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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

April 6, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Monday practice report

A beautiful day but a smaller crowd at Husky Stadium today for the first full pads workout of the spring. Probably a couple hundred or so, according to estimates.
Among those not in attendance was yours truly, taking the day off for family reasons and letting columnist Jerry Brewer cover it all, instead. Jerry will have a column for tomorrow’s paper focusing on the practice themes of coach Steve Sarkisian and wanted to get a first-hand look.
Jerry sent me a few notes and quotes from practice to pass along, however, so here goes:
— The defense won the practice today, aided by the return of LB E.J. Savannah. Sarkisian was impressed that Savannah made the effort to return so quickly from knee/ankle injuries that held him out Saturday. “I was proud of E.J. today,” Sarkisian said. “He was not 100 percent but he came out and competed.”
— Said Savannah of the first full day in pads: “It was great, but we’ve been physical the whole time. There were guys coming off the field when we had no pads on (the first three days), talking about their necks were hurt. But it’s football. You’ve got to love that.”
— In one new injury, WR D’Andre Goodwin hurt his hamstring early on and sat out.
— Also, RB Chris Polk was out with swelling in his lower leg from Saturday.
— CB Matt Mosley was also dinged up a big so he didn’t do any of the real physical stuff.
— Mosley’s absence allowed true freshman Anthony Gobern, who sat out last fall with a shoulder injury and gray shirted, to see some time and he impressed, picking off a pass from Jake Locker.
— And with Polk out, other RBs got more chances and Sarkisian said later he was particularly impressed with the play of Curtis Shaw — two in a row for him — and Brandon Johnson.
— Despite throwing the pickoff to Gobern, it was a better day for Locker today than Saturday. “Jake got a lot better today,” Sarkisian said. “He was more accurate and more efficient from a quarterback standpoint.” The coaches are also beginning to incorporate more of his running into the schemes and he had a couple of long runs today.
— Other players who gained praise from Sarkisian today were DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, becoming a regular occurrence for him, and safety Nate Williams.
— Brewer says one of the more interesting sequences of the day game during the team period when safety Victor Aiyewa laid a big hit on Cody Bruns, followed on the very next play by WR Jordan Polk getting a big gain when he juked past Aiyewa to break into open field. Said Aiyewa of his hit: “I had a lot of rage in there, so I had to let that out.”
— The team will practice again on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
All for now.

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