Here’s video (above) of defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox after Thursday’s spring football practice.
A few observations from the rainy workout:
— Wilcox said the two-week break after the sixth spring practice allowed the defensive coaching staff to tweak what they’re doing. He said an emphasis of spring drills is identifying players and putting them in positions that might help the team during the season.
— Despite this being his second spring with the Huskies, Wilcox said he’s doing as much teaching this year as he did before.
— Wilcox said playing against UW’s up-tempo offense in practice will help in conditioning.
— Wilcox also talked about Shaq Thompson.
— For some reason sophomore defensive end Conner Cree stood out today. At 6-4, he’s tall. And at 245 pounds, he’s a little lean for defensive lineman, especially when he occasionally moves inside. But he’s got good reach and when he extends his longs arms, he creates separation with offensive lineman. Cree is fairly athletic. He ran OK. His motor and intensity were adequate. I’m told he added some muscle and coaches would like him to gain a few more pounds. He worked a lot with the second unit, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him make an impact next season.
— Quarterback Keith Price looked exceptionally mobile while scrambling out of the pocket. Even though QBs don’t receive contact, he’s making sure to get rid of the ball when the play breaks down. One time, he tossed it over the fence separating the east field from Husky Stadium. Even still, John Timu had a sack against Price.
— It was difficult to determine the distance from my vantage point, but senior kicker Travis Coons connected on a field goal of at least 47 yards to end a kicking drill. Freshman Cameron Van Winkle drilled an attempt from the same distance. The ball blasted off his foot and got to uprights in a hurry, but it was off the mark.
— Sophomore Erich Wilson II got most of the work at running back today. Redshirt freshman Dwayne Washington and freshman Ryan McDaniel got plenty of reps with the backups.
— The practice ended with freshman quarterback Jeff Lindquist botching a handoff that resulted in a fumble.