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The Husky Football team will conduct Spring Practice starting March 31 and ending on Saturday, April 25 with the Spring Game at 1 pm. Husky fans can follow the team throughout the entire month on this special GoHuskies.com Spring Football Blog. We'll have practice reports, important fan updates, videos and photos. Check here daily for the latest from Montlake and please submit your comments and questions by clicking below.


Purple Team Wins Spring Game
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 (updated at 7:00 pm)

Five different Huskies scored touchdowns as the Purple team, led mostly with first-team players, defeated the White team 33-0 in the annual Washington football Spring Game in front an estimated 10,000 fans at Husky Stadium. Here is the AP recap of the game.

One of the prevailing themes throughout this spring has been the connection that fans and former players are feeling with the Steve Sarkisian era of football. Here is a story by GoHuskies.com correspondent Jeremy Cothran on the connection that Sarkisian is building with the former players that attended the Spring Game on Saturday.

Spring Game Tidbits:
Click here for game statistics.
Post-Practice Interviews with Sarkisian, Holt, Locker, Foster, Chris Polk and Jordan Polk
Spring Game Archive
Spring Game Gallery | New Uniforms Unveiled


New Uniforms Unveiled
Saturday, April 25, 2009 (11:15 am)

Take a look at the new uniforms by clicking on this special Photo Gallery!

As you can see the primary change to the pants is a purple and white stripe down the sides. The "W" is on the left thigh.

The jerseys have large, bold, squared numbers on the front and back. The design includes a special webbing on the front by the stomach and under the arms.

And, don't miss the live stream of the game with Benton Strong and former linebacker Tahj Bomar calling all the action. Here is the link:
April 25: SPRING GAME LIVE VIDEO LINK


Short Friday Practice Report
Friday, April 24, 2009 (5:55 pm)

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Sarkisian & Holt Post-Practice
Today's practice was like how I remember the last day of school being. Short and sweet.

Coach Sarkisian held a short 60 minute session, with the final air horn blowing at just shy of 5 p.m. Most of the practice was spent working on special teams and the 2-minute drill. The reasoning for such a short session was just to clean up a few areas and get more work on the special teams, especially since at tomorrow's Spring Game they will only be kicking field goals and PAT's -- no kickoffs or punting.

In the little time they were out there, Anthony Boyles and Jordan Polk seemed to have nice days, each catching long TD passes. But, with no shoulder pads and the guys wearing shorts, it was not a super physical affair today.

The Husky band and cheer squad was in attendance, which if you watch the video today, you will definitely hear and see them in the background. Plenty of former players and parents of current players were in attendance too. Festivities are under way already for alumni players as they are having a gathering at a local water hole today and tailgating tomorrow in the parking lot around Husky Stadium.

Also, don't forget, while the game begins at 1 pm, there are still lots of events before that. The clearance sale starts at 10 am under the South Side of Husky Stadium and the Husky Football Select-A-Seat starts at 11:30. Parking is free after 12 pm! For more info about these events and more, click here.

And don't forget to check out the new uniforms! They will be on display in the east end zone all day tomorrow. If you can't make it to the stadium, we are going to try to have a picture of the uni's up before anyone else!!! I saw them....I think you will all like them. Well, not all, as we all know how fickle some fans are.

The video today (up shortly) focuses is with Nick Holt and Steve Sarkisian. I apologize how hard it is to hear Holt, but the band was practicing 35 yards away from us!

I cut the Holt video short because of how difficult it was to here him, so here are a few things he talked about:
Are there any players that really opened your eyes?: "I think Donald Butler and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. I knew they were good players, but I didn't realize that they would be this good. They play really fired up, plus they're great kids and really fun to be around. They love football and they've got great energy, so those two guys really stick out to me....I'm impressed with Quinton Richardson. I think he has had a real nice spring and Nate Williams I think is doing a nice job. Darrion Jones has gotten a lot better. He might be one of our more improved guys on defense."

Also, make sure you check out softball player Bailey Stenson's interview with Paul Homer. Bailey has been doing all kinds of interviews with her teammates for GoHuskies.com and was nice enough to swing by Monday's practice to talk to Jake Locker and Paul.
April 22: Breakin' It Down With Bailey: Paul Homer

Final Day of Practice Gallery: April 24

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A Look At The Defensive Line
Friday, April 24, 2009 (2:25 pm)

Daniel Te'o-Nesheim


On the eve of the Spring Game, we're going to take a look at the Husky defensive line. The 2008 unit was young and inexperienced for the most part. The Huskies were forced to use three true freshmen last season, and the group was sometimes overmatched by bigger and more experienced offensive lines. With a fresh start in 2009, that includes new defensive coordinator Nick Holt and defensive line coach Johnny Nansen, and a year in the weight room, the 2009 version of the Husky defensive line should be a shell of itself last year.

