8/17 PM Practice Report

The Washington Huskies continued to put their work in Tuesday, adding a couple players to their roster in the wake of the departures of Casey Tyler, Erik Berglund and Graham Lasee. With the heat index at 85, the fans enjoyed the shade. There was no such luxury for the players, as they sweated out another day at Evergreen State College in Olympia.

Casey Bulyca showed up mid-way through the two hour-plus practice ready to put the pads on. The 6-6, 300-pound offensive lineman from Woodinville was cleared to practice today by the NCAA Clearinghouse, but Bulyca isn't out of the woods yet.

"He can practice, but it's still under review," Gilbertson said after practice Tuesday.

The Clearinghouse has been working overtime when it comes to the purple and gold. While Bulyca was cleared to play, frosh fullback Luke Kravitz was pulled from the afternoon practice because his transcripts are being reviewed.

"It's a never-ending battle," Gilbertson said.

Another offensive lineman has come to Olympia to participate in camp, with an ironic twist. Matt Olson, a 6-4, 250-pound offensive lineman from Edmonds-Woodway High School, has been added to the active roster.

Back to football. Something clicked with the quarterbacks today, as they all looked much sharper than they did in Seattle. Isaiah Stanback continues to make good decisions, and Carl Bonnell continues to ramp up his knowledge of the offense.

"I was kind of impressed with them," Gilbertson said of his quarterbacks. "I felt good about it. The defense clearly won our third-down competition and they did some things I'm not happy about, but for the most part - with the amount of offense we've thrown at them - I'm pretty pleased. I would say that if Casey (Paus) was ahead early, the others have closed the gap and we've got a three-horse race. Maybe we will find a pecking order after we scrimmage."

Gilbertson was also impressed with a frosh walk-on that just switched positions two days ago. Mercer Island's Michael Gottlieb moved to tight end Monday and was an instant contributor.

"I think he's really a find," Gilbertson said of the 6-5, 230-pound Gottlieb. "He has maybe the best quickness since Jerramy Stevens. I think he's a real steal."

A couple of other freshmen have caught Gilby's eye. Cody Ellis, a 6-0, 180-pound redshirt frosh from Puyallup has been working as the Huskies' nickel man.

"He's improved a lot since spring," Gilbertson said of Ellis. "He had a good summer, worked hard and his skills are starting to show."

The other frosh is another defensive back. Darin Harris has been playing behind Dashon Goldson and looking the part of a guy ready to strap it on and get on the field as fast as he can.

"He's a mature guy, very physical and learns well," Gilbertson said of Darin. "Right now, with Chris' (Hemphill) situation, he's the fourth safety. He'd be the fifth when Chris comes back. There's a possibility of special teams for him too. He's very sharp, very aware. He's a very good player."

Hemphill, the normal backup at free safety, was diagnosed with a sprained sternum and has been cleared to play, but Gilbertson was unsure whether or not Chris would be back Wednesday at one-hundred percent.

With Berglund's departure, Jason Benn's move to guard and Clay Walker's hamstring issues, senior Tui Alailefaleula has been getting a ton of work on the inside. Gilbertson needs Tui to step up to the challenge of playing offense after being a two-year letterwinner at defensive tackle.

"I don't think he's taken advantage of opportunities to improve," Gilbertson said of the 6-4, 315-pound Alailefaleula. He's an unbelievably talented guy. He's huge. He moves well and is a good learner. In my mind, he should be farther along, and when the light comes on, he'll be a really good player. Until then, he'll be in the role he's in right now. We've talked about redshirting with him extensively, but I don't think we have that luxury right now. He needs to do something for his teammates."

Tuesday, here's how the offensive and defensive lines stacked up. Khalif Barnes and Ryan Brooks were the tackles, backed up by Chad Macklin and Rob Meadow. The guards were Tui Alailefaleula and Stanley Daniels. Daniels and Jason Benn played the backups. Brad Vanneman and Brandon Leyritz were the centers.

On the defensive line, Mike Mapu and Andy Heater were at DE, Brandon Ala and Ty Eriks were at the REB, Dan Milsten and Jordan Reffett were at the NT spot, and Manase Hopoi and Wilson Afoa were at the DT spot.

The team didn't do a full-speed scrimmage, but their 'thud tempo' team competitions come awfully close. To close out the day the team had a 'third-and-five' scenario competition.

The defense won 7-5.

M.A.S.H Report: The dreaded hamstring problems caused Zach Tuiasosopo, Charles Smith, Clay Walker and Donny Mateaki to sit Tuesday afternoon. Walker and Mateaki will be back Wednesday. Ben Bandel sat per a routine that the trainers have set him up with.

"I'm told he'll be back tomorrow, but that's the way it's been for him," Gilbertson said. "He goes hard for a few days and then needs a couple of days off and I'm fine with that." The sophomore tight end is also getting treatment to help alleviate some of the discomfort in the knee.

Joe Toledo did participate in the afternoon session Tuesday and played well. He will continue to only practice once a day for the remainder of camp. Chris Singleton did not participate, but his foot was not in a boot. Joe Lobendahn (wisdom teeth), Quintin Daniels (toe) also sat out today and their return dates are unknown. Juan Garcia and Josh Okoebor were also at camp.

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