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August 15, 2009 at 1:51 PM

More from this morning

Sorry, had to run to a family commitment after the morning practice, so I didn’t get as full a report as usual.
So here are a few additional notes, quotes and observations from this morning. …
— Continuing the pattern of Friday, the offense got the better of the defense when the team worked on seven-on-sevens, but the defense seemed to get the better of it during the full team period. That seems to indicate that the skill guys on offense are progressing well, but that the front seven on defense is ahead of the offense. Coach Steve Sarkisian said he wasn’t concerned saying “I think it’s pretty typical.It kind of goes back and forth,” he said.
Cody Bruns and D’Andre Goodwin each had TDs during the seven-on-seven period on passes from Jake Locker, indicative of what has been a pretty good showing by the receivers to date. Still probably more drops than ideal, but Sarkisian seems impressed. “With the addition of James Johnson, the progression of Jermaine Kearse, Jordan Polk, Devin Aguilar, those guys have stepped their game up and improved since spring,” Sarkisian said. “We need to continue to push D’Andre to get him back going believing that he’s healthy and playing at full speed.” That’s a reference to a hamstring injury that limited Goodwin throughout much of spring. He has been wearing a wrap on that leg most of camp, but he said Friday that was mostly just a precautionary thing. He said his hamstring doesn’t bother him and he considers himself 100 percent.
— One guy noticably missing from that list is Anthony Boyles. He seems to still be trying to find his way in the offense and has been passed by Johnson, who runs consistently with the second unit with Jordan Polk, with Goodwin, Aguilar and Kearse with the first unit. Boyles appeared to run almost solely with the No. 3’s today.
Austin Sylvester, getting a lot of time with Paul Homer still out with a hamstring injury, caught a long pass out of the backfield down the sideline from Ronnie Fouch for another highlight.
Kavario Middleton appears to be making a pretty big move at the TE spot and spent a lot of time running with the ones today. However, Chris Izbicki also got some time with the ones, and this offense also plans to make liberal use of two tight-end sets, so they’ll both see time on the field no matter who is the starter. But as I detailed the other day, Middleton came to camp in a lot better shape and that appears to be paying off.
— Overall, Sarkisian liked the attitude and tempo of practice today. “It was good,” he said. “It was our first (helmets only) practice since we got out the pads and the challenge is always to bring the energy, the tempo, the enthusiasm and that we’re playing fast football still, and I think they did that.”,
— There was a heavy dose of true freshmen working with the No. 2 defense during the final team period today. At various times, LB Jordan Wallace, S Nathan Fellner, DE’s Andru Pulu and Talia Crichton and DT Semisi Tokolahi were all on the field. Sarkisian said that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s where those players are on the depth chart right now but instead indicative of “theme of the camp” which he said is “opportunity and competition.” But as noted yesterday, he said Pulu, Crichton and Tokolahi would all play if the season began today.
— Sarkisian said his assessment of the film of Friday’s practice confirmed that the defense won the day. “The front seven was really impressive yesterday and our secondary got better recognizing routes and doing some things to discourage the quarterback from making throws on time,” he said. “And that’s what we need to do, presure up front and discourage the quarterbacks from spitting the ball out early.”
Marques Tuiasosopo threw out the first pitch at the Mariners’ game Friday night. He said he also did it in 2001, noting that then he threw the ball in the first, and Friday he got the ball up a little higher. He said he hopes he may get one more try at it someday to get the ball right down the middle. “Fister (Mariners pitcher Doug Fister) had a big glove, so that helped,” he said.
— To answer some of the questions on Gaisie from the earlier thread, UW doesn’t accept PE credits because it doesn’t offer those types of degree programs. I could write at length about the details of that, but for the purposes of this disussion, that’s basically what is relevant to know. USC apparently doesn’t either, one reason that school hasn’t made a living in the JC ranks. And yes, there’s no question problems like this can be mitigated quite a bit by knowing what the situation is during recruiting. However, UW had only two months last year to put together its class and was limited in its options. Sarkisian has said he doesn’t plan to make heavy use of JC players in the future, anyway, so it may not be something worth worrying about much. But they’ll now obviously have a lot more time to get the information they need on the academic status of the JC players they do want to recruit and will act accordingly.
More after the second practice tonight.



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