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April 17, 2007 at 6:13 PM

Tuesday update

Today’s was one of the six practices this spring that is open to the media, and as will apparently usually be the case in the ones we get to see, the team did a little scrimmaging.
It wasn’t a full-scale scrimmage, and it was all situational — the ball placed at the 20-yard-line, a play run, and then the ball reset at the 20, etc.
There were two sections of scrimmaging — one in the redzone (the ball usually at the 13), and the other with the ball at the offenses’s own 20.
The highlights came in the latter section when the offense finally got untracked after some slopply play in during the redzone segment.
On the first play with the ball at the 20, Jake Locker hit Marcel Reece about 20 yards downfield. Reece then broke a tackle (we agreed it was Jordan Murchison), then sprinted the rest of the way for a touchdown, all despite losing his shoe in the process.
Locker called it a “seam post” route and said that is one of his favorite throws to make.
“That was a nice play Marcel made,” Locker said.
Carl Bonnell then hit Corey Williams for a long pass on an up-and-out pass, with Williams getting by E.J. Savannah. Williams went about 60 yards or so in all.
Locker also later hit Cody Ellis for about 30 yards.
That might sound like a bad day for the secondary. However, the secondary was also a man short as Matt Mosley left with an injury after taking a crushing block from Reece during the red-zone segment on a play that resulted in a TD run for Locker on a QB draw. The injury didn’t appear serious but coach Tyrone Willingham didn’t meet the media afterward so the exact nature is unknown.
LOCKER WANTING MORE: Locker met with us afterward and said again that he’d like to be a bit more accurate with his throws.
“I just expect myself to be more accurate than I am now,” he said.
But Locker also pointed out that he has never had to throw this much in practice before as Ferndale didn’t air it out as much. He also said he needs to improve his footwork, which could be leading to some of the accuracy issues.
Locker also acknowledged what seemed obvious, that the offense was a little sloppy at times Tuesday with a few fumbles and penalties.
J.R. Hasty was forced to run a section of steps after one fumble, and there were also a couple of bad center-QB exchanges. EDIT: I said earlier that Juan Garcia was back, and he was, but he didn’t take part in much of the scrimmage stuff).
“As a whole, the offense was a little bit sluggish,” Locker said, taking the blame for some of the fumbles, saying “we’re trying out some new running plays and stuff but it falls on me — I need to get the ball in the running back’s belly.”
A few other observations:
Anthony Russo sat out after hurting his hamstring, apparently in Monday’s practice. WR Quintin Daniels was also out with an injury (he’s been struggling with a hip flexor though whether that was the injury today is uncertain).
Matt Houston appears to have surpassed walk-on Linus Chou as the backup to Dan Howell at strongside linebacker.
Cameron Elisara and Erick Lobos appear to be running as the backup DTs (Jovon O’Connor had been listed as a backup with Lobos third string on the pre-spring depth chart).
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim had some big plays early with two sacks (of the touch variety).
— Fullback Luke Kravitz took a few snaps at tailback, something the coaches indicated would happen as they look for some tailback depth.
— The other fullback, Paul Homer, won the first gold jersey of the spring, wearing it throughout practice Tuesday.
UPDATE (7:05 p.m) — Also had a chance to talk with Marcel Reece, who said his long pass and run “was all about getting it done. … That’s what I enjoy doing, making plays, anyway, shape or form.”
Reece looks to be in the best shape of his UW career and likely legitimately at his listed weight of 240 after struggling with his conditioning all last season.
“I feel great, that’s for sure,” said Reece, who was playfully coy about revealing his actual weight. “I’ve been working hard. Every year I try to have a better off-season than the year before.”
Reece said it was easier to stay focused on conditioning this off-season when he was on-campus as opposed to last year when he was still in southern California attending a JC.
Reece said he talked with Mosley after practice and that Mosley “says he’s okay.”

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