UW coach Steve Sarkisian wanted to ramp up the tempo even more, and he got just that Saturday, even as the sun set to wrap up the Huskies’ first two-a-day, their first full week of training camp and their first night under the lights inside new Husky Stadium.
The offense was snapping the ball fairly consistently in 10 or 15 seconds after the previous play ended. Sarkisian credited his assistant coaches for “tweaking some things to create it to be even faster,” notably shortening some of the verbiage of the play calls to shorten the entire process.
“The tempo was excellent tonight,” Sarkisian said.
“We made it a point, more than any other training camp we’ve had, to really try to develop our ‘threes,’ but not minimize our instillation,” he added. “So there was a lot put on their plate and there sure aren’t a whole lot of busts. It’s a credit to our coaches for developing those guys and getting them to practice every day, because they’ve had a lot of plays.
“I think our ‘ones’ appear very fresh to me coming out of Week 1 (whereas) in camps past we looked maybe a little bit fatigued by this Saturday night. But by reducing some of their reps and developing our ‘threes,’ I feel good about our team. There was great energy tonight for the seventh practice, our first double day (and) it’s been a hot week here in Seattle. But the energy was great in every phase.”
— The Huskies did a lot of 6-on-7 red-zone drills, with the defense dominating much of it. QB Keith Price did find TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins across the middle for a touchdown on one play, but FS Will Shamburger came back with an interception of Price in the back of the end zone a few plays later.
— Price later connected with WR Kasen Williams, who kept a foot in near the side of the end zone to beat the good defense of CB Greg Ducre.
— QB Jeff Lindquist connected with WR Damore’ea Stringfellow on back-to-back plays late in practice for a touchdown. On the first, Stringfellow made what was probably his best catch of the week on a fade route, reaching over the outstretched arms of CB Patrick Enewally and falling to the ground to haul in a 30-yard pass. On the next play, Lindquist quickly hit Stringfellow, who sidestepped one defender for a 15-yard TD.
— LB Princeton Fuimaono continues to draw rave reviews after a great first week.
— The Huskies had their first big injury scare of camp when CB Marcus Peters banged knees with WR DiAndre Campbell in the back of the end zone. Peters stayed down for several minutes before limping to the far corner on the other side of the field with trainers. Sarkisian said after that Peters would be fine.
— RB Dwayne Washington did not practice after taking a hit to the head late in Friday’s practice. Sarkisian expects Washington to return to the field Monday.
— Sarkisian said OL Erik Kohler (foot) will rejoin the team Monday to continue his rehab. No timetable for Kohler’s return to practice, though.
— RB Deontae Cooper, RB Jesse Callier, OL Colin Tanigawa and DE Hau’oli Jamora did not practice as a precaution as they continue their comebacks from ACL injuries.
— Redshirt freshman Jake Eldrenkamp got some reps with the No. 1 offense at left tackle (with Ben Riva’s reps intentionally limited; no injury concern there).
— WR Jaydon Mickens spent some time as a second tailback in the backfield. Sarkisian said Mickens and John Ross had both done some of that on Thursday at the Seahawks’ facility in Renton — a practice that was closed to the media — and that we’d be seeing more of that going forward.
— ASJ annihilated freshman linebacker Connor O’Brien for the second straight day. During a drill Saturday, ASJ knocked O’Brien’s helmet off. On Friday, he had ran right through the freshman during the one-on-one “pride” drill. (To his credit, O’Brien — who’s giving up 40 pounds in that fight — popped right up each time.)
— A handful of recruits watched practice from the sideline, including Bellevue’s Budda Baker.
— The basic instillation of schemes is complete, for the most part. The Huskies don’t practice Sunday, but they will meet in the afternoon for a team-building cruise around the Puget Sound.