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August 21, 2009 at 7:18 PM

Fall camp wrapup — Day 12

Two more practices in the books, bringing to 14 the Huskies will have before kicking off the season — or almost half the total of 29. …
WHAT HAPPENED
The Huskies held two practices, no pads (helmets and shorts/sweats) in the morning and half-pads (helmets and shoulder pads) in the evening.
THE BIG STORY
Frankly, nothing earth-shattering on this day. If there was an overriding theme, it might have been a little bit of growing worry about the depth up front.
Starting center Ryan Tolar, and backup guard Morgan Rosborough and tackle Terence Thomas sat out both practices. Tolar is the key one of that trio and it sounds like his toe injury should be short-term — Rosborough has a shoulder injury that also appears short-term and Thomas has a foot injury that could be longer term.
Then in the night practice, backup tackle Skyler Fancher, one of the more promising backups, suffered some sort of leg injury that had him sitting in the tent reserved for injured players much of the second half of practice — there was no update available after practice. It appeared to be maybe to his right ankle.
Though none of the injuries may be serious, the O-line, as I’ve detailed before on here, is maybe the spot where UW has the least amount of depth and can least affort to lose any players for any time at all. UW is being extremely cautious to try to prevent players at any spot from suffering further injury and some of this may be precautionary. Who is able to do what tomorrow during the scrimmage may tell more.
STARS OF THE DAY
In this case, I’ll focus more on the night practice, which was in helmets and shoulder pads, so no full contact work.
As always, there was a lot of situational drills, so providing full stats wouldn’t necessarily tell much of what happened.
More indicative is what happened in some specific instances.
In the middle section of the night session, the Huskies focued on short-yardage goalline, and the offense had one of its better days of late, scoring six times out of 10 plays, One highlight was a nice rollout pass from Jake Locker to Kavario Middleton, which led to a raucous celebration in the end zone — indicative of a night when it seemed apparent this team is having a lot more fun than the teams of the last few years. There was lots of celebrating throughout this drill, in fact, with either the defense or offense having something to crow about after each play. And the players seemed to be reveling in it.
Demitrius Bronson also had a couple of TD runs in that drill, indicating he may be carving out a role as a short-yardage back.
In a few other highlights:
Johri Fogerson, looking none the worse the wear from his ankle injury of two nights ago, ripped off about a 50-yard run in one of the team session drills.
Nate Williams had two interceptions, one of a Locker pass that he returned for a TD and the other of a tipped pass from Ronnie Fouch.
Chris Polk had about a 25-yard TD run in one drill in which he turned the corner and beat everyone to the end zone.
— And Erik Folk continued his recent string of solid kicking making 4-5 from behond 38 yards, hitting from 43, 45, 39 and 38 and missing from 43 wide leeft.
NOTES, QUOTES AND RANDOM THOUGHTS
— True freshman CB Desmond Trufant was again thrown right into the fire, as Sarkisian had promised. Though he couldn’t wear pads of any kind, he saw some time in some of the drills and seemed to have no hesitation mixing it up with those who did have on shoulder pads, at one point ripping a pass out of the hands of D’Andre Goodwin, and another time hitting James Johnson hard.
Tim Tucker had a nice interception of a pass from Keith Price in a seven-on-seven drill.
— FB Paul Homer didn’t take part in any of the team drills but did a lot of individual running and seems close to returning, though I would suspect he sits out the scrimmage tomorrow.
— CB Matt Mosley didn’t take part in practice after having hurt his knee.
— Also sitting out were safeties Jason Wells and Victor Aiyewa .
WHAT’S NEXT
UW will hold a scrimmage Saturday at 3 p.m. at Husky Stadium that is open to the public.

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