The Huskies were back in the Dempsey Indoor Tuesday for their first full-pads practice of the week, preparing for expected 100-degree heat Saturday in Tempe.
Also back was RB Johri Fogerson, who sat out last week with the flu and liked the idea of being indoors.
“It feels like 100 degrees in here,” he said. “They’ll get us ready.”
The practice was the first full-pads workout for Fogerson and receiver D’Andre Goodwin (as well as safety Nate Williams) since missing last week — Goodwin and Williams with concussions.
“I’m happy to be back,” said Fogerson, who said he was felled by “the straight, regular flu” and none of the more newsworthy types making the rounds. Fogerson said he had a fever of 102 and that the coaches didn’t want him near the rest of the players to make sure it didn’t spread. Fogerson, however, said that wasn’t really much of an option for a couple of days as he said he was given medicine “that just made me pass out. I was in bed all the time.”
But other than having lost a few pounds, he said he was back to normal Tuesday, again sharing reps with the first-team offense behind Chris Polk at tailback.
Goodwin was also back in his familiar receiver’s role after sitting out last week with a concussion suffered on the final play of the Notre Dame game when he was hit by first, safety Kyle McCarthy, and then safety Harrison Smith, jarring the ball out of his hands and ending the game.
Goodwin, though, has no memory of the play other than what he has since seen on TV.
In fact, he said he remembers lining up for that play, and then the next thing he recalls is being in the shower.
“The best part about that hit is I can’t remember it,” he said.
But he’s watched it a few times since and holds no ill will toward Smith or McCarthy.
“I mean, it’s football,” he said. “You go out there, you are taking the risk of being hit. I mean, I don’t have no complaint. I didn’t think it was a dirty hit. He was doing his job, knocking the ball out.”
What he does wish when he watches it is that there’s a way he could have held on.
“I actually think when the first guy hit me I had the ball,” he said. “The second guy knocked me and the ball out.”
Goodwin also said what memories he has of the game will be fond.
“Actually, I had fun that game, playhing in a big-time game like that on NBC with my team competing against another great team,” he said. “I had fun.”
It’s the second concussion Goodwin has suffered in his career and he said it wasn’t until Saturday that he began feeling pretty good.
“I’m feeling back to normal now so I’ll just go back out there and do what I do,” he said.
As for whether he’ll have any trepidation going back over the middle to catch a ball, Goodwin quickly shook his head.
“No, that’s football,” he said. “The best part about that hit is I can’t remember it.”
— WR Devin Aguilar sat out a little bit at the end of practice appearing to have taken a hard hit, though it didn’t look serious. Coach Steve Sarkisian does not talk to the media after Tuesday’s practice so we didn’t get any personnel or injury updates. However, there didn’t appear to be anything else of note injury wise.
— Drew Schaefer got some significant work at both tackle spots as the Huskies try to build depth on the line with the loss of Greg Christine. Ben Ossai is listed as the backup to Nick Wood, who will now take over for Christine, so getting Schaefer ready is key in case they need to move Ossai to guard.
— The UW reports that it’s not sure it has ever happened before that the Huskies have scored defensive TDs in three straight games. The school said it hasn’t happened since at least 1947, which his the last year for which it has full play-by-plays of games to make an accurate check.
— Everrette Thompson continues to get a lot of action as a DT with the starting unit.
— Williams was back working with the starting unit at SS alongside Nate Fellner at FS. Adam Long continues to get the majority of the reps at one CB spot with the No. 1 unit alongside Desmond Trufant.
All for now.