10-24 Practice Report

The Huskies conducted an irregular practice today, wearing only their helmets and shoulder pads while working out at the indoor practice facility. Usually on Wednesdays the team goes out in full pads and plays at full contact, but today they elected to go out in "shells-only" to allow those injured on the team to rest up a bit.

With the Arizona State game only three days away, Husky Head Coach Rick Neuheisel said that his team looked like they realized the importance of the contest by the way they practiced today.

"We had a very good practice today," Neuheisel said. "I thought our kids flew around and worked with good tempo, and it's very obvious that they understand this is a very big game."

Today Cody Pickett continued to impress with precise throws to a variety of receivers. He didn't how any signs of pain or any ill-effects from his injured shoulder.

One of his better passes of practice went to Pat Reddick near the sidelines. Reddick beat a corner to the ball, and darted up field after the catch for some serious YAC (yards after the catch). The senior receiver was moved into the slot position last week with the team now planning on redshirting Justin Robbins, and there Reddick figures to see more playing time than he had earlier in the season. Today's performance didn't hurt his chances.

Coming off a week without practicing, Taylor Barton made some great passes in just his second day back. In one drill, he hit Charles Frederick on an out pattern after E.T. had made a nice move to get away from cornerback Lenny Haynes. The receivers erupted when E.T. made the catch, and Barton tapped the freshman receiver on the head afterwards to show some appreciation. The pass couldn't have been placed any better.

"Taylor's getting a little bit better," said Neuheisel. "The foot is still a little bit of an issue but hopefully he won't have to play much on Saturday and we'll have another week to rest him."

The offensive scout team did a great job today preparing the defense for the speedy Sun Devils. Running backs Ty Eriks and John Gardenhire each gave the first team defensive line a run for their money with tough runs up the middle. Jelani Harrison also suited up today and saw spot time at back at tailback. Earlier in the year he was being looked at in the secondary at safety. Also, scout team quarterback Joel Deis made a few nice passes downfield and scored on two occasions, connecting with receiver Ryan Koenig.

On the defensive side of the ball, Kai Ellis played without a red jersey today and looked to be closer to going at full speed. He wore bandages around both of his knees but ran without any problems.

Again today, Neuheisel liked what he saw from Ellis.

"He looked good to me," he said. "Anytime you're coming off a knee injury there's a confidence issue and he's got to get through that."

Fellow linebacker Tyler Krambrink missed the majority of practice due to a doctor's appointment, but showed up towards the tail end. Neuheisel said that he would probably not participate this weekend.

Offensively, the team got a boost back with the return of Willie Hurst. Neuheisel said that his senior tailback looked fine, and will probably be available for ASU.

"We'll see how much, but I think he'll feel 100 percent by Saturday," the Husky head coach said.
Husky Notebook:

Gilby Absent: Washington Offensive Coordinator Keith Gilbertson missed today's practice to undergo an angiogram procedure after experiencing chest pains during the Arizona game on Saturday night. An angiogram puts dye into one's arteries and makes sure that everything is flowing to the heart properly. The tests results were good.

"Everything was negative, and that's great news," Neuheisel said. "Hopefully he'll be back with us if not tomorrow then Friday."

Red October: Sophomore Jerome Stevens became the latest Husky to miss practice to recover from injury. He's basically just aching and really sore according to Neuheisel, so the team sat him today as a precautionary measure and the hope is that he'll be available for Saturday.

Dicks Returns: Redshirt freshman center Dan Dicks returned to the field today with his right knee heavily wrapped. He wore a red jersey to avoid contact.

Tight end twins: Injured tight ends Joe Toledo and Jerramy Stevens, who each suffered similar foot injuries earlier in the year, played catch on the sidelines during practice. Both were sans-boots today, a very good sign.

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