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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 17, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Thursday practice notes

Apologize for being a little later than normal filing today, but just as the Huskies were walking off the field, the Oaks Christian football team – along with future UW Huskies quarterback Nick Montana and lineman Erik Kohler – walked into Husky Stadium so I stuck around to watch some of their practice. More on the Lions later.
As for Washington, coach Steve Sarkisian was pleased with Thursday’s workout and the way the Huskies practiced this week.
“They’re locked in, focused and I think they have a good grasp of the game plan,” he said. “I’m excited for them.”
Earlier in the week, Sarkisian said he wanted to rest a few players, including: FS Nate Williams and G Gregory Christine. Both were active today running with the No. 1 and No. 2 squads.
DE Darrion Jones, who missed last Saturday’s game, also participated in today’s drills, however, at times he appeared as if he was still hampered by the right knee injury. Sarkisian said after practice he wasn’t sure if Jones will start and plans to use a rotation to keep players fresh. Freshman Talia Crichton looked very explosive at times. He’s got a great burst off the line and appears to be a naturally gifted pass rusher. Kalani Aldrich, who started last week, also took a few snaps.
I asked Sarkisian about which USC quarterback UW is preparing for and he said the team is preparing to defend the position rather than a particular player. Still, when pressed he noted a few differences between Matt Barkley and Aaron Corp.
Said Sarkisian: “I think Barkley has got a stronger arm, and Aaron is a little more elusive – Aaron is pretty fleet of foot. We prepared for their scheme. The one thing about them, their scheme has withstood the test of time, from Carson Palmer, to Leinart, to Booty, to Sanchez, to now Barkley. They’re going to run their plays regardless of which quarterback is in there.”
A FEW OTHER NOTES …
— CB Quinton Richardson alarmed practice observers during a drill when he used his right hand to deflect a pass and appeared to aggravate an injury. He finished practice and should start Saturday.
— I ran into former Husky QB Johnny DuRocher in the stands. He said he was hired by UW to host a sports-themed online show, which is set to debut shortly on gohuskies.com.
— Also worth noting, freshman QB Keith Price had a few nice passes for the scout squad. Nothing spectacular, but he looked solid.
BACK TO HOLLYWOOD HIGH, (AHEM) OAKS CHRISTIAN …
— As if you didn’t know, the Lions are in town for Friday’s huge showdown against Skyline High, which will be televised on ESPNU. Aside from the stars in the stands, the game’s most intriguing storyline involves Spartan QB Jake Heaps, who declined a UW scholarship offer, versus Montana. The only star in the stands Thursday was apparently Nick’s mom Jennifer Montana.
— Watching from the sidelines, Montana throws a tight spiral and he’s very accurate. At 6-2 and 177 pounds, however, he looks slight. Conversely, Kohler, 6-6 and 285 pounds, stands out. Seriously, the kid blocks out the sun.

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