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August 21, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Friday morning practice report

it was brisk in the stands and brisk on the field for the Washington Huskies this morning, who called it a practice after about 70 minutes.
But coach Steve Sarkisian said that was the plan for a morning workout on a day wnen UW will hold two practices, also going tonight at 6:45 p.m. UW will be in full pads for that one after working in just helmets and sweats/shorts this morning.
“That’s a typical kind of double-day workout to not be out here real long in the morning,” he said.
With no pads and hence no real contact, the emphasis was on passing and special teams.
There was lots of work on the kickoff and punt units, the latter of which revealed that the Huskies will try out Desmond Trufant as a punt returner.
“He did it in high school and he’s a guy who is very athletic, so we’ll give him an opportunity and throw him out there,” Sarkisian said.
The practice ended with a two-minute drill, each of the top two offenses given 1:10 on the clock and one time out to move into range for a winning field goal.
The No. 1 offense started at the 30 and move to about the 33 against the No. 2 defense, the key play a completion of about 20 yards on a slant from Jake Locker to James Johnson. But what Sarkisian called a clock malfunction — it should have been stopped after a first down — led to a rushed field goal attempt from 50 yards that missed (it appeared it was after the clock ran out, anyway).
The No. 2 offense only got one play as a Ronnie Fouch pass bounced off the hands/pads off Devin Aguilar and into those of E.J. Savannah, who picked it off despite still wearing a wrap on his hand.
“That was a nice play by E.J.,” Sarkisian said. “And obviously we have made a huge emphasis on the football and creating turnovers and especially creating turnovers in critical situations, so that was a nice play by him.”
— As mentioned in the earlier entry, Ryan Tolar sat out with a sore toe, an injury suffered on Thursday.Sarkisian doesn’t think it’s serious but said “the biggest concern is those things can get worse and can graduate into possibly turf toe, things of that nature. So we want to be really precautionary on that thing right now and keep it harnessed in one spot and not let it get any worse.” With Tolar out, Mykenna Ikehara ran with the ones at center, the rest of the starting unit staying the same.
— G Morgan Rosborough is also still out with a shoulder injury and T Terence Thomas with a foot injury, depleting the depth on the O-line. UW has just 12 scholarship OL on the roster right now, 14 overall, and just nine scholarship linemen were available today. “No question it’s a big concern for us,” Sarkisian said. “So I think that’s why you’ve seen us really rolling a lot of guys through, playing different positions. Very rarely do you go through a season where you have the same five guys start every game, injuries occur, so a big key for us is to have versatility and guys playing multpile spots.” However, he said that for now, there are no plans to move anyone from another position to OL.
— There were a few more dropped passs today, notably Jordan Polk in an early drill of a nice deep pass from Locker. But Sarkisian said he doesn’t yet consider it a concern. “Dropped passes happen in camp because it’s the grind. It’s not a physical thing, it’s a mental thing. I think you saw Jermaine Kearse work his way out of it yesterday and make a couple of tough catches. Jordan Polk has been on fire and he ended up dropping a deep ball today. It’s more mental, it’s grinding and it’s hard and it’s about focus and energy. So I’m not concerned about it. When we get really mentally fresh where we are not grinding these guys all day long, I think it will be fine.”
— UW will likely do some live work tonight when it goes in full pads. But that will be a precursor for tomorrow when the Huskies will hold their second major scrimmage of the fall. It’s also expected to be their last. Asked what he hopes to get out of it, Sarkisian said: “I’d like to see our guys play multiple downs in a row, not just doing their little five-play sequences. See the first offfense put a 10-12 play drive together and cohesively work together and communicate well and find a tempo and try to drive. And I’d like to see our defense possibly get in a situation wher they give up a couple of third down conversions and then get a stop there on the fringe. There’s some things about the mental toughess aspect of things I’m looking for tomorrow.”
— Sarkisian also noted that Folk has had some good practices of late. “I thought our field goal mechanics have been really much better the second week. I think Erik Folk has kicked really well, the battery has been really good.”
— Safeties Jason Wells and Victor Aiyewa also remain out and RB Johri Fogerson (ankle) also remained sidelined today.
— Among starters getting work on the KO return team are Cameron Elisara, Nate Williams and Greg Walker.
All for now.



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