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Husky Football Blog

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August 22, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Scrimmage today —- a quick position overview

Washington scrimmage at 3 p.m. at Husky Stadium, the last major scrimmage of fall camp.
Today’s practice also marks the halfway point of fall camp —15 practices down and 14 to go — until kickoff against LSU. I wrote this story for today’s paper with some comments from Steve Sarkisian and Nick Holt on what they have seen so far in camp.
As noted in the story, Sarkisian has some broader goals for today’s scrimmage, saying he wants to see the offense make some long drives, the defense maybe have to adversity and then overcome it. He also said he wants to see the players and coaches work together well in what he called “the mechanics of the game” — getting the right lineups on the field, plays sent relayed in timely fashion, that sort of thing.
But any scrimmage is also always a chance to evaluate personnel and “compile more information,” to use a Sarkisian phrase, on each of the players.
After two weeks of camp, however, many of the positions have begun to settle pretty well. Here’s a quick overview of each group:
QUARTERBACK — No suspense here as Jake Locker is the starter and Ronnie Fouch the backup, and Keith Price No. 3. I’d assume Price is on a track to redshirt this year, though likely to make all the trips and all that just in case.
RUNNING BACK — As Sarkisian noted in the story today, one of his most pleasant surprises of camp has been the depth at tailback. The trick will be finding ways to get all five guys involved in the game this year as all have looked deserving of it in camp. However, Chris Polk and Johri Fogerson appear to be the top two right now. Paul Homer is the starting FB though he has been sidelined the last week with a hamstring injury. So Austin Sylvester may be the No. 1 FB in today’s scrimmage.
TIGHT END Kavario Middleton has surpassed Chris Izbicki as the No. 1 TE for now, but both will play a lot, either rotating or on the field at the same time. JC TE Dorson Boyce has emerged as the No. 3 and also figures to see significant time this year.
WIDE RECEIVER — One of the revelations of camp has been the play of true frosh James Johnson, who has sometimes been working with the No. 1 offense the last few practices. He may not be a starter come the LSU game, but there’s no question he’ll be in the rotation. D’Andre Goowin, Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar appear to still be the top three guys, but Jordan Polk has also had a good camp and also has carved out a significant role for himself this season and Cody Bruns and Anthony Boyles also appear still in the rotation. Luther Leonard, still learning the position after a spring switch from QB, appears behind those seven.
OFFENSIVE LINE — Other than right tackle, where Nick Scott ran with the ones ahead of Drew Schaefer for a couple of practices, the O-line has been pretty stable throughout camp — Schaefer and Cody Habben at tackles, Ben Ossai and Senio Kelemete at guards and Ryan Tolar at center. Mykenna Ikehara has come on of late to fill in for Tolar, who has been out the last couple days with a toe injury.
DEFENSIVE LINE — The starting four here hasn’t seemed to change all camp — Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and Darrion Jones at ends and Cameron Elisara and Alameda Ta’amu at tackles. As noted in the story, Elisara has been one of the stars of fall camp. Key here remains developing depth, though that has been aided by the seemingly quick progression of a few of the true frosh.
LINEBACKERS — Another spot where the starters appear set — Donald Butler in the middle, E.J. Savannah on the weakside and Mason Foster on the strong. True frosh Jordan Wallace and Tim Tucker, who each have made some good plays in practice of late, are two to watch today.
SECONDARY — Three of the starting spots seem pretty well set — Nate Williams at one safety and Quinton Richardson and Justin Glenn at the CB spots. Adam Long has also come on and appears to be the No. 3 CB right now. The other safety spot seems a little more in flux. Greg Walker is the leader at the spot and has played well, but JC transfer David Batts and Victor Aiyewa remain in the mix for significant playing time and guys like Alvin Logan and Jason Wells (the latter depending largely on his health) also remain in the conversation.
KICKING — No real suspense here, either as Will Mahan has secured the punting job and Erik Folk is ahead at PK, having had three pretty good days to end the week.

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