Aug. 24, 2010
It was a picture perfect morning for football practice Tuesday morning as the Husky football team took to the field for its 18th practice of the camp.
Tuesday's practice was the first of two on the day as the Dawgs will return to practice Tuesday evening for a 6:45 p.m. practice, their final evening session of the fall.
It was a helmets-only practice that included a good deal of work on special teams.
Today, we have a Q and A with Husky wide receiver Devin Aguilar. Below that, you'll find a highlight video from Monday's practice as well as Coach Sarkisian's post-practice comments to the press from Tuesday.
EVENING UPDATE: A full moon rose over Lake Washington to shine down on the final evening practice of the Husky football team's fall camp Tuesday night.
The team worked out for a couple hours on another perfect Seattle evening. It was a half-pads practice that finished without incident. Along with the usual individual drills and special teams work, the Dawgs spent plenty of time in 11-on-11 situations, with the two young quarterbacks batting for the backup spot - redshirt freshman Keith Price and true freshman Nick Montana - getting the lion's share of time under center.
While the defense had its share of big plays on the night, the practice ended in offensive celebration as Chris Polk scored on a short-yardage run to close it out.
The Dawgs return to practice Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in the next-to-last fall camp practice that is open to the public.
Finally, before the Q&A and videos, another reminder that in-season policies for attending practice kick in after Thursday morning's practice. After Thursday morning, only Tyee Club members, former Husky players, family of current players, high-school prospects and their coaches are welcome to practice each Monday through Thursday, as are members of the media. Just check in at the gate at the northeast corner, field level, and please bring ID.
Here's the remaining practice schedule for this week:
Wednesday, Aug. 25 - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 26 - 8:45 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 27 - Raise The Woof! (sold out), 6:00 p.m.
Aguilar Q & A
Coming into the season, a lot has been written about the depth at the wide receiver position. With returners like Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar, it's easy to see why the Huskies are not sweating who will be able to make big plays in the passing game. Aguilar had a career season in 2009, catching 42 passes for 593 yards and five touchdowns, numbers productive enough to net the Denver, Colo., native an All-Pac-10 honorable mention nod. This week, Aguilar caught up with GoHuskies.com correspondent Kyle MacDonald to talk about his hometown, the receiving corps and his goals for 2010.
GoHuskies.com: What led you to come to Washington from Colorado?
Aguilar: Seattle ... period. Just the city itself, the lovely city it is, and the program. And basically, I found a great quarterback I would say that I wanted to play side-by-side with.
GH.com: What's the transition been like with the team improving since your freshman year?
Aguilar: A lot more national attention, which makes us set higher expectations for ourselves and work harder. Myself, and the receiving corps -- we kind of know our role and what we have to do this season and the expectations of the coaches, and basically the progression as camp goes.
GH.com: When did you decide to strictly be a football player and give up basketball?
Aguilar: I would say when I signed my letter of intent in high school. The idea of basketball was still in my head but I chose to play football so I have to stick with my decision because that was my first thought.
Aguilar: It's been a great a great experience, where we've came from and how we're progressing now, and how the receiving corps has a bond. Everybody gets along great. Everybody knows their role and we're having fun doing it.
GH.com: Are you closest with the other receivers off the field?
Aguilar: Yeah, we're all close, we all hang. We all know each others' personalities, which is a good trend that you need to have in a receiving corps. That's why on the field it is all family I would say.
GH.com: Is there a player you modeled your game after as a kid?
Aguilar: I was always into Deion Sanders even though he was on the other side of the ball. I just loved his attitude -- a showboating attitude but humble attitude. I like a variety of receivers. I would like to wrap them all in one and put my finesse on top of it.
GH.com: What attributes of your game have improved the most since your freshman year?
Aguilar: I would say my speed, strength and my route running; basically getting off the ball, knowing the coverages and getting the timing right with the quarterback.
GH.com: How does having so much depth at receiver help you perform better?
Aguilar: They all push me, and we push each other. Even though they single us out as starters or whatnot, the next person is just as good. They're pushing, they're pushing me to keep playing the way I've been playing, and that helps us a lot.
GH.com: How does it help in games?
Aguilar: We want to make practice harder than the game, and we want to make the game harder for them to try and key on one receiver because it can't happen because we push each other so hard that everybody knows their role and does good on the field and everybody seems to be a threat I would say.
GH.com: Do you have a personal goal this year?
Aguilar: Besides just finishing this year and being a strong competitor, statistical-wise I believe that comes. I would love to reach 1,000 yards. Any receiver would, but there are other attributes that you have to do to help your team win -- blocking, little catches, everything and I just want to be an all-around player this year.
GH.com: What are you looking forward to most this year?
Aguilar: I'm just ready to win this year. I think that's everyone's goal this year, and I don't have a particular time like I'm looking forward to. Like I said earlier, just one game at a time, and I just want to come back happy from the hotels and the planes this year.