- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 11, 2001

CARLISLE, Pa. Washington Redskins quarterback Todd Husak won't sweat under the spotlight.
When he starts tomorrow's preseason opener at Kansas City, Husak will be getting a chance to prove he'll be a worthy backup to injured Jeff George when the latter returns. A poor effort against the Chiefs might force the Redskins to sign a veteran, but a strong one could solidify Husak's position.
"I think I've shown enough to where my future doesn't lie solely on this one game, but I'd like to show the coaches their confidence in me is well-founded," he said. "I think the more prepared I get, the less nervous I'm getting. I'll be excited and ready, but playing before 70,000 might be a different story."
Husak has endured an inconsistent camp, sometimes combining up-and-down efforts on the same day. However, Husak he is good at the short game that drives the Redskins' new offense. He'll play the first half with both starters and reserves.
"I'm lucky in that I've worked with the starters and second- and third-string guys," he said.


Thanks a lot, guv

If guard Jason Schwab survives roster cuts, he can thank an opposing prep coach who badmouthed him: Jesse Ventura. The Minnesota governor spoke poorly of Schwab after their Minnesota high schools met, and the player never forgot it.
"I don't know if he was doing his WWF personality, but it got me fired up and motivated," Schwab said. "It made me laugh a little bit, but it was something you take seriously."
After Schwab tore a knee ligament and missed his high school senior season, his scholarship offers vanished. Schwab walked on at Nebraska for one season and then gained a scholarship. However, he broke his ankle and tore a different knee ligament in successive years and stayed six seasons through red-shirt and medical hardship exemptions.
"My last year, I took it easy with school and had a good time with football," he said.
Schwab is a long shot to make the team as the third right guard. A former Redskins guard Mark Schlereth lookalike, Schwab might remain if veteran Ben Coleman's knees are bothersome.
Meanwhile, Schwab hasn't held a grudge against his one-time adversary. He even voted for Ventura.
"He's the kind of guy I want to represent the state of Minnesota," Schwab said.


Rallo's' the Turk

Former Redskins offensive tackle/guard Raleigh McKenzie used to fill in anywhere he was need. These days he's spending training camp as a scouting intern whose duties range from paperwork to dirty work.
"Rallo," who signed a contract in June in order to retire as a Redskin, had a 10-year career in Washington. In the six years following his departure, there were stops in Philadelphia, San Diego and Green Bay. He seeks a scouting job like the one his twin brother Reggie McKenzie has in Green Bay. Raleigh took the unpaid work just to get into an NFL front office.
"It's a chance to see football from the other side. My head is spinning just like football," McKenzie said. "I'm just learning as much as I can."
After spending two weeks with scouts and coaches, McKenzie discovered that coaching is much like playing the game.
"You're going to make some mistakes. You try not to jump offside the next time," he said. "I looked at [offensive line coach] Joe Pendry and thought, 'I sure would like to be out there helping him with the linemen.' Your mind's turning and you put yourself in different situations to see what's the best fit. I like to do a lot of things."
That will probably include the dreaded job as "the Turk" who tells players to bring their playbooks to the boss.
"It will be hard for me to put somebody's dreams on hold, but it's part of the business," McKenzie said.
McKenzie said he always missed the Redskins when he played elsewhere.
"Even when you leave Washington, there's a lot of you still there," McKenzie said. "Guys that I saw like [former Redskins linemen] Ray Brown and Mark Schlereth, it was like 'oh, man.' It was heartbreaking seeing them go down."

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