The Huskies are off the field following their Wednesday night practice to conclude what was their third two-a-day of the fall.
It was a brisk affair, roughly 90 minutes in full pads, as the Huskies are at about the midway point of camp.
There was some good action, but in general it was fairly uneventful in the terms of their being any real news as there were no significant new injuries.
In fact, a couple of guys were back after being out for a few days — WR James Johnson and LB Princeton Fuimaono. Guard Colin Tanigawa also was once again working full go with the first-team offensive line as that unit is beginning to take a little more shape, though Erik Kohler remains out with his knee injury.
Also out today, but apparently just with minor ailments and mostly being rested, were LB Travis Feeney, CBs Marcus Peters and Tre Watson and DE Talia Crichton. And WR Kasen Williams was limited. CB Greg Ducre was also limited, leaving Brandon Beaver to take a lot of first-team reps alongside Desmond Trufant. Also, UW coach Steve Sarkisian said DE Hau’oli Jamora has not yet had his arthroscopic knee surgery.
With Williams not doing much and Kevin Smith remaining out, Jaydon Mickens again got a lot of work with the first-team offense and turned in what might have been the play of the night, about a 50-yard catch-and-run over Fuimaono on a pass from Keith Price. He also took a shorter pass from Price and made a few jukes to get into the end zone, as well. Sarkisian said yesterday Mickens and Kendyl Taylor are each making legitimate plays to get on the field this year, and Mickens only helped his cause tonight.
With the guys who were out, there were some different looks to the lineups at times, but nothing that seemed to speak of a change in anything.
As noted, with Tanigawa apparently fully back in the fold — one of the real positives of camp so far — the line has been pretty steady of late, with Micah Hatchie at left tackle, Tanigawa at left guard, Drew Schaefer at center, James Atoe at right guard and Ben Riva at right tackle. The assumption is Kohler would slide in at right guard when he comes back unless they then decided to use that to experiment some with the tackle spots.
Sarkisian talked in his post-practice press conference a little bit about the return of Tanigawa as well as the move of John Timu to middle linebacker in the spring and how that has evolved.
He was also asked about the team’s speed and said he thinks it’s not even close how much faster the Huskies are now than they were in 2009.
“I don’t think it’s close,” he said. “You guys could probably answer it better than I could but you definitely feel our speed on both sides of the ball and on special teams, for that matter. We are throwing bubble screens to guys and our defense is closing on them and they are making plays and then we are throwing balls to guys in space and if the angles aren’t right we are running away from guys — that’s been evident. So our team speed is great. I think we’ll get a better feel for it when we play other opponents and a little better gauge but we sure feel like we are better than we’ve ever been.”
Here’s a little video of Sarkisian’s post-practice meeting with the media:
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