Dawgbytes - 10/8

Apparently the Huskies have the collective mindset of a cover cornerback. Any residual bad feelings over Saturday's 46-16 lost to UCLA in Los Angeles seem to be gone. Instead, Washington engaged Monday in a practice head coach Keith Gilbertson describes as 'very impressive'.

"The pace was really good," he said. "There were some big hits. It was a physical day. I told them it was a good day. But I also told them that we have to come back out and do it on Wednesday and Thursday too."

And any sort of anger management issues brought on by the Huskies 39-point second-half meltdown have also been eradicated. "All the little things I've asked them to do, they've done," Gilbertson said. "They are all lifting, making it to meetings on time, making all their treatments on time."

Gilbertson scoffs at those that believe his team gave up Saturday. "It's ludicrous," he said. "Nobody gave up. If anything, players like that have a tendency to press even harder."

The red zone woes have really cost the Huskies and added more pressure to an offense already saddled with inexperience at the receiver position and 'paper-thin' depth on the line. And Gilbertson doesn't want opposing defenses to think that every time the Huskies are in the red zone that Reggie Williams is a lock. "When I was running offenses, the toughest call for me in my day was 1st and goal from the 10," Gilbertson said. "Lets say we run for two yards and then we run again for two yards. Then it's a pass and a kick. Back when we had Jerramy (Stevens), we had more options and I thought we would be getting that with Joe (Toledo). But lately there doesn't seem to be as many choices. It's three throws and a kick.

"And it also seems like we've been getting a lot of 1st and goals from the 10 lately. I'm not happy about it, but we've been working on it and we're going to continue to work on it"

In that vein, Gilbertson also address the thought that quarterback Cody Pickett hasn't been throwing deep because of a lingering issue with a tear in his pectoral muscle. "He's fine physically," he said. "But it's hard to go to take shots with Reggie when they are rolling their safeties. We've been able to go deep in the middle with Ben Bandel and Joe Toledo, but it's not like we can run a lot of streaks and gos. Hard to throw three vertical routes when you have 2 and 3-deep rolls, so you try to throw into the soft spots.

"That's why you see more teams going to 4 vertical routes, but we don't have a guy yet that can be that fourth guy. We are limited in what we can do. But it's not like we don't try and throw deep."

There may be another reason for UW's inability to take advantage deep. Frederick's blood test Tuesday revealed traces of severe cramping because of the dehydration brought on from Charles' flu symptoms. So how will this affect his playing status for Saturday? "I want to see if his body settles down first, see what happens," Gilbertson said. "I don't want to say he's out."

If Charles can't go, expect Sonny Shackelford and Jordan Slye to take up the slack. "They can for sure if he's out," Gilbertson said. Quintin Daniels and Corey Williams know the position. So does Justin Robbins."

Roc Alexander practiced in red yesterday, but will be 'full go' Wednesday. "I think he's ready to go (for Saturday), but we'll see," said Gilbertson. "With stingers, they just wear you down."

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