Dawgbytes - 9/22

Just a day before the Huskies make their trek towards the Midwest, they will put the finishing touches on their script for Saturday's match up with Notre Dame under the rain in Seattle. With game time, inching closer and closer, are the Huskies prepared to do battle with the Fighting Irish?

The main injury of concern is Mike Mapuolesega's knee injury and the shuffle that it causes on the defensive line. Washington Head Coach Keith Gilbertson expects the junior defensive tackle to be out of commission for three-to-four weeks. Manase Hopoi moves out from the inside to Mapuolesega's end spot, calling for a new starter to emerge at the tackle spot.

"I think maybe Jordan White-Frisbee may get the start," said Gilbertson of the mammoth true frosh DT from Inglemoor. "I want to see him one more day in pads."

Also added to the mix is true freshman Erick Lobos. Lobos will get a chance to be added to the rotation and may see time against Notre Dame or in the near future.

Other true freshmen that may see an increase in playing time are safety Darin Harris and linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo. Along with linebacker Daniel Howell and defensive linemen White-Frisbee and Greyson Gunheim, they are sort of the "Fab Five" freshmen that have seen game time.

"I think Darin is going to be a really fine player," said Gilbertson. "I was always impressed with how physical he was and how he hits and tackles as a high school player. He's a big time hitter and a competitive young guy and will prove a lot during the course of his career."

Tuiasosopo has only seen time on special teams thus far but Gilbertson indicated that he would get more playing time soon as a backup to Evan Benjamin.

"He's a powerful young guy and he's going to be a good player," said Gilbertson.

Over on the offensive side of things, the quarterback situation seems to be settled for now with Casey Paus solidly at the helm. With Isaiah Stanback still not at full speed, Carl Bonnell is Paus' backup but there will not be a rotating quarterback situation there was in the Fresno State season-opener.

"I think he stepped up and proved a lot the last game," Gilbertson said of Paus. "There is no script (rotating quarterbacks) like the first game where we wanted to do that."

Zach Tuiasosopo is back at full speed after hurting his back. The fullback position may be utilized a lot more against the Irish.

"The fullback is really a crucial part against the defense," Gilbertson said. "The fullback is essential."

And now as the Huskies get set to play in what many consider the "Mecca of College Football," some may be concerned about the mindset of the team as they head into the game on a slide.

"Who cares?" said Gilbertson. "Nobody feels sorry for you, nobody feels bad for you, so you better get ready to play. That's the way the schedule reads and we're going to play the game. If we were 2-0, I'm sure there would be a different mindset, but whether you are 2-0, or 0-2, you better be playing your best game. It doesn't matter what happened two or three weeks ago once the next game starts."

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