Dawgbytes - 10/5

After scoring 70 points in 17 minutes of possession, it's safe to say that Dr. Fitz Hill and the San Jose State Spartans can score in bunches. So how will Keith Gilbertson and the Washington Huskies counteract 'Fitz Air'? With a true freshman rush end, that's how!

"We're going to start (Greyson) Gunheim," Gilbertson said Tuesday. "Barring anything happening in the next couple of days, he'll start. He's getting better and better. He's a guy that has a bright future ahead of him, he has the potential to be a fine player."

Brandon Ala will back up Gunheim at the rush end position. Jordan White-Frisbee is feeling better after being a little banged up the last couple of weeks and he'll be at one-hundred percent against the Spartans. Gilbertson praised Wilson Afoa's effort against Stanford and said he'll get more work inside.

San Jose State's offensive output is unlike anything UW has come across this year, but don't expect to see a lot of wholesale changes on defense. "They run more one-back, so it's not like seeing UCLA," said Gilbertson. "They spread it out a little more than that. Our guys are going to have to cover, that's for sure.

"It's like when someone asked what they should do to deal with Warren Moon when he was playing in the pros. They would just say, 'Back up'."

This week, more than most so far in Washington's season, they are having to deal with getting through the scrapes and bruises a team accumulates through wear and tear. With two captains out and likely not back for this weekend's game (Charles Frederick may play, but it's still too early to tell), it's important for those that are ailing a bit to try and get back in the mix. That's what one of the other team captains - Derrick Johnson - is trying to do.

"Derrick and Charles will not go today, but Derrick might go tomorrow," Gilbertson said. The senior corner is suffering from a groin strain suffered in UW's 27-13 loss at Stanford last weekend. "I don't know if he'll play this weekend. I've got to see how he does tomorrow."

Safety Chris Hemphill pulled a quad and did not travel to Stanford. There were plans in the works to try and match up the 6-foot-6 Hemphill against the Cardinal's 6-foot-7 Evan Moore, but that never came to pass. Hemphill's status for Saturday's game remains questionable. "He was limited in what he did yesterday, we'll see how much he does today," Gilbertson said.

Gilbertson was asked about the comments made Saturday and Monday from linebacker Scott White, who made a 'declaration' to his teammates. White challenged all the Husky players to step up and go to battle against San Jose State. "First of all, I don't know what Scott has said," said Gilbertson. "But I do think there's a sense out there that we have our backs in a corner. At some point, somebody has to stand up and fight. I can't be the only one that's trying to raise hell. And I really don't care what class a guy is in either. Scott has played well the last couple of games, so there's no question he's leading by example. I hope all of them feel a sense of urgency about this week and I hope it carries over to how we play on Saturday."

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