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With the sun shining down brightly, the Washington Huskies took the field in full pads on Monday afternoon to start the second week of spring drills. As head coach Keith Gilbertson briefed the media before heading outside, there were not a lot of personnel changes to be reported as he gave updates as to how the spring was going thus far.

Gilby first addressed the position battle that everybody has their eyes on – the quarterbacks. Throughout the spring, Gilbertson has maintained that there has not been any one member of the three-man race that has stood out.

"They've all had their moments," said Gilbertson referring to junior Casey Paus, sophomore Isaiah Stanback, and red-shirt freshman Carl Bonnell. "It's a really enjoyable competition to watch. It's good for all of them to compete. We give them all chances in different huddles. We give them all turns and reps and it's a pretty good battle."

Gilbertson also took time to praise Bonnell for his development and added that he was surprised as to where Bonnell was in terms of development. "Carl on Saturday did some things that I thought were probably ahead of where I thought he would be in terms of some decisions he made," said Gilbertson.

In regards to specific strategies and to the offensive system the quarterbacks have been running, Gilbertson stuck with his policy of keeping a closed lid on all that is happening on the field, saying "It's something we're not going to spend time talking about. It's our business."

Out on the field, all three quarterbacks looked sharp with their throws and their decision-making. Like Gilbertson said, all three quarterbacks worked with a different group of players each on each rep.

In terms of punting and kicking, Sean Douglas looked as if he had no worries about his hold on the top punting duties. Douglas' punts boomed throughout the empty Husky Stadium and looked very solid. Evan Knudson and Michael Braunstein are still in the midst of 'Year Two' of their mano-a-mano battle for the head placekicking responsibilities.

"From what (special teams coach) Scott Pelluer has told me, he still thinks that Evan is a smidgen ahead," said Gilbertson. "He still thinks Evan has the edge in that competition."

The wide receivers rotation has also been fun to watch with all of the young guys vying for playing time. With Charles Frederick being the only receiver with significant experience as well as stats, players from last year's huge freshmen class are looking to stand out. Among those players is red-shirt frosh Craig Chambers.

"I wouldn't say he's there yet," said Gilbertson of Chambers' development. "I think a lot of young guys don't quite understand yet because a lot of young guys will come in and say, ‘I'm third in the depth so I'm going to wait my turn.' I think Craig has a tendency to do that, where as a coach you want guys who are anxious to get on the field."

As an example, Gilbertson pointed out that Craig's older brother Richie Chambers was sort of in the same situation. "The red-shirt year was good for him. He has done good things. Craig has got talent and he will be a good player."

As for the other receivers, each has had their time to shine. "Corey (Williams) looks very smooth and looks like he belongs," Gilbertson said. "Anthony Russo and Bobby Whithorne had some good days. Jordan Slye has got size that doesn't affect his speed. Those kids have got some good days. We drop too many balls though and I hope that improves as we progress."

With Graham Lasee moving to the offensive line and Joe Toledo seeing very limited action, the once very deep tight end rotation looked a lot thinner today. According to Gilbertson, the rotation currently includes Ben Bandel, Jon Lyon, and Dash Crutchley. With hopes that Joe Toledo and Jason Benn returning healthy for the fall, Gilbertson has high hopes for his tight ends rotation. Michael Gottlieb out of Mercer Island will be joining the team in the fall and there is a chance that Caesar Rayford will be thrown into the mix as well.

Also, Gilbertson announced that Jared Bronson, a JC tight end from Pima JC will transfer and walk on in the fall. Bronson is the son of former Husky Gordon Bronson.

Snappers update: Gilbertson said that during spring, Tim Galloway and Mike Mapu are the long snapper and short snapper respectively. Gilbertson also noted that red-shirt freshman linebacker Rob Lewis has a mean long-snap as well. Lewis is still in a cast from an injury he suffered last season, but his one-handed long snaps have caught the eyes of the coaches.

Todd Enders is a walk-on snapper who has done some reps and in the fall, Jason Benn will be available to take some snaps as well. As for the holding duties, the job is still up in the air between Paus and Stanback with Gilbertson noting that it's usually the guy the kickers are most comfortable with.

Walking wounded: Chris Singleton was still in red today after a scare that he might have re-aggravated his foot injury from last year that kept him out the whole season. "It may be a few more days before he's back," said Gilbertson. With Singleton out, Louis Rankin is third on the depth chart behind Kenny James and Shelton Sampson.

Brandon Leyritz was also out and according to Gilbertson, may be out until at least Thursday. Sonny Shackelford was in red as well nursing a sore hamstring

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