Aug. 14, 2010
The end of the first week of the UW fall football camp began Saturday morning with the first double-day practice of the year.
The Dawgs practiced Saturday morning at Husky Stadium. Even at the early hour (the team took the field at about 8:45 a.m.), what will likely end up one of the hottest days of the summer thus far was already warm and sunny.
Having held its first full-pads practice Friday afternoon, the team was in helmets and shorts Saturday morning. Saturday evening, beginning at 6:45 p.m., the Huskies will return for a full-pads workout, which will cap the end of the first week.
"I thought they were great this morning," Coach Steve Sarkisian said when asked about the first workout after Friday's full-pads practice. "This was a real emphasis today on two-minute work. That entails quite a bit of running and getting your legs going."
Even in helmets and shorts, the team spent a significant amount of time working in 11-on-11 mode. The highlights of the day may have come from placekicker Erik Folk, who connected on a 53-yard field goal to end one drive and then Folk closed out practice by connecting on a field goal from about 48 yards out.
Of course, don't forget that the annual UW football Picture Day is tomorrow (Sun., Aug. 15), beginning at 11:30 a.m. Admission, as always, is free, as are a big variety of food and beverages.
EVENING UPDATE: The Huskies held their second of two practices Saturday evening, running from about 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The session started out under the early evening sunshine before the sun set behind the west end zone about halfway through.
The Dawgs were back in full pads for the evening practice, marking their first double-day of the fall. While it was by no means a scrimmage in the traditional sense, there was a good deal of time spent in 11-on-11. The very first such period of the night concluded with a 60-yard TD pass from Jake Locker to Jermaine Kearse.
A thundering hit from freshman safety Taz Stevenson was another highlight of the early part of practice. From there, the team concentrated on goal line situations, then did some special teams work before breaking up into a session of 7-on-7 on one end of the field with both line groups working in the other.
In the later session, Locker's relatively short pass to Devin Aguilar resulted in another long score, bringing a cheer from the crowd of several hundred Husky fans in attendance.
There's no practice on Sunday, with Picture Day serving as the main activity. On Monday, it's another two-a-day for the Dawgs, with practices at 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Tuesday features one practice, at 3:00 p.m.
Video from Coach Sark's post-practice comments from after Saturday's morning workout follow.