Aug. 27, 2004
Seattle - The Washington football team went through its traditional game week Thursday practice during the afternoon at Husky Stadium. The Huskies ran through a large number of plays and then did their substitution drills to cap off the two-our period. "Today was a lot of reps, a lot of kicking," said coach Keith Gilbertson. "It is not a physically taxing day. It is a go fast day, know what you're doing. Be in the right spot." Gilbertson feels the last week of camp, prior to the team starting its preparation for the Sept. 5 opener against Fresno State, has yielded positive results. "We've had some guys miss some time, but we've got a lot out of the last couple of days of pads," said the second-year Husky coach. "I think the week, all-in-all, was pretty productive. "A lot of positions have been decided. There's only two or three spots up for grabs. Quarterback, maybe strong tackle, our second and third receiver would probably still be in that category. For the most part we pretty much know our personnel. I fell we're pretty ready to go in that way." While he will wait until next week to name the starting quarterback for the opener, Gilbertson said that junior Casey Paus has the edge heading into the final scrimmage of the fall. "Right now I would say that Casey is in the lead," Gilbertson said. "He has had the most reps with the ones. But if somebody came out here tomorrow and really opened our eyes and was sensational, I would certainly take that into account. Gilbertson feels letting the starting quarterback know in advance he has earned the job is important, but not a necessity. "There have been other times where people have waited until Thursday or Friday before a game to announce their quarterback and guys have gone out and played well," he said. "As long as the guy prepares himself and knows the plan and knows what the opponent does then I think a guy can go out there and be productive as a starter or as a backup." Keeping with an annual tradition, new University president Mark Emmert watched some of practice and spoke to the team. "He wished them a lot of luck and told them he is excited about watching them play and he wants them to play as well as they possibly can and that he's looking forward to seeing them," Gilbertson said. Former Husky head coach Don James also watched practice for the first time this fall.