More Dawgbytes - 10/7

After playing the whole game against UCLA, Tusi Sa'au woke up Sunday with a sore lower back. He woke up Monday with the same soreness. So, after already losing guard Rob Meadow to a torn ACL, Washington will be down one more scholarshipped lineman when the Huskies take on Nevada this Saturday.

"He won't be back this week," head coach Keith Gilbertson said Tuesday. With Joe Toledo, Sa'au's status is considered 'week-to-week'. "We thought that about Joe too, but that was three weeks ago," Gilbertson quipped.

Toledo is suffering as well from a lower back condition.

With Meadow and now Sa'au out, Gilbertson has moved redshirt frosh Stanley Daniels to help pick up the slack. "We've moved Stanley Daniels from defensive tackle to offensive guard so we can be two-deep across on the offensive line," he said. "We are paper-thin there right now. I know Stanley really enjoys playing defense, but he's helping us out because we're in a pickle.

"Having only 7-8 linemen available is really a stretch. (Francisco) Tipoti, (Ryan) Brooks and (Brad) Vanneman have all played, but we don't have 10 guys. We need to get a couple up to speed."

Gilbertson added that, more than likely, Nick Newton would be moved inside to help shore up guard depth (along with Vanneman) if needed, with Tipoti and Brooks anchoring the two-deeps at tackle.

At this point, it's unlikely Daniels would be available for action Saturday. "Well, it's like learning French," Gilbertson. "It's brand-new."

A couple of other Dawgs, Roc Alexander and Charles Frederick, are nursing ailments but are expected to be available against the Wolf Pack. "Roc has had shoulder problems for a while and had some stingers, so we're going to be careful with him," Gilbertson said.

In regard to Frederick, the junior wideout from Florida has been suffering from flu-like symptoms going on nearly two weeks. "Charles had a blood test today," Gilbertson said. "Doctors think he'll be alright and I anticipate him playing, but he just didn't have that 'giddy-up' he's had in the past." Top Stories