After holding a closed scrimmaging at the Seahawks’ facility on Saturday, and moving into their new digs in the 83,000-square-foot operations center on Sunday, the Huskies returned to the field inside Husky Stadium in pull pads … and, apparently, in full form.
“Probably the most energy we’ve had at practice in awhile,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said after Monday’s closed practice.
Sarkisian said he planned to meet with his staff Monday night to delve into the depth chart more. On Tuesday, he said they would start to make the transition into implementing the game plan for Boise State, with Wednesday the first full day of game-week prep.
“I feel good about where we’re at and kind of the nucleus of this team,” Sarkisian said. “And then who are the fringe guys that I think, if we can help bring them along, can help this football team, if not early in the season then when we hit October, November.”
The players we talked to were certainly impressed by their new locker room — and all the newfound space it provides.
“It’s huge,” UW quarterback Keith Price said of the locker room. “It’s off the charts. … There are plasma screens everywhere.”
“Just being in this stadium is amazing, man,” added senior safety Will Shamburger. “It’s overwhelming. We have a special opportunity to be here in this Husky Stadium, be in this facility with great players, great coaches, and I’m glad to be here.”
Coaches and staffers moved into their new offices on the second floor of the facility built into the west end zone of new Husky Stadium.
“It’s great on a lot of fronts,” Sarkisian said. “The biggest thing I think everybody notices — the players, coaches, staff, training staff, weight room staff — is how efficient the setup is. … There’s just not wasted time; there’s not wasted space. Everything was utilized the right way. And I think we’re all … are really humbled to have this facility for us. Now we gotta put a great product on the field.”