Just checked in on the beginning of UW’s practice this morning at Husky Stadium and back in the press room to pass along a few notes and links. After it just poured here all day Friday, it was clear and not all that bad as practice began today …
— The team is in half-pads, or helmets, shoulders pads and shorts/sweats. Full pads will not go on until Tuesday.
— Mykenna Ikehara, the lineman who is not returning to play this year due to knee injuries, is a visible presence helping out, similar to what Alvin Logan did a year ago after he also retired due to knee issues. Ikehara is remaining in school on a medical scholarship.
— The offensive line appeared the same today, with their really being no reason to have changed anything much yet. The starting OL, from left to right, appears this way: Senio Kelemete, Colin Tanigawa, Drew Schaefer, Colin Porter and Erik Kohler, with Ben Riva rotating in at tackle. The No. 2 line looks this way, left to right: Micah Hatchie, Mike Criste, Daniel Kanczugowski, James Atoe and Skyler Fancher. That obviously is all seven of the signees of last year working in the two-deep, and three with the starting unit (plus Riva rotating in with Kelemete limited).
— Jonathan Amosa, who earned a scholarship last year as a walk-on linebacker, has been moved to fullback as the Huskies explore options at that position with Austin Sylvester graduating.
— Here’s a report on Jake Locker meeting with the Broncos on Friday, a group that included John Elway.
— ESPN.com’s Mike Sando with a good piece further exploring former UW QB Warren Moon’s feelings on the criticism levied at Cam Newton.
— CoachSark’s site has a photo of what it looks like here this morning.
We’ll have a few more notes and quotes after practice.