made or a good run was performed, there would be a cheer that would go up to get things going.
It appeared that the left foot of Willie Griffin was heavily taped, and the same can be said for D'Andre Goodwin, who seemed to be limping slightly throughout the time we were there.
Afternoon Willingham Notes:
Opening comments- "There is nothing new on our end. Just working."
On Brandon Johnson missing practice- "Death in the family. He will probably be absent for yesterday and probably today."
On if that affects his playing status- "It does. He hasn't worked all week. We will probably get very little time on Thursday because it is such a short day for us, abbreviated day. It will cut down his ability to be prepared and see all the looks he needs to see."
On Terrance Dailey- "He didn't do much yesterday. We'll see if he is better today and see how far that goes."
On if he has a starting RB if it's not Johnson- "Not yet."
On moving Fogerson from RB- "No (regrets). Probably if not for injury there's a good chance he would have more playing time at the safety spot and have an even greater impact on our football team. So no regrets there."
On working in Kravitz- "We just start working and going. Football is a game of those that are there, play."
On the Apple Cup- I think our players understand that in rivalry games one or the other team will come in less than what they want to be. You go ahead and play the game because it does have significance and meaning. It creates a special atmosphere. I think they are looking at it as simply the Apple Cup.
On comparing AC to Stanford and Cal rivalry- They are all great rivalries. When you get on the field it is very intense, there is no difference there. The only thing is Stanford and Cal start banquets and festivities two weeks prior to the week of. Most cases it's the week of. Other than that it is intense football that has a great deal of meaning to the team and the fans.
On if AC should be the last week- I think it's a great way to end you season when you do that. Our situation was a little different this year. We started the season with 12 consecutive ball games; this was a way to give us some breathers.
On if Kelemete is getting back- Oh yeah. You would love for him to have four or five more weeks of the season left to regain that form he was approaching. He never got there, it was still learning for him. So now it's like starting over.
On Matt Mosley- He had a partial tear in his knee. He said right now they are not planning on surgery.
On WSU injuries- I don't know if it has been that many injuries that create changes. The major one is the quarterback. When you have that player at that position it changes a lot of things you can do. They come into this game not sure who will play, or maybe they do, but we don't. We anticipate the transfer, Lopino. He will probably get the action. We believe he is okay from his concussion. It will be a slightly different offensive game plan if it had been Lobbestael.
On WSU plying so many QB's- They have been pretty consistent with the last guy, he has had a decent amount of time to be in there and do some things. You can get some continuity about what he does best and what they believe they can be successful doing. If it had been each week they were going to a different guy then you don't have any idea what they have to do and you have to get ready.
On the seniors message this week- "I think the one thing the seniors have said is ‘they want to finish it strong'. That's important to them to finish it strong. They keep fighting and they take a leadership role to finish the season. These guys start this thing new for the next group. There is a dual message. The seniors are saying clearly ‘they want to finish it strong'.
On the team not wanting to lose to WSU- "If we don't play well yes we can lose to this football team. That would be a very serious mistake on our part if we don't understand that. We have to go out and play well. They have a victory, we don't."
On taking positives from the 2006 AC- With a different coaching staff it will be different. How they come at us and how they plan for us will be different. The environment and the end result is what we can bring forward. In order to get that we have to make plays, which is what that team did. Marcel Reese, Cody Ellis, Louis Rankin, Chris Stevens we had a lot of guys making plays that made a difference in that ball game. That is what is going to have happen in this ball game. We have to step up and make plays. Some of them will have to big plays to get it done. It wont be a series of grinding it out, it will big plays. We will have to prevent the big play from happening to be successful.
On if he feels he is applying for a job next season- "No. I have one focus."
Tripper Johnson Notes:
Said he actually went to the last two Apple Cups, and charged the field after the win in Pullman in 2006. Said that he's been great friends with Jay and Jeff Miller - also Newport alums that played baseball at WSU. Couple of years ago they invited him to a WSU-UO game, and that's when he started getting the itch to try and come back and play football.
Said that's going to be weird playing in the AC after having been a fan watching the game just 12 months ago, but he's been a Husky his whole life, his sister went to UW and he can't wait to get out there and play and get the win. Said that the cumulative effect of the season also makes it so the team is 'desperate' to get a win, and that just adds more to trying to beat the Cougars to get an Apple Cup win.
