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August 18, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Wednesday morning practice report

Frankly, not a ton to report from Washington’s practice this morning.
Following Tuesday afternoon’s scrimmage, the Huskies took it a little lighter this morning, going in helmets only, and no contact (pictured is much of the offensive line departing the field under cloudy skies as the weather has changed dramatically here in the last 24 hours).
Lots of situational work in the team period, and what might have stood out the most were a couple of slant patterns to D’Andre Goodwin in which he then turned and sped to the end zone. He’s said he feels back to 2008 form, and those two plays looked like more evidence of that. Johri Fogerson also took a short pass and burst through everyone to the end zone. Fogerson may not be the starting tailback for this team, but it’s looking like he’ll definitely play a key role as that “utility” running back, as UW coach Steve Sarkisian put it the other day.
Also lots of special teams work, as Sarkisian said he thought that was a little bit of an area of concern after Tuesday’s scrimmage.
“We’ve got to clean up a lot of things on special teams,” he said. “I like the schemes that we are doing, but after one week of special teams we were pretty sloppy, and I don’t know if our effort was where it needed to be on special teams, so it’s been addressed. I thought we had a good day today working punt and kickoff returns that was the biggest glaring thing that came out that i didn’t notice as much on the field as i did watching the film.”
Everrette Thompson got some of his most significant work of the fall, rotating in with the No. 1 defense at end, as he continues to come back from that Achilles injury. Saturday’s scrimmage might be a key for Thompson to see just where he is health-wise. Safety Justin Glenn, out yesterday with a sprained ankle, was back on the field, but safety Greg Walker and WR James Johnson (each ankles) remained sidelined.
Otherwise, no apparent new injuries.
— Asked what else he saw on film from the scrimmage of the young guys, he said: “I have to reiterate what I said before that I thought Sean Parker had realy nice scrimmage and played well. I think the young linemen did some things (Erik) Kohler) did some things. What Jesse (Callier) did at running back. So some of those guys solidified who they were and what they are capable of doing. It was encouraging to watch Victor Burnett make some plays.”

— Sarkisian also cited tight end Michael Hartvigson, who made a diving catch near the sideline. Sarkisian said it should have been ruled a completion. “That was a catch, a heck of a catch for him. So that was a nice play for him as well.”
— However, while it is becoming apparent that some frosh will play this year — Parker, Kohler, Hartvigson, Colin Porter to name a few — Sarkisian said it’s still too early to declare publicly who will and won’t play. “I think as we move through week two we’ve got a decent understanding of who this group is. I just don’t want to make a hard and fast judgment on them. I want to continue to allow them to improve now that the installation has really slowed down and we can get back to the fundamental and technique things that need to be retaught.”
— Asked his overall assessment of the scrimmage, he said: “We had to address some things off the film from an effort point of view. I thought we got a little tired maybe, the sun was beating on them. The one thing around here that we pride ourselves on is playing with great effort, and there were times yesterday or last night when that didn’t occur. So I addressed it and I thought guys were fantastic this morning.”
— Asked how the lines played, he said: “I thought they were good. Obviously the ones were a little limited in the number of reps that they had. But I thought they did some nice things communication-wise. Again, looking at the film, Greg Christine was fantastic just getting guys lined up and doing some things. Our young kids did some nice things, but ultimately it’s the understanding of the way we play, the effort we play with, especially the young defensive linemen: We can’t afford to have loafs. We go 100 miles per hour and if you need to get a break, get a break. Those are some of the things we address.”
— Asked if there were any surprises, he said: “I don’t know if there was so much surprise standouts. I thought the guys that had done things all camp long continued to do it. Tim Tucker did some things on special teams that I guess were a little surprising: blocked a punt, did some different things that he hadnt really shown to put him more on the forefront of special teams work.” (And in fact, I forgot to mention Tucker’s block in the recap yesterday. Tucker blocked it off walk-on Kiel Rasp, who just rejoined the team this week).
— As for this morning’s practice, Sarkisian said: “It was good. Crisp. A lot of third-down work, a lot of emphasis on third down. We probably had over 30 reps on third down, which was good. From the quarterback perspective and wide receiver and the timing, it was for our defense: a lot of nickel situations for them. So I though all in all it was good work.”
— As noted, it was a lot cooler today, about 20 degrees or so cooler than Tuesday afternoon. “We’re just trying to prepare for late-October, early November: a little wind, a little chill in the air,” Sarkisian said.
UW will practice again at 6:45 tonight.



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