The Huskies are off the field following their Saturday practice, again held in the Dempsey Indoor. It was a full-pads, two-plus-hour affair, replicating a typical Wednesday in-season workout.
“I thought today was good intensity,” said UW coach Steve Sarkisian. “It was our second straight day in full pads. I thought the guys really brought a lot of energy, I think they enjoy this time of year – school’s over, we’re practicing in the morning, we get inside. A lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm and they’re playing hard. … We’re starting to clean up a lot of things in the gameplan. It will get better.”
The Huskies now have just two practices left in Seattle — Sunday morning and Monday morning — before taking another little break and then heading to San Antonio on Dec. 23.
That obviously means that for the seniors, their days of practicing at UW are winding down. Sarkisian talked to the team briefly after practice today about soaking it all in.
“I think they’re handling it really well,” he said of the seniors. “They’re having fun with it, I think the rest of the team is having fun with them, just brought them out for a little talk there, but we’ll embrace them at the right times and right opportunities on the last day we leave here and ultimately our last practice when we get down to San Antonio.”
Not much in the way of real news today. Safety Will Shamburger remains in red, recovering from a stinger, and safety Greg Walker missed practice to attend to an academic issue (not in a bad way, just simply he had a class requirement of some kind that forced him to miss practice today). Everyone else you’d expect appeared ready and accounted for.
QB Keith Price had another good day running the offense. He likely won’t be 100 percent for the Alamo Bowl but definitely appears to have a little more spring in his step compared to most of the season. Derrick Brown and Thomas Vincent appeared to take turns running the scout team offense.
No significant changes of note as Nick Wood again ran with the ones at left guard as it looks as if UW has decided to stick with that offensive line for the Alamo Bowl. So that means Senio Kelemete at left tackle, Wood at left guard, Drew Schaefer at center, Colin Porter at right guard and Erik Kohler at right tackle.
Sarkisian also talked a little bit about Price. Asked about people comparing Price to other athletes, he said: “The only guy I’ve ever compared him to is Charlie Ward because I think they are eerily similar and the numbers show that.”
Asked what those comparisons are, he said: “There’s a throwing style, there’s mannerisms, just the style of play is what jumps out. It’s not in specifically that they do it’s just kind of the look of it. The way Charlie delivered the ball; Charlie threw a beautiful spiral, very similar to Keith. They play a very similar style of play.”
Finally, asked if Ward would have success in today’s game, he said: “I think so. At that time, Heisman Trophy winner and that offense at Florida State, they threw the ball quite a bit. They were one of the offenses that started to change that; they were in the gun quite a bit throwing the ball. I think he would fit in fine in today’s game quite honestly.”