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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 15, 2009 at 10:28 PM

Saturday night wrapup

The first double-day of the fall is in the books, concluding with a practice that ended under the lights.
Here’s how it looked as the practice neared its conclusion.
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WHAT HAPPENED?
UW held two practices today, a light one in the morning and a full-pads workout at night that included a lot of work on short-yardage and goal-line situations.
THE BIG STORY
Obviously, it’s Jake Locker signing with the Angels. I detailed it in the earlier entry and also wrote this story for the paper that should cover it.
In a quote that didn’t make it in the paper, Locker said it was “good to have something done and now I don’t have to worry about it and deal with it now and can just look forward to the season.”
Asked if he now had to buy dinner for everyone, he laughed and said “I don’t have the money yet.”
STAR OF THE DAY
Or should that be night? Seemed like kind of an extra festive atmosphere tonight with one of the bigger crowds of the camp in attendance and a really nice night at Husky Stadium.
Among those taking the most advantage was WR Anthony Boyles, who I had written earlier in the day hadn’t done much this camp. But he got his opportunity to shine tonight due to an injury to James Johnson — who left with a shoulder injury that doesn’t appear serious.
Boyles stepped in and immediately made a nice catch on a slant pass from Locker and finished the night with at least five receptions without a drop during any of the team sessions.
His teammates seemed excited for him with Devin Aguilar at one point running over to slap him on the back after a catch.
The other offensive standout looked to be Johri Fogerson, who continues to thrive in his new role. During a goal-line drill that was largely dominated by the defense, he scored one of the only TDs for the offense with a strong run over the right side. He later made a nice catch in traffic with David Batts draped all over him. He also had about a 40-yard run on a sweep during one drill.
The defensive front was also a standout, however, as noted having its way through most of the goal-line session. By my count, the No. 1 offense scored on just three of eight plays against the No. 1 defense from about a yard-and-a-half away, one of those being the Fogerson run. The offense wasn’t helped by one play that ended in a fumbled snap, with exchanges seeming to be a problem at times.
Victor Aiyewa might have been the individual defensive standout. He got a lot of work with the ones with Nate Williams sidelined with a groin injury and had a nice one-handed interception of a Ronnie Fouch pass at one point as well as a few big hits later.
NOTES, QUOTES AND RANDOM OBSERVATIONS
— Other than to give a quick injury update Sarkisian didn’t meet with the media afterward since he had met with us earlier in the day, so no real new quotes or notes from him.
Adam Long and Alvin Logan also had interceptions, both coming off tipped passes that probably should have been caught by the receivers on a night when there were a few more drops than ideal.
Dorson Boyce had one of the TDs during the goal-line drill on a nice play-action from Locker, who had a solid night throwing.
— I frankly just missed the beginning of the kicking so I didn’t chart it all. But it appeared that walk-on Eric Guttorp got a couple of attempts and that Erik Folk hit both of his from around 48.
— One of Boyles’ receptions came in front of freshman safety Nathan Fellner, who was then made to do some pushups. But Fellner came right back on the next play to level walk-on RB Cole Sager.
— Some of you have asked about Craig Noble. He got some action on the goal-line defense with the No. 2 unit, a group depleted with De’Shon Matthews out with what looked like some kind of knee injury that didn’t appear serious.
— Safety Jason Wells was also out much of the night but Sarkisian said that was just precautionary to give him some rest as he continues to recover.
— There was a lot of work on special teams in the first half-hour of the practice, both punt and KO coverage and returns. The punt returners were Fogerson, Aguilar and Cody Bruns. The KO returners were Johnson, Quinton Richardson, Curtis Shaw, Jordan Polk and Chris Polk.
— Walk-on TE Romeo Savant had two nice TD grabs on play-action passes from Fouch for the No. 2 offense during the goal-line drill
WHAT’S NEXT
UW takes today off other than appearing at Picture Day at 10 a.m.
Then Monday is another double-day with workouts at 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.

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