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2006 will go as far as this group does

Stanley Daniels (Kim Grinolds/Dawgman.com)

As 2006 rapidly approaches and the Huskies continue to practice and hone their playbooks and fundamentals in preparation for the opener with San Jose State, there are a few alarm bells going off. Academic hurdles have been barriers to Tyrone Willingham – he has yet to see his squad with the likes of key JC transfers safety Ashlee Palmer and offensive tackle Aaron Mason.

I have to wonder if Palmer might be a better fit at linebacker at some point, but without seeing him on the field to date, it's hard to tell. This team clearly needs him at safety now. Now let's focus on Mason. Why? Because he is part of the unit that will perhaps define how the 2006 season will go for Washington. For years – Hell, make that decades – Washington had been known for their big...

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