Aug. 21, 2004
After a week of practices at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, the Husky football team packed up and returned to Seattle late Saturday afternoon. The team had a two-hour helmets and shoulder pads practice in the morning and was schedule to go in no pads for a brief period during the afternoon.
"Our practices have been productive," summed up Husky coach Keith Gilbertson. "We've gotten a lot done. For the most part they have been really good practices. The pace and tempo have been good. I thought this morning was a little lethargic at the start. I thought this morning was probably the most mistakes the offensive group has had, so I was a little disappointed in that."
With the exception of the knee injury suffered by cornerback Josh Okoebor at Husky Stadium last week, no player has sustained an injury that should prevent them from suiting up in UW's season opener against Fresno State on Sept. 5.
"It (injuries) runs in cycles," Gilbertson said. "A year ago was one thing and this year is something different. Let's hope it continues. Nobody stays completely healthy during the course of the season. These seasons are marathons. They are not sprints. Health has always been a factor in everybody's success or lack of it."
Husky wide receiver Charles Frederick remained on the sidelines Saturday due to a sprained ankle and Gilbertson did not have a timetable for his return.
Gilbertson indicated he is pleased with the development of his trio of quarterbacks competing for the starting position. With the past two days of practice including an emphasis on two-minute drills, he feels the sessions have been invaluable to sophomore Isaiah Stanback and redshirt freshman Carl Bonnell.
"I'm going to keep evaluating them," Gilbertson said. "The separation has been that the last two practices have had a heavy emphasis on the two-minute offense and that's brand new for Isaiah and Carl. We've had two days of pressure and blitzes. It's a whole different aspect of football. It just takes a lot of time and maturity to learn. Casey (Paus) is more veteran at that having done a lot of that in previous years."
Gilbertson pointed out there was one element of the weeklong training camp that was disappointing. Friday evening's Rookie Show did not win rave reviews from the veteran players. "Let's just say that they seem to be much better as players than entertainers," Gilbertson said. "As rookies shows go, that ranks way down there." Freshman lineman Ryan Bush did receive praise from the veterans for his portrayal of first-year offensive line coach Charlie Dickey in several skits. ***
With the team's return to Seattle, all remaining practices at Husky Stadium are closed to the public.