Neuheisel expects better practice tomorrow

The defense looked ready for Idaho today and got after the offensive scout team this afternoon as the Huskies had a full pad practice in Husky Stadium. Particularly sharp today was the defensive secondary, as both Greg Carothers and RayShon Dukes lowered the boom on running backs.

Big hit number one came when John Gardenhire took a swing pass and attempted to follow blocking around left end. The Helena Hitman came up, split the gap and lowered the boom on the Kentwood running back, sending him sprawling to the turf.

Big hit number two came from an unlikely candidate. The defense shot a blitz at Cody Pickett, who threw a screen pass to fullback Ken Walker. Walker made the reception and had his head turned back toward his quarterback. As he turned to head upfield, there to meet him and plant him into the field turf was cornerback RayShon Dukes.

On offense, true freshman Robin Meadow has made his move to the second team. Meadow entered Washington as a guard but both need and motivational factors have made Coach Brent Myers see things differently. Meadow is now lining up as a tackle ahead of redshirt freshman Andre Reeves.

"We're excited about Robin, but our goal is still to try and redshirt him if we can. But he deserves the repetitions and we're also hoping that we can light a fire under Andre," said Neuheisel.

Reeves had been very close to earning serious playing time at the end of spring but has since fallen off the depth chart and is working with the scout team. Perhaps the move is working in terms of motivating him as the normally mild mannered lineman got into a brief scuffle with linebacker Ben Mahdavi. Anthony Kelley stepped in and broke it up before anything serious occurred.

Overall, Neuheisel wasn't particularly pleased with today's effort from his team. "I thought we were a step slow. We've been practicing for a long time, it's the one-month anniversary of the start of fall camp. We've been practicing and we've only played one game. Our guys are kind of anxious to play again but I don't think that we practiced with great urgency today. I mentioned that to our guys at the end of practice today that we've got to pick it up," said Neuheisel.

"I expect a much better practice tomorrow."

A very bright spot on offense today was freshman wide receiver Charles Frederick, who made several nice catches today and looked very elusive on the return teams. Expect to see Frederick on the field on Saturday against the Vandals. "Maybe one of the few silver linings in all the dark clouds that have been over all of the programs across the country has been this week of "catch-up". Certainly Charles is working himself into a position where he can come in and play," said Neuheisel.

Frederick had one of the better catches of the day, making a grab near the back of the endzone of a Cody Pickett dart.

The best grab came when Pat Reddick ran a skinny post, reached as far as he could for a Taylor Barton delivery and caught just enough of the ball with his left hand to slow the ball up enough to get his other hand around the ball and make the reception before falling out of the back of the endzone.

One other note – offensive lineman Jeremy Adams, the 6-8 350-pound project is looking more and more like a football player. He may still be another year away but he is definitely showing signs of being a player. Next year big #63 will be one to watch.

Husky Notebook:

Robbins doubtful: Wide Receiver Justin Robbins is still nursing a pulled hamstring muscle and Rick Neuheisel lists him as "doubtful" for the game Saturday against Idaho. "It's more precautionary, really. He'll tell you that he wants to play but the likelihood is that we're going to hold him out," said Neuheisel. Robbins is expected back for the California game. No other new injuries cropped up that would cause any regulars to miss the game on Saturday.

Neuheisel hopes for improvement: Washington struggled a bit last week running the ball, a fact that did not escape the Husky head coach. "I hope that we can show improvement in all areas, but we'll certainly look at our running game. Idaho will have something to say about that, of course," said Neuheisel.

Derrick Johnson update: Cornerback Derrick Johnson is doing more and more at practice and looks like he could return this season. Neuheisel is being extremely cautious about that situation, however. "I want Derrick to return to full health as soon as possible but we have to make sure that we're prudent about how quickly he tries to come back. A lot will depend on the health of the other corners. It's best to just try to get him back to full health as soon as possible and then we'll make those decisions," said Neuheisel. Johnson has a redshirt season available. Top Stories