Washington Football Report for Aug. 26

Aug. 26, 2004

Seattle - The Washington football team went indoors and outdoors Thursday to hold its final two-a-day practice of the fall. The Huskies practiced in Dempsey Indoor during the morning to combat the chilly weather that has been present in Seattle during the week. As the skies cleared and the temperatures climbed back into the high 70s, the team returned to Husky Stadium in the afternoon for a full pads session.With the final scrimmage of the fall slated for this weekend, Husky coach Keith Gilbertson said the depth chart is starting to take shape. With the exception of the quarterback spot, where Gilbertson has not yet announced a starter, the two deep looks set except for several positions.Injuries have made the tight end position hard to project. Joe Toledo has been sidelined during some fall drills due to back spasms. Jon Lyon, who suffered a bruised knee at Evergreen State College, is now back and will battle Toledo for the starting spot. While they have been out, both Dash Crutchley and Michael Gottlieb have looked impressive at the position.The placekicking competition has also been close, but returning starter Evan Knudson worked with the first unit during Thursday's practice.'Today, Evan Knudson had the clear edge and Mike (Braunstein) struggled,' Gilbertson said. 'For 95 percent of camp it's been Evan's job basically. I don't think that's changed. I think he's hitting the ball better. I think we've improved there. We've spent a lot of time on that. You've seen us work on that every day. Hopefully that pays off.'The battle for one tackle spot between Robin Meadow and Ryan Brooks has also been close. According to Gilbertson, Brooks may get the nod because he is a senior. The Husky coach also pointed out that Meadow could also see playing time in a rotation at guard.The Huskies picked up some good news Thursday when freshman fullback Luke Kravitz was cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse to rejoin the team. He practiced for a week with the team before the Clearinghouse called for a review of his transcript.'He was back just in time to get the heck kicked out of him on the scout team,' Gilbertson joked of his first-year fullback. The Huskies are still awaiting clearance for freshmen Jasper Henry and Casey Bulyca.Husky redshirt wide receiver Craig Chambers has switched to number three. An up-to-date roster is available at gohuskies.com

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