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August 17, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Monday morning practice report

The eighth practice of the fall is in the books. Here’s a review. …
UW practiced for about an hour and 45 minutes this morning in helmets and sweats/shorts.
As might be expected as camp enters its second week, a few injuries are beginning to creep up. The good news is none of them appears serious. In fact, to date, UW has not appeared to suffer any injury that would limit anyone come the opener on Sept.5 against LSU. And in what might be a sign of improved conditioning, it seems as if UW has avoided a lot of the muscle pulls and that sort of stuff that have been issues at times in recent years.
The most notable new injury is a broken bone in the left hand of LB E.J. Savannah. However, he took part in practice this morning and coach Steve Sarkisian said the injury isn’t major.
“He’s got a little broken bone, but it’s nothing serious,” Sarkisian said. “We just don’t want it to get injured any more (which is why he’s in a cast).”
Backup LB Cort Dennison, who has moved inside and has had some nice moments, left practice for a little while with what Sarksian said is a “stinger in his shoulder.” But he later returned and appears fine.
Also, true freshman safety Nathan Fellner was out for a while but Sarkisian said he’s fine, as well.
WR James Johnson did the early drill work but did not participate in the 11-on-11 stuff as he rests the shoulder injured on Saturday.
FB Paul Homer (hamstring) also remains out. However, CB Justin Glenn (hip) got back into some action today.
The practice was heavy on two-minute drill work, and Sarksian felt the offense got the better of it.
“I thought the offense did a nice job,” he said. “There was a big two-minute emphasis; and especially the ones, I thought they did a nice job getting up and down the field. I thought Jake (Locker) was extremely accurate, I think the receivers were making plays. Devin Aguilar had a really nice two-minute drill and the offensive line in pass-pro did a really nice job.
“You still have to cover guys and we need to do a better job to sure up our man coverage and try to eliminate the space between our receivers and our defensive backs. But I liked the precession of our passing today, not just in the team drills, but in the seven-on-seven stuff.”
Locker led two drives in the two-minute drill (which was actually 1:30) and each team the team got swiftly down the field, both ending in made field goals by Erik Folk of 19 and 27 yards.
I had Locker had 5-8 in two two-minute drills (one an intentional overthrow to stop the clock) for about 97 yards. Aguilar had four catches for about 79 yards.
The twos (it was actually the three offense, not the backups) also moved down the field thanks to what was about a 49-yard diving reception by Anthony Boyles, who appeared to have another good morning after having had a solid practice Saturday night, as well.
“It was good for Anthony,” Sarkisian said of his play the last two practices. “I thought early in the camp he wasn’t playing up to our expectations or his expectations. It can get frustrating, but to get that opportunity he got the other night, I think it was good for him and good for us. We need to keep that depth alive at the wide receiver spot
“I think it was just himself. More then anything it was just not believing in yourself and taking those opportunities when given the chance.”
However, early on the drills Sarkisian seemed a little frustrated by a few dropped passes, at one point expressing some visible frustration. The drops were gone by the final team period.
— DT Craig Noble was absent as he has a class in the mornings to finish up some summer school work. He will be back for the night practice.
— Sarkisian said CB Desmond Trufant could be back any day. “I’m hearing he’s getting close,” Sarkisian said. “Hopefully sooner rather than later because we would love to have him out here.”
— There has appeared to be no real movement on the depth chart on either lines.
Curtis Shaw had a couple of nice runs today working with the No. 1 offense during the two-minute drill work. And Sarkisian said the position remains highly competitive. “I liked what Johri (Fogerson) and Chris (Polk) did Saturday night. I thought they were very consistent in all three aspects of the game: running, catching and blocking. But again I don’t want to discount the other guys, they did some nice things also. But it’s not just about effort, we need to do things right.”
Vonzell McDowell continues to get a lot of work with the ones at CB with Glenn limited, and Sarkisian said Adam Long is also making a run at that spot. “Because Justin is not quite a 100 percent we are mixing them [up] pretty good. We tried to bump Adam Long up because he had a nice practice Saturday night. We are just trying to keep things alive at the corner spot.”
— While the team’s three starting LBs are set, the backups are more uncertain. Here’s what Sarkisian had to say about that today: “I like what Josh Gage has brought, I like what (Brandon) Huppert has brought, Cort Dennison inside has done some good things. We are fighting with Matt Houston to just stay consistent and to do things right down after down because he’s a talented kid. And Jordan Wallace just keeps coming and keeps showing up. He’s not perfect by any means — it’s tough on a young guy — but he does some things that makes you say wow he’s going to be a good player.”
— Locker has been named to the watch list for the Manning Award.
QUOTE OF THE DAY Sarkisian on the team’s two-a-day schedule: “I like the schedule because first of all we get out here early in the morning and we really run. There is a huge emphasis on throwing the ball in the morning; getting our receivers running, our defensive backs running, wake them up and really move them around. They get off their feet around 10:30 and won’t be back on the field until 6:45 so they get a lot of time off their feet. Then we come back tonight and it should be a pretty physical practice.”
The Huskies will return to the field tonight at 6:45 p.m. for a full pads workout.



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