And on the eighth day, it finally rained on a UW spring practice.
So the Huskies — in their eighth of 15 spring workouts — moved indoors this morning for a more than two-hour practice. It was in “half-pads,” meaning helmets, shoulder pads and shorts, so there was no live tackling.
No apparent new injuries from practice. However, defensive end Talia Crichton sat out with a knee injury from Saturday’s practice that coach Steve Sarkisian said is minor. Also, incoming freshman RB Ryan McDaniel had a recent surgery to clean some stuff up in his knee, so he was at practice with an air splint — he has not been participating as he rehabs the injury he suffered last fall.
With Crichton out, Jarett Finau got most of the work with the No. 1 defense at strongside defensive end.
C Drew Schaefer (knee) and LB Scott Lawyer (groin) also remained out, but CB Greg Ducre was back, though wearing red.
The practice featured a lot of no-huddle and nickel defense work, and concluded with an overtime session. The No. 2 defense held the No. 2 offense to a field goal attempt by new walk-on kicker Erik Nothstein of Graham, who joined the team last week. He missed from maybe 30 or so.
The No. 1 defense then held the No. 1 offense to a field goal attempt, but Nothstein made this one, from 25, to end the practice. Also new to the FG team is walk-on snapper David Butler of Liberty Lake, who is also a new name on the roster — he handled the snaps for many of the kicks today. Nate Ryals, a walk-on from last year, has also rejoined the team as a kicker.
UPDATE — Forgot this earlier, but here’s a little video from practice. There are more notes at the bottom:
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With Schaefer out, the No. 1 OL again featured, from left to right, Micah Hatchie, Dexter Charles, Mike Criste, James Atoe and Ben Riva. With only nine OLs, some guys are working with both teams, and the No. 2 OL during the OT session was Hatchie, Ben Teichman, Siosifa Tufunga, Erik Kohler and Atoe.
The No. 1 DL was typically Finau, Danny Shelton, Andrew Hudson and Josh Shirley. The No. 1 LBs were typically John Timu, Thomas Tutogi and Princeton Fuimaono (both Taz Stevenson and Evan Zeger appeared a little limited). The safeties are really mixing and matching throughout, but the No. 1’s for the final session were Justin Glenn and Sean Parker, and the No. 1 CBs were Desmond Trufant and Marcus Peters (with Ducre wearing red).
The No. 2 DL for the final session was Connor Cree, Sione Potoa’e, Lawrence Lagafuaina and Taniela Tupou. The No. 2 LBs were Matt Lyons, Garret Gilliland and Stevenson. James Sample and Travis Feeney, wearing red, got a lot of work since this was a no-contact day, so they were out there at times with both groups. Nate Fellner and Will Shamburger were also with both groups. Ducre and Tre Watson were generally the No. 2 CBs.
Shelton talked the other day about trying to deal with some anger management issues, and we saw some of that today when he basically tackled Jesse Callier on a play (with the team not in full pads, they aren’t supposed to fully tackle), drawing the ire of Sarkisian. Shelton briefly stormed off the field and out of the Dempsey Indoor. Crichton and Hau’oli Jamora followed him out, obviously going to talk with him, and Shelton jogged back onto the field a few minutes later. He then proceeded to do a few laps as obvious punishment.
Asked about the incident, Sarkisian said “it’s football. It’s just football.”
The Huskies are off tomorrow but will return to the field on Wednesday.
Some player videos and more Sarkisian quotes coming soon.