Aug. 20, 2004
Olympia - With one day of practice left to go at The Evergreen State College, the Washington football team held its final practice in full pads Friday afternoon in Olympia. The Huskies will go in helmets and shoulder pads Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and then return to the field for a short non-pads session at 3:15 before boarding buses and returning to Seattle Saturday evening. Washington's two-hour practice Friday included plenty of 11-on-11 situations and work in the redzone. "It was a good long practice," said Husky coach Keith Gilbertson. "We got a lot done. We did a lot of different things. We worked on some two-minute, some third-and-goal, one play to score. I think we got a lot done. I was pleased with today's work." Gilbertson said the two-minute offense is new to redshirt freshman quarterback Carl Bonnell and sophomore Isaiah Stanback, so it is essential that they get plenty of opportunities before the Sept. 5 opener against Fresno State to become familiar with it. "It's good for those guys to see it a lot," he said. "It is something we will continue to work on. I would say Carl and Isaiah have crept up in it in terms of their whole grasp of all the things we are doing in the pass offense. It is way better than it was at the end of spring or when we got here." * * * Former Washington running back Don Moore attended Friday's practice. A Tacoma native, Moore ranks eighth on Washington's single-game rushing list with his 221-yard effort against Ohio State in 1966, his junior season. That same year Moore was dismissed from the team by Husky coach Jim Owens. "I didn't even know Donnie was coming," Gilbertson said. "I saw this guy walk in with the most powerful set of calves on the face of the earth and I thought, `That might be Donnie Moore.' I haven't seen him in a long time. Years and years and years. I know there were some odd circumstances. We just want the guy to feel a part of it. "I wanted our guys to meet Donnie Moore," Gilbertson said. "I think Donnie Moore was a really special player. I thought he was a magic player when I was a youngster watching him play. I want those kinds of people to come back and to be a part of this. We're in the business of including people, not excluding them. I hope he feels good about it and I hope he gets more involved. I'd love to have him." Moore, who lives in Riverside, Calif., said he had plans to watch the team later this season. * * * The Husky offensive line had an interesting day in Olympia. On their way to lunch the entire unit decided to pile into a single elevator for the trip up to the fourth-floor cafeteria. They never made it. The elevator became stuck between floors and the group was forced to sweat it out for about 15 minutes until they were rescued. By the time they arrived for the mid-day meal, the rest of the team was well on their way back to their dorm rooms for their afternoon naps. "Just another day in the life of being an offensive lineman," joked senior tackle Khalif Barnes. "I don't think anyone will second guess that weight limit sign again." * * * Husky freshman Casey Bulyca returned to the Seattle due while his transcript continues to be reviewed by the NCAA Clearninghouse. * * * The Husky newcomers were scheduled to put on their annual Rookie Show Friday evening. "I hope they're better players than entertainers," Gilbertson joked.