The Huskies are off the field following their Wednesday practice, the fifth of 15 this spring.
It was maybe the most physical and intense workout yet of the spring as the Huskies ran maybe 40 full-contact plays, including about a 20-play short-yardage session. The offense seemed to get the better of that one, though the defense appeared to win the last session, which featured a number of plays from the 40-yard-line.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian seemed a lot happier with the play today than he had on Monday, when the offense was a little sloppy.
“This was a really good, hard physical practice for our guys,” he said. “I thought they showed a great deal of competitive nature, much more than they did Monday. I really thought they brought it better today than they did Monday. It was a competitive practice, a physical practice, but a good one.”
Jesse Callier was limited after suffering an ankle injury on Monday, so Bishop Sankey and Dezden Petty got a lot of work at tailback, and each had their moments. Sankey turned two short screen passes from Keith Price into long touchdowns, while Petty made a nice diving, juggling pass down the sideline for a TD from Derrick Brown. Petty also had a couple of tough runs for first downs during the short-yardage session.
Cody Bruns was back after being limited much of last week with an ankle and also had a few nice catches during the team sessions.
Brown also had a TD pass to William Chandler during the team session, having what was one of the better days of the spring.
But as noted, the defense had its moments, and I counted sacks from Josh Shirley, Andrew Hudson and Corey Waller during the final team session (though as always in practices/scrimmages, sacks are called when a defender touches the quarterback).
Sean Parker was limited after hurting his groin on Monday, so the safety rotation looked a little different. Backup CB Ken Egu was also sideline, and LB Jamaal Kearse was absent for the second straight practice with the flu.
Other than those necessitated due to the injuries, there were no real apparent changes to the lineup.
Among the visitors to practice were Bellevue High coach Butch Goncharoff, as well as 2012 signees Pio Vatuvei (up for a few days while on spring break) and Nathan Dean.
What follows are four videos (and let me know if it works posting multiple videos).
First is some of Sarkisian’s post-practice meeting with the media (I’ll post all the quotes later):
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Next is a brief view of the early stages of practice, including some shots of some of the injured players working out:
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And next are two quick snippets of defensive drills:
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