Dawgbytes - 8/26

Dan Milsten, Tui Alailefaleula and Scott White all returned to practice Tuesday, as the Huskies got underway in preparation for their Saturday night game against defending national champs Ohio State.

JC walk-on Josiah Wilfong is also back after being in red for quite some time.

Ty Eriks is listed on Washington's official two-deeps, but Washington head coach Keith Gilbertson talked about another fullback that might get the nod Saturday. "I think Adam Seery will get the start," he said.

Also, the team had talked about leaving Thursday to Columbus. "If the game had been in the afternoon, we would have left Thursday," Gilbertson said. "It was something we talked about, but since the game is at night we don't need to be staying there for two nights."

Any resolution to the punting game just might go to the wire. "One thing we found out yesterday is that we just aren't kicking the ball far enough," Gilbertson said. He did say that Evan Knudson was the one still in front for field goals and PAT's, while the punting situation was 'muddier'. Knudson, Michael Braunstein, Sean Douglas and Garth Erickson will all travel to Columbus.

Apparently there has been no movement in Juan Garcia's Clearinghouse case. The 6-3, 275-pound lineman from Yakima (Wash.) Eisenhower has been waiting to be cleared since the beginning of fall camp. The other player that had Clearinghouse issues, Chris Hemphill, has been practicing with the team for roughly one week.

On KJR this morning, Beano Cook announced the Huskies as a 'darkhorse' pick for the national championship. In an interview with Mitch Levy, Cook said that Washington and Virginia Tech were his darkhorse picks, but that he's going with Oklahoma over Michigan in the Sugar Bowl, which will be played January 4th, 2004 in New Orleans.

In former Dawg news, Chad Ward was waived today by the Cleveland Browns as first reported by BerniesInsiders.com. Ward signed onto the Browns' scout squad in November of 2002.

Also, look for a feature soon on either Dawgman.com or Sports Washington on former NT Mike Ewaliko. Mike, a letterwinner in 1993, '94 and '95, is best-known for his bone-crunching hit on Miami WR Jammi German during the 1994 'Whammy in Miami'. Mike currently owns a surfboard company in Kent.

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