The Huskies are off the field following their first full pads practice of the spring. It was also about the longest, lasting roughly two-and-a-half hours in what was an unexpectedly pleasant morning on Montlake.
The practice featured the first live to-the-ground tackling of the spring, as well as some team sessions that were controlled largely by the defense. UW coach Steve Sarkisian said he thought the offense lacked energy and that he’d take the blame for that — I’ll have some complete quotes from Sarkisian later.
For now, a few more notes from practice. …
— LB Jamaal Kearse was not there. Sarkisian said it was injury-related but didn’t give an exact reason.
— OG Colin Porter was also again not at practice. Sarkisian said that was because he recently had another shoulder surgery and isn’t attending practice right now. All other injured players have been there.
— Sarkisian says there’s isn’t an official depth chart at the moment. But the players do work in groups of first, second, third teams, etc. No significant changes to the first team units from what I could tell. The first team OL continues to be, from left to right, Micah Hatchie, Dexter Charles, Drew Schaefer, James Atoe and Ben Riva. Keith Price is the QB and Kasen Williams and James Johnson the top two WRs. Austin Seferian-Jenkins the TE and Jesse Callier the TB, though worth nothing it seems he and Bishop Sankey rotate quite a bit.
—- The No. 1 DL continues to be Josh Shirley and Talia Crichton at ends, Andrew Hudson and Danny Shelton inside; Taz Stevenson at OLB and John Timu and Princeton Fuimaono inside; Sean Parker and Justin Glenn are the safeties and Desmond Trufant, Greg Ducre the corners, though with Trufant being rested quite a bit, Marcus Peters gets in there a lot with the ones, as well.
— Parker appeared to hurt his foot/ankle early on and didn’t return to action, but he was back on the sidelines and it didn’t appear serious.
— There were some new walk-on PKs but their names weren’t available yet. With a scholarship kicker and punter arriving in the fall, Sarkisian said he’s not worried about how the kicking game looks right now.
— There were at least three deflected passes during team sessions that all could have been intercepted, but were instead dropped — or in one case corralled by Williams for a reception. But no turnovers during the team sessions from what I saw.
— The team did some one-on-one tackling of skill players against the secondary. I’m not sure they ever got Kasen Williams to the ground. He also had maybe the best play for the offense during a team session on about a 30-yard pass over the middle from Price. The specific play emphasis today was third down.
— A couple redshirt frosh getting a lot of work with the No. 2 defense today and seeming to make some plays were Connor Cree at DE and Evan Zeger at LB (in place of Kearse it appeared).
I’m attempting to add some video, but at the moment having some technical issues. Will add some when those get sorted out.