The Huskies are off the field following their seventh practice of the spring, one that featured their most live scrimmaging so far.
There was an 11-play short-yardage drill early in practice, and then a roughly 27-play live session later on. There also was another session featuring mostly younger players that followed that session that was not completely live, but was essentially a scrimmage (tackles did not go all the way to the ground in that part of the day, essentially).
Probably worth mentioning before going any further is that there appeared to be no significant new injuries.
Both of the full-contact live sessions appeared won by the defense
The short-yardage session (every play starting from the 3) officially ended with the defense stopping the offense on six of 11 plays. It was tied 5-5 after 10 so they ran one more and the defense got the stop, with Sione Potoa’e and John Timu teaming to keep Bishop Sankey out of the end zone. TDs in that session included runs by Sankey and Jesse Callier and Willis Wilson, and passes from Keith Price to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Derrick Brown to Michael Hartvigson.
In the second full-contact session, there were five series. On each, the offense was stopped before reaching the end zone.
On the first, featuring the ones against the ones, the offense went three-and-out when Marcus Peters stopped James Johnson for six yards on a third-and-seven pass.
On the second, featuring the twos, the offense got one first down, then was stalled after a 15-yard offensive pass interference penalty set it back.
On the third, the No. 1 offense drove from its own 30 to the opposite 19 before a Price pass on first down was picked off by Sean Parker near the goal line. Price said later he simply made a bad read, checking off his first option and not really seeing Parker (he was attempting to hit Johnson). Big offensive plays in that drive included an 18-yard run by Sankey in which he eluded tackle attempts from Ken Egu and Timu, a pass from Price to Kasen Williams that went for nine yards on third-and-six, and about a 20-yard pass from Price to Williams that got the drive going initially.
On the fourth series, featuring the twos, the offense went three and out, Brown throwing incomplete on third down in the face of a heavy rush from Jarett Finau, who appears to be coming on.
On the fifth series, featuring the ones, the offense drove from its own 22 to the opposing 22 before Sankey was stopped on a fourth-and-one play. Timu made the primary tackle on that play. Big plays included a 12-yard pass from Price to Sankey and a 21-yard pass from Price to ASJ.
After that session, there was more work with the twos and threes that did not feature to-the-ground tackling. That session ended with Thomas Vincent throwing a TD of about 3 yards to Josh Perkins.
A couple of other things worth noting:
— Michael Hartvigson had a highlight reel on the sidelines of a Brown pass;
— There were a couple of issues with snaps and fumbles early on, but the final live team session was pretty clean considering the Huskies were playing without starting center Drew Schaefer.
— William Chandler was the leading receiver with 55 yards on three catches.
— It was hard to break down all the rushing stats from where we were, but I had Sankey with 21 on three carries during the main scrimmage session.
— And I forgot this earlier, but among those there was quarterback Jeff Lindquist, who attended his second straight spring practice.
Here are some really unofficial stats (we included passing stats for all sessions but rushing just from the live tackling sessions):
Keith Price – 7-of-11, 69 yards, TD (in red zone period), INT
Derrick Brown – 5-of-9, 80 yards, TD (in red zone period)
Thomas Vincent – 4-of-7, 39 yards, TD
As far as lineups, these things feature a lot of mixing and matching of personnel. For the most part, the lineups appeared as might be expected, though it looked like Evan Zeger got a lot of work with the No. 1 defense at OLB with Taz Stevenson more with the twos.
And there was lots of personnel moves made due to injuries.
So keep all that in mind as I pass along what the No. 1 units appeared to be as the scrimmage began:
QB — Keith Price
TB — Bishop Sankey (remember that Callier is battling an ankle issue)
FB — Jonathan Amosa
WRs — Kasen Williams, James Johnson, DiAndre Campbell (Cody Bruns has been limited with an injury).
TE — Seferian-Jenkins
OL — Going left to right, it was Micah Hatchie, Dexter Charles, Mike Criste, James Atoe, Ben Riva.
DL — Talia Crichton, Andrew Hudson, Danny Shelton, Josh Shirley
LBs — John Timu, Princeton Fuimaono, Evan Zeger
S — Sean Parker, Justin Glenn
CBs — Desmond Trufant, Marcus Peters (Greg Ducre was out with a concussion)
Finally for this post, here are a few vidoes:
First, here is most of the post-practice media session from Steve Sarkisian:
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Next, here are the linebackers going through a fumble drill in the pre-scrimmage portion of practice:
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Finally, here’s some video of the cornerbacks going through a pre-scrimmage drill:
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