Aug. 21, 2010
The second scrimmage of the Husky football team's fall camp is in the books. The defense held sway in the early going, but all three quarterbacks who saw action also had their share of highlights and the tailback play was also more than solid.
Freshman Kevin Smith posted the highlight of the day with a long kickoff return (about 90 yards). The only other two TDs were a three-yard pass from Jake Locker to Cody Bruns and an eight-yard strike from Nick Montana to tight end Marek Domanski.
Several tailbacks also turned in good numbers as starter Chris Polk rushed for 46 yards on seven carries. Sophomore Demitrius Bronson compiled 61 yards on nine tries and freshman Jesse Callier scratched 62 yards on nine attempts.
In the early going, it was clear that the defense had the advantage, a notion that Coach Steve Sarkisian confirmed when he spoke to the media afterwards.
"I'd give it to the defense for sure," Coach Sark said. "I thought that the defense today came out with the right energy and passion. I thought they were really focused and locked in early on. I thought they played physical, enthusiastic football, which is the style of play we like to play with."
Locker, the senior quarterback, agreed with his coach.
"They played well today. They came ready to play," Locker said of the defense. "We came out a little lackadaisical and it showed. They got us."
One thing Sarkisian was clearly happy about was the lack of turnovers.
"I think first, the biggest upside is not turning the ball over," he said. "That's one of the big keys. When you look at the turnover margin and winning and losing there is no more telling stat than winning the turnover battle equates to W's. The easiest way to win the turnover battle is to not give up any - at least you're even."
The team has the day off from practice on Sunday before returning to their final week of the "fall camp" period. The team has single practices at 3:00 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Huskies are on the field at 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Thursday's schedule has changed slightly. The first practice of the day remains at 8:45 a.m., but the second is now at 3:15 p.m. Fans should note that Thursday afternoon's practice will likely be quite brief.
Here's the schedule for the coming week:
Mon., Aug. 23 - Practice at 3:00 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 24 - Practices at 8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 25 - Practice at 3:00 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 26 - Practices at 8:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 27 - "Raise The Woof!" at 6:00 p.m. (sold out!)
You can check out the stats and a photo gallery (links at the top of the page) and post-scrimmage video interviews with Locker and Coach Sarkisian.