Aug. 18, 2004
OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington football team continued its week of work at the Evergreen State College in Olympia Tuesday. After two practices Monday, the Huskies were back to a single practice Tuesday afternoon. Thanks to some cloud cover that rolled in during the late afternoon, what was a pretty sticky day by Northwest standards cooled off to very pleasant temperatures as the day wore on. Following a morning of meetings, the Dawgs spent about two and a half hours on the grass in the afternoon in a full-pads session that featured the most high intensity action of the fall thusfar. In the latter part of the afternoon workout, the offense and defense squared off in game-speed, 11-on-11 drills. Head coach Keith Gilbertson told the press afterwards that the winning side was to be rewarded with some better menu options at the evening meal, but that the offense and defense tied. "So everybody eats," Gilbertson noted. While the defense came up with four stops, the offense had its share of highlights as well. Fullback James Sims, who converted from safety last spring, scored a pair of touchdowns - one on the ground and another through the air. "I certainly like how the backs ran," Gilbertson said, especially pointing out the play of Sims and fellow fullback Zach Tuiasosopo. "It was aggressive and wild. It was fun." Two other touchdowns came on a nice pass from Isaiah Stanback to Corey Williams, who managed to remain in-bounds in the back of the endzone, and a run from tailback Shelton Sampson. The battle for the starting placekicker job continued to be tight as encumbent senior Evan Knudson and redshirt freshman Michael Braunstein each performed well. "I don't know that we have a clear-cut winner there," Gilbertson said of his kickers, "but we have lots of time." After the starters and second-teamers finished up, the third and fourth squads continued with some more 11-on-11. The highlight of that session was a long pass completion from quarterback Felix Sweetman to freshman walkon Steve Anderson. Freshman offensive lineman Casey Bulyca took part in a limited capacity the day after being cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. While he was able to do some conditioning, Bulyca will need to stay out of full pads for five days due to acclimatization rules. Among those in attendance for Tuesday's practice were new athletic director Todd Turner and his predecessor, former interim director Dick Thompson. Former Husky punter Ryan Fleming also paid a visit to his onetime teammates. Wednesday, it's back to two-a-days as the team will practice once in the morning and again in the afternoon before another single practice Thursday. The Dawgs wrap up their week at Evergreen State Saturday before returning to Seattle.