The Huskies are off the field following their second practice of the spring. It featured lots of typically sporadic spring Washington weather, with some overcast skies early, then a bit of rain, then some sun at the end.
It also featured a little bit of sloppy on what was “Turnover Wednesday” — the team sessions featured at least two interceptions, and a couple more that could have been that were dropped. Will Shamburger returned an interception of a Derrick Brown pass for a touchdown. Travis Feeney also had an interception of a Brown pass. Brown, vying for the backup QB job, also had a couple of fumbled snaps as the Huskies seemed a little out of sorts at times on offense.
That the defense has had the upper hand through the first two practices — each in helmets only — Sarkisian said is encouraging given the newness of the schemes on that side of the ball.
“We want to appear even faster than we are, and to do that you have to know what you are doing and I think our guys have been able to do that so far,” he said. “We are seeing that, especially in the back end, to have the amount of interceptions we have had in two practices is obviously very encouraging from a defensive standpoint — it’s not the best thing we want to see offensively but in spring football there has to be some give and take so I am very encouraged that we are getting those turnovers, getting those interceptions and those kids are playing fast and hopefully we can continue to build on that as we move into Friday.”
Here was Sarkisian’s assessment of players who stood out today:
“This is always the hardest question because I have to review about 115 plays in my mind real quick…I thought (Desmond) Tru (Trufant) had a real nice day at corner, he was a little more active than he was the first day. I thought Andrew Hudson showed up and did some things on the defensive line. I thought Jamaal Jones had a better day offensively. I thought Antavius Sims looked a little more comfortable at running back…Sean Parker had a pretty good day. Will Shamburger, great pick there…return for six. Lot of guys making plays, but that question is a little easier to answer after I got a chance to look at the film. But considering the conditions – it was little more chilly this morning – I thought again our guys…the energy was really good. That, to me – I’m looking at it from a whole standpoint – the energy was good, it was competitive, spirited…a lot of stuff to learn from, no doubt about that in all three phases. But guys are getting better, which is important.”
In a few other notes. …
— No significant new injuries. Cody Bruns (ankle) and LB John Timu (hamstring) were limited. With Bruns out, William Chandler and Marvin Hall saw a lot of time with the ones. Looked like Thomas Tutogi with the ones with Timu out.
— James Johnson has appeared to be one of the more consistent players on offense so far and had another nice day.
— No changes in the lines, though Lawrence Lagafuiana appeared to get a lot of work worth with the ones, and had a nice play when he sniffed out a screen pass to Jesse Callier and stopped it for a loss.
— Trufant said he has been dealing with a lingering groin injury, which is there is basically a three-man rotation with the starting CBs with Greg Ducre and Marcus Peters. But he had a highlight play when he raced through on a blitz to bat down a Brown pass.
— Among those watching were former coach Jim Lambright, Jermaine Kearse, 2012 signee Cory English, and Lakes High WR Sammie Long, who has committed to sign as part of the Class of 2012.
— Feeney, James Sample and Cooper Pelluer were again in red, but they were the only ones.
— Walk-on Drew Schultz of Olympia again handled the long-snapping duties and Sarkisian said that for now he’s the leader at that spot, though there could be some guys arrive in the fall to get in the mix, as well.
— We had a chance to talk to defensive players afterward for the first time since the Alamo Bowl. Some interesting reaction from some to the coaching changes and what they have seen so far, and that’ll be the focus of my story for the Wednesday paper. I’ll have some videos of some of those to pass along soon, as well.
For now, here’s some of Sarkisian’s post-practice interview
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And here’s a quick scene of what it looked like at practice early on:
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