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August 26, 2008 2:25 PM

Assorted player notes

Posted by Bob Condotta

Now that we're in the regular season, the media schedule for the week is a little more structured than normal. What that means is today is the day we can talk with offensive players and coaches, with Wednesday left for the defense.

A few items gleaned from talking with a few of the offensive players:

--- Center Juan Garcia said his plan is to play the entire game Saturday, something he may have to convince the coaches of, who plan to monitor him carefully. Said Garcia: "I'm playing the whole game, there's no doubt in my mind. I've been working out hard and unless I completely go out there and choke and blow it our get blown off the ball, which ain't happening, I'm playing the first play to the last.''

--- Garcia said he thinks he's in good enough shape to handle it. "I've been going pretty hard in practice and I think I'm in better shape than I was last year, and last year I was in decent shape. Maybe just the whole comeback thing (is why he's in better shape this year). I actually wanted to come back and help the team out.'' Garcia said he weighs 320 pounds but hopes to get to 315, the weight he played at last year. He's listed at 305.

--- Garcia said he won't celebrate his recovery until the game ends Saturday. “I think about (taking the field) and it gives me chills,’’ he said. "I can't believe I didn't quit on myself and kept pushing. … But at the same time, I'm not going to celebrate or nothing until the game is over and if we win and go back to the locker room, that's when I'll say 'I did it, I finally came back.'''

--- One depth chart listing that got a little overlooked yesterday was Ryan Perkins apparently holding on to the placekicking job. Perkins, however, said coaches haven't officially told him that yet. "It feels good but we've still got another three days to go before the game,'' he said. "We'll just carry on what we are doing in camp this week and look forward to Oregon.''

--- Perkins said he hasn't had to miss any practices this camp due to his knee injury and that he thinks his range as the same as it has always been --- "probably 50 and in. The thing that is different from last year is the height on the ball.''

--- Tight end Michael Gottlieb, maybe the most questionable of any of the players on UW's depth chart due to injury (hamstring) said he hoped to test the hamstring in practice Tuesday to get a progress report. "I took these last couple days off hoping that rest is going to kick it into gear and get it healthy,'' he said. "I'm going to try it again today and hopefully keep progressing throughout the week.''

--- Gottlieb said he has spent a lot of time in the pool of late to keep in shape while rehabbing the injury. It's something the Huskies have done with increasing regularity the last few years. Gottlieb said one day, he swam 3,200 meters. "That's a lot for guys who aren't swimmers,'' he said. And some of the guys, he said, are definitely not Phelpsian. "It can get pretty hilarious,'' he said. "I won't name names, but you can definitely tell some guys are having a little bit of trouble in the water.''

All for now.

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