The Huskies are off the field following another spring practice in uncommonly pleasant weather — sunny skies and pretty darn warm out there.
UW was on the field for roughly two hours, and it was a slightly lighter workout in the sense that the Huskies were in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts, so no full-contact work. That’s in part to get ready for what is expected to be some significant scrimmaging on Saturday.
No apparent injuries from today’s workout, but there were a couple of guys not participating today due to injuries suffered Wednesday, notably C Drew Schaefer and CB Greg Ducre.
The sight of Schaefer limping around was pretty ominous when we showed up. But the official word is that he has a “minor” knee injury and shouldn’t be out too long. Official word on Ducre is that it’s a “minor” concussion. Scott Lawyer was also out with an injury suffered Wednesday, though we didn’t get word on what his injury is. Sean Parker also was out of the team sessions with a groin injury, though he was in pads. Jesse Callier (ankle) was limited but did do some stuff. And Dezden Petty and Jamaal Jones also were limited with what appeared minor injuries, though we didn’t get details on them. LB Jamaal Kearse, who missed the Monday-Wednesday practices with the flu, was back.
There was lots of situational work (notably, no-huddle) and special teams. The team session included some red zone plays, and among the the highlights was the final play of practice, a pass from Derrick Brown to a leaping Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the back of the end zone, who caught it between Nate Fellner and Will Shamburger for the touchdown.
With Schaefer out, Mike Criste worked as the No. 1 center. The entire line, left to right, was Micah Hatchie, Dexter Charles, Criste, James Atoe and Ben Riva. The No. 2 OL was, left to right, Charles, Ben Teichman, Siosifa Tufunga, Erik Kohler, and Ross Dolbec.
No other real changes to the lineups otherwise, though with Ducre out, Ken Egu moved up and got a lot of time with the No. 2 defense. Also, James Sample and Travis Feeney, each in red due to shoulder issues, worked a lot with the ones. I assume that’s in part because it was a good chance to get them a lot of work with the No. 1 defense in a non-contact setting.
Thomas Vincent also appeared to get his most work of the spring with the No. 2 offense.
Among the visitors at practice was Everrette Thompson and Mercer Island QB Jeff Lindquist.
This is our day to talk to assistants (UW coach Steve Sarkisian gets the day off from talking to the media on Fridays, a true TGIF for him). So I’ll have video to pass along later of Dan Cozzetto, Jimmie Dougherty and Eric Kiesau.
But a couple of quick notes from those conversations:
— Cozzetto said Kohler had a staph infection in the off-season and had to get back in overall football shape, the reason he has been limited. He said he should be fine for the season. He also said he fully expects Colin Tanigawa back for the season and that the Schaefer injury is minor.
— Dougherty said he’s optimistic Kevin Smith will make it back from his ACL injury but noted he has a redshirt year still available and it’s simply too early yet to know for sure how that will turn out.
Here’s a brief video of what it looked like at practice early on:
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