The unquestioned leader and key component to the cog is senior Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. Te'o-Nesheim was a member of the All-Pac-10 Second Team in 2009 after recording 65 tackles, 8 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. He recorded those impressive stats despite constant double teams. He has started all 37 games he has played in during his college career and has been the Huskies defensive MVP two years running. This spring he has spent time on both the end and on the interior of the line.

The key for the Huskies will be to find someone to help take off some of the pressure on Te'o-Nesheim. If the opponents offensive line has to worry about someone else on the D-line, Te'o's impact should much greater in 2009.

Darrion Jones, the only other senior on the D-line, has been a pleasant surprise for Head Coach Steve Sarkisian this spring. He is listed as 245-pounds, and if that weight is accurate, it is all muscle. Jones looks the part of the role, but needs to improve in his production. He started nine games in 2008 and recorded 17 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Sarkisian believes he is ready for a breakout season at one of the end spots and Husky fans should be excited to see if he has turned that corner.

Junior Cameron Elisara is the next most experienced defensive lineman the Huskies have. The Spokane-native manned the interior for seven games as the starter and recorded 24 tackles last season. He talked to GoHuskies.com for this Q&A and seems to really feel there is a new attitude on the line this spring.

The threesome of Te'o-Nesheim, Jones and Elisara will be the leaders of the unit and are going to be asked to help continue grooming the youngsters below them. Everrette Thompson, Alameda Ta'amu and Senio Kelemete all started at least three games as true freshmen. Kelemete has sinced moved to the offensive line, but there are plenty of candidates to fill his shoes.

Ta'amu is the largest of the interior linemen at 348-pounds. He appeared in all 12 games as a freshman and should be helpful as a run-stuffer next season and for future years. Thompson played in 11 games, starting three, and racked up 18 tackles, five tackles-for-loss and two sacks. Those numbers should continue to rise in the coming years. Unfortunately for Thompson, he has a cracked bone in his foot and will be shelved for the Spring Game.

Other scholarship athletes on the line who have had nice springs are De'Shon Matthews, Tyrone Duncan, Nick Wood, Kelani Aldrich and Craig Noble. Matthews played in eight games as a sophomore and recorded four tackles. He has been practicing with the No. 2 unit and has had a nice spring. Sophomore Tyrone Duncan has also had a good spring and made plenty of tackles during 11-on-11 drills that have caught my eye. Wood was slowed by an injury early and is just starting to get into the swing of things. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in strength. Aldrich has been injured for much of the spring too, and we'll have to wait until fall to completely find out where he stands. Noble is one of the more intriguing prospects on the line. He enrolled later in the fall and redshirted, but came touted as one of the best prospects in the 2008 class. Right now he is practicing with the No. 2 unit, but once he starts realizing his potential, he could be a real key contributor.

Three walk ons have been practicing with the D-line this spring: Daniel Kanczugowski, Pete Galbraith and Conrad Remington. Galbraith and Remington are both undersized rush ends, while Kanczugowski's size (6-3, 319) makes his an intriguing run-stopping prospect.

Joining the ranks this fall potentially five new signees. JC transfer Johnny Tivao could really contribute next season as a run-stuffer. at 5-10, 349-pounds, there won't be too many matchups where he won't have the advantage leverage-wise. The four freshmen joining the squad include Talia Crichton and Andru Pulu, who could be ends, and Chris Robinson and Semisi Tokolahi, who are more likely interior linemen. After playing three true freshmen in 2008, the coaching staff may hope to redshirt the foursome to provide future depth. But, if they arrive on campus and are ready to go, there could be one or two of them thrown into the fire.

Here is a breakdown of the position by class:
Seniors: Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
Juniors: Cameron Elisara, D'Shon Mathews, Johnny Tivao
Sophomores: Kelani Aldrich, Tyrone Duncan, Pete Galbraith, Conrad Remington, Alameda Ta'amu, Everrette Thompson, Nick Wood
Freshmen: Daniel Kanczugowski, Craig Noble
Incoming Freshmen: Talia Crichton, Andru Pulu, Chris Robinson and Smisi Tokolahi

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Wednesday Practice Report
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 (7:00 pm)

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Sarkisian, Cozzetto & Logan Post-Practice
Today was a chilly 13th practice for the Huskies. The team was in shorts and shoulder pads, but don't be fooled, there were still some ferocious hits during the session.

