With school still not in session, and the Huskies playing at 12:30 p.m. this Saturday against Hawaii, Washington is practicing early this week.
So UW is already off the field following a practice regularly dubbed as “Competition Tuesday” by the coaches. And seemingly true to the words of coach Steve Sarkisian the day before, practice appeared pretty lively, maybe a little more hitting than during a usual Tuesday in-season workout.
Players said they got the message from Sarkisian in Monday’s meeting, tackle Alameda Ta’amu saying that he thinks the close shave against Eastern and the days that followed will be a “wakeup call” to the team.
There indeed seemed a rather stern mood to practice, and apparently in keeping with that mood, a number of players and coaches that were requested by the media decided not to do interviews — so that’s why you won’t see a lot on the blog today in that regard. Sarkisian usually does not talk on Tuesdays anyway, so there’s nothing from him, either. (Actually, he did speak briefly to the media, yelling over at one point to jokingly ask why everyone was sitting on the shady side. “We waited eight months for sun and you guys are going to sit in the shade? C’mon man.”)
In terms of personnel, Jermaine Kearse and Quinton Richardson again practiced and did everythng. Kearse looked 100 percent, outleaping Desmond Trufant to make a grab of a deep pass from Nick Montana during a team session. Keith Price practiced but was limited somewhat and did not take part in the final team session, with Montana running the No. 1 offense. Sarkisian, however, insisted on Monday that even if Price were limited during the week that he would start Saturday against Hawaii.
Garret Gilliland (concussion) and James Sample (shoulder) each wore red, but no new apparent injuries.
Apparently in keeping with the general take-no-prisonors demeanor of the week, defensive coordinator Nick Holt didn’t do his usual group media session but did briefly talk to a couple reporters as he left the field.
Among a couple of things he said:
Asked if he had any different thoughts on what happened against Eastern he said: “A couple of major mistakes on long yardage, that’s what really killed us was third down and long and a couple of the fourth down plays.”
Asked if youth was a factor in those plays, he said: “There was a couple guys that had never played in a game, or hadn’t played much, and we expect some mistakes. But we made some real blunders that cost us touchdowns. Two of which…their first touchdown, really totally blew the assignment. And then on the 3rd and 26 touchdown, just a real poor job by us coaching a couple guys of not having awareness of the situation and not having them deep.”
Asked if he wanted to get Danny Shelton in the game more Saturday (he only played on special teams), he said: “We tried. We wanted to get him in, but it was one of those games where they weren’t running the ball and we didn’t need a big run-stuffer and Danny is going to be a good at that. But we need to keep those inside guys a little more fresh and hopefully we will get Danny in there in a better manner. We wanted to get him in but we never felt comfortable. Lawrence (Lagafuaina) went in before Danny and he did a good job but it was a only a couple of plays and then we got a turnover and the other guys were resting and they didn’t want to come out. But we’ve got to do a better job with our substitutions.”
And asked about Josh Shirley he said: “Very young, very green, still has a long ways to go.”
That’s about it.