The unmistakable sounds of shoulder pads popping and helmets crunching returned to Husky Stadium on Friday afternoon as the Huskies practiced in full pads for the first time in training camp.
The biggest hit of the day came late in practice when LB Princeton Fuimaono popped RB Dwayne Washington near the line of scrimmage during an 11-on-11 drill. Washington’s helmet flew off, and the redshirt freshman sat out the final 10 minutes. (Watching from the sideline, with the play at full speed, it was hard to tell exactly, but it sure sounded like a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
During the spirited “pride drill” — a traditional one-on-one tackling test — TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins drew some of the loudest “woos!” when he picked up the ball and plowed right through a freshman linebacker. It was, without a doubt, the most decisive win for an offensive player in that drill.
Redshirt freshman QB Cyler Miles hit freshman WR John Ross in stride for one of the longest plays of the day, a 60-yard touchdown during another team drill. Ross also got some work in again with the No. 1 offense today, and coach Steve Sarkisian agreed that, after five days, it’s looking more and more like Ross can be a contributor this season.
Overall, Sarkisian said he was pleased with the day.
“You’re in Day 5 of training camp and the young guys can really grind a little bit — from the installation (there’s) mental fatigue you can get and physical fatigue from playing this hard this fast,” Sarkisian said. “So I really challenged our veterans to bring their enthusiasm today to practice to keep up-lifting the young guys, especially in that late team period … and I thought they did a great job of really responding and show great leadership. I was really impressed with that.”
RB Deontae Cooper again got some reps in with the first- and second-string offense as he continues his comeback from three ACL injuries.
RB Jesse Callier did not practice today, spending part of the afternoon on a stationary bike, but Sarksian said that was more precaution as Callier also continues his comeback from a torn ACL. OL Shane Brostek (foot) did not practice, and OL Erik Kohler did not practice.
Former Husky receiver Jermaine Kearse watched practice from the sideline, less than 24 hours after catching a touchdown pass for the Seahawks in their exhibition victory in San Diego.
The Huskies will do some scrimmage-type work Saturday night. Their first full scrimmage is scheduled for Tuesday.