Bonnell To Lead Huskies In Rivalry Game

Oct. 31, 2006

SEATTLE (AP) - The task of quarterbacking the WashingtonHuskies, who need two more victories to become bowl-eligible, willfirst be in the hands of banged-up junior Carl Bonnell.

If Bonnell falters, then Johnny Durocher would get the call.

Or, as coach Tyrone Willingham said Monday, maybe it could befreshman Jake Locker.

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What seemed a sure thing on Saturday night -- Locker redshirtinghis freshman season -- was again brought into question on Monday byWillingham, who said there might still be a scenario where Lockersees the field as a freshman, even as late as the Apple Cup againstWashington State.

It's a highly unlikely scenario, and not one Willingham prefers,but it remains a possibility.

'What I'm always saying is: I'll make the best decision forthis football team,' Willingham said. 'If that means Jake shouldplay at the end of the season, if that was the very best thing forJake and this team, then I would make that decision. I would nothesitate to make that decision.'

Washington is now 4-5 (2-4 Pac-10).

Bonnell was injured in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 26-23overtime loss to Arizona State and Willingham turned to DuRocher.After the game, offensive coordinator Tim Lappano indicated thatLocker would not be used this season.

In a perfect situation, Locker never steps foot on the fieldthis year and Bonnell stays healthy enough for the Huskies' finalthree contests.

Bonnell suffered a mild concussion against the Sun Devils, butshould be able to fully participate in practice this week and starton Saturday at No. 24 Oregon. It's the second significant injury inBonnell's two starts since taking over for Isaiah Stanback, who'sout for the year with a foot injury. Bonnell sprained hisnon-throwing shoulder against Cal, then hit his head on the HuskyStadium turf after he threw and was hit.

Bonnell said Monday it was his first concussion, but most of thesymptoms were gone. He struggled before his injury, completing just9 of 23 passes, and threw two interceptions.

'I don't think it was very good. I think the stats speakvolumes,' Bonnell said. 'We have to move the ball.'

DuRocher would get the call against the Ducks should Bonnell beunable to play. It would bring DuRocher full-circle, as the juniorstarted his career at Oregon, before transferring to Washington.

Last week, DuRocher got virtually no snaps in practice, whileBonnell got the majority of the reps with Locker getting a few.Willingham said he made the decision to substitute DuRocher onSaturday based on brief information he received that led him tobelieve Bonnell would not miss any significant time.

Without any practice, DuRocher performed well in the fourthquarter, leading the Huskies to a tying touchdown. DuRocher was4-of-8 passing for 40 yards.

'I just got to be ready to go, similar to last week, and if ithappens, I'll be looking forward to it,' DuRocher said.

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