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April 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Friday practice notes, and Wilcox video

The Huskies are off the field following practice 10 of 15 this spring.

With a heavy rain falling, the Huskies were thankfully inside the Dempsey. They were also in half pads — helmets, shoulder pads, shorts — as they prepare for what figures to be a pretty physical workout Saturday at Memorial Stadium. That one is open to the public and begins at 11 a.m.

While Friday’s practice did not feature live tackling, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t some hitting. Most significant, Cooper Pelluer left with a shoulder injury, apparently the same one he had surgery on in the off-season (we didn’t get Steve Sarkisian afterward so no official word on that). And among a couple of other big hits, safety Will Shamburger hit receiver Josh Perkins hard enough to send him to the sidelines for a little while. James Johnson and Lawrence Lagafuiana also left with what appeared to be minor ailments. And safety Taz Stevenson sat out, officially described as “under the weather.”

Defensive end Talia Crichton again sat out with a knee injury suffered last Saturday, and Drew Schaefer also remains out.

Practice ended with a couple of 11-on-11 sessions. The first series ended when Desmond Trufant tipped a Keith Price pass into the hands of Andrew Hudson for an interception. The next ended when Dezden Petty was stopped for no gain with the offense needing a yard to continue the drive.

Erik Kohler again got some significant work at left guard with the starting unit, and at center with the No. 2. Dexter Charles also played some there. The other OL spots with the ones were the same — LT Micah Hatchie, C Mike Criste, RG James Atoe and RT Ben Riva.

With Crichton out, Jarett Finau again worked with the No. 1 DL at end, along with Josh Shirley and Hudson and Danny Shelton inside.

And Nate Fellner again spent the practice working at strongside linebacker, a move that is sounding more and more permanent, as you can hear in the video below from defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox. John Timu and either Thomas Tutogi and Princeton Fuimaono were the other No. 1 LBs. The No. 1 safeties remain Sean Parker and Justin Glenn and the CBs are really best thought of right now as a three-man deal with Desmond Trufant, Greg Ducre and Marcus Peters.

Also, one recruit of note at practice was Wenatchee lineman Cody O’Connell, who looked all of the 6-8 he’s listed.

Here’s the aforementioned video of Wilcox, talking about the move of Fellner, the linebacking spot, the safety position, and more:

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