Dawgbytes - 8/27

The news Wednesday from Montlake was mixed, as the Washington Huskies lose some depth at tailback for at least 6-8 weeks, while other players are stepping up and providing quality play as UW continues preparation for their Saturday night tilt with Ohio State.

Chris Singleton, a 6-0, 200-pound running back from Etiwanda, California, broke his foot and will be out a minimum of 6-8 weeks according to Washington head coach Keith Gilbertson. "He just caught a pass and went down without anybody tackling him," Gilbertson said. "He broke the 5th metatarsal bone, which is something we've seen before." Scott Ballew moves up in the RB rotation for the Huskies and Kenny James is expected to be the first tailback off the bench to spell starter Rich Alexis.

Redshirting is an option for Singleton, who ran for 45 yards as a true freshman and 224 yards in 2002 as a true sophomore.

Ballew will be fourth in the rotation, but the RS frosh from Austin, Texas was going to Columbus, Ohio anyways because of his special teams duties.

Position battle continue to rage on this week, as there are still some spots up for grabs. Tusi Sa'au and Rob Meadow continue to fight for one of the starting guard spots, while it appears Clay Walker has the other spot secured.

Ty Eriks and Adam Seery continue to battle for the starting nod at fullback, but it appears more and more likely that the senior from Albuquerque, New Mexico will get the shot at first blood. Dan Milsten and Graham Lasee continue to battle it out for one of the defensive end spots, while the strong safety spot is mano-a-mano between Owen Biddle and Evan Benjamin.

The kicking spots appear solidified, with Garth Erickson punting, Evan Knudson placekicking, and Michael Braunstein kicking off. Anthony Russo has impressed the coaches so much that he'll be counted on as Charles Frederick's backup returning punts.

"He's just a guy that jumped out at us," Gilbertson said. "He's done a lot of it, can catch the ball and he's a good runner. This is something that's not new to him. I have confidence he'll catch the ball and I know he'll be fine."

A couple of familiar faces to Gilbertson will be on the sidelines Saturday - Aaron and Eric Price. They are Mike Price's sons, and very good friends of Gilbertson. "They will be there," he said. "They are great family friends.

Mike will not be in Columbus.

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