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August 17, 2009 at 9:22 PM

Monday night practice report

A beautiful night for anything turned into a nice night for a football practice at Husky Stadium.
In the biggest news of the night, sounds as if safety Jason Wells might have avoided what initially looked like a potentially bad injury to the same Achilees tendon he tore last spring. Wells was helped off the field about midway through practice and spent the rest of it with ice on his injury in the tent. But official word later is that it’s not thought to be serious. Still, any injury is a setback for Wells, attempting to make a comeback after missing most of the last two seasons with a knee injury.
In what was a tough night for safeties, Victor Aiyewa also went down after taking a hard hit, but was said just to be a little “woozy” and should be fine.
Otherwise, no other significant injuries, though a few players did sit out. Notably, LB E.J. Savannah did not practice, apparently to rest the broken bone in his hand. Josh Gage filled in as the starting WLB in his place. WR James Johnson (shoulder) also sat out.
But as happens in football during camp, a couple other guys came back. S Nate Williams and CB Justin Glenn appeared to take part in all of practice.
OFFENSIVE LINE SHUFFLE — In the most noteworthy personnel move, the Huskies did some shuffling on the offensive line, an area where the team has struggled throughout camp.
When the Huskies did a final full-contact 11-on-11 drill, Nick Scott worked as the starting right tackle ahead of Drew Schaefer. The rest of the line was the same as it has been during drill. However, at other times in practice, the No. 1 line featured Ben Ossai at LT (moving out Cody Habben), Greg Christine at LG, Ryan Tolar at center, Senio Kelemete at RG and Scott. So the three constants in the line were Ossai, Tolar and Kelemete. And to make clear, what appeared to be the big move there was Scott ahead of Schaefer at RT during the final team period, working with Habben, Ossai, Tolar and Kelemete.
The No. 2 O-line in the 11-on-11 drill was left-to-right, Schaefer, Morgan Rosborough, Mykenna Ikehara, Christine and Skyler Fancher. Some of that could be trying to rotate some players to get them looks at different positions. But there also appeared to be some exasperation with the line at times.
Also of note, when the No. 1 offense hit the field for the first time in the 11-on-11 drill, Chris Polk was the TB and Kavario Middleton the TE.
There was no change to the regular starting defense other than Gage playing for Savannah.
NIGHT FOR DEFENSE — As is the case in any practice, there were some big plays on both sides. But the final 11-on-11 drill was dominated by the defense.
That drill featured the offense starting from its own 2-yard-line, and only twice did any of the offenses get a first down — both by the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense. But both drives then ended there.
QB Jake Locker was 0-4 during that period, though two passes were dropped on another night when there were surely a few more of those than ideal.
Both first downs came on some good runs, the first by Chris Polk, who had three carries for 16 yards in his turn; the other by Johri Fogerson, who continues to impress and had a 9-yard run on a third-and-five play, busting through contact near the line of scrimmage to break into the secondary.
The No. 2 offense did not get a first down in either of its drives and the lone drive for the No. 3 offense ended on a fumble after three plays.
One of the defensive highlights was a hard hit by true freshman LB Jordan Wallace on Cody Bruns as Bruns juggled and tried to catch a short pass over the middle. Bruns got up after a few seconds on the field.
— As I said, the No. 1 defense appeared the same other than for injury — Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Alameda Ta’amu, Cameron Elisara and Darrion Jones across the front; Donald Butler, Mason Foster and Gage as the LBs; Greg Walker and Nate Williams at safety; and Justin Glenn and Quinton Richardson at CB.
— The No. 2 defense was Kalani Aldrich and Andru Pulu at DE ( Everrette Thompson remains sidelined); De’Shon Matthews and Tyrone Duncan at DT; Jordan Wallace, Matt Houston and Cort Dennison at LB (Trenton Tuiasosopo was there but not sure if he’s hurt or what); David Batts and Nathan Fellner at safety (though remember, Wells and Aiyewa were out by that point and not sure of Alvin Logan may be banged up — we didn’t have access to coaches afterward only getting briefed on what were the visible injuries we saw); and Vonzell McDowell and Adam Long at CB.
Erik Folk was 3-5 on FGS, hitting from 25, 32 and 41 and missing from 37 and 47.
— There was some punting and returning midway through and the two returners were Bruns and Devin Aguilar.
— Though he didn’t do much in the final team period, Aguilar was the offensive star of the day in earlier drills with a handful of nice catches, continuing what has been a good camp for Aguilar. Aguilar’s best catch didn’t count as he juggled in traffic and finally controlled while pinning to his head a pass in the end zone. But the officials ruled he had slid out of the end zone by the time he finally caught the pass, much to the chagrin of Sarkisian, who good-naturedly tried to argue the call.
— In one interesting exchange, Fogerson was hit hard by Walker trying to corral a pass. A play or so later, Fogerson then recalled his safety days and leveled a hard hit on Walker following an interception.
— The tailback order for the final team period was Polk, Willie Griffin, Demitrius Bronson, Fogerson and Shaw. Polk and Fogerson, however, were the two TBs who worked with the starting unit (Griffin with the twos and Bronson with the threes).
— JC TE Dorson Boyce also seemed to get banged up at some point, though it didn’t appear major.
The first full scrimmage of the season for the Huskies is set for Tuesday afternoon. Practice is slated to begin at 3 p.m. After UW’s practice, the Seahawks will also practice at Husky Stadium, a workout slated for 6:45 p.m.



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