Aug. 23, 2010
SEATTLE - The final week of Fall Camp began on a picturesque day in the Pacific Northwest, and perhaps one of the best practices the Huskies had all preseason.
For Coach Steve Sarkisian, the emphasis shifts to refining certain aspects of special teams, going over some teaching points and making sure his team is peaking when they visit BYU on Sept. 4 in Provo, Utah. At this time, the coaches don't want any surprises heading into next week.
"We don't anything that's not new to them when we get that game plan in," Sarkisian said.
On Monday, the Huskies had plenty of standouts on both sides of the ball. Jake Locker had one of his best practices throwing the ball, as the quarterback repeatedly found open receivers and fit passes into tight spaces. His best was helped by a tremendous catch by Jermaine Kearse on the sidelines, a leaping stab at a ball well over the receiver's head. Locker and Kearse later connected on a 40-yard touchdown during the team's 11-on-11 drills. The team's leading receiver from 2009 wasn't the only Husky to make big plays in the passing game. Cody Bruns continued on what has been an outstanding camp for the junior with a long catch-and-run of a Locker pass, accurately placed over a defensive back's hand.
Suffices to say, it was a redemption practice for the offense, which had been relatively held in check by their counterparts on defense during the team's final scrimmage last Saturday. After watching the film, Sarkisian felt the contest was a little more even than it looked on paper. For instance, the coach trumpeted the offense's running game, which featured several bruising carries from tailback Chris Polk.
With the season starting on the road, the coaching staff has also been hammering the players about finishing. This is going to be another point of emphasis throughout the final week of Fall Camp as the Huskies are headed a tough venue at LaVell Edwards Stadium. But it's been a lesson noted by the Huskies all preseason.
"Finish everything we do in every play and every way," Sarkisian said. "I think all in all has paid dividends for us; I think we have more energy at the beginning of practice than at the beginning."
NOTE: Practices continue this week with a double-day on Tuesday (8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.), a single practice on Wednesday (3:00 p.m.) and one final fall camp practice Thursday at 8:45 a.m.
Lastly, this reminder that in-season policies for attending practice kick in after Thursday's MORNING 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 practice schedule for the coming week:
Monday, Aug. 23 - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 24 - 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
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.