I think the players really deserve credit for putting out a nice effort on a daily basis. They have consistently hustled and practiced hard. You would think there would be a day where the players would act like they didn't want to be out there, but there have been no signs of that kind of attitude whatsoever.

The play of the quarterbacks was once again strong. I have been to every practice and their level of play and grasp of Coach Sarkisian's offense has improved on a daily basis. Their accuracy and poise has been spot on of late. Coach Sark admittedly is very happy with where the duo is right now and the progress they have made.

Similarily, the wide receivers have upped their play too. There have been fewer drops and a lot more consistency. Once again, Jordan Polk had a standout day and could prove to be a very exciting Pac-10 player next season! Polk caught a 20-yard touchdown and added a 30 & 35-yard catch later. He also took a short pass late in the session and ran over cornerback Matt Mosley, which drew some ooohs from his teammates.

Other receivers continuing to show off their skills are Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar. Kearse hauled in a 15-yard TD pass from Fouch and D.A, as they call him, ended practice with a TD.

Alvin Logan, who switched from receiver to safety on Monday, had a standout day for the defense. He picked off a pass on the one-yard line (the lone interception of the practice) and also had a nice hit on running back Demitrious Bronson that stopped him in his tracks. Asked after practice about his day, Logan was very modest and praised the rest of the defense on his pick!

It was a busy day for notes and tidbits, so here are a few that Coach Sark addressed:

• Running back Terrence Dailey and offensive lineman Allen Carroll are no longer with the team. Dailey was the Huskies leading rusher last year with 338 yards, while Carroll redshirted.

• New to the "not practicing list" for the day were linebackers Donald Butler and Kurt Mangum and running back Chris Polk. Butler has a swollen knee and was kept out as a precautionary reason. With E.J. Savannah still out, Trenton Tuiasosopo and Brandon Huppert stepped up to fill the void at linebacker on the first team.

• On Saturday, the Huskies' new jersey will be on display in the east end zone by the Select-A-Seat tent and Team Shop tent. Fans are welcome to view the new-look uni's while at the stadium for the game.

• Elliot Silvers, the Director of the Big "W" Club, says that around 200 former players have RSVP'ed for activities on Friday and Saturday. Among those slated to show up for special events are Corey Dillon, Olin Kreutz, Mark Bruener, Benji Olson, Damon Huard, Lawyer Milloy, Marques Tuiasosopo and Dave Hoffmann.

• Coach Sarkisian has not revealed how he will divide the teams for Saturday's Spring Game. The game will be a regular scrimmage, with no punting or kickoffs. He wants the players to just go out and have fun.

Here is a photo gallery capturing the Husky coaching staff in action today:
Gallery of Coaching Staff: April 22

Here are a couple of Video links I think Husky fans might enjoy:
April 25: Breakin' It Down With Bailey: Jake Locker
April 25: SPRING GAME LIVE VIDEO LINK

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GoHuskies.com To Stream Spring Game Live
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 (1:20 pm)

For the fourth year in a row, GoHuskies.com will stream the Spring Game live on the Dawg Channel All-Access. The video is FREE, but fans will need to set up an account. If you do not have an account, I suggest you sign up today and download the Silverlight software. Click here to get started.

Benton Strong will be providing play-by-play with former Husky linebacker Tahj Bomar supplying color commentary. I will be manning the camera, so there is no complaining allowed about the camera work!

The stream will start at approximately 12:45.

Here is a link to Saturday's game video:
April 25: SPRING GAME LIVE VIDEO LINK

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Offensive Line Breakdown
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 (4:45 pm)

One of the first tasks Husky head football coach Steve Sarkisian addressed when he stepped foot on campus was improving the play of the offensive line. He directed the strength and conditioning staff, led by Ivan Lewis, to implement a program that would shed weight and improve agility for the big Dawgs in the trenches. With a lot of hard work and training, the O-line as a group shed over 100 pounds and appear to be buying into the belief that smaller and faster can top bigger but slower along the line.

