After a short speech from legendary UW coach Don James at the start of practice, the Huskies “completely dedicated” Wednesday’s practice — in helmets and shields — to implementing the game plan for Boise State, 10 days before kickoff of the 2013 season opener at new Husky Stadium.
“Today was a purely game-prep practice like we would have on a Tuesday (of game week), and it went really well,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said. “I thought the guys responded well to it. Any time you’re in a first game like this, you can have try to have so much in a game plan. We tried to focus on the things we’d been doing well in training camp, and implement a game plan on offense, defense and special teams that are conducive to our roster and where we are today and to put our players in a position to be successful.”
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It is, of course, a unique situation for both teams, having played each other just eight months ago in Las Vegas.
“We all can’t completely change,” Sarkisian said. “There’s going to be some similarities. But we also can’t bank on that everything they did in December is going to be the exact same thing; they’re good coaches too, and they have an offseason too to prepare and study. … At the end of the day, we have to focus on ourselves and our execution.”
UW hasn’t released a depth chart, but Sarkisian said everyone has “a pretty good idea of what the pecking order is.”
“But that doesn’t mean the competition doesn’t wage on. And that’s the beauty of our roster today. Our two behind our one, there’s not much of a discrepancy at any of our positions right now. So if the one is not performing, a two can step in and he might be as good or better on any given day.”
Nothing major to report from the 20 minutes of open practice. Austin Seferian-Jenkins was once again on the field, but limited.
I’ll have more on Don James’ visit at practice in my notebook for Wednesday’s paper, which should be posted online a bit later tonight.
A scheduling note: I’ll be hosting my first live chat at noon Thursday, so get your questions queued up.