The Huskies practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and then have the weekend off before returning to preparations for their Sept. 27 home game against Stanford. (It's not a bye week for the Cardinal, by the way. They'll meet San Jose State.)
"Our coaches have told us it's not going to be a week off," quarterback Jake Locker said Monday. "It's not going to be a week when we relax and scale things back. I think as a team we're happy about that. We have a lot of things that we need to work on. And we're still really young so I think we can use it as a week to grow and get better."
Coach Tyrone Willingham said the bye has arrived at a good time.
"I think some of the knocks and bruises that have taken place will help us mend not only physically but mentally," he said. "With a bye week, it affords us an opportunity to focus on a couple of things: No. 1 is always the health of our team. I think we come into the bye week fairly healthy. The next issue will be to make sure that in all of our areas we're getting better. And then as we always try to focus on is getting out younger guys some opportunities to grow and continue to grow. What's probably a little unique this year in terms of our bye week is a lot of our younger guys are playing, so they're already getting the best experience you can get, which is really that experience of the game. So it takes that away just a little bit. But there are still guys we need to get more experience, and the best way to do that is to work them, scrimmage them, play them."
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Willingham said he doesn't expect any more depth chart adjustments this week than any typical game week.