With the Washington Huskies deciding they’d like an extra day this week to work on some things in private, today marked our last chance to see the team until Saturday’s game against Hawaii.
It also marked the most we’ve seen this week of quarterback Keith Price, who was somewhat limited on Monday and Tuesday but took part in everything on Wednesday and earned a clean bill of health afterward from UW coach Steve Sarkisian.
“I think he looks fine,” Sarkisian said.
Jermaine Kearse and Quinton Richardson were also full participants and appear good to go for Saturday.
And Sarkisian said Chris Polk looks even better this week then Saturday, when the coach thought Polk still seemed a little rusty.
“I think he’s much better,” Sarkisian said. “I felt that right after the game that I’ve seen him look better at really making decisions and understanding the blocking schemes based on the front he is seeing and exploding through holes and I thought a couple of times this past Saturday he was a little indecisive that way and that’s just from lack of reps so now getting him back going and practicing every day I’m definitely seeing a difference, more explosive cuts and decisive cuts that are showing up in practice.”
He also said he’s seeing a bit of a difference in practice after his admonintion to the team earlier in the week to show a little more energy and enthusiasm.
“It’s been a good week of practice so far,” Sarkisian said. “We’ve still got one more really good practice to go tomorrow.”
The intensity ratcheted up enough at one point that it got Richardson in trouble as he dipped his helmet to hit Kasen Williams after a completed pass, earning both a penalty and an invitation to go stand on the sidelines for a while from Sarkisian, who has made practicing in a manner to keep everyone healthy a priority.
Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins said he’s noticed a little bit of a difference in practice this week.
“We felt we could have done some things better (against Eastern Washington) and we had some mishaps on the offensive and defensive ends (of the field) so we came out here to be ready to execute on every play and play to the best of our abilities and play fast,” he said.
And in being true to Sarkisian’s statement earlier in the week that the coaches would explore all options to increase the pass rush, Andrew Hudson was getting some significant time with the No. 1 unit at defensive end (at the spot held last week by Talia Crichton).
So you can see all of Sarkisian’s interview below:
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