The Huskies are off the field following their Friday morning practice — their third of the spring and first with some real hitting as they wore helmets and shoulder pads along with shorts.
I’ve finally gotten the hands to thaw out a bit as the wind was whipping through pretty good at times.
The way the spring schedule works is we get to talk to assistants on Friday, giving UW coach Steve Sarkisian the day off from talking to us (hence the wide smile on his face for the rest of the weekend).
So no new news from Sarkisian, though there didn’t appear to be anything really newsworthy at practice — the only players, other than those already out or limited for the spring, who were limited today were WR Cody Bruns (ankle) and LB John Timu (hamstring).
Wearing shoulder pads means the team could hit from the waist up — no tackling to the ground — and there was more than a little popping of the pads, the most notable a pretty much full-speed collision between Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Sean Parker. Both were a little slow to get up, though ASJ got up a little more quickly and pretty soon after caught one of his two TD passes from Keith Price during the team session. Price also hit James Johnson for a TD during that session on a day in which he was his usual accurate self (though he did throw one interception during a 7-on-7 drill to Thomas Tutogi, who was filling in at ILB with Timu out).
Here are a few other notes from practice. …
— No changes in the first team offense other than Jamaal Jones stepping in for Bruns. The OL was, left to right, Micah Hatchie, Dexter Charles, Drew Schaefer, James Atoe and Ben Riva. The other WRs were Kasen Williams and James Johnson; Jesse Callier was the back and ASJ the TE.
— The No. 1 defense was Josh Shirley and Talia Crichton at ends; Andrew Hudson and Danny Shelton inside; Princeton Fuimoano, Tutogi and Taz Stevenson at LBs; Justin Glenn and Sean Parker at safety and Greg Ducre, Desmond Trufant and Marcus Peters at CB (lots of rotating there). Will Shamburger also got lots of work in the nickel.
— Got answers to a couple of often-asked questions today on the Spring Game and the field at CenturyLink for next season. As for the Spring Game, there is no television or webcast or anything that will allow you to see it other than being there in person. It will broadcast on KJR-AM. As for the markings on the field next season, it will depend if there is a Seahawks game the next day. If there is not, then they plan to paint it in fairly usual fashion with Husky markings in the end zone and elsewhere. If there is a Seahawks game the next day, they will not paint the field for the Huskies as they wouldn’t be able to turn it around that quickly. The Seahawks schedule is not out yet so it is not possible to tell yet where there might be weekends with a UW game one day and a Seahawk game the next.
— Kind of a funny moment we could hear when Shirley chased down Price for a sack (and in the rules of practice, a touch blows the whistle on a QB). Price turned to Shirley and said “you got me one time, but that’s the last time you will ever get me.” Then they met and fist bumped.
— Still no sign of Colin Porter at UW’s practices — all the other injured players are out there.
— Ryan McDaniel spent much of practice walking around the field with a ball tucked under his arm, a routine ball-security drill for running backs.
— Finally, here’s a little video of what it looked like during the early stages of practice. I’ll have video soon of some of the assistant coaches talking afterward:
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