April 24, 2006

Improved Huskies bring it at annual spring tilt

Saturday afternoon's Washington Husky spring football competition seemed to please most all the fans who attended the annual event at Montlake. Even the Dawgs head coach, Tyrone Willingham was pleased with the efforts of his young men, who following the game said "There are still areas that we need to shore up - but in all honesty, I thought this was a good performance for us. I've seen a lot of growth on this football team in all places."

What everyone in attendance witnessed Saturday afternoon was a fireworks display early on from number one quarterback Isaiah Stanback, a running game that has not yet found it's footing, and a defense that seemed to tighten the screws as the day progressed, and the final score — if you were counting — was Purple 24, Gold 3.

There was also a potentially serious injury to back-up punter and place kicker Ryan Perkins, who could now be lost for the season. Perkins went down awkwardly as Caesar Rayford fell into him while being blocked. Willingham seemed to get into Rayford's face after the mishap, but later reminded members of the press one of the keys of this spring was staying healthy as a team. Besides this injury, only Wilson Afoa and Juan Garcia seemed particularly dinged up. Still, Willingham felt confident these injuries were not serious.

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