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April 10, 2009 at 6:43 PM

More practice notes — Locker shines

As mentioned in the previous entry, the most noteworthy personnel news of the day today might be that redshirt freshman Luther Leonard is now being tried at receiver.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian said it was the idea of the coaches to move Leonard.
“We just felt like we are trying to maximize his ability,” Sarkisian said. “He’s a great athlete. He just wasn’t getting enough reps at quarterback. We felt like we’ve got a really good athlete on the roster, let’s try to utilize him. We put him out at special teams and incorporated him some at the wide receiver spot and he looked really good. I’m anxious to watch him grow at this position and see what happens.”
As mentioned previously, that leaves UW with three QBs right now — Jake Locker, Ronnie Fouch and walk-on Taylor Bean, with Keith Price arriving in the fall and UW sure to sign another one in the class of 2010 (Jake Heaps anyone?)
When it came time to discuss what happened in practice today, Sarkisian also settled on the quarterback spot — Locker — saying he had one of his best days of the spring.
The team practiced in the Dempsey Indoor as it did a lot of work on the passing game in two-minute drill situations, Sarksian saying they wanted optimum conditions to get a lot of good work in.
Locker threw about a 22-yard TD pass to Cody Bruns to conclude one drive and also had a few other nice throws.
“I thought Jake was a lot better today,” Sarkisian said. “There was a lot of emphasis on throwing the ball today, that’s why were inside. He threw the ball well. In the seven-on-seen we didn’t catch the ball particularly well, but I thought we threw the ball better today with more accuracy and on time, so I was really impressed with Jake.”
One defensive standout Sarkisian mentioned as defensive end Darrion Jones, who ran with the starters much of the day opposite Daniel Te’o-Nesheim with Cameron Elisara and Alameda Ta’amu as the starting tackles.
Sarkisian also cited CB Marquis Persley, who intercepted one pass off Locker, the only pick Locker threw on the day.
OFFENSIVE LINE SHUFFLE — The offensive line featured a new look for the second practice in a row, this one with Ryan Tolar back at guard, Mykenna Ikehara at center and Ben Ossai with the second team. I’m relegating it to the second item, however, to emphasize that the coaches have made it clear there will be a lot of shifting and moving around so this is far from a permanent move.
So the No. 1 line was Cody Habben at LT, Tolar at LG, Ikehara at center, Senio Kelemte at RG and Drew Schaefer at RT.
The second line was, left to right, Skyler Fancher, Ossai, Greg Christine, Morgan Rosborough and Mark Armelin.
Looks as if the coaches are rewarding what the players are doing in practice each day and adjusting the lineup accordingly.
“We’re just letting guys know that it’s not what you’ve done before, it’s what you do now,” Sarkisian said. “We’re trying to reward the guys playing with great effort and doing things right down after down after down and give them the opportunity to show what they (can do) against the ones. We’ll have to look at the film and see how it looks.”
MORE NOTES
— RBs Brandon Johnson and Chris Polk sat out the entire practice and David Freeman was a little slowed late. That again left the door open for major reps for Demitrius Bronson and he took advantage with a 65-yard TD run. “There he goes again,” Sarkisian said. “It just seems like one a day he gets free into the secondary and makes a big play and he did it again today. It’s pretty amazing. He’s a young kid, this is his sixth practice of Division-I football, and he’s doing it every day. Obviously the little things in protection and route running he’s got to continue to work on, but he’s got a knack for running the football, that’s for sure.”
— PK Erik Folk had a better day today going 4-4 before missing from 51 yards.
Anthony Boyles had about a 50-yard TD catch on a nice pass from Fouch that just got over the arms of Vonzell McDowell, who was in tight coverage..
— Bronson is also getting long looks at some special teams spots, specifically as the up back calling signals on punts.
D’Andre Goodwin remains slowed with a hamstring injury and may not make the scrimmage Saturday.
— Speaking of the scrimmage, it’s due to start at 1 p.m. Sarkisian said it will run about 80-95 plays or so. Asked what it will likely entail, Sarkisian said: “We’ll cover every special teams phase and two-minute drills and just cover the special situations that we cover. It will be tackling and we’ll play football. I don’t know if it will be so much different (from what UW has been doing in its team periods) but it will be a mindset for our guys that this is kind of their first test. We’ve gone through six days and now it’s time to test them.”
— For the reader who asked what “explode and run-through” means — it’s a daily segment of practice — Sarkisian said it’s simply a higher-paced walk-through of plays.”It’s about that we explode off the football. We have a walk-through period and then a period where we are trying to get a little more tempo. It’s still a walk-through but we are trying to explode off the ball and run through.”
— Recruits there today included OL Ben Riva and RB Zach Fogerson of O’Dea, who each have committed.

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