A recap of the day’s activities:
Justin Forsett. The Seahawks have seven players on their roster from Texas, but none hails from closer to Dallas than the running back/kick returner his teammates call “Mighty Mouse.”
Forsett is from Arlington, which is roughly 20 miles from downtown Dallas. His family moved there from Florida when Forsett was a junior in high school and he led Grace Prep Academy to back-to-back state titles in the private school division while earning Class 4A all-state honors.
“Even before we moved there, my dad and I were always Cowboy fans – Emmitt (Smith) and Troy (Aikman) and Michael Irvin,” Forsett said. “It was a big deal.”
Forsett was in Dallas for the Thanksgiving Day game last year, but he was limited to punt and kickoff returns. This year, his role in the offense has been expanded, so there will be more for his family and friends to see.
Last year, he bought 11 tickets at $70-$90 per ticket. This year, Forsett is scaling back on those who will be his guests for the game – it’s a select group that will include his parents, brother and high school coach.
“It definitely will be fun for me, and exciting for them, too,” he said.
The other Seahawks who are from the Lone Star state: right tackle Ray Willis (Angleton), defensive tackle Red Bryant (Jasper), defensive lineman Cory Redding (Houston), linebacker D.D. Lewis (Houston), free safety Jordan Babineaux (Port Arthur) and middle linebacker David Hawthorne (Corsicana).
Cornerback Marcus Trufant was activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list today, a day earlier than expected. He fills the roster spot that opened when middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu was placed on injured reserve after having surgery Thursday to reattach his left pectoral.
Trufant will play Sunday, but coach Jim Mora said after practice that the coaches still are discussing what Trufant’s role will be. Earlier this week, Mora said he anticipated Trufant playing only in the nickel because he has been sidelined since the week training camp opened with a lower back issue.
But today, Mora said, “The one thing we don’t want to do is come out of that game saying, ‘We wish we had played Tru more.’ So we’re very conscious of that.”
The official report, as released by the team:
- S C.J. Wallace (hamstring)
- OT Sean Locklear (ankle)
- QB Matt Hasselbeck (rib)
- DE Patrick Kerney (groin)
- OG Rob Sims (ankle)
Wallace and Locklear did not practice, while Hasselbeck, Kerney and Sims participated in all phases. It sets up a situation where, for the first time this season, the bulk of the team’s inactive players on Sunday won’t be on the list because they can’t play.
TRICK OR TREAT
There’s a game in Eugene on Saturday that will be very important in determining who wins the Pac-10 title, and is extremely significant for the Seahawks players who went to Oregon and USC.
Not surprisingly, former Ducks Max Unger and Nick Reed are picking Oregon, while former Trojans Lawrence Jackson and Kyle Williams are going with USC.
Here’s what each had to say:
Unger, rookie guard: “I’m picking the Ducks, because I always think they’re going to win. What am I going to do, say that USC is going to win? We’re going to win by one.”
Reed, rookie defensive end: “The Ducks are going to win. The score? I don’t get into all of that. Too complicated for me. But the defense has been playing great. If the defense plays like it’s been playing and the offense keeps rolling with the momentum it’s had these last four or five weeks, nobody’s going to stop them.”
Williams, practice squad tackle: “It’s going to be a good game. But I will say this for SC, they did play Ohio State so they have played in hostile environments. So that’s given me some faith. I tried to make a bet with Max. Obviously I’m going to pick SC. Here’s how it going to be. SC is going to come out and they’re going to score on their first drive to take a 7-0 lead. Then Oregon is going to go up 14-7. Then it’s going to be a stalemate, and SC is going to pull it out in the fourth quarter.”
Jackson: “I’m a Trojan for life. It is what it is. However it’s going to turn out doesn’t change the fact that I think we’re going to beat ’em up pretty good, because that’s who we are as a team. That’s our program. That’s our philosophy. Can’t change it for a particular opponent. I just hope we dominate and play USC football.”
YOU DON’T SAY
“It’s a night game. It’s Halloween. Everybody’s going to be out. If you have anything to do on that day, you change it and you go to that game.” – Jackson, on the USC-Oregon game