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Coach Steve Sarkisian said players were “a little excited” today during the first practice with shoulder pads. It wasn’t a full-contact workout, but the play was much more aggressive than it was on the first two days.
He said it was a physical practice, but wasn’t pleased with a few penalties the offensive line drew.
Here’s the highlights:
— Sark singled out Cyler Miles and said the backup quarterback has played well this week. Miles has a stronghold on the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.
“It’s almost like the light has turned on for him,” Sarkisian said. “He’s got a great feel for the offense. He’s anticipating throws. He’s throwing the ball accurately. He appears to be in really good command and control on the field. I’ve been impressed. ”
— Sark acknowledged redshirt freshman running back Ryan McDaniel dropped about 20 pounds.
“We felt like he had some bad weight on him,” Sarkisian said. “Sometimes being big doesn’t necessarily mean it’s all good weight. We really tried to shed him of his bad weight to get him a little bit faster.”
— Sark said the players and coaches came out of the tunnel for the first time at Husky Stadium.
“That’s always something special for us,” he said. “I appreciated that and I think the guys did too.”
— Sark said the Huskies will practice Thursday at the Seahawks’ practice facility to take advantage of their grass field. Four of UW’s five road games are on grass and Sark said the team may return to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center during the season. (Husky Stadium, the adjacent practice field and the indoor field each have a synthetic surface.)
— Sark said there’s similarities between star wideout Kasen Williams (6-2 and 212 pounds) and freshman Damore’ea Stringefellow (6-3 and 225).
“They both have great ball skills on the 50-50 balls, the balls that are up in the air and go make plays,” Sarkisian said.