We haven’t yet gotten a chance to ask UW coach Steve Sarkisian about the move of spring practices to 8 a.m. this year compared to the afternoon that has been the norm for years.
But former UW QB Brock Huard, now with 710 ESPN Seattle, gave some of his thoughts about it earlier this week.
Huard noted that both USC and Oregon have gone to morning practices and that “it’s a copycat league” and that if coaches see someone else having success with something they are going to want to “follow suit.”
Huard said he’s talked to USC coach Lane Kiffin and Oregon coach Chip Kelly — who also rank among two of Sarkisian’s better friends in the conference — about the move to morning practices.
He said each coach has said they get the players “in a much more captivated way … you get their best hours” in the morning. He also said the team can get the players for longer if they come back in the afternoon for meetings and other voluntary work.
Huard also indicated UW will continue with this policy into the regular season and said it works well at quarter school such as Washington where classes don’t begin until late September — meaning there would be no conflict with class for a significant portion of the season.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Here are details on UW’s spring coaches clinic, with some interesting names on the list.
— San Diego State has been hit hard by injuries this spring.
— LSU is preparing for its first spring scrimmage Saturday.
— There’s no QB controversy at Cal as spring ball begins.
— ESPN’s Pac-12 blog debates which of two conference players has the better Heisman chance — Matt Barkley or De’Anthony Thomas, which I pass along in part to point out that for those asking about Keith Price’s chances, for this year there’s already a lot of competition just in the Pac-12.