The 6-6, 260-pound sophomore from Murietta, California was dealing with knee and shoulder injuries nearly the moment he stepped on campus. "He was not cleared by the doctors, so he won't play again," Gilbertson said. "He still wants to be around the program and he wants to finish up his degree."
Gilbertson also mentioned that it's likely Derrick Bradley, a true
freshman cornerback from Kamiak High in Mukilteo, will never see the
field. "I really don't know if his shoulder is going to get any better,"
Gilbertson said of Bradley, who sat out a year to repair a shoulder issue
that originated in high school. The shoulder began to flare up again
this fall, prompting a second surgery.
Of those looking to play on Saturday against Oregon State, only Carl Bonnell appears to be highly questionable. The frosh QB will not practice
Tuesday, and it is unlikely he'll be able to go because of a groin injury.
That leaves Casey Paus and Isaiah Stanback to take all the snaps this week.
Even though this situation is starting to be eerily reminiscent of the
Fresno State week, Gilbertson said that the gameplan isn't for Paus and
Stanback to play set series.
"He (Stanback) could play, but it's not going to be like Fresno," Gilbertson
said. "He is the backup and he needs to be ready to play."
The running back depth, while solid at the top with Kenny James and Shelton Sampson, has seen some movement of late. Chris Singleton came in for his
first carries in nearly two years Saturday against San Jose State. "The
person that we put in back there had to know the protections," Gilbertson said
when asked why the junior got the nod over frosh Louis Rankin. "Chris is
still a little hampered with his foot, and he agrees, but because San Jose
blitzes a lot, we wanted Chris in there because he's one of our best pass
So does that mean Singleton has overtaken the third running back spot in the
depth? "It all depends on what we are doing," Gilbertson said.
Mike Mapuolesega will see his first significant practice time Tuesday since
before the UCLA game. Charles Frederick and Derrick Johnson will also
practice, but tight end Jon Lyon and safety Dashon Goldson might get limited
"Jon got his knee hit in camp, and after he plays it swells up and takes a
couple of days to quiet down," Gilbertson said. Because Joe Toledo is
healthier right now, he will start over Lyon. Both Toledo and Lyon have
actually started together in three of the five games Washington has played
to date, as the Huskies started out in a two tight-end set against UCLA,
Notre Dame and Stanford.
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