Thought I’d post some quick notes following Washington’s second practice.
Thanks to a pair of long receptions from James Johnson, the offense bounced back from a rough outing Monday and got the better of the afternoon drill under overcast skies.
“It was good for the offense today,” coach Steve Sarkisian said. “They bounced back. They created some big plays down the field, which was good. I thought we had some good learning lessons for some of our younger players about the value of the football.”
Junior quarterback Ketith Price connected with Johnson for long touchdown pass during drill, in which the receiver leaped to retrieve a pass over two defenders and raced into the end zone.
Minutes later, he snared an over-the-shoulder grab near the sideline from freshman Cyler Miles. The play covered about 40 yards.
Two plays later, Miles made a rookie mistake when he rolled right and tried to throw left down field into coverage. The pass was intercepted by linebacker John Timu.
It was one of the few miscues for the offense. Otherwise, the receivers had their way against the secondary.
Sophomore tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins made at least three difficult receptions despite tight coverage. Price looked poise finding targets down field and receiver Cody Bruns even got in the the act when he took a toss in the backfield and launched a bullet to a streaking Kasen Williams for a long touchdown that had the offensive coaches whooping and hollering.
“The beauty of Cody is he can just about play anywhere,” Sarkisian said. “The versatility he brought today. Obviously you saw it with the pass. He can return punts. He holds on field goals. He’s the emergency punter. The guy just does it all.”
Junior lineman Erik Kohler didn’t practice, but walked around practice a day after injuring his right knee. He underwent a MRI and the results have not returned. However, Sarkisian expects Kohler will be available for the Sept. 1 season opener and said the injury is similar to the one former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez suffered with the Trojans.
“It’s the exact same thing,” Sarkisian said. “He dislocated his knee cap in the first day of training camp. So the timetable realistically with him (Kohler) full go is probably more to a couple of weeks. We’ll probably work him back in, but he should be fine the first game. Mark played in the first game and he was great. We know what it is, it’s just a matter of how his body is going to respond.”
It seemed as if corners Marcus Peters and Tre Watson and safety Sean Parker received a lot of time with the first defense. The other starters were pretty much expected: linebackers Nate Fellner, John Timu and Princeton Fuiamono along with Talia Crichton and Josh Shirley at the ends and Andrew Hudson and Danny Shelton at tackles
Updated: 8:01 p.m.
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