Dawgbytes - 11/6

Now that the question of starting quarterback has been answered, who else is scheduled to travel for the Huskies this weekend? Well, there's one new name that's been added to the list and a few that won't be headed to the desert, as Washington takes on Arizona.

"He's doing great, there's no symptoms," Washington head coach Keith Gilbertson said Thursday afternooon when asked about Cody Pickett. "He's definitely starting."

Gilbertson has dealt with all sorts of players with concussions in his many years coaching football. He knows that things can change in a hurry, so he's keeping backup Casey Paus on ready alert.

"Once a guy gets a concussion, you're always leery," Gilbertson said. "Paus got a lot of reps early in the week when we weren't sure about Cody. And he's also played some, so it's not as if he's under fire."

Cornerback Chris Massey will have surgery Monday for a hernia, so he will not travel. Also, frosh receiver Quintin Daniels hurt his knee in practice Wednesday, so he will not go to Tucson.

In his place will be Clayton Ramsey, a senior walk-on from Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle.

On the offensive line, Tusi Sa'au will not make the trip due to lower back problems. But Gilbertson was quick to point out that the depth at OL has helped pick up the slack.

Brad Vanneman is one of those key backups. "We've had real depth problems at that position (guard), and he's done a nice job," Gilbertson said of the sophomore lineman from Issaquah. "He's been a pleasant surprise as a backup."

Gilbertson also confirmed that junior defensive linemen Junior Coffin and Josh Miller have been put on a 'physically unable to perform' list, and will not play football again. "They are on the same list as Ossim (Hatem), Rock Nelson and the lineman from Idaho (Ryan Julian)," Gilbertson said.

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