8/27 PM Practice Report

It was Friday on everybody's calendars but according Huskies head coach Keith Gilbertson, it was more like a "Thursday" practice. The players were in just helmets and spent a majority part of the practice going over special teams and lots of it. The weather was unpredictable as the team wrapped up this week's practice as they turn the corner for "Game Week" against Fresno State in a little over a week.

"It's been a good week," said Gilbertson. "We had our share of bumps and bruises and some guys that missed some time but we got a lot out of the last couple of days." There were a lot less red jerseys running around the field with Charles Frederick back and going at full speed.

As game day approaches ever so quickly, Gilbertson said that most of his position battles seem to be settled.

"There's only two or three spots up for grabs like quarterback, the strong tackle, and our second and third receivers would probably be in that category. For the most, we pretty much know our personnel and unit so I feel like we're pretty ready to go."

Speaking of the signal-caller position, Gilbertson named a leader but stopped short of setting anything in stone.

"Right now I would say Casey (Paus) is in the lead," he said. "He's got more reps with the ones but if somebody came out her tomorrow and really opened our eyes and looks sensational, then we certainly would take that into account."

While Paus did have more reps with the first unit, Isaiah Stanback and Carl Bonnell got their share with the two-deeps as all three quarterbacks continue their moths-long battle for the starting nod next Sunday.

As for the tight ends, Gilbertson said that he would be "surprised" to see Ben Bandel play and would also be "surprised" to see Joe Toledo NOT play against Fresno State. With Bandel out, that leaves the rotation of Toledo, Jon Lyon, Dash Crutchley, and freshman walk-on Michael Gottlieb.

Meet the Prez: New school president Mark Emmert met the team as he visited practice and gave the team a pep talk.

"He just wished them a lot of luck and told them that he was excited about watching them play," said Gilbertson. And while not exactly the president of a major university, Don James was seen on the sidelines at practice.

Early Start in Their Careers?: Gilbertson said that there could be as many as five true freshmen cracking the two-deeps this season. Among the newbies catching the coaching staff's attention: Trenton Tuiasosopo, Dan Howell, Darin Harris, Greyson Gunheim, and Jordan White-Frisbee may see some early playing time.

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