Training Camp Tracker

By Mark Viera
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 27, 2008

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF

39

Days until the Giants host the Redskins in the NFL opener Sept. 4

TODAY'S SCHEDULE

When: 8:30 a.m. practice open to the public.

Where: Redskins Park, Ashburn.

Admission, Parking: Free.

Updates: 703-726-7411.

FRESH FACE {vbar}Kevin Huntley

DE Kevin Huntley grew up watching Washington Redskins greats Mark May and Darrell Green, and he said he "almost cried" the night Doug Williams led the team to a Super Bowl XXII title because he desperately wanted the Redskins to win.

He lived in Northeast Washington, close enough to RFK Stadium that the clock atop his TV would shake when the team scored during home games. So for Huntley, who signed with Washington as a free agent in January, it has been a happy homecoming. In fact, his mother, Tonya Huntley, who still lives in the District, had the chance to join him yesterday at training camp.

Huntley starred at Carroll High School. He attended Kansas State and then played with the Oakland Raiders and Atlanta Falcons. The opportunity to come back to Washington for his third NFL season was too good to pass up.

Huntley used to stare silently at the TV during Redskins games, Tonya Huntley said, not so much as going to the bathroom. Huntley still can remember the community's depression when the team lost.

"It just seemed like Monday was a little bit slower," he said. "People didn't want to get up and go to work, everybody was talking about the game. When they won, the week go by fast."

When Huntley was in elementary school, his mother bought him a Redskins coat that soon became his favorite piece of clothing. The big, down parka stretched beyond his kneecaps, and it had a whistle in its breast pocket.

"I walked around blowing my whistle," he said. "Don't nobody got a Redskin coat like me."

Huntley may have thrown away a bit of his past when he tossed that jacket before entering college, but he has come back to Washington to play for the team he grew up adoring.

"Now I'm back home," Huntley said, "and it feels good."

ZORN WATCH

Coach Jim Zorn carried perhaps his most important tool yesterday in his right hand: a blue Sharpie.

Zorn signed dozens of autographs at Redskins Park, where an estimated crowd of 28,000 showed up for his and the team's first intrasquad scrimmage.

"Unbelievable," Zorn said of the turnout. "It was tremendous to see everyone come out and want to get a look at what were trying to put on the field. It's a real deep admiration between the fans and the traditions of Redskin football."

Before the scrimmage, Zorn joined some quarterbacks in warming up and tossed around the football.

"I thought he was getting warmed up for the scrimmage or something," Jason Campbell. "He wanted to show everyone he got a good arm on this field."

After the scrimmage, Zorn joined many players in autographing footballs, jerseys and pennants. Fans barked his name and tossed him items to inscribe.

Said Zorn, "It's pretty exciting."

QUOTABLE

"I heard some people were here at 5 o'clock this morning. I think I was just turning over at that time."

QB Jason Campbell

INJURY REPORT

DT Anthony Montgomery broke a small bone in his right hand during the scrimmage. He is expected to miss at least 10 days. . . . LB Rian Wallace also broke a bone in his right hand and is expected to miss at least 10 days. . . . OL Kerry Brown strained his left shoulder and will miss one to two weeks.

NEXT UP

What: Hall of Fame Game

Who: Redskins vs. Indianapolis Colts

When: 8 p.m., Aug. 3, Canton, Ohio

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