Afternoon Practice Notes (per Jon Martone):
Not much to say today since there was no scrimmage
Guys not practicing were Ben Ossai, Kalani Aldrich, Darin Harris, Jake Locker, Bryon Davenport, Matt Mosley, Victor Aiyewa, Jason Wells, David Freeman, and Brandon Johnson.
The only running back practicing was Willie Griffin
The team was practicing in shorts and shells today
One good drill I noticed today was a secondary drill. Two guys in the secondary backpedalled together and both went for a jump ball. One guy who had a really nice play was Justin Glenn. He went up and made a one handed grab over the other defender.
The music was a little different today also. They played more rap music and the guys seemed to feeling the music a little more.
Tim Lappano Notes:
Said basically they have to get better in every phase offensively. They are not playing with any confidence at all. "We have to go out and execute, not make any mistakes, and play with confidence."
He said the it all started to fall apart after the USC game. "I thought we were getting better until then. Now we've regressed." They have to change in all areas, because not one group played up to potential against UCLA.
Asked what you can do when a team is searching for confidence, and he said that he tries to make sure they are always looking at the positives, and how - if they do what they are supposed to do - they can have success. He said as a play-caller, there were times against UCLA where he was able to get in a rhythm calling plays, and at other times you just get lost, not knowing what is going to work.
He said it all starts with the run game, and if you can't do that you naturally try to substitute the short passing game to try and move the ball. "It's a nightmare for playcallers when you can't run the ball at any level - high school, college, the pros. That's the way it's been for a long time."
Asked about WSU, and he said that they are getting better. Said he's not sure why they went to an odd front a couple weeks back, but it's helped them. The first half of the ASU game was only 10-0, and they were still playing hard at the end of that game.
Said that A'i Ahmu and Greg Trent played very well against UW last year and have played hard this year. "I don't think they've lost their fight at all."
Asked about Willie Griffin and why he wasn't available against UCLA, and he said that he had x-rays done on his toe, they came back negative, but he didn't practice Thursday so he didn't play. He said that Turbo (Terrance Dailey) tried to gut out a hip pointer, but fumbled on a key play. If Brandon Johnson had gotten hurt, it would have been Luke Kravitz or Paul Homer running the ball. It's been a real struggle finding continuity with all the injuries.
TL also said that part of the struggles are because the OL is kind of beat up. Ben Ossai is hurt, Cody Habben took his place and is also a little beat up, and Skyler Fancher saw the most time he's ever seen against UCLA. He said that Ryan Tolar is a tough kid and the AC is really important to him because he's from Pasco, so they can't keep him out of this one. Ossai is day-to-day (concussion), Habben will play and Garcia is doing fine.
Asked about how Ronnie Fouch is doing mentally, and he said that he told Fouch the same thing he told Isaiah Stanback: The UW QB spot is the most scrutinized position in Seattle sports, and you always get too much credit when things are going well and too much blame when things are going bad. "It's not all on him." He said that he just met with Ronnie and physically he's fine and mentally he's fine. "He's pretty competitive." Said that he's had to look at nothing but constant pressure and sure he's missed some throws but it's really on everybody on the offense.
Asked about running Fouch more against UCLA, and TL said they 'rolled the dice' because they needed it, and it definitely helped them. "We had to do it."
Asked about D'Andre Goodwin's season, and he said that he's had by far the most consistent season on offense, yet still has some spots he needs to shore up. "It's not too big for him. He wants the football and he wants to play." TL added that Goodwin is getting better at the leadership role, and could tell he gets vocal when things are going wrong, like when turnovers happen. Big step for him.
Also said that the freshmen definitely need to hit the weight room to get bigger, faster and stronger, and they definitely would have benefited from a redshirt year but that's not the situation they were in. Said they've 'flashed for us' - meaning they've shown flashes of brilliance, but they have a lot of work to do in the winter program to take that next step. "They are going to have their day." He added that he expects the young receivers to be good next year and the year after that. "Guys like Jermaine Kearse and Cody Bruns - they've done some good things for 18-year old kids."
Also said the above applies to Kavario Middleton, who has to dedicate himself to the weight room this winter. Since he's been a two-sport star, he's never had to do that before, and it's going to be tough for him. "He really needs to excel in the weight room."
