The Washington Times - November 4, 2009, 06:49PM

This sort of feels like the week leading into the first game of the season.

Why? The sessions with coach Ralph Friedgen rarely last long then.


The highlights from the 6-minute, 2-second session in College Park:

* Bennett Fulper (shoulder) is being evaluated tonight, and the team will know more tomorrow. He’s been a surgery candidate for a couple weeks. Justin Lewis did not practice tonight.

“The guard play, it is what it is,” Friedgen said.

* Tuesday’s practice was “very sharp.” This afternoon’s was “so-so.”

* Friedgen talked again about the youthfulness of his defense.

“I see a lot of good players,” Friedgen said. “A.J. Francis has played well for us all year, probably better than I expected him to play. Isaiah Ross has been a pleasant surprise. Ben Pooler is getting better. Demetrius Hartsfield goes without saying. Cameron Chism. These guys have 2-3 years left. Justin Anderson, Carl Russell. We’ve played a lot of guys. I think down the road that’ll pay big-time dividends.”

* Friedgen re-iterated Hartsfield is on track to return for the Nov. 21 game at Florida State.

—- Patrick Stevens