Aug. 16, 2004
Olympia - The Washington football team put on full pads for the first time this year when the team took to the fields at Evergreen State College Monday afternoon for a lengthy two-and-a-hour practice session in hot conditions. The Huskies will practice in Olympia through Saturday. Tuesday will mark the first time the team practices twice in one day following the NCAA mandated five-day acclimatization period when just one workout is allowed. "I thought we practice well for about two hours and ten minutes and I thought that last 20 minutes or so I thought it kind of fell off," said head coach Keith Gilbertson. "I think that's to be expected. We've gone five days now and we've gone pretty hard, but at the end of practice I would like us to be a little sharper, a little crisper." In the competition to decide the quarterback to replace Cody Pickett, Gilbertson cited sophomore Isaiah Stanback as having a particularly good outing Monday. "I thought today was Isaiah's best day from start to finish," Gilbertson said. "I thought for Casey, for him, as smart and as sharp as he is and as well as he knows our stuff, I was a little disappointed in his practice. Normally, he's come back with great practices after that. So, I'm looking forward to tomorrow." Gilbertson hopes the team's six days of practices at Evergreen State College have a positive impact on the team. "As long as your team bonds and gets together and is totally focused on football while you're here you get something out of it," he said. "My hope is that we get to know each other and we get totally focused on football. There are not a lot of distractions here. If you are going to leave camp, it's a heck of a walk. It is good for us from the fact there is nothing else for us to do here but eat, sleep and work on football." Husky junior linebacker Joe Lobendahn rejoined his teammates Monday after missing Sunday's practice while having his wisdom teeth removed. Lobendahn, a team captain, arrived at practice with an Ace bandage wrapped around his head, holding two small bags of ice beneath his chin. While unable to practice, Lobendahn donned all of his gear except for a helmet and followed his teammates during drills. "He kind of looked like the Easter Bunny without ears," Gilbertson quipped. Lobendahn hopes to return to practice Wednesday or Thursday. Husky redshirt freshman defensive tackle Casey Tyler of Edmonds left the team following Saturday's practice. Chris Hemphill, who missed the end of Sunday's practice due to a chest injury, has been cleared and will return to practice Tuesday. Former Husky assistant coach Dick Baird watched Monday's action from the sidelines. The Huskies will practice at 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.