Asked about the AC from the perspective of someone who grew up on the east side (Spokane), and TL said that no one would have seen this coming. If you asked WSU fans, it's not like they would have expected to go to the Rose Bowl this year, but nothing like this. But as with every Apple Cup, it's the old cliche - throw out the record books. "It's going to be competitive just because of the rivalry. It doesn't matter what the records are: just look at them last year and us the year before that."
Asked about the national perception of this being an embarrassing game, and he said 'We're the punchline'. "That's what it is."
Asked if having a winless season creates a stigma for a program and he said no, because there will be a 'new energy' in here that will change things around pretty quick. If you didn't have that happening, it could cause big problems.
But you are going into an offseason without bowl practices, and that affects things. Said the players are going to have to audition all over again, and they are really doing that right now. They'll be doing that in the winter and the spring. "You're going to give everybody a fair shot, and that's what I did when we came in here, and what did they have? A 1-10 season? You look at all the games, but you look at the last couple of games because you want to see how they are competing when it's easy to go away. "I think it's critical to evaluate these guys when they are going through hard times, and see how they step up - like Flea (Goodwin) is doing. When you see a kid playing hard all the time, still giving you everything he has, that's pretty good stuff. As a coach you kind of like to see that. In the beginning of the year it's easy, but these last couple weeks, it's not."
On Jake Locker - TL said he probably won't travel because he's got rehab. He had surgery to remove plates in his hand and wrist. "It healed up really good. The doctor was really pleased. He said it's in great shape, but he's got some rehab to do."
TL added that Jake probably won't throw a ball until the end of December. Asked about Jake possibly getting a year back, and he said that it's been discussed with John Morris, head of compliance, but he doesn't know where it is in the process.
Cody Bruns Notes:
Said he grew up a UW fan, always wore his Husky jacket to recess, and caught crap for that because Prosser is more Cougar country. Said that the Huards are family friends because Mike Huard grew up in Prosser. That's probably when he started to become a UW fan. Went to the 2003 AC in Pullman that UW won 29-26 in 3OT. Went to the game with WSU fans, but he was going for the Huskies.
Said his family is solidly UW, no division there.
Said his hamstring seems to be OK. Said that with the setbacks and comebacks it's been tough, but you have to fight through the adversity.
Said that the team is looking at the AC as another game and another chance to get a win. He feels they match up really good against WSU. "They have been playing better, and it should be a really good game."
Said a win would be great for momentum building into the off-season. "I think it plays a big part. If we can get a couple of wins, get our confidence back, it will build toward the off-season and back into next season."
Asked about taking things from this year, and he said that from beginning to end he learned a lot of things mentally, learning how to fight through things. "That has made us a better team overall. I think the young guys got a lot of learning experience and that's going to help us later on."
Asked if he sees his class and the sophomore class as the ones to turn things around, and he said he does. "Hopefully next season we'll start to get it rolling. The young guys have gained a lot of confidence just being out there, and I think that will definitely help us next year."
He laughed and said 'no' when asked if he had moved into the QB depth.
Paul Wulff Notes:
On the AC and preparation - "We haven't done anything in particular to ready ourselves to play UW. We're just trying to get better as a football team. We're trying to do that every practice, each week."
On the feeling of walking out of the tunnel for the AC as a HC - "I don't know. As a player your mindset is different than as a coach." Said that as a player it's all physical, as a coach it's all mental. Have to make sure all your seniors are honored and then get ready to make sure your guys play a good football game and put a complete game together.
On Injuries - Kevin Lopina will be cleared to practice a minimal amount. Logwone Mitz should be able to play. Chantz Staden is out. JT Levenseller's x-rays on non-throwing hand negative, he's OK. Tyrone Justin still very gimpy. Andy Mattingly extremely questionable, but knowing him he's going to try and play. Myron Beck probably cleared to practice minimal with broken hand.
On Matt Mullenix - He's played his tail off all year and has learned how to be a leader. He's done a great job of adapting. He's a smart guy and he gives us everything he's got. You can never have too many of those guys. From an effort standpoint, he gives relentless effort. He definitely fits the mold mentally of the kind of player we want on this team.
