Aug. 22, 2004
Seattle - The Washington football team held its first scrimmage of the fall Sunday afternoon at Husky Stadium. After the rainiest night in months, the skies cleared enough for the team to hold the two-hour-plus session in good conditions with no rain. Pretty much every healthy player on the team got a chance to perform, especially seeing as many of the most experienced starters saw limited action to allow for others to get a look. "We ran about 135 plays today so we got a lot of snaps and that was what I wanted to do," said Husky coach Keith Gilbertson. "For the most part I was really pleased. It was a good scrimmage. Once the defense got into the grove of the thing I thought they ran and hit and made plays on the ball. I was disappointed on how we played some balls at the end, particularly in two-minute. Some guys came out of coverage and gave up some big plays." The lingering question of the Huskies' fall camp -- who will be the starting quarterback -- will likely continue to linger as all three contenders made a good impression. Junior Casey Paus finished the day 10-for-17 for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Isaiah Stanback was 6-for-12 with a touchdown and 105 yards to go with 63 rushing yards and a TD on eight carries. Redshirt freshman Carl Bonnell completed 6-of-10 for 51 yards and a score and also ran for 17 yards on six carries. While the defense seemed to take charge in the early going, the offense picked it up down the stretch, helped out perhaps by more friendly field position. On the last play of the afternoon, Paus hit receiver Bobby Whithorne, who ran through traffic and scored a 39-yard touchdown. Other offensive highlights included a 52-yard rushing touchdown from Stanback and a 47-yard scoring pass from Stanback to Quintin Daniels. Corey Williams made a nice catch on a 10-yard TD pass while redshirt freshman tight end Robert Lewis scored two TDs, both from walkon QB Felix Sweetman, who was 6-for-7 for 73 yards and one score. In all, 16 players caught a pass, led by four by Whithorne and three each for Daniels and Williams. Freshmen Craig Chambers and Durrell Moss each posted a touchdown on their lone reception. While Stanback was the day's leading rusher with 63 yards, sophomore Kenny James added 37 yards on six carries and classmate Shelton Sampson picked up 32 yards on nine attempts. "I was pleased with Casey (Paus) in terms of how he called things, ran the huddles," Gilbertson said. "I think Carl (Bonnell) and particularly Isaiah (Stanback) really ran around the field and made some plays with their feet." Gilbertson indicted he has a feel for who will be the Huskies starting quarterback when Washington faces Fresno State in the season opener on Sept. 5. "I have some idea right now which way I'm going to go," he said. "I'm going to look at the video and let it substantiate itself and let it work itself out." The battle for the starting placekicking job also probably remained where it stood as senior Evan Knudson connected on three of five tries while redshirt freshman Michael Braunstein was only 1-for-2, but made the longest field goal of the day, a 46-yarder. "I would think right now, after today, that maybe Michael has taken over the lead," Gilbertson said. "It wasn't Evan's best day by a long shot. He missed a couple of field goals that I would count on him making." The defensive star of the day was clear as linebacker Evan Benjamin led the squad with 10 total tackles, including seven for a loss. He also totaled three sacks, as did inside linebacker Joe Lobendahn. Defensive tackle Jordan Reffett (five total tackles) and linebacker Tim Galloway (four) each added two tackles for loss. Other top tacklers included Scott White with seven and safety Chris Hemphill, cornerback Cody Ellis, safety C.J. Wallace and linebacker Ryan Campbell, who each tallied five stops. Senior safety Jimmy Newell recorded the day's lone interception.
Rushing Leaders Name Att. Yds. TD Stanback 8 63 1 James 6 37 0 Kirton 11 35 0 Singleton 3 32 0 Sampson 9 32 0 Passing Leaders Name Att. Comp. Int. Yds. TD Paus 17 10 0 130 2 Stanback 12 6 1 105 2 Bonnell 10 6 0 51 1 Sweetman 7 6 0 73 2 Receiving Leaders Name No. Yds. TD Whithorne 4 79 1 Daniels 3 88 1 Williams 3 26 1 Gottlieb 2 30 0 Shackelford 2 30 0 Russo 2 13 0 Lewis 2 10 2