With the quarterbacking duties re-opened to all three QB's - Casey Paus, Isaiah Stanback and Carl Bonnell - UW Head Coach Keith Gilbertson and his staff will have their work cut out for them during a time that's normally set aside for healing up and extra game-planning.
In a little different twist from his predecessor, the team practiced at night Tuesday. Once they get back to playing their games on Saturday, they will practice on Monday nights. "That's what we do during the season," Gilbertson said. "That way they get all the academics and lifting out of the way first. It also gives the coaches extra staff time for game-planning. Since we've played a game, we're under the 20-hour (coaching per week) clock now, so we might as well act like we would when school is in."
There are only two players that had extensive playing time against Fresno State - Stanback and tackle Ryan Brooks - who didn't practice Tuesday and probably won't practice this evening. Freshman cornerback Derrick Bradley is out with a recurring shoulder injury.
Tight ends Joe Toledo and Ben Bandel are starting to see their time at UW wane. Toledo is considered questionable for the Huskies' next game, at home against UCLA. "He conditioned yesterday for the first time, but he hasn't been doing much," Gilbertson said of Toledo.
"We've proceeded without them, tried to build depth at tight end with Robert Lewis and (Dash) Crutchley. Jason Benn has been moved back there, and we have our walk-on guys - (Mike) Gottlieb
and (Jared) Bronson. So I'm just trying to build the position figuring that they won't be there. If they are, it's a bonus."
On the plus side, offensive lineman Juan Garcia - sidelined since the spring with leg and ankle injuries - could only be a few weeks away from being able to play.
"He's going to start doing individual starting today," Gilbertson said of the sophomore from Yakima. "We figure two to three weeks to get knocked around a little bit, get confidence in his leg. And it still needs to get stronger, but he ran 100's for the first time yesterday. He's coming along."
The team added walk-ons Monday to bring their full roster to 115. Included were center/long-snapper Robert Lukevich from Bishop Blanchet and Jamie Lee, a former all-state punter from Everett who also played defense and will start out his UW career at linebacker.
A full, updated roster should be available by the end of the week.
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