Dawgbytes - 9/2

After one day of practice in preparation for Washington's home opener this Saturday against the Indiana Hoosiers, there are still some position battles that haven't been settled and other rotations that will see some shuffling.

One thing is for sure; Husky head coach Keith Gilbertson is done talking about Ohio State. "I think our players are anxious to play this Saturday," he said Tuesday afternoon. "If they aren't pissed and a little angry they are probably in the wrong place. Unless you've been there and have been in the business, no one knows just how much you agonize after a loss.

"But as I've said many times already, it was a great learning experience for our players, with 21 players getting a chance to get out there for the first time. But that game is over. I'm done talking about Ohio State."

Gilby has respect for Hoosier QB Matt Lo Vecchio. "I liked him when he was at Notre Dame," he said of the junior transfer from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. "But I also have a lot of respect for the gentleman that coaches him, Al Borges. He's been driving coaches nuts in the Pac-10 for years when he was at Oregon, UCLA and Cal. He's a fine coach and I know he'll have some tricks up his sleeve. He gives you a lot of things you'll need to defend."

Having known Borges for some time should give Gilbertson some well-needed insight into what he'll need to prepare for, but he was quick to provide the counter to that. "He's coached against Hundley and Phil (Snow) for a while too, so it works both ways," he said.

The last thing Gilbertson is going to do right now is panic. With as many things that need fine tuning, he could tinker with the tight ends or add his input to the quarterbacks or running backs, but that's not going to happen. He believes in the coaching golden rule. "I know that if I had put in that much work and time and effort coaching my guys and another coach stepped in, I'd be pissed," he said.

"I have a lot of confidence in these coaches and I have a lot of confidence in the players and what is expected of them. I will not jump in to coach a position. Every coach is accountable and responsible for what they are doing and we will not panic. We will be fine."

Gilbertson mentioned that he would like to see Sean Douglas get a chance punting the ball, and that's not a reflection on Garth Erickson's work in Columbus. "I'd like to see just a little more average net on the punts," he said. He also would like to see Kenny James and Shelton Sampson get some carries spelling Rich Alexis.

He did say that Alexis, the senior RB from Coral Springs, Florida, is 'ready to roll', after getting back home a little dinged up. He also said that the coaches will be watching Derrick Johnson's hamstring and Tui Alailefaleula's ankle, which has been bothering him since the final fall scrimmage, but overall they are as healthy as could be expected.

Chris Singleton's surgery to repair his broken foot was 100 percent succesful, but his return will rest solely on his rehabilitation and his desire to use an available redshirt year. "It's an injury that could take 6,8,10 weeks to heal," Gilbertson said.

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