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August 13, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Friday practice notes

I know Friday night’s not a high readership time on here, so I will quickly post a few notes from practice before transcribing anything, and then put that up later.
It was the first day of full pads, and in what is always the best news in the eyes of the coaches, no serious injuries.
If you were there, you saw that Nate Williams and Chris Polk didn’t participate in the team periods. UW coach Steve Sarkisian said that was simply to give them a day off, that as veterans they need to avoid the pounding more than they need the practice time. Ben Riva also sat out, apparently just feeling under the weather. And DEs Kalani Aldrich and Everrette Thompson, coming off those injuries, also were out of the team period.
The practice ended with a six-possession 11-on-11 period that was highlighted by a 25-yard TD pass from Jake Locker to Jermaine Kearse, and ended with a 13-yard TD pass from Keith Price to Cody Bruns.
However, Price also threw an interception, picked off by Greg Ducre.
Nick Montana also had a 14-yard TD to Michael Hartvigson, and Sarkisian said he thought it might have been the best overall day for the QBs this camp, particularly Locker.
Here were the unofficial stats for the QBs (which also included a team period in the middle of the workout):
Locker 10-12 for 164 yards, 1 TD (which included a 50-yarder to D’Andre Goodwin);
Price 7-11 for 83, 1 TD, 1 INT;
Montana 8-11 for 82, 1 TD.
Jesse Callier, getting a lot of work with Polk out, also had some nice runs and Sarkisian said later he might have been the MVP.
Sarkisian also talked about awarding scholarships to five walk-ons and said that puts UW at 83 scholarships entering the season.
There was some shuffling around of the lineups, but none of it necessarily indicated changes in the depth chart but just the usual early-camp experimentation, as well as accounting for a few of the guys sitting out.
With Nate Williams out, Sean Parker worked with the first unit at strong safety and had two sacks.
And as I noted in an entry on Twitter a little while ago, Sarkisian also announced after practice that he wants to make sure fans understand to limit what they post on comments section of this blog and other UW-related message boards about what they see in practice. He said if certain things continue he would be forced to close practices.
In particular, what they don’t want to see posted are things coaches say to players during practices and descriptions of specific drills or plays. Generalities (such as that so-and-so looked good, this guy had a TD run of 60 yards, etc.) are fine. I’ll post his actual quote on this later.
UPDATE — Here’s the quote from Sarkisian on the open practice issue:
“I love having open practices, but I want them to respect the fact that they are open and that we’re working and that we’re trying to get better, and not go on the internet and not go on blogs and talk about what we’re doing and how we’re going about our business. Because ultimately if it continues, I’m going to have to close them, and I don’t want to do that. I want to give our fans access to practice and the way we work. I love the atmosphere out here, but competitively, if it continues I’m going to have to shut it down.
“There’s just been a few issues that have popped up, that have been brought to my attention, and it’s not okay. It’s not okay competitively for us that things are getting put out there of what we’re doing specifically or the way we’re coaching things specifically — it’s not okay. Hopefully our fans respect that and come out and enjoy watching
our guys compete and battle and leave it at that, and we’ll continue to leave them open.
“I think they can say it was a great practice, or the intensity was good or whatever that may be…if it was 85 degrees, it was 85 degrees (but) going into specifics of drills, plays, interactions with players or interaction between players and coaches or between coaches and coaches I don’t think is acceptable. I think the bottom line is common sense. You push the common sense button when you’re on the internet.
“(Talking about) Individual guys is OK. How they look or how they’re running..so and so really looked good today catching deep balls. I understand that. But there’s certain things where you can cross the line on.”

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