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August 25, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Tuesday morning practice

The Huskies practiced in shorts and helmets this morning in a crisp 1-hour, 45-minute workout that featured few eye-popping plays, but still drew praise from the coaching staff.
After spring drills and 14 training camp practice days, defensive coordinator Nick Holt said he’s installed the entire defense and will use the next 12 days before the Sept. 5 opener to fine tune. Obviously, UW won’t use every defensive package against the Tigers, but it’s interesting to note that in a relatively short time the Huskies learned the basic schemes that will carry them through the season.
“We have put in a lot now in these last 12 days, we have to refine, refine and refine it and really hone in on our game plan of LSU really starting tomorrow afternoon and Thursday,” he said. “That’s when we start putting in the game plan.”
CB Quinton Richardson (hip pointer) missed a second day of practice as did TE Kavario Middelton. As noted Monday, it seems as if the coaching/medical staff is being cautious with the injured players.
Freshman QB Keith Price was back in drills this morning after the NCAA Clearinghouse cleared his eligibility. DE Talia Crichton and LB Tim Tucker are still waiting for clearance. Coach Steve Sarkisian described it as a “frustrating situation.”
Even without Richardson, a projected starting cornerback who has missed the past two days, Holt said the recent practices have been good for the secondary.
“It’s really gotten more competitive and more consistent,” he said. “I’m really happy. Now we have to wait and see on Saturdays, but we have a bunch of bodies and they’re being coached and they’re getting better. Now we’ll see when it’s all said and done who will be the starters and the capable backups.”
Nate Williams will likely start at strong safety and Justin Glenn looks like he’ll begin the season at cornerback leaving just one position open for competition: free safety. At the moment, Greg Walker appears to have a slight edge over Victor Aiyewa .
Still Holt was reluctlant to name starters at this point. The only sure-fire starters he said were DE Daniel Te’o Nesheim and LBs E.J. Savannah, Donald Butler and Mason Foster.
— Holt said he expects UW to play several freshmen this season, including WR James Johnson and CB Desmond Trufant. DLs Andru Pulu, Semisi Tokolahi and Crichton may also contribute immediately. Holt said a few freshman may also help on special teams this season.
— Sarkisian said DT Cameron Elisara has had a very nice training camp and has excited the coaching staff.
— It’s clear Sark has a special fondness for the special teams units, which he’s dubbed The Wild Bunch. He said the quickest improvement on the team may happen on special teams. The coach praised punter Will Mahan who has “had a calming effect” on PK Erik Folk.
— Forgot to mention this Monday, but OTs Morgan Rosborough and Skyler Fancher were among the players who returned to practice after missing several days with injuries. Rosborough (shoulder) wore a red no-contact jersey and Fancher (leg) seemed fine.
— Training camp is winding down. Tonight’s 6:45 p.m. practice is open as are Wednesday’s 3 p.m. workout and two practices on Thursdays. But that’s it. Regular-season practices start Saturday and expected to be restricted.
— Also need to point out a correction from Monday’s post-practice report. Cameras and cell phones are not allowed at practice. My bad.



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