It was a little overcast, and just a little bit wet for UW’s 13th practice of the spring.
But even through the rain we could see that the offensive line is beginning to return to its normal shape. Drew Schaefer, who had been limited the last couple weeks with a knee sprain, was back working as the starting center throughout the entire practice, with Erik Kohler at left guard with James Atoe at RG, Micah Hatchie at LT and Ben Riva at RT.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian said seeing Schaefer and Kohler back in the spots where they will likely be in the fall was encouraging — and he said again he expects Colin Tanigawa to be fully healthy for the season.
Still, while the longterm news is beginning to look better, UW still has just nine healthy OLs for practice right now (EDIT — fixed the number from earlier). And that’s among the biggest reasons UW’s Spring Game will look a little different. Instead of splitting into two teams, Sarkisian said they will simply have the offense play the defense throughout. The offense will be awarded points in the usual manner. The defense will get three points for a stop, five for a turnover and seven for a touchdown.
Also back on the field today was WR James Johnson, though he was wearing red. But looks like he could be available Saturday.
There were no new injuries, though Talia Crichton was carted off about halfway through, suffering from the flu — Sarkisian said there has been a little of a flu bug going through the team.
It was turnover Wednesday, but there were no turnovers, so the offense got the win. Practice ended with the offense celebrating after Derrick Brown completed a pass on the last play to Marvin Hall. Another offensive highlight came when Josh Perkins, who seems to have come on of late, made a one-handed grab over Ken Egu during an individual drill.
Lots of special teams work again today. During the punt drills, the returners were Cody Bruns, Kasen Williams, Antavius Sims and Willis Wilson.
Here’s some video of Sarkisian’s post-practice meeting with the media:
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