On seeing AC like this, having followed it for so long - No. Couldn't imagine it. One thing about this game is that you throw out the records, and that's true regardless about this game. Never been about the records, now, in the past and in the future.
On added urgency for this game - Both teams want to win it because it will help some of the sting of the season. Go into the off-season feeling a little better about themselves. Important to try and get that accomplished for themselves.
On biggest challenges for him this year - Trying to get to know the players and coaches and finding the answers. It's hard to come up with answers when you don't know what your players are going to do in the heat of battle. So unsettled, we're learning. That's been the biggest challenge for us. Also work through all the injuries we've had. Five different QB's take snaps is something I never dreamed would occur. Turnover ratio is the stat that typifies the season. Whoever holds that record nationally is never going to be very good. A year ago we were first in the country at one point. That's a big stat for me - the most important stat for a football team. Direct reflection of the youth, as well as how many QB's they've had to play.
On being more of a challenge than he thought it would be - Yes. Only have a limited amount of time to be around them, because of the rules and how they couldn't be around them during the summer and only had so many practices in the spring and fall. Team with a lot of turnover in personnel, so didn't have a great feel for each other. But now we've got that base and build from it and move on. With all the redshirts coming back, we can move forward because we know our guys and are more comfortable.
On the national perspective being that this is two embarrassing teams playing against each other - Probably not fair. Teams that are in transition that are building themselves back up. If people want to get a laugh out of it, I guess they can.
On expecting to win this game - It's a game we definitely want to win, go into it with the idea that we are going to win. We've tried to win every game, and also have tried to find growth in every game. Go from A to B and B to C and so forth. Have to create positive steps along the way.
On having nothing to lose and cutting loose with the playcalling - We've felt like we've had nothing to lose for a while now and we've tried to cut it loose but have had a lot of turnover. Reverse and fumble, or blitz and can't cover man to man. We try to be aggressive and it's bit us in the behind. Fine line there. We have nothing to lose and neither do they, so there's no reason to be conservative.
On the youth in the game - Of all the teams in the conference probably the two youngest teams. Plays there to be made and not getting it done. Usually teams that have success are getting plays made by veteran players. But this program will get better as we move forward and get more veteran.
On favorite AC joke - I better not say any. Good t-shirts I've seen over the years.
On the mood of the team after last week's game - I think our players are a lot more serious and have come together these last few weeks, there's been a lot of growth there. Starting to trust each other with their play. Now have to play well in all three areas in the same game. Have got to put all three phases together and we'll be competitive.
On anything UW does concerns him - Speed at WR and the QB has the ability to make throws. OL has size and that can be an advantage for them. Stout enough to cause some issues. Fouch has a very nice arm. Defensively they have played hard, created some turnovers. Have gotten down in some games and when that happens your level of intensity drops, just like what's happened to us.
On advantages going into the game - Being in Pullman is an advantage. The two teams match up better than any team they have faced this year. The matchup is relatively close. Being at home, need the crowd and he thinks they'll take another step from where they played last week.
On this game and how it will affect recruiting: I would like to think that one game isn't going to dictate anything in recruiting. Would hope that it has more to do with the experience and what the future holds and what they want to be a part of. Winning or losing one particular game shouldn't have that big a bearing on a decision like that.
Ronnie Fouch Notes (per Jon Martone):
One when he learned about Apple Cup- "I hadn't learned too much about the tradition of the Apple Cup until I first came up here. Talking to the older guys and being able to watch it last year as a red shirt I learned how much history and tradition there in this game and how big of a game it is to both teams. It's a huge game, everybody in the state rallying for their team and there are a lot bragging rights that come into it."
On his performance against UCLA- "You learn from it. I'm learned from all these games and all my experiences. This game was a tough game but I have to bounce back this week. We have Apple Cup. It's a huge game for our team and their team. We have to bounce back and get things rolling on offense this week in practice. It's my job to pick the pace up and pick up enthusiasm this week and bring these guys together and pick these guys up, and get them ready for this game."
On picking up the team's spirits- No it's not difficult at all. With how big this game is I don't think it will be hard for the coaches and myself to pick this team up and get guys excited for this game.
On what he has leaned this season- The speed of the game and how to keep my body healthy during the season. You have to be getting treatment every time I take those hits. I have to get myself in the training room and get treatment and get my body right for the next weekend. I learned a lot from Carl Bonnell last year and Jake Locker last year and this year on how to be a Pac-10 quarterback and how to handle the season.
