October 22, 2007

Insider: Havili returns

Stanley Havili described it as a "dumb bunny hop." It looked like a slow-motion glide into the end zone, as Notre Dame defenders flew around him, none touching him.

Havili's five-yard, catch-and-run touchdown reception highlighted his return as a focal point in the offensive game plan, after a four-week lull. The freshman fullback carried six times for 31 yards and caught three balls for 18 yards. Entering Saturday, he had not touched the ball more than six times in a single game, which he did the opening week against Idaho (five receptions, one carry).

"We kind of made an effort to get him back involved," running backs coach Todd McNair said. "He's one of our playmakers."

Havili has scored five touchdowns this season, while gaining 201 yards of total offense. Before Saturday's game, head coach Pete Carroll told him there would be room to run on fullback dives against Notre Dame.

The fullback has had a couple of tough weeks, as the coaching staff pinned two of John David Booty's interceptions on him - one that was thrown behind Havili and hit off his back shoulder at Washington, and another on a bad route against Stanford - but McNair said those plays had not kept Havili out of the game plan.

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