UW fans have just two chances to see the Huskies this spring. So it’s worth a reminder that one comes on Saturday, at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium in downtown Seattle.
The hardcore fans, thirsting for a glimpse of some football, I’m sure will find every aspect of the team intriguing.
I wrote about one of the more high-profile areas of interest for Saturday’s paper — the battle at tailback to replace Chris Polk.
That’s a competition I’m not sure will really be decided until they get into the season. Both Jesse Callier and Bishop Sankey should get their shots early and then it’ll be a matter of who produces and how the offense does, etc. And. as the story details, it’s not necessarily going to be just a two-man battle in the long-term. But at the moment, as position coach Joel Thomas says, those guys are 1A and 1B.
A few other areas worth watching Saturday:
— The remade offensive line, continuing to play without Drew Schaefer and Colin Tanigawa. The defensive line has gotten the better of the OL through most of spring ball, but the injuries up front (also including the loss for good of Colin Porter) are obviously a contributing factor.
— The wide-open linebacker position. As defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said, little is really settled there. John Timu has consistently run with the ones at one ILB spot and Princeton Fuimaono has usually run with the ones at the other. But Wilcox said everything remains open. As evidence of that, the team moved Nate Fellner from safety to strongside linebacker this week and he’s run with the ones the last two days. That looks like a switch that will stick.
— The emerging secondary. One area that is beginning to really solidify is the secondary, where Sean Parker and Justin Glenn appear to have a stranglehold on the two safety spots, with Desmond Trufant, Greg Ducre and Marcus Peters forming something of a three-man rotation with the starting corners throughout spring.
— The new-look defensive line. Probably been remiss not to mention yet the defensive line, which will often feature more of a three-man look. Danny Shelton has been stellar inside throughout spring and DT Andrew Hudson and DE Josh Shirley have also had solid springs.
— Keith Price. One of the nation’s best returning QBs is always worth a look and while the offense has had its struggles at times this spring, particularly up front, Price has been just fine and noticeably more mobile than he was most of last season now that he’s healthy.
One thing to remember is that this isn’t necessarily a full-scale scrimmage. There will likely be some scrimmaging — the fact that the Huskies went in half-pads today seemed to indicate they’ll go heavy on Saturday — but this is officially being billed as simply a practice.