Saturday, October 21, 2006

Spokesman Review: Huskies step up to challenge of No. 11 Cal

UW carries on without injured Stanback

Mike Allende

SEATTLE – As much as they'd love it to happen, the Washington football team knows Isaiah Stanback will not miraculously arrive at Berkeley's Memorial Stadium today prepared to lead them against No. 11 California. That's the reality of the situation facing the Huskies, and they say they are prepared to deal with it and move on. "You'd like Isaiah to be playing, but this is a football team," senior linebacker Tahj Bomar said. "A team isn't defined by one guy, so we've got to have guys step up and fill the role for whoever gets injured." Washington begins the first game of the post-Stanback era today against a Cal team that has won its last six games to put itself in position for a run at the Pacific-10 title and a Bowl Championship Series berth. Although there would be easier games to break in new quarterback Carl Bonnell, there's not much the Huskies can do about the circumstances. "I'm pretty sure Cal isn't going to be feeling sorry for us," senior guard Stanley Daniels said. "They've got a lot to play for just like we do. We'd love Isaiah to be here, but he's not. It doesn't mean our season's over with. We still have our goals." No. 1 on that list is to reach a bowl game. The Huskies need two wins to become bowl-eligible. Six wins doesn't ensure a bowl game, but without six, there's no chance.

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