Well, I can report that DE Evan Hudson was exhausted after practice this morning (for evidence, see the end of the Jaydon Mickens interview above, in which Hudson makes a cameo).
The good news for UW is that preseason All-American TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins says he isn’t nearly as exhausted today as he was nine days ago when he returned to work with the first-team offense.
“It’s pretty close to where I want it to be,” ASJ said of his conditioning. “It’s not like I’m worried about it like I was last Monday. Like I said, it’s kind of just pushing through like everyone else now. You’re going to get tired; it’s how quickly your respond to being tired and how quickly you get your wind back.”
ASJ said he felt like the offense was moving “three or four times” faster last week than before he broke his pinkie on Aug. 12.
“When I first got back,” he added, “I was like ‘Whoa, this is going really, really fast. The first day I couldn’t really hang with it.”
ASJ was sporting a new clean-cut look with his hair, after a request from his mom. He reiterated that his pinkie injury is a non-issue.
“Everyone overplayed that. It’s just a pinkie,” he said.
—- Mickens said the Huskies will be wearing the white helmets they’ve been practicing in this week against Illinois.
“It’s going to look sweet,” Mickens said. “We just got to play sweet.”
It’s a clean look, but Mickens’ helmet wasn’t entirely clean after practice. He showed off a streak mark on the front of his helmet, the result of a hit he had on LB Shaq Thompson today. After revealing that, Mickens looked around and lowered his voice: “Don’t tell Shaq that, though.”
It’s a safe bet that a purple “W” will be stuck on the helmet before the game, and I’d guess the Huskies will come out in an all-white look in Chicago. That’s John Ross below holding the white helmet after practice today.
—- Injury notes: OL Erik Kohler was in full pads today and out of the boot he’d been wearing over his broke foot for at least a month. He still has a noticeable limp, though. DB Taz Stevenson has his right arm in a sling.