Dawgbytes - 9/18

There was more good news coming from Montlake Thursday, as the Washington receiving corps added some much-needed depth and experience to their ranks.

Justin Robbins, a 6-0, 190-pound receiver, has been cleared to play and will play Saturday against Idaho, Washington head coach Keith Gilbertson announced Thursday afternoon. "Justin Robbins is ready to play," Gilbertson said. "The game plan with him will depend on how he feels after a series. He's been practicing pretty well and obviously is a little sore, but the next day he's fine. We've limited the amount of drill work he's done and that's worked out."

Previously, Gilbertson had hoped that Robbins would be available for the Stanford game, but Justin's rehabilitation on his knee went better than anticipated. Robbins, from Lacey (Wash.) River Ridge, missed all of the 2002 season because of his knee, and only appeared in one game in 2001 because of various hamstring, shoulder and knee injuries.

He played briefly against California before having to leave with a reoccurring hamstring problem.

Gilbertson talked about Justin playing some slot, but the starting nod there will go to either Isaiah Stanback or Quintin Daniels in what appears to be a game-time decision.

"I watched him practice yesterday and he was quick," Gilbertson said. "I said, 'I used to coach a guy that was quick and made plays like that.' It's a good deal for him."

Ty Eriks continues to work at one defensive end spot, competing with Brandon Ala behind Manase Hopoi, while Graham Lasee anchors the other end with Donny Mateaki and Mike Mapu behind him. Gilbertson will let the sophomore from O'Dea high school play there as long as he wants to.

"He can go back to fullback easily because he knows that spot," Gilbertson said. "There's some depth at fullback, and we wanted to give him a week to two weeks to see what he could do, and we'll keep him there until he says yea or nay."

Right now the 6-2, 230-pound Eriks isn't taking any reps at fullback.

Gilbertson also talked a little bit about the true freshmen he expects to play. "C.J. Wallace is ready to play," he said. "He's fast on special teams and he can crack the two-deeps. He's ready to play." Gilbertson also went on to say that Wallace hasn't supplanted Owen Biddle at the strong safety spot behind Evan Benjamin for the Idaho game.

"I think 'Dre' Simpson and Anthony Russo are going to get a chance to redshirt," he continued. Quintin Daniels and Sonny Shackelford will play all the time and Bobby Whithorne is probably going to play."

And Tahj Bomar? "We definitely want Tahj on our special teams because of his speed," Gilbertson said of the true frosh WIL from Kent. "He's going to be a fine linebacker in time, but it's going to take some time. He's going to be good."

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