Dawgbytes - 10/12

The news didn't come as a complete shock, but Keith Gilbertson announced Tuesday that Ben Bandel has not been cleared to play and will finish out the remainder of his UW football career in street clothes.

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 protectors."

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 reps.

"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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