Aug. 28, 2004
Seattle - Washington held its final scrimmage of the fall and will switch gears and begin game preparation starting Monday for the season opener against Fresno State on Sept. 5. The team will not practice Sunday. Following the two-hour practice, head coach Keith Gilbertson announced that junior Casey Paus has earned the starting quarterback spot in the opener. Gilbertson also said that sophomore quarterback Isaiah Stanback would see playing time during the game. "I'm definitely excited," Paus said after the scrimmage. "I've always been a humble guy so I'm not going to gloat. I'm very anxious and can't wait until Monday comes around and we start prepping. It's probably going to be a restless two nights for me." Stanback agreed with the decision and is ready for his moment when it comes. "Casey did a good job," Stanback said. "We're all on the same team and we have the same goal to win the game. Casey is going to start the game and I know I am going to get my chance to come in and play. I just have to make sure I' ready when they call me." Gilbertson said the scrimmage featured some good signs, but pointed out the team has plenty of fine-tuning before facing Fresno State. "It was typical of a scrimmage after 21 practices," said the second-year Husky coach. "It wasn't quite as crisp as a week ago. We pushed them hard this week and really weren't pointing to the scrimmage because it was practice, practice, practice. We looked a little sluggish at time and not as quick. "At times I thought we were pretty sharp today offensively. I was pleased with both quarterback's efforts. I thought they moved the ball pretty good." The format for the scrimmage began with a special teams session, the highlight of which was a 100-yard kickoff return from senior Charles Frederick, who had only recently returned to action after a foot sprain. To be fair, Frederick's runback came against a scout-team kickoff squad, but he nonetheless fought off several tacklers before breaking free for an end-to-end sprint. After the punting and kicking periods ended, the bulk of the afternoon consisted of the No. 1 offense against the No. 2 defense and vice versa. There was, however, a fair amount of mixing between the units as, for instance, quarterbacks rotated through and worked with first- and second-team lines. On the first drive of the day, Paus led the No. 1 offense on a 70-yard drive that was capped by a short touchdown run from Kenny James, who had also put in good work during the drive. Not long after, quarterback Carl Bonnell began a drive on his own 20 with the No. 2 offense and handed off to fullback James Sims on the first play. Sims was hit in the backfield by a host of defenders, but broke free and ran 70 yards for a score. The defense came up big soon after when defensive end Mike Mapuolesega intercepted a Bonnell pass and ran it back 62 yards to the two-yard line. Paus came on and ran it in from two yards out on the first play after the pick. Stanback also engineered two 70-yard scoring drives. On one, Chris Singleton scored on a 12-yard run and on the other, Stanback hit Bobby Whithorne on a 17-yard pass to complete the drive. Paus finished the day 11-for-18 for 94 yards while also scoring the one rushing TD. Stanback was 10-for-17 for 118 yards and two touchdown passes while also rushing for 18 yards on three carries. Bonnell completed six of his 12 passes for 77 yards. The running game was led by Sims, whose 70-yard run made up the bulk of his 76 yards on three carries. James ran five times for 48 yards and a touchdown while Singleton carried the ball four times for 32 yards and a score. The receivers were led by sophomore Sonny Shackelford, who caught six passes for 50 yards. Tight end Dash Crutchley caught five for 85 yards and Whithorne hauled in five throws for 43 yards and a score. Cornerback Cody Ellis had a big day for the defense with nine total tackles, including a three-yard tackle for loss. Safety C.J. Wallace totaled seven solo tackles and Mapuolesega, who had the long interception return, also tallied two tackles for loss. "We still have a long way to go to play a team as good as Fresno, as experienced and as veteran as they are," Gilbertson said. "We have to have a nice week of preparation to be ready to play. We've got our hands full and we know it."
Rushing Leaders Name Car Yds TD Sims 3 76 1 James 5 48 1 Singleton 4 43 1 Z. Tuiasosopo 2 20 0 Stanback 3 18 0 Passing Leaders Name Att Comp Int Yds TD Paus 18 11 0 94 0 Stanback 17 10 0 118 1 Bonnell 12 6 1 77 0 Sweetman 3 3 0 21 0 Receiving Leaders Name Rec Yds TD Shackelford 6 50 0 Crutchley 5 85 0 Whithorne 5 43 1 Q. Daniels 4 33 0 Russo 3 37 0 Defensive Leaders Name Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Wallace 7 0 0 0-0 0-0 Ellis 5 4 9 1-3 0-0 Newell 3 2 5 0-0 0-0 White 2 3 5 0-0 0-0 Benjamin 1 4 5 0-0 0-0 Mapuolesega 2 0 2 2-11 0-0