News and Notes - 10/26

Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti said Monday that the turning point of the Ducks' 2004 season was a hard-fought win on the road against Washington State. Keith Gilbertson, when asked if there was a similar 'turning point' he could talk about, didn't mention one particular game. In fact, he broke it all down to one play.

A holding call on Ryan Brooks against UCLA, one Gilbertson termed 'ridiculous', was the play that keeps coming back to him as one that was a huge momentum-killer, a 'turning point'. "After that play, the game was never the same," he said Tuesday. "I think that was a turning point, but I don't sit down and spend a lot of time reflecting on it."

What he's spending a considerable amount of time on now is how Washington plans on generating offense. After witnessing his Husky O go '0-fer' in third-down attempts Saturday, Gilbertson is ready to start making some changes he hopes will take hold, much like how the play of Scott White and Manase Hopoi has energized the UW defensive efforts of late.

"When you go for 113 total yards and are 0-14 in third-down conversions, I'm not going to be very happy about it," Gilbertson said. "But the finger points right back at me. I know that. And I take nothing away from the opposition (USC). They were excellent."

To help spark a sagging receiving corps, one that probably will not have Charles Frederick available against Oregon, Cody Ellis will split time at both cornerback and receiver. "He's an experienced receiver who is fast," Gilbertson said of the redshirt frosh from Puyallup. "We tried to fill some of the spots with guys like backup tight ends (Dash Crutchley and Jared Bronson), but that just wasn't going to do it. We needed to get someone in there with some experience, and this seemed to be the right fit.

"We were actually looking at doing this a little earlier, but Derrick (Johnson) was up and down and Dre Simpson was hurt too (quad contusion)."

As a senior for the Vikings, Ellis had 47 catches for 920 yards and 17 touchdowns, leading to all-SPSL honors at receiver. Gilbertson said that Ellis will get some time at receiver right away against the Ducks.

Another player that switched positions this week - Jordan Reffett - is not expected to see time Saturday.

The play of the quarterbacks was a big reason for the lack of offensive output in Washington's last game. Isaiah Stanback and Casey Paus went a combined 7-28, with one interception and no touchdowns. Stanback and Paus will once again split reps this week, as Carl Bonnell has suffered a setback with his groin injury that will probably cost him any playing time against UO.

"It looked like he reaggrivated his injury last night," Gilbertson said of Bonnell. "It doesn't look like he's been able to get over that injury, and that's not uncommon. I'll have to watch him some more and see what he can do. Casey and Isaiah will get the reps this week and I'll make a decision later in the week (on a starter)."

Gilbertson also went on to say that he expected both would play, much like what happened against USC.

Frederick, the lone senior receiver, has been used very sparingly since reinjuring a hamstring on the road against Notre Dame. "I'd say he's about 80 percent right now, he didn't do anything yesterday," Gilbertson said. "Right now we would not play him."


Notes:
Afoa's boot: Wilson Afoa had a foot injury against USC, but is still expected to be available for Saturday's game. "He had a boot on yesterday, but the boot comes off today," said Gilbertson. "There's definitely a chance he'll play."

Daniels under the knife: Quintin Daniels will undergo surgery to repair his knee on November 2nd.

Kickin' it: Because Mike Braunstein has missed his last three kicks and the placekickers are a combined 3-9 for the year, the starting job is once again up for grabs. "It's in competition again," said Gilbertson.

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