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April 4, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Saturday practice report

The Huskies are off the field following their sunniest, most physical and most well-attended practice of the young spring.
Estimates are that more than 1,000 people were on hand at one time or another on a day when there was activity all over the place with the softball and baseball teams also playing.
The team was in half-pads and there was a lot of hitting
“This got physical,” said head coach Steve Sarkisian.
The coach felt that the defense got the better of it today, saying “the defense might have gotten after the offense a little bit today.”
It was the offense that left celebtrating, however, as in the final team drill, Jake Locker hit Jermaine Kearse on a fade route for a TD on the final play to win that segment of practice.
It was a Locker-to-Kearse pass that also won the day on Thursday.
“That’s back-to-back plays by him,” Sarkisian said. “A nice job.”
There didn’t appear to be any new injuries though LB E.J.Savannah sat out with a rolled ankle and a hyperextended knee. Savannah said it was “just precautionary” and he expects to be ready to go Monday when the team gets into full pads for the first time.
Also out is WR Alvin Logan with a knee injury.
Among the spectators today were a bevy of recruits, most notably Skyline HIgh QB Jake Heaps, who watched much of practice from on the field, getting an up-close look at the team. Also there was Lakes High WR Jamal Kearse, the younger brother of Jermaine, and Lakes TE Darius Waters as well as guys who have already committed such as Sione Potoae and Chris Young..
For those who will ask what any of the recruits thought, it’s actually a violation for us to talk to them while they are on campus.
There were also a number of former players in attendance including former QBs Carl Bonnell, who said he is training to become a police officer, and Casey Paus.
I talked to a couple of other former players and it’s amazing how enthusiastic they seem about the new regime. One said the pace is drastically different from the Tyrone Willingham era, as is the energy, notably the way the team runs from drill-to-drill. “They probably don’t have to do any extra conditioning,” the ex-player said. In fact, Sarkisian said just the other day that there is no real after-practice running due to all the running the team does during its workouts.
One ex-player also said that “it looks like the coaches and players are on the same page,” something he said was lacking during the previous regime
And all seemed to love the atmosphere with the fans cheering after big plays and just adding a general buzz. “I wish we’d had this,” one said.
OTHER NOTES…
— The lineups looked the same as the other day other than at LB with Savannah out. Trenton Tuiasosopo stepped into the middle and Donald Butler moved outside.
— Butler had what might have been the hit of the day, leveling Willie Griffin after a short run.
Nate Williams had an interception of a Locker pass on what appeared to be a broken read or a missed route or something.Marquis Persley also had an interception of a pass I think was thrown by Ronnie Fouch. Fouch, however, also had some nice throws today, hitting Kearse for a TD on a fade route at one point. Persley spent some time running with the ones today.
Demetrius Bronson had one of the best runs of the day, about a 20-yard TD over the left side, making a nice cut to get into open field. Brandon Johnson also had a nice run in the team period and Curtis Shaw had about a 40-yarder during an early team period on the east practice field.
— I talked with Shaw for a bit after practice and he’ll be the subject of my story for tomorrow’s paper.
All for now.
WALK-ON UPDATE — After posting this, I noticed that the school has the names of the six new walk-ons on its web site. You can find them at the bottom of this report here. That’s all the official info on them for now. Christian Casto, I’m told, is the brother of WSU basketball player DeAngelo Casto. He played at Freeman High.
— Also, should mention that Erik Folk was 3-4 on FGs today.

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