Dawgbytes - 11/11

It's been eight years since Keith Gilbertson stepped on the field at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley as the head coach of the California Golden Bears. Two more head coaches have since come and gone. Gilbertson has been back as Washington's offensive coordinator, but hasn't been back on the sidelines until Saturday.

"Sure, somebody will always say something to you, whether they know you or not, or even if you've coached there before or not," Gilbertson said Tuesday afternoon when asked what kind of reception he'll receive. "We did some good things there and left with some good players still around - (Tony) Gonzalez, (Dameane) Douglas, (Bobby) Shaw, (Tarik) Glenn. I didn't go kicking and screaming. I enjoyed living there and and am still appreciative of the chance they took with me. They didn't have to do that.

"But all I gotta do right now is worry about the game and this team."

And worry he will. Washington lost 27-22 to Arizona in the desert Saturday and did it in unspectacular fashion. Cat calls are coming for quarterback Cody Pickett's replacement, but Gilbertson isn't hearing it.

"We seldom talk about things like that," Gilbertson said in reference to the fact that he almost pulled Pickett for Casey Paus during the second half. "We talk more about this throw, that throw.

"I'm not worried about what someone in section 38 is thinking. I give Cody my vote of confidence the minute he steps into that first huddle."

Pickett's receiving corps is starting to expand itself by incriments. Jordan Slye caught his first three passes of the year, and Corey Williams caught his first career touchdown pass.

"Charles (Frederick) hadn't done much in practice," Gilbertson said when asked about Slye's start against the Wildcats. "Slye had more reps and I thought he stepped in and did a fine job. I've always thought he was a quality athlete, but he hasn't played much receiver.

"He's big and can run fast. I think he's found a home at receiver."

Frederick is slated for a full practice week, as well as Roc Alexander. "We'll see how he does," Gilbertson said about Alexander.

Kenny James, Owen Biddle and Brandon Ala will all be held out of Tuesday's workout. James is still sore from a quad pull he suffered Saturday. Biddle is still nursing a pinched nerve, and Ala has a sore hamstring.

And Rich Alexis? The senior RB from Florida tore his quad but is hoping he can come back for his final game as a Husky against Washington State in the Apple Cup. "Does he have a realistic shot?" Gilbertson said. "He's been at practice but I haven't seen him move around much yet."

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