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August 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Thursday morning practice update

The Huskies are off the field following their Thursday morning practice, another brisk affair in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.
Lots of emphasis on special teams and two-minute drills as the Huskies taper down a bit in what is officially the last day of fall camp. As has been noted often here and elsewhere, one of the key goals of this camp has been to keep the team as fresh and healthy as can be heading into the season so while there will still be some scrimmage-type activity in some of the practices going forward, sounds like the heavy hitting won’t be as constant now.
No new personnel news of note. Active players who were out were WR Cody Bruns (hamstring), TE Kavario Middleton (hamstring), S Jason Wells (Achilles), RB Chris Polk (head), CB Matt Mosley (knee), LB Matt Houston (biceps), OT Skyler Fancher (ankle) and OT Terence Thomas (foot).
All but Fancher, Houston, Thomas and Wells should be back soon.
Fancher’s loss leaves UW a little thin at OT, but coach Steve Sarkisian noted today that Ben Ossai is getting increased reps at tackle to get him ready should he need to fill in there. Sarkisian said he’s still comfortable with the depth at tackle, which also includes starters Cody Habben and Drew Schaefer and backup Nick Scott as well as Ossai.
“We’ve got four tackles that can function so we’ll be okay there,” Sarkisian said.
The Huskies will have a light practice today at 4:15 p.m. for what is the official conclusion of camp.
Then they will head to a hotel tonight to prepare for what is a mock game simulation tomorrow where the team will go through its entire gameday scenario, from the pre-game warmups to the game itself.
“It’s just a mock game for us,” Sarkisian said. “It’s a dress rehearsal. It’s about all of the times, so they set up the way we want them to. Pre-game. Substituion patterns. Special situations. All the things that take place in a game to get our guys in a situation where they feel comfortable doing it. … We’re going to get through all the facets of the game.”
That workout is closed to the public and media.
As for camp itself, Sarkisian said it has been a good one.
“I feel a lot better (than heading into camp),” he said. “Just from a physical standpoint we are much better. But as important as anything, I think fundamentally and technically we are better. Assignment-wise we are better. And I think our kids are starting to understand that it is okay to play with enthusiasm and have fun and that’s allowed us to play free and not worried football.”
— I had Jake Locker at 9-14 passing in the two-minute drill situations and other live possessions that he quarterbacked (some of which didn’t progress the ball down the field so there wasn’t necessarily a score or anything at the end of it). One went for a touchdown to a wide-open Devin Aguilar. However, he had one pass over the middle intercepted by Cort Dennison. Chris Izbicki, getting a lot of action with Middleton out, caught at least two passes from Locker.
— Special teams coach Johnny Nansen said that if the season began today, Johri Fogerson would be the No. 1 punt returner backed up by Aguilar and Bruns. The KO returners would be Quinton Richardson and Jordan Polk. He said there is no change in the kicking spots at the moment.
— A highlight for the backup offense was a TD grab in traffic by Luther Leonard of a pass from Ronnie Fouch.
— LB Tim Tucker remains out in NCAA Clearinghouse limbo.
— One intrepid commenter passed along the news that Daniel Mafoe, a JC OL who did not get into UW, will play this season at West Texas A&M. Same reader also noted that Dominique Gaisie is no longer on the roster at Central Washington. Not sure why.
All for now.



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