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August 27, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Thursday afternoon practice update

The Huskies are off the field after a Thursday afternoon practice that was the beginning of an interesting excercise for this team.
As part of the mock game that the Huskies will hold tomorrow, they conducted this afternoon the type of practice they will usually hold on a Friday before a game. That meant it was a roughly one-hour walk-through, with guys not even in their jerseys but just T-shirts and sweats, or what they’d be wearing the day before a game.
There was an emphasis on special teams for a half-hour or so, and then about 20-25 minutes of offensive and defensive work, much of it two-minute drill type of stuff.
When the players left the field, there were buses and a police escort waiting to take them to the hotel, just like will happen before real games this season. The team will spend tonight in their usual home night-before-a-game hotel, apparently going through all the same meetings as they would on a normal night before a game. (And for the inevitable question about cost, the school pays for the lodging for all camp, anyway, and this is still part of training camp).
UW coach Steve Sarkisian had said earlier in the day that the entire exercise was meant to be “a dress rehearsal” for a real game, and they are obviously replicating it to a ‘T’. And with a new coaching staff, this is probably something being done just as much to make all of the coaches comfortable with the gameday routine as the players.
We hadn’t been told beforehand that the practice would be closed to the general public but when we showed up, it was (and sorry for passing along faulty info there but that’s what we had). Apparently that was done, as well, to replicate the night-before-a-game experience as those walk-throughs would also be closed to the general public.
Since there was no contact of any kind, there were no injuries or anything of that sort to pass along. And some of the guys who sat out the morning practice participated, such as Cody Bruns, who took a few turns returning punts.
The most interesting pesonnel note was seeing Desmond Trufant not only continuing to line up with the No. 1 defense at cornerback but also with what appeared to be the No. 1 punt cover team as a gunner. He’s gotten an awful lot of work now with the starting defense and his presence on a special team seems to indicate he is heavily in the plans for this season.
The kickoff and punt coverage walk-through sessions were also interesting to watch for the sight of the coaches lining up as the scout team and Sarkisian putting his old QB skills to use by throwing the ball to the returners.
But in showing how much detail they are going through, Sarkisian reminded the players at one point that “you can’t run through the real defense in a real game, now” when some of the members of the PAT team cut through some of their defensive teammates on their way out on the field
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— The practice ended with Jermaine Kearse catching a Hail Mary pass from Jake Locker in heavy traffic.
— Sarkisian’s father, Seb, was in attendance, in town for a few days from southern California.
— For those who have asked, LSU is scheduled to get in Thursday night at around 10 p.m. Pacific time after practicing in Baton Rouge earlier in the day. The Tigers are scheduled for a walk-through at Husky Stadium Friday afternoon. They will leave early Sunday afternoon.
— The Huskies will hold a practice tomorrow afternoon that is closed to everyone, including media. That will be the mock game that is the conclusion of the dress rehearsal that began this afternoon. After that, the team will attend the Raise The Woof. It is expected that the team will announce its captains for the season at that event.
— The big guy who has been hanging around the offensive line the last few days is Grey Ruegamer, a former Arizona State offensive lineman who was cut by the Seahawks earlier this week. At ASU, his position coach was current UW OL coach Dan Cozzetto and Ruegamer is apparently just hanging out for a little while pondering his next move. He’s been in the NFL since 2000.
All for now.

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