Dawgbytes - 9/12

When asked if this week's practices in preparation for their Saturday matchup with BYE showed the same intensity as a regular game week, Keith Gilbertson couldn't say with certainty. The Huskies took a step back from game-planning and used this week as a time to do a little experimenting. Gilbertson talked about the experiments, as well as who is nursing their various nicks and dings.

"Well, I can't say until you play about intensity, but we have had a couple of good practices on Tuesday and Wednesday, and today will be more like our regular Thursday practice, but with some extra conditioning too," Gilbertson said.

Reggie Williams has been sitting out with a bursitis flareup in his knee. "He's had it for a couple of years now and has been dealing with it," Gilbertson said. Charles Frederick has been wearing red, nursing a bruised shoulder. Dan Dicks has a knee that's been bothering him and he'll be out until Monday.

"Between Derrick Johnson and Roc (Alexander), they probably have one good hip between them," Gilbertson quipped. Cody Pickett has been held out until Monday as a precaution for tightness in his right pectoral muscle. All the players that are currently sitting out are expected to be at 100 percent for the Huskies' next game on the 20th against Idaho.

With the sea of crimson came opportunities for a lot of others to get reps, including backup QB Isaiah Stanback. Stanback has been getting his normal work at QB, but because the starting WR's have been out he's been getting more and more reps in the slot. "It's good experience for him right now," Gilbertson said.

Against Indiana, Gilbertson put Marquis Cooper at rush end to give the Huskies' a little more speed around the corner. This week they've added another body to the line in an attempt to provide even more quicks. "We've been flirting with Ty Eriks at outside linebacker," Gilbertson said. "He's a 230-pound guy that runs a 4.5. He's powerful and fast, so he spent the week running at REB.

"He doesn't know a lot about the position right now, but neither did Donald Jones," Gilbertson added. "He came to me and asked how he could get on the field and has taken to it great. He sees that Zach (Tuiasosopo) is an accomplished player at fullback and we told him we're always looking to get speed on the field.

"This was a time to experiment and look at different things since we weren't messing with a game plan. We've been looking at guys like C.J. Wallace and (Dre) Simpson to see where they are."

In Eriks' place, true frosh walk-on Matt Coombs has been moved to fullback. "He's got size," Gilbertson said. "And one of the things is, he can really catch the ball. He's a good inside runner too."

Things have not changed much on the kicking front. "We had a competition yesterday and neither kicker missed up to 45 yards," he said. "Both were 6-for-6."

Garth Erickson continues to impress Gilbertson with his consistency, but Keith wants to take advantage of true frosh Sean Douglas' leg. Douglas, from Bellevue, Nebraska, put a kickoff through the uprights in last week's game against Indiana.

Now that this week is over, Gilbertson and other Husky coaches are taking time to go to high school games to see prep prospects. He said that he'll be going to at least two games Friday night, to Ballard's contest with Lake Washington, and Inglemoor's game with Eastlake.

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