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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 22, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Wednesday practice notes

The Huskies are off the field after their third practice of the bye week. And the highlight was a staple of bye weeks — a live mini-scrimmage at the end featuring the team’s young players.
What are essentially the No. 3 offense and defense (though with a few other players mixed in) went against each other for five series.
Nick Montana was the QB for all of them, and led two scoring drives, including a 39-yard TD pass to DiAndre Campbell in which he broke two tackles (one from safety Sean Parker). Another drive was capped by a 5-yard TD run by Demitrius Bronson.
Two othe drives ended in turnovers, both fumbles. On one, Garret Gilliland leveled Taz Stevenson, forcing a fumble that was recovered and returned for a TD by Andrew Hudson. A bad snap recovered by Hudson resulted in the other turnover.
The scrimmage ended with one last series, from the defense’s 10-yard-line. After the offense appeared to score on a play where Montana was officially ruled down (he then threw a pass to William Chandler for a TD after the whistle blew), Montana then threw incomplete to Bronson to end it.
Zach Fogerson got a lot of work at tailback, ripping off a 22-yard run at one point. Campbell, as noted, was the receiving star (3-37 and one TD). And Montana had a good day going 8-9 for 106 yards.
And Kevin Smith threw the block of the day, decleating Victor Burnett to help clear the way for Fogerson’s long run. Burnett, though, also had a sack of Montana.
Said UW coach Steve Sarkisian of the scrimmage: “It was good, competitive. I don’t know how sound we were, but it was a good, competitive period. I thought they had fun playing. I’ll have to look at the film. I know DiAndre Campbell had a nice catch for a touchdown, breaking a couple of tackles, but I’ll have to look at the film.”
With no gameplanning to do, the Huskies also got a lot of work in on special teams and threw in a few more tackling drills, attempting to fix the problems of last week’s 56-21 loss to Nebraska.
“We’ve come out we’ve practiced really hard,” said tight end Chris Izbicki. “We watched the film, we learned from it, but we’ve put it behind us because you have to. You have to be able to move on and focus on the next opponent.”
Sarkisian, though, says he thinks the mood of the team remains a little different this week.
“I feel like we’re hardened right now, I guess, if I could put one word on it,” he said. “Our jaws are still a little tight, but that’s OK. That’s a good thing to be…I think our brows are still a little low. I think we’re hungry.”
And he said he thinks it has proven to be the perfect week for a bye.
“I kind of like that there’s not (a game this week),” he said. “At first you want to play because you just want to get back out there and play again, but we had some things that needed to be fixed – part of which was our psyche. We needed to get healthy. So in a way it was a good thing. It allows some of our young players to continue to get coached, to keep coming along – and not so much on a game plan but on the fundamentals. When you can really focus on tackling, when you can focus on things like that – it allows us to get better in the interim before we have to start to game plan again.”
There didn’t appear to be any new injuries, and in fact a few guys returned to duty, notably LBs Cort Dennison and Victor Aiyewa, who each had been out with concussions. Jesse Callier also was no longer in red (apparently just sore from the game with no specific injury).
“Guys are coming back out,” Sarkisian said. “Jesse (Callier) was a little banged up and we got him back out. Obviously Chris Polk’s not going right now…swollen ankle, and Johri (Fogerson) hasn’t been able to get back out. Cort Dennison’s back, Victor Aiyewa’s back, James Johnson, it looks like he’s back, which is good. We’re getting healthy, which is where we need to be.”
UW will hold one more practice tomorrow at 10, then will be off for the weekend. Sarkisian and other coaches will hit the road recruiting. Sarkisian said he will be “here, NorCal, SoCal, bouncing around a little bit.”

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