On problems with the passing game last Saturday- "We just couldn't execute. We put ourselves in long 3rd down situations again this week. Any time you get in those situations it's tough for our offensive coordinator to call a successful play and try and take a shot down the field but not give the other team the ball. I forced some balls and didn't make the right reads on some plays. I put that on myself. It was tough for me to get those long distance situations, and it's tough on the play calling."
On the WSU defense- I haven't seen too much of them but I expect they will be fighting just like we are, fighting to get a win. It's in their stadium so we are already in a disadvantage playing on the road. We have to go in with the mindset to get a fast start and bounce back from this loss but put it behind us.
On the cold weather- I'm not sure, I haven't played in that cold of weather before. I've heard in the past the games have been really cold. I'm prepared for it and I'm bringing as much cold gear as I can to try and stay warm on the sidelines, keep my arm warm. But I've never played in this type of cold weather before.
On the two teams trying to get a win- "I can't describe that because we don't have a win. I imagine they are trying to fight for win as bad as we are. It's going to be two teams battling for a win. They have a win on their record but they are still fighting to get another one like we are."
On if not going winless is motivation- "No. It is motivation because we want to win either way. We got two games left and we're planning on winning both of them because that's what we have to do. We're not focused on finishing out with no wins. We want to finish the season out right for coach and for our seniors. Anytime you have games left you want to win them all."
Mesphin Forrester Notes (per Jon Martone):
On if there will be extra excitement- "Oh yeah, it's Apple Cup. It's a huge deal, not only to the football team but to the city and the fans. The Apple Cup is a little more extra happening, buzz in the locker room."
On if Apple Cup still means anything- "It's still the Apple Cup. It's been played for over 100 hundred years like what Coach Willingham said. It's a huge deal out here so we look forward to playing in the game and competing."
On if the Cup is different because on the team records- "I think it will have the same intensity. Apple Cup is a totally different game. I remember my freshman year I went down in a game I was red shirting and we weren't having the best season. I think we won one game against San Jose, we went 1 and 10 that year. The rest of the guys out there were still competing even though we weren't having a good season. I'm looking forward to our team going out there competing even though we're 0 and 10. Just going out there and fighting and trying to get a victory."
On if there will be extra intensity- "We haven't won a game yet, so we're looking forward to going down there and coming up with our first win. Like I said it's the Apple Cup, so it's a pretty big deal."
On the defense against UCLA- "With the turnover part (we were better). We went into the game knowing we had to get the ball back for our offense and try and create a couple turnovers, which we did. I felt we slowed down a little bit towards the end."
On when he learned about Apple Cup- "I'm originally from Los Angeles so I didn't know too much about Wazzu (and) Washington rivalry until I came up here. I learned that it's not only the football team that is hyped about this, it's the city and the fans."
WSU's depth chart versus UW released:
