Huskies' Tuiasosopo can practice, not play

Updated: August 7, 2003, 12:27 PM ET

SEATTLE -- Washington fullback Zach Tuiasosopo is expected to miss his team's first three or four games after being charged with punching out windows of four cars following a sorority party.

He will be allowed to practice with the Huskies, who began fall practices Wednesday, coach Keith Gilbertson said.

Tuiasosopo has pleaded not guilty to the felony charge. Police estimated the damage at the Fisherman's Terminal parking lot on May 10 at $6,800.

"He's done everything we've asked him to do since his incident, but there has not been a resolution with the law," Gilbertson said. "So he's on the team and will practice, but will not play until that is resolved."

Tuiasosopo's trial on a charge of felony malicious mischief, which carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail, begins Sept. 25. A pretrial hearing is scheduled Sept. 12.

The Huskies' fourth game is their Pac-10 opener against Stanford on Sept. 27. They play at UCLA the following weekend.

Tuiasosopo, a junior, is expected to be replaced by Ty Eriks for the season opener Aug. 30 at defending national champion Ohio State.

Tuiasosopo is the younger brother of former Huskies star quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo, now the backup quarterback with the Oakland Raiders, and the son of former NFL defensive lineman Manu Tuiasosopo.

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