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August 21, 2008 9:41 PM

Husky nightcap, Day 18

Posted by Bob Condotta

A recap of the day that was:

WHAT HAPPENED: The Huskies held one practice in the afternoon. The practice, expected to be a scrimmage with officials, was closed entirely to the media so we have nothing to report on it.

THE BIG STORY: Coaches said they hoped to begin making some final determinations on the depth chart after Thursday's practice.

"It's our last-look practice,'' said offensive coordinator Tim Lappano.

Of most intrigue on offense is running back, where freshman Chris Polk has appeared to jump to the forefront ahead of sophomore Brandon Johnson, who has struggled with injuries, with David Freeman and Johri Fogerson battling for time, as well.

But Lappano said that no matter who wins the job "it'll still be a little bit by committee.''

That's what Johnson said he anticipates as well, though he hoped to make a statement today.

"I want to show up and show that I'm still the same person, just a little bit better than last year and a little smarter,'' Johnson said.

Competition is also keen at receiver, where coaches continue to say that almost all the listed players at the spot have a chance at playing time this season (one exception could be true freshman Vince Taylor, who arrived late and looks to be headed to a redshirt season).

The defensive line, other than DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, also remains somewhat unsettled, but that's partly by design. New defensive coordinator Ed Donatell plans to rotate players up front more than former DC Kent Baer did, and he said as many as 10 could see regular action.

Also still unsettled is the placekicking job, which remains a three-man battle between incumbent Ryan Perkins, punter Jared Ballman and redshirt freshman Erik Folk.

Lappano said he hoped to have some definitive word on some of the spots Friday, but some could leek into next week, and possibly be uncertain until game day.

The linebacker and secondary spots seem a little more set, barring injuries, as does the O-line, where the biggest question remains the status of center Juan Garcia.

Speaking of which. ....

GARCIA TO TEST IT: C Juan Garcia planned to use Thursday's practice as a final test of his foot.

"Today I'm going to push it a lot,'' he said before practice, saying he hoped to play for 4-5 plays in a row instead of just one or two. "I'm going to go through it and see if it holds,'' he said.

If it does, then he says he can envision himself playing a big role in UW's opener at Oregon Aug. 30.
"Matt Sedillo (listed as the starting center with Garcia out) and I can tag team the first game or something,'' he said.

And if it holds from there, then maybe Garcia will be completely back in the fold, with the only question then being how the Huskies enough time for all the hogs in the middle.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Huskies scheduled for two practices today, their final two-a-day of camp. They are skedded for one practice Saturday, then an off day Sunday, then onto a normal gameweek in preparation for the Ducks.

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