Another order of business for Sark was finding the right fit to coach the offensive line. He eventually swayed Dan Cozzetto away from Arizona State, who is a no-nonsense veteran coach making his second stint at Washington. Cozzetto is a perfect fit for Washington as he tries to "nasty up" the offensive line in preparation for the rigors of the Huskies' schedule.

The Huskies will need to replace Casey Bulyca, Juan Garcia and Jordan White-Frisbee from last year's unit and have had a share of potential replacements step up this spring. New faces to the line that are practicing with the No. 1 unit are redshirt-freshman Drew Schaefer and sophomore-to-be Senio Kelemete. They join familiar faces Ryan Tolar, Cody Habben and Ben Ossai on the front, with Mykenna Ikehara, Morgan Rosborough and Skyler Fancher also seeing time with the first unit.

Tolar, Habben and Ossai represent the most-experienced players on the line. Habben started every game at the right tackle position and is slated to move to the left tackle spot this year. Ossai started all 11 games he played in at the left tackle spot, but has moved to guard this spring. Tolar played in 11 games last year with seven starts at guard and this spring has split time at center and guard. The three will be counted on to not only anchor the line, but provide much-needed leadership.

The two biggest surprises on the line this spring have been Kelemete and Schaefer. Kelemete spent his freshman season chasing quarterbacks from his defensive end spot and will now be asked to protect quarterbacks. He fits the mold of smaller and more athletic that Sarkisian is promoting and has practiced mostly with the first unit. Schaefer has stepped in at right tackle from day one of spring and put his speed and athleticism on display. His strength right now is using his speed and getting off the line to block downfield. He admittedly still needs to build up his strength to handle the rigors of facing 300-plus pound defenders, but should be a gem for the next four years. To read more on Schaefer, check out this Q&A from earlier today.

Ikeharra has emerged as a top candidate to either start at center or back up the position. If he starts, Tolar moves back over to guard. Rosborough, nicknamed "House", has practiced at times with the first unit at guard and Fancher is going to see a lot of time at tackle. Fancher did suffer a setback this spring when he broke his leg, forcing him out until fall camp.

The Huskies have others that are fighting for back up roles and should contribute in 2009. Matt Sedillo can play guard and back up at center, while Nick Scott is a back up tackle. Scott Shugert is another guard prospect that comes from a wrestling background. He is currently practicing with the second or third units.

Highly touted Allen Carroll redshirted in 2009 and has been out for most of the spring working on his academics, while fellow redshirt Terrence Thomas has missed spring due to a foot injury.

Junior Gregory Christine is the lone walk-on amongst the group and saw action against Cal last year.

Joining the fray in the fall is JC transfer Daniel Mafoe, a big tackle prospect that will be hard to keep off the field next year.

With only three seniors in the unit -- Ossai, Rosborough and Scott -- the Huskies will be young up front. But with more time in the weight room and tutelage under Coach Cozzetto, this unit should improve on last year's performance and help pave the way for the Huskies' offense for year's to come.

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Monday Practice Tidbits
Monday, April 20, 2009 (7:45 pm)

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Coach Sarkisian Post-Practice Report
Warm weather greeted the Dawgs on the field Monday. Perhaps that led to the upbeat feel of the day, but the music might have helped also!

Practice number 12 saw wide receiver Alvin Logan practicing with the safeties today. How I understood the explanation, this is not necessarily a permanent switch. It is meant to give the coaching staff an opportunity to see some film on Logan on the defensive side of the ball so they can make a fair evaluation of him. Sark said Logan just wants to get on the field and help out the team any way possible and the quickest route may be by moving to the secondary.

Not practicing today were E.J. Savannah, who is resting a sore shoulder, and Everrette Thompson, who has been fighting through a cracked bone in his right foot. Savannah is day-to-day, while Thompson is done for the spring. Sark said that Thompson could have kept practicing, but did not see the point in possibly further causing damage to the foot.

The practice was very similar format-wise to all the other sessions. I watched the special teams work early and counted Vonzell McDowell, Jr., Cody Bruns and Devin Aguilar among the punt return participants. Quinton Richardson, Curtis Shaw and Jordan Polk worked on kick off returns. D'Andre Goodwin did not participate because he is resting his hamstring, but he was previously seen working out with the punt return unit.

I've got to say, I've been overall pretty impressed with the punting of Andrew Lutton and Kiel Rasp. Both seem to be able get some booming punts off with some consistency. They will have company with junior-college transfer Will Mahan in the fall, but Lutton and Rasp have held their own.

