Practice Report 9/19

The Huskies came out with more effort today as the days wind down for their second game against Idaho on Saturday. With the game cancelled in Miami and the country still grieving, the team now appears to be getting increasingly focused for the Vandals.

"I thought it was a better practice," Coach Neuheisel said. "I thought guys had a little bit more of bounce in their step."

Still, the head coach said that there is still plenty of work to be done.

"Certainly there is a lot of mental preparation left in preparing for Idaho, and hopefully we'll be mature enough to get that accomplished so we go out and play a great game on Saturday."

The average fan might suggest that the contest against Idaho could be a yawner. Neuheisel isn't taking the Vandals lightly, especially after seeing their fourth quarter outburst against Arizona in their last game two weekends ago.

"I am just very leery of this opponent given all that they know about us and given the motivation to play a team as we are in the Top 20," he said.

Idaho's wide receivers coach Tarn Sublett knows as much about the Huskies as any coach in the country that doesn't work for Rick Neuheisel. He was a graduate assistant and sat in on every single offensive staff meeting.

"I think that this is an (Idaho) team that surely felt strong about their effort (against Washington) a year ago. Most of their comments from a year ago were that they lamented about their five turnovers (four fumbles, one interception) and thought they were in the game and that they were physically talented enough to play in the game. I thought so, too, so I see where they would come in here wanting to give it their best shot and expecting to give it their best shot."

Clearly, two of Idaho's best players are seniors Wil Beck, a nose tackle, and quarterback John Welsh. Last year, Welsh burned Washington for 256 passing yards, completing a stellar 23-29 and throwing for two touchdowns. Beck was a terror on defense, and at times was unblockable. Neuheisel knows that he's dealing with two dangerous players in Beck and Welsh.

"They've got a great quarterback, and if he gets hot it could be a long day" he said.

"Defensively, Beck may be as dominating of defensive lineman that we play all year."

After being held without an offensive touchdown in the opener, the Huskies appear eager to get back on the field and prove that they're better offensively than they've shown.

Receiver Charles Frederick looks more comfortable out there with each passing day, and with two more weeks of practice under his belt it could be time to unleash some of his talent this Saturday.

He nearly had the best play of the practice today on a deep ball over the middle when he got by two Husky first-teamers, but he couldn't manage bring it in for the reception.
,br> The coaching staff is giving the team no room for error, and it showed by the way they were coaching today - very loudly. Mistakes are simply not being tolerated as the team looks to kick it into the next gear against the Vandals before Pac-10 Conference play starts up against Cal in Berkeley, California on Sept. 29.

Getting another game under their belt, especially for such a young team, will undoubtedly help the Huskies.

"We all need more snaps, and just from a psyche standpoint it's nice to be able to go out and play," Neuheisel said. "I'm sure all of the programs across the country are anxious to play a game. Fortunately we're not one of those teams that have a bye this week and have to wait another week to play. I'm just anxious to play and see improvement."
Husky Notebook:

Tyler Krambrink update: Neuheisel said that there was no report yet on the status of Krambrink's hand. The redshirt sophomore from Eatonville missed all of fall camp with the injury, and hasn't been in any contact drills since the spring.

Injury update: Roc Alexander wore red today as the coaching staff decided to keep him away from any contact after he took a hit on his shoulder yesterday. "We wanted to make sure he wouldn't get hit there today," Neuheisel said. Kevin Ware also was held out of contact and is nursing a quad muscle, but is expected to be fine. Jamaun Willis nicked a calf yesterday, and in a precautionary move wore red today, but he too is expected to play. Lastly, Spencer Marona is questionable for Idaho with a dinged up shoulder.

Swapping Numbers: Freshman Sam Cunningham changed his # 7 jersey to # 4 today, making the change because Wilbur Hooks already wears the # 7 and to play both on special teams at the same time, it warranted a new number for Sam-Bam. Originally, the # 4 jersey was going to be given to incoming cornerback Eric Shyne, who failed to qualify. Top Stories