Dawgbytes - 11/13

I'm sure Keith Gilbertson can't wait to get out of town. Everytime he turns his back, a new injury to his Washington football team surfaces. The news was both positive and negative Thursday, as the Huskies got one starter back but lost one more, as well as a valuable defensive contributor off the bench.

"Everyone knows what's at stake," he said Thursday, acknowledging that another loss would put them squarely behind the bowl eligibility eight-ball, with highly-ranked Washington State to look forward to in the Apple Cup the following week. "It's no secret."

Gilbertson and the Huskies will have to get a win on the road without some of their fiercest warriors. Owen Biddle, a 5-10, 190-pound strong safety from Bellevue, will not be traveling. He's out with a pinched nerve.

"He's our best special teams player and our starting strong safety, so it's a big loss," Gilbertson said.

Biddle will be replaced by Evan Benjamin.

On top of that, Brandon Ala, a 6-3, 230-pound defensive end, will be left in Seattle. The redshirt frosh from Waianae, Hawaii is sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Expect to see Ty Eriks a lot more, filling in at both the defensive end spot as well as the rush end backer position for the Huskies.

Also, Tusi Sa'au, a 6-2, 300-pound offensive lineman from Seattle, Washington, has been officially ruled out for the rest of the season with reocurring lower back problems.

Defensive tackle Stanley Daniels moved to offensive guard after the Huskies' loss to UCLA and will stay there the remainder of the season to help shore up depth concerns.

On the bright side, Kenny James, a 5-10, 215-pound running back from Dos Palos, California, will start against the Bears.

Kenny has started the past three games for Washington, but was held out early in the week with a quad pull. He has since been deemed fit to play and will get the starting nod. He'll most likely share the rushing duties with another redshirt frosh, Shelton Sampson.

Roc Alexander, a 6-0, 195-pound cornerback from Colorado Springs, Colorado, will travel with the Huskies this weekend.

"He'll definitely play, but probably won't start," Gilbertson said.

Roc has been out since the UCLA game with stingers in his shoulder.

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