One of the better scenes today involved Coach Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Nick Holt. On one play during 7-on-7 drills, there was a pass play set up for running back Chris Polk and he was supposed to do a swim move to get by Nate Williams. The inexperienced Polk instead ran into Williams and both crumpled to the ground, out of the play and forcing Locker to throw the ball away. Sark pulled Polk aside and demonstrated what he needed to do to get better at the move and make the play work. On the very next play, Coach Holt was standing in the middle of the drill at the line of scrimmage. Locker attempted a dump pass to the running back and Holt jumped in front of it to bat it down. The reason I bring this story up is because it was really neat to see how involved the coaches were and how they are trying to help this team improve.

Today in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, the wide receivers probably had their best day as a group. There were very few dropped passes, if any, and they were hauling in some tough catches. Tony Chidiac had several nice catches and fellow walk-on tight end Ben Hayes had a very nice 65-yard catch and run during the 7-on-7 drills.

Jordan Polk had another excellent practice hauling in a 41-yard touchdown from Ronnie Fouch. He followed that up on the very next play, this time with Jake Locker, with another long reception. Jermaine Kearse had another steady showing with several tough catches over defenders. Devin Aguilar also caught and ran the ball well, as did Cody Bruns, Chris Izbicki and Anthony Boyles.

With the sharp play of the wide receivers, the quarterbacks looked spot on today. Locker and Fouch were both taking what the defense was giving them, but also hitting the intermediate and long routes. It was an impressive offensive showing today!

That said, there were some standouts defensively too. Mason Foster had another huge practice. He had a bat down of a dump pass and put endless pressure on the QB's. Darrion Jones had a sack on the day, Nate Williams had a nice pass break up and walk on linebackers Fred Wiggs and Brandon Huppert made the most of their opportunites, each making nice tackles on occasions.

The end of practice was marred when cornerback Quinton Richardson collided with safety Greg Walker trying to break up a pass play in the endzone. Richardson stayed down for a while and was helped off the field. There is no report on what the injury was and his availability for the next couple of days.

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Saturday Scrimmage Report & Stats
Saturday, April 18, 2009 (4:30 pm)

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The Husky football team held practice No. 11 of 15 on Saturday at Husky Stadium. About 1,600 fans showed up to watch the team scrimmage for about 75 minutes. The skies were overcast, but it was warm on the field today.

Except for one interception on a miscommunication with Devin Aguilar, Jake Locker was really sharp. On the No. 1's first drive he marched the team down the field, going 3-for-6 for 34 yards before stalling in the red zone and having to settle for a 29-yard Erik Folk field goal. Locker was again sharp on the next drive, completing all five of his passes for 54 yards. Three of those passes were to tight end Kavario Middleton for 23 yards.

For the day, Locker was 10-for-16 for 133 yards with both a touchdown and an interception thrown. He also had 5 rushed for 6 yards, but had one rush that most likely would have been a 30+ yard TD if the refs had not blown the whistle.

Fouch was sharp too. He ended up 7-for-18 for 85 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT, including an impressive drive where he accounted for all the yards with his arm (5-for-5, 66 yards) and legs (7-yd scramble). He capped the drive with a 9-yard TD pass to Anthony Boyles.

Defensively, Mason Foster was a beast for the offense to handle. He finished the day with the second-most tackles (7) and had 2 sacks for minus 14 yards, intecepted a Locker pass and took a punt attempt off the foot of Andrew Lutton at one point. Linebacker Brandon Huppert led the defense with 8 tackles.

Trenton Tuiasosopo recorded the only other sack of the day for minus six yards, while Quinton Richardson recorded the only other interception of the practice session.

Here are some thoughts from Coach Steve Sarkisian:

• He thought that the team performed well today and players were better at their assignments. He also singled out the physicality of both the offense and defense. But, Sark feels there is definite room for improvement.

• Sark thought Jake Locker was as comfortable today as he has been all spring long. Sark singled out his ball distribution, presence in the huddle, command of the line of scrimmage and decisions of when to run the ball when he needed to.

• Sark was impressed by the play of linebacker Mason Foster and singled out him and Derrion Jones as two of the most improved players this spring. As the system has set in for him, his talents have really been on display.

• E.J. Savannah had to cut his day short after injuring his shoulder early on. He is expected back some time next week. In the meantime, it allowed Sark to see some other players step up at the linebacker position.

Below are some of the offensive stats