WSU OFFENSE X 85 JESHUA ANDERSON (6-2, 186, So.) 84 Jared Karstetter (6-4, 195, Fr.) F 29 KEVIN NORRELL (5-9, 180, Fr.) 3 Michael Willis (6-2, 210, Jr.) LT 55 VAUGHN LESMUA (6-4, 323, Sr.) 77 Will Hunter (6-5, 285, Fr.) LG 78 STEVEN AYERS (6-4, 311, Fr.) 73 Andrew Roxas (6-2, 282, So.) C 69 KENNY ALFRED (6-2, 300, Jr.) 73 Andrew Roxas (6-2, 282, So.) RG 72 B.J. GUERRA (6-3, 293, Fr.) 79 Brian Danaher (6-3, 287, So.) 56 Kevin Freitag (6-3, 285, Fr.) RT 76 MICAH HANNAM (6-4, 284, So.) 67 Joe Eppele (6-8, 294, So.) TE 48 BEN WOODARD (6-5, 242, Sr.) 80 Devin Frischknecht (6-3, 251, Sr.) INJ 43 Tony Thompson (6-2, 225, Jr.) Z 4 BRANDON GIBSON (6-1, 200, Sr.) 2 Daniel Blackledge (6-1, 178, So.) 20 Marcus Richmond (6-1, 205, So.) QB 9 KEVIN LOPINA (6-3, 228, Jr.) 5 JT Levenseller (6-1, 178, Fr.) 19 Dan Wagner (6-0, 209, Fr.) 8 Marshall Lobbestael (6-3, 199, Fr.) INJ 17 Gary Rogers (6-7, 222, Sr.) INJ RB 31 DWIGHT TARDY (5-11, 201, Jr.) 34 Logwone Mitz (6-1, 219, Fr.) 23 Chris Ivory (6-0, 225, Jr.) INJ 22 Chantz Staden (5-10, 200, Jr.) INJ K 18 NICO GRASU (6-1, 195, So.) or 35 WADE PENNER (5-10, 160, So.) WSU DEFENSE LE 93 KEVIN KOOYMAN (6-6, 247, Jr.) 83 Bryce Buslach (6-4, 205, Fr.) LT 92 A'I AHMU (6-0, 280, Sr.) 65 Adam Hineline (6-2, 261, Sr.) RT 90 TOBY TURPIN (6-6, 276, So.) 77 Matt Eichelberger (6-4, 317, Sr.) RE 58 MATT MULLENNIX (6-6, 253, Sr.) 45 Andy Mattingly (6-4, 251, Jr.) WLB 46 LOUIS BLAND (5-10, 203, Fr.) 24 Kendrick Dunn (5-11, 218, Sr.) MLB 52 GREG TRENT (5-11, 230, Sr.) 44 Mike Ledgerwood (6-1, 215, Fr.) SLB 38 CORY EVANS (6-2, 235, Sr.) 13 Myron Beck (6-0, 207, So.) 53 Hallston Higgins (5-10, 211, So.) LCB 10 ROMEO PELLUM (5-10, 179, So.) 32 Devin Giles (6-0, 169, Jr.) SS 1 ALFONSO JACKSON (5-9, 203, Sr.) 21 Chima Nwachukwu (5-11, 197, So.) 33 Tyree Toomer (5-11, 188, Fr.) FS 26 XAVIER HICKS, Jr. (6-0, 196, Jr.) 25 Easton Johnson (5-11, 196, So.) RCB 9 TYRONE JUSTIN (5-11, 157, Fr.) 6 Markus Dawes (5-11, 197, Sr.) 39 Tali Talakai (5-9, 177, Jr.) P 8 REID FORREST (6-0, 183, So.) 19 Dan Wagner (6-0, 209, Fr.) WSU SPECIAL TEAMS KO: 28 Patrick Rooney (5-11, 190, Jr.) FIELD GOALS: 18 Nico Grasu (6-1, 195, So.) LONG SNAPS: 63 Zach Enyeart (6-0, 263, So.) P-RETURNS: 29 Kevin Norrell (5-9, 180, Fr.) KO-RETURN: 29 Kevin Norrell (5-9, 180, Fr.) HOLDER: 8 Reid Forrest (6-0, 183, So.)
Tyrone Willingham Notes:
Said that Apple Cup Week is one of the more exciting weeks of the year because of the special energy around the game. It affects every household in the state and everyone is impacted in one way or another based on what happens in Pullman. "Almost everyone will have something to say about it - good, bad or indifferent." Even the UW players from California have in-state roommates or understand just how important this game is. "It makes it for a fun week." Added that they make sure all the players know how important the game is and its history. "It has a much larger impact than most of the games." There's just a great deal of interaction with the state. At the office, everyone loves to have bragging rights for the year.
Said "There's a natural energy around the game, and everyone is drawn to it."
Said Senio Kelemete has a chance to get back this week. Matt Mosely will not return. Terrance Dailey is expected to return from his hip pointer. Jake Locker had surgery and is not expected to come back this year. "I don't think it's the right move to make (to play him)."
Ryan Tolar hurt his shoulder in the loss to UCLA, but is expected to play in the AC.
Asked about the focus for this game being a little more heightened because of the stakes, and TW said there's no discussion happening this week other than the Apple Cup. Said that there's 'no less of a chance' for bulletin board material, the energy and excitement for the game 'makes tongues a little looser than normal."
Asked about the 2006 Apple Cup, and he remembers 'big plays and energy and Caesar Rayford finishing the game for the Huskies. "Big plays. Marcel Reese, Cody Ellis, Louis Rankin running down the right sideline. I can see those plays like they were yesterday."
