The Spring Game has concluded, a crowd of 11,802 at CenturyLink Field watching the defense beat the offense 36-10.
The defense got those points by forcing 12 stops, getting three points on each one.
The offense got a lone touchdown, on a 23-yard pass from Keith Price to fullback Jonathan Amosa in the third quarter, and a 37-yard field goal by walk-on Erik Nothstein in the second quarter.
The theme afterward of the coaches is that the defense played well but the offense was pretty vanilla, didn’t gameplan or try to do too much, and they weren’t all that surprised.
Still, those looking for improvement out of a defense which was a laughingstock much of last season had to like what they saw. UW coach Steve Sarkisian said what he liked best of the defense was that it won a lot of one-on-one battles.
There were seven sacks and UW rushed for just 20 yards on 35 carries (Bishop Sankey the leading rusher with 34 on 11).
Price took much of the blame for the offense, saying he didn’t have his usual energy and that he needs to play better. He wasn’t at his best, but the offensive struggles were hardly his alone.
Still, he was an somewhat uncharacteristic 14-28 passing for 168 yards and one touchdown. Derrick Brown was 12-24 for 129 yards and Thomas Vincent 1-4 for 11 (Jesse Callier also was 1-1 on a trick play pass to Price for 17 yards).
The leading receivers were James Johnson with six for 42, Sankey (4-51), Joshua Perkins (4-40), Michael Hartvigson (3-49) and Amosa (3-44). Kasen Williams was held to 2-31 and Austin Seferian-Jenkins did not have a catch. Sarkisian, though, said those two were not necessarily being featured, as they would have been during a real game, and he wouldn’t reach much into that.
Leading tacklers were Andrew Hudson and Taz Stevenson with six; James Sample, Adam Long, Thomaos Tutogi and Evan Zeger with four each. Hudson and Corey Waller each had two sacks and Drew Schultz, Connor Cree and Alec Kimble one each. Josh Shirley also seemed to be in the backfield all day though officially credited with just three tackles and one for a loss of 10 yards.
Maybe most significant, there were no new injuries. And other than the loss of Colin Porter at the beginning of the spring, UW did not suffer any injuries during spring ball that figure to impact the ability of anyone to play in the fall. A few guys who had some injuries during the spring such as Callier and Drew Schaefer were limited.
Below is some video of Sarkisian talking about the Spring Game. About halfway through he also addresses the reports of Chris Polk having injury issues knocking him out of the draft. Sarkisian says those are “news to me” and that he didn’t know of anything that significant:
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