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August 20, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Fall camp wrapup — Day 11

UW rather quietly passed the halfway point of fall camp today with practice 13 of the 24 it will hold before beginning gameweek preparations for LSU.
A look at the day that was.
WHAT HAPPENED
UW held one half-pads (or shells) practice, meaning helmets, shoulder pads and shorts/sweats in front of a few hundred fans at Husky Stadium. It lasted about two hours.
THE BIG STORY
The big news of the day was the debut of true freshman cornerback Desmond Trufant of Wilson High, who had been absent the first 12 practices while retaking a class to replace one denied by the NCAA Clearinghouse.
While he couldn’t be in pads today per NCAA rules, he got on the field a bit in the seven-on-seven drills. As might be expected, he struggled a bit, giving up two TDs (in what were red zone situations) and getting flagged for pass interference a time or two.
But coach Steve Sarkisian said the action was needed to get Trufant back in the action.
“It’s good to have him out here,” Sarkisian said. I’m happy for him that it finally got done. He’s got a quick learning curve. But he’sa very talented kid, very bright and he’ll put in a lot of time and effort, so he’ll be fine.”
And with the backup cornerback spots still pretty unsettled, Sarkisian said that for now, they will proceed with the idea that Trufant can help this season..
“We’ll push him along and wee where we’re at,” Sarkisian said.
“We are going to throw him in there (in practice. You guys will see him a lot because just as we have always done. We’ll just try to compile as much information as we can, as we would do on anybody that is new. So he’ll be out there in a lot of different situations. He’ll struggle some becacuse he’s new. He got beat a couple of times today in the seven-on-sevens. But he’s got the mindset and the work ethic. He’ll be fine.”
STARS OF THE DAY
Lots of situational work that makes most stats I could present fairly irrevelant.
The most interesting part of the day, as is usually the case, was the final team period as the No. 1 and No. 2 offenses took turns starting either from near their own goalline or at about midfield.
The defense, however, seemed to have the upper hand as none of the five drives ended in touchdowns.
However, in continuing with some solid kicking from Wednesday night. Erik Folk hit both of his attempts, on field goals of 49 and 43 yards, for the No. 1 offense. He also made two of three kicks from about the 40-yard-line in an earlier session, barely missing wide right on one, giving him makes on 7-8 since Wednesday night in contested team drills.
Jake Locker was sacked three times during his three drives in that period, indicative first of the fact that he’s down on touch, but also how the defense seemed to dominate. He was 2-4 passing for 11 yards in that period.
Jermaine Kearse made the best offensive play of the day, a 38-yard reception in which Kearse was upended up Tripper Johnson and fell hard on his back. But he got right back up.
NOTES, QUOTES AND RANDOM THOUGHTS
David Batts was back at safety today, playing mostly at strong safety with Nate Williams spending most of the day at free (done in part due to Greg Walker sitting out but also to give Batts and Williams work at those two spots). Batts had spent a lot of time the past few days at cornerback, but Sarkisian said “we are just tyring to figure out what he does the best. We wanted to gve him an opportunity to move out to cornerback to see how he could play man-to-man and bump-and-run coverage and then to get him back at safety and give him some reps is critical, too. We’re just trying to see what he does best and compile as much information on him as we can.”
— The Huskies have used some interesting formations the last few days that featured both Chris Polk and Johri Fogerson in the backfield (one usually then slotting out to a WR spot). Sarkisian said it’s similar to the kind of thing USC did a lot with Reggie Bush and LenDale White when those two played together. “It offers us good versatility. They are both talented guys running and catching. But what they have shown in camp is they are both very physical, so we can do some different thigns when they are both in their together. So hopefully we can continue to expand on that down the road.”
— Sarkisian said that other backs could probably also fit into those schemes. “I think a lot of those guys could. I wouldn’t be surprised if they all couldn’t do it. I just think that Chris and Johri might be our most versatile guys. But that doesn’t mean Curtis (Shaw) or Demitrius (Bronson) or Willie (Griffin) couldn’t do it either.”
— JC TE Dorson Boyce has been getting a lot of work with the starting unit the last few days. Said Sarkisian: “I like all three of those guys (tight ends, the others being Kavario Middleton and Chris Izbicki). It’s a critical position in our offense and it’s critical for us to have versatility. Again, we forced Dorson on the field and he’s made some mistakes, which is understanable. But we are going to keep pushing him out there so we can just compile as much information as we can to see what he does well and what things he might not do so well.”
— Sarkisian said Jordan Polk also continues to impress and said he’ll be on the field a lot this season. “He’s a dynamic player, a kid that made a lot of plays in the spring and has come out this fall and made a lot of plays in camp. I’m excited about him.”
— And asked to asses the cornerback spot, Sarkisian said this: “I think Quinton (Richardson) has been very consistent. I think Justin Glenn, now that he’s back healthy and out there, is a consistent player. Adam Long has really showed up and surprised us. For not being a very big guy he can obviously run very well and he’s been very physical. So those three guys to me have really shown up. That’s not to discount Vonzell McDowell or Matt Mosely or those guys, but those three guys have been the most consistent players back there.”
— Those attending practice today included ex-Huskies Ryan Perkins and Dan Howell. Howell is apparently now done with football and working in the Seattle area.
WHAT’S NEXT
UW will hold two practices today, first at 8:45 a.m. and then again at 6:45 p.m. UW is scheduled to hold another scrimmage Saturday at 3 p.m. at Husky Stadium.

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