Huskies Insider Blog

It's Tuesday . . . no, it's Sunday . . . it's crazy!

It was a Sunday night full of Tuesday work.

Even UW safety Nate Fellner had his days mixed up as the Huskies' week started early because of a Thursday kickoff against UCLA on ESPN.

"We got our rest on Tuesday ... no Thursday, and Friday," he said, chuckling. "I'm thrown off."

And it's going to be like this for the next few days or so.

When the opportunity arose to move the UCLA game from its originally-scheduled date of Saturday (Nov. 13) to Thursday (Nov. 18), UW officials jumped at the chance.

It also opened up a "natural" bye period last week. The team practiced the first three days, then players got Thursday and Friday off.

They returned to start their game-plan installation - normally a Monday activity - to Saturday night at Husky Stadium.

"Yesterday, I was pretty tired," UW defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu said. "An hour practice felt like a two-hour practice."

Most of the players agreed - their inner clocks are a little scrambled at the moment.

"I woke up early thinking I had class," Huskies safety Victor Aiyewa said, "and it was Sunday."

After they play Thursday, the team likely will take at least a day off and get ready for the California game over the Thanksgiving weekend holiday.

Other stuff:

* Expect the ESPN blitz to happen, starting as early as Monday or Tuesday with the installation of the overhead "Sky Cam" for the game.

Wire will be run from four corners of the upper level of Husky Stadium to the middle of the field, high over the action. The "Sky Cam" will be operated by 10 ESPN employees on game day.

Between 50 and 60 ESPN media members are expected to receive game credentials, including radio and television.

The last time the "Sky Cam" was at Husky Stadium was for the USC game in 2009.

* "The Zone" will have company Thursday.

Husky Stadium's most popular pre-function area is "The Zone" - located beyond the east end zone. Food and other refreshments are available, as well as kids' toys.

On Thursday, the UW will also have available the "Dawgs in the Dempsey" area (in the Dempsey Center, just to the north of Husky Stadium), which will be similar in setting to "The Zone."

The Dempsey Center zone will open at 1 p.m.; "The Zone" an hour later.

* Yes, the Washington State victory over Oregon State, snapping an almost two-year skid in the Pacific-10 Conference, got the UW players' attention.

The Cougars will get the next two weeks off to prepare for the UW as hosts of the annual rivalry Apple Cup game.

"I mean, I’m happy for them," UW cornerback Desmond Trufant said. "It’s good. It’s more competition in the Pac-10. It’s going to be a greater game when we play them now."

* Quick-hit stuff from practice Sunday: Senior Jake Locker (rib) split time with Keith Price in both the scout-team and team-session periods Sunday. Locker looked a bit rusty, too, with his passing accuracy. ... Safety Justin Glenn (head) still hasn't been cleared to return to practice, and wore the red jersey Sunday while standing on the sideline. ... Practice was just over an hour-and-a-half outside, amid a bit of ghoolish fog.