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Husky Football Blog

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April 11, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Some more notes and quotes from the scrimmage

Scrimmages like these are always tough to judge as every good play by one side is obviously a bad play by the other.
What the coaches seemed to be most happy about afterward is the way the team played.
“I think the kids are working hard,” said defensive coordinator Nick Holt. “I’m really proud of their effort. They are very, very willing. They want to get better. They want to be coached. So so far, we are pretty pleased with their willingness. We have a long way to go and we’ve got to keep coaching thema and keep on getting better at our fundamentals and our schemes. But I’m proud of the kids because they are trying to do what they are being coached to do. Now we’ve just got to keep getting better.”
As noted earlier, there were four touchdowns scored, three by the number one offense against the number one defense. Still, I think the winner of this day would have been the defensive front seven. The front seven seemed to dominate play most of the time — the running backs had 88 yards on 32 carries, for instance — and a couple of the big plays the offense did get were when there were breakdowns by some young players in the secondary as the Huskies rotated a bit back there and also were without veteran corners Vonzell McDowell and Matt Mosley due to injury.
“We had some missed tackles by some young guys who have never really played,” Holt said. “And that might happen. But I’m really happy with our tackling so far.”
The No. 1 offense scored just three points on its first four possessions before finally breaking through on its fifth drive. The key play of that was a 33-yard hitch pass from Jake Locker to Jermaine Kearse when true freshman cornerback Anthony Gobern missed a tackle, setting Kearse free down the sidelines.
Another drive in the second half was kept alive when Locker evaded a rush and threw to Devin Aguilar for 23 yards on a fourth down play. With QBs off-limits to contact, it looked like a couple of defenders who had broken through (notably LB E.J. Savannah) let up allowing Locker time to throw. The other TD drive was a 25-yarder set up by an interception.
(Cameron) Elisara is doing a nice job at tackle and (Alameda) Ta’amu is doing a nice job,” Sarkisian said. “Daniel (Te’o-Nesheim) is again wreaking havoc at end and I thought Darrion Jones again rushed the passer really well today. So I thought our front was impressive today with the three backers and Nate Williams with some secondary pressure really showed up well today.”
One thing the coaches did today was leave Te’o-Nesheim at end exclusively after having used him a bit at tackle earlier in the spring. That left the starting line as the four listed above, with Savannah, Donald Butler and Mason Foster the LBs, and Williams and Johri Fogerson at safety. Foster is primarily playing over the tight end, Savannah on the weak side, and Williams is mostly the strong safety, Fogerson at free. The starting corners were Marquis Persley and Quinton Richardson.
Holt said the play of some of the other tackles is allowing them to leave Te’o-Nesheim outside right now.
“He’s back where he feels the most comfortable,” Holt said. “He will do whatever you ask him to do, but we don’t want to wear him down, so that’s why he played outside all day today to keep him fresher. And I think he likes it better.”
MORE NOTES
— The No. 1 offensive line the first half of the scrimmage was the same as it had been on Friday with Cody Habben at LT, Ryan Tolar at LG, Mykenna Ikehara at center, Senio Kelemete at RG and Drew Schaefer at RT. For the second half, Tolar replaced Ikehara at center and Ben Ossai moved in at left guard. Sarkisian said that was due in part to some exchange issues. He also said the again that “nothing is set in stone” and they will keep rotating “to see how guys work with one another.”
Chris Izbicki was the primary tight end with the starting group as Kavario Middleton had another tough day. He let one pass slide through his hands for an interception by Trenton Tuiasosopo and finished without any receptions.
— With D’Andre Goodwin out, Cody Bruns played a lot with the No, 1 unit alongside Aguilar and Kearse.
Jordan Polk had a nice day with the 80-yard kickoff return and what might have been the highlight offensive play of the day with a leaping 19-yard catch in traffic.”Coach told us to make plays, be play makers, so I just went up and made a play,” Polk said.
— Polk pointed out that two of the blocks that sprung him on his kick return were thrown by Foster and Savannah as the new coaches appear ready to use more starters on some of the special teams than the old staff did. Said Polk: “This year they say every starter should play on special teams,” he said. “I say that’s fair. It helps us out because special teams is a big part of football, so just having those guys out there blocking for you, big guys can that move and run with you, is just awesome.”
— As mentioned earlier, PK Eric Folk had a nice day making all three kicks. He said after essentially missing the last two years due to injuries — he said he had maybe 30 practices combined during that time — he’s simply beginning to get comfortable again. “It’s definitely improving,” he said. “I’m getting a lot more comfortable with the snap and hold and rush and everything. It’s definitely getting a lot better. … You’ve got to be able to trust your snapper and holder and your line, and I’m getting to that point where I trust them all.”
— WR Anthony Boyles had an interesting day making four catches for 73 yards but also fumbling once and dropping another potential big gainer, working mostly with the second team. “It’s nice to get back out there,” he said. “The last time I really played in a real game was in high school, so it’s nice to get back.” He said he weighs about 195 pounds but hopes to get to 205 by the start of the season.
All for now.

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