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August 31, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Monday night practice report

The Huskies are off the field after a brisk practice under the lights tonight, which they will do Tuesday and Wednesday, as well to get acclimated to the conditions they’ll face come gametime Saturday night.
They were in shells (helmets, shoulder pads) so no real live contact and no apparent new injuries.
Of potential starters, TE Kavario Middleton and CB Justin Glenn were in pads but didn’t take part in any of the team drills (if you happened to be there and saw a No, 80 catching passes in the team stuff that was Luther Leonard as the Huskies are now in full game-week mode with scout team guys wearing the numbers of the LSU players they are emulating —80 is LSU WR Terrance Toliver. Anthony Boyles was in No. 1 emulating Brandon LaFell and Demitrius Bronson No. 32 to emulate.
The only starter in red was DT Cameron Elisara (shoulder). De’Shon Matthews took his place with the starters and appears to have earned the nod as the third defensive tackle. Also out was CB Matt Mosley (knee) which lessens the depth at CB.
The rest of the defensive first team was the same, with Vonzell McDowell appearing to run ahead of Desmond Trufant at the cornerback spot opposite Quinton Richardson.
Offensively, there still seems to be some juggling with the line, especially with some of the backup units — there was one look for the No. 2s that featured Mykenna Ikehara at guard with Greg Christine at center.
WR James Johnson, out on Saturday, was back and doing all the drills and team work.
And for the most part, this appears a pretty healthy team as it heads into the opener.
A few other notes. …
— The one place where UW is lacking depth is the O-line. So with just 12 healthy players, the Huskies had DT Nick Wood working with the O-line scout team. Not sure if this teams Wood is moving to offense or not — could just be he’s helping fill out the scout team.
— Once again, lots of time spent on special teams — I really have no way of knowing if it’s more than the Huskies did last year since I never saw a full practice last year, but there definitely seems to be a sizeable chunk being spent in that area. As the punt returners caught the ball, assistant Demetrice Martin would yell loudly and hit them with a pad.
— PK Erik Folk was 3-6 though the last one came from about 55 yards. It appeared to be both short and wide. He also missed wide left from about 40 and one from closer to 50.
— Times columnist Jerry Brewer has this column on UW coach Steve Sarkisian for tomorrow’s paper.
— It was finally pointed out to me by a helpful someone in the UW athletic department that UW assistant coach Jeff Mills is the brother of Charleston Southern coach Jay Mills. That’s noteworthy this week as Charleston Southern is playing No. 1 Florida.
— S Jason Wells is among the long-term injured players who remains out. Also still out are OLs Terence Thomas and Skyler Fancher.
All for now.



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