Asked about the team's focus dwindling since the announcement of his firing, and he said he doesn't want to 'keep treading on that water' and wants to move forward. All he is looking forward to is the AC.
Asked about WSU, and he said they use a lot of personnel and packages to confuse. Said No. 52 is a good player and they've gotten some good play out of their cornerbacks. "Like all teams that are losing, it's just a mistake here or there that doesn't allow them to put it all together. They play hard and physical and we respect that." He added that he expects the outcome of the game to come right down to the end.
Asked about Ronnie Fouch getting a little scarred emotionally from as much as he's had to play, and TW said you always worry about the 'why and how' things happen, and you always want to play better around your quarterback. But like Locker, he's had a year to see things, so it shouldn't be a problem for him. "When the team plays better around a younger QB, that makes his growth and development as a player better."
Asked if he was to comment on a game where a winless team was going on the road nearly a double-digit favorite, what would he say? "I'd say it must be a rivalry game."
Asked about involving Cody Bruns more in the offense, and TW said that they have to try and keep him in the line up first before he can be that impact player they are looking for. He had a hamstring issue, then a concussion, and his hamstring flared up again. "When he's been healthy, he's been a wonderful addition to the team. He wants to compete." Said his versatility at WR, QB and even at PR means he can do some good things if they can keep him in the lineup.
Asked about pass problems against UCLA, and TW said that they've had problems with protection and routes. "What bothers me is that we can't do all those things you need to do to have success." Mentioned the same problem with the run game.
Asked if the energy and emotion of the AC would be enough to get the team to play, and he said he doesn't believe the team has quit at all, and the energy of the AC is special.
Asked what the difference is between getting this one win, as opposed to having zero wins. "Is one win greater than zero? I would say yes." Said they are trying to win every single game possible, and that 'winning is better than the alternative.'
UW's depth chart versus WSU released:
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. 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. RG 65 Ryan Tolar 6-5 321 So./Jr. 64 Matt Sedillo 6-3 320 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. 80 Kavario Middleton 6-5 255 Fr./Fr. 83 Walt Winter 6-4 254 Sr./Sr. QB 8 Ronnie Fouch 6-1 203 RFr./So. 7 Taylor Bean 6-1 199 RFr./So. 12 Luther Leonard 6-2 193 Fr./Fr. TB 27 Terrance Dailey 5-11 194 Fr./Fr. 6 Brandon Johnson 5-9 207 So./So. 21 Willie Griffin 5-8 198 RFr/So. 20 David Freeman 5-7 190 Fr./Fr. 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. Defense DE 66 Daniel Te'o-Nesheim 6-4 263 Jr./Sr. 50 Kalani Aldrich 6-7 240 RFr./So. DT 99 Cameron Elisara 6-3 289 So./Jr. 74 Alameda Ta'amu 6-2 348 Fr./Fr. DT 37 Johnie Kirton 6-3 296 Sr./Sr. 96 De'Shon Matthews 6-4 260 So./Jr. DE 59 Darrion Jones 6-2 245 Jr./Sr. 92 Everrette Thompson 6-6 255 Fr./Fr. OLB 9 Donald Butler 6-1 242 Jr./Jr. 24 Joshua Gage 6-2 226 Jr./Sr. OR 5 Matt Houston 6-0 232 So./Jr. ILB 57 Trenton Tuiasosopo 6-2 243 Sr./Sr. 9 Donald Butler 6-1 242 Jr./Jr. OLB 40 Mason Foster 6-1 229 So./So. 29 Chris Stevens 6-1 218 Sr./Sr. FS 34 Tripper Johnson 6-1 210 So./Jr. OR 36 Johri Fogerson 6-2 190 Fr./Fr.. SS 8 Nate Williams 6-0 207 So./So. 34 Tripper Johnson 6-1 210 So./Jr. CB 28 Quinton Richardson 6-0 200 RFr./So. 6 Vonzell McDowell, Jr. 5-9 178 So./So. CB 19 Matt Mosley 5-10 180 So./Jr. 23 Mesphin Forrester 6-2 202 Sr./Sr. Special Teams P 12 Jared Ballman 5-11 186 Sr./Sr. 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. 9 Devin Aguilar 6-0 195 Fr./Fr.