Houston, Farney Report To UW Football Team

Aug. 21, 2006

SEATTLE - Two student-athletes were added to the Huskies' fall camp roster Monday, head coach Tyrone Willingham announced, as tailback Michael Houston, a transfer from the University of Texas, and linebacker Mark Farney, who was with the team in the spring, reported for duty.

Farney, a linebacker from nearby Bellevue High School, walked on to the Husky team last spring. He'll be entering his second year of school at the UW. At Bellevue, he helped the team to back-to-back state titles and a 25-1 overall record during his time there.

Houston, who will also be entering his second year of college, joins the UW after transferring from Texas, the defending national champion. Last season as a true freshman running back with the Longhorns, Houston played in two games, carrying the ball three times for 27 yards.

Due to NCAA transfer rules, he will not be able to play for Washington this season, but will participate in practice, beginning this afternoon.

Houston attended Montbello High School in Denver, Colo. As a senior, he rushed for 1,414 yards and 23 touchdowns on 202 carries, helping Montbello to an 8-4 overall record, a 7-0 conference mark and an appearance in the 5A state quarterfinals. Additionally, he was captain of the speech and debate teams in high school.

Coach Willingham noted that he was aware of Houston as a high school senior and recruited him while still the head coach at Notre Dame.

'We had some contact with him at Notre Dame and followed him a little bit,' Willingham said.

However, Houston committed to the Texas program early in the recruiting process, before Willingham's staff had the opportunity to offer a scholarship.

'I don't think it got to that point,' Willingham recalled, while noting that Houston was a player that he and his staff would have like to have signed at the time. 'He committed to Texas early ... If we had gotten to the point of offering a scholarship, we would have been excited.'

In other news Monday, coach Willingham addressed the injury to projected starting defensive end Greyson Gunheim, who hurt a knee during the scrimmage portion of Saturday's practice. Willingham stated that Gunheim's injury will not require surgery and that the prognosis calls for one to three weeks to recover.

Fall camp continued Monday with two full-squad practices under sunny skies at Husky Stadium. The fall camp is into its final week as, after practices each day this week, the players will get Sunday off before getting into game week mode next Monday, Aug. 28. Kickoff for the season opener, Sept. 2 vs. San Jose State, is set for 12:30 p.m.

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