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August 25, 2009 at 9:27 PM

Tuesday night’s practice

You knew this practice would be a good one because the weather was great, training camp is coming to an end and emotions were a little high as special guest Don James walked the sidelines.
It was a good crowd on hand tonight, about 200 or so. Maybe more. And the Huskies gave them plenty to celebrate and ponder as the Sept. 5 opener draw near.
The best action occured during team drills. Here’s some highlights.
— QB Jake Locker began a string of big plays when he connected with WR Jordan Polk for a 40-yard touchdown pass that a big applause from the fans. Locker was particularly sharp tonight. By my unofficial count, he missed on just two simple throws, threw the long ball with accurary and twice scrambled out of the pocket for long gains.
— Midway in the team drill, FS Nate Williams drilled RB Chris Polk with a big hit to break-up a deep pass at the 10-yard line.
— DE Everett Thompson and LB Mason Foster each snared interceptions after a deflection.
— CB Vonzell McDowell played well in place of Richardson.
Chris Polk looks as if he has the potential of being a big-time playmaker. The Huskies are using him in many ways and are getting creative about getting him the ball. I don’t want to give away secrets, but don’t be surprised to see him line up all over the field. Also, RB Curtis Shaw had a couple of nice runs.
— Frosh QB Keith Price struggled near the end of practice to direct the No. 3 offense against the No. 3 defense. Practice ended after Price was sacked, which was a high note for the defense.
SITTING OUT: CB Quinton Richardson, CB Matt Mosely, TE Kavario Middleton and OT Skylar Fanchar were on the sideline because of injuries.
MORE ON JAMES
This was his first practice of the season, but he gets reports from friends who are regulars at practice. James said he thinks UW has a chance to be competitive this season and rebound from last season’s 0-12 campaign.
“I think the team is probably going to be better than the new staff thought when they took over,” he said. “They didn’t tell me that, but I think people that really know and follow know that Tyrone (Willingham, the former coach) his best recruiting class was his last year and a lot of those kids played.”
Here’s our story on his visit.
NOTE
A UW spokesman said the school has sold about 40,000 season ticket sales. The Sept. 5 opener against LSU will be close to being a sellout.
“Now if you bring them in here, then you got to bring them back,” James said. “And you bring them back by playing good.”

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