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July 8, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Checking in on the Huskies

The last time I saw the Huskies in any kind of action — the spring game in April — it ended with a Nick Montana to Luther Leonard touchdown pass.
So it did again today when I decided to take a peak at one of the team’s informal summer workouts at Husky Stadium.
I caution that other than seeing who is out there and what kind of shape they may be in, there is almost nothing to read into what happens in these workouts. Obviously, it’s the hottest day of the year in Seattle today, and guys were playing shirtless and in shorts (a sombrero was also making the rounds as head gear). In other words, glorified P.E. class at its finest, to use the old Keith Gilbertson term to describe any football that didn’t involve full pads and full contact.
I also showed up later than I meant to — and I think it started earlier than normal — so I didn’t see a whole lot.
But here are a few observations:
— Should probably point out that today’s workout consisted of the team going 11-on-11 on the field, the players playing their normal positions on the field and running through plays. But it’s not a game or anything. They just run a play, put the ball back at the same line of scrimmage, and run another one. And obviously no tackling and no hitting. Kind of like a no-pads practice, for those who’ve come to any of UW’s the last few years, but no coaches around and much less informal.
— An unofficial count had roughly 56 players there but we (there were a couple of us out there watching) could have easily missed a few. Also, remember, a lot of the frosh aren’t here yet, and some guys always just miss these things for a myriad of reasons, namely classes. But all three QBs were there and just everybody I could think of quickly of the regulars appeared to be there.
Kalani Aldrich was active during the time I watched, playing his usual DE spot, and appears, as head coach Steve Sarkisian said recently, on track to return for the beginning of fall camp. Everrette Thompson was among those not on the field so I didn’t get a look at him, but he was spotted in the gym so he was around today probably working out elsewhere.
Jesse Callier, who missed the last half of spring with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament, took some handoffs and looked fine. So did Chris Polk, though his injury is a shoulder and you wouldn’t be able to tell anything in something like this, anyway.
— All of the WRs who had some injury issues in the spring — D’Andre Goodwin, Cody Bruns and Jordan Polk — appeared to be running full speed with no apparent issues.
— The incoming frosh start the LEAP program Monday but a few are already here. Among those in attendance today were Erik Kohler, Ben Riva, Colin Porter, Michael Hartvigson, Kevin Smith and (we think) Hauoli Jamora. Smith definitely looked the part playing primarily out of the slot in the plays I saw. Porter looks like he fits right in, as well.
— As noted at the top, the day ended with a Montana TD pass to Leonard of 25 yards or so, Leonard breaking past the coverage and catching a nicely thrown ball.
— The team will be around for the summer for three more weeks, scheduled to hit the field twice a week, until taking a last break before the beginning of fall camp Aug. 9, with players due to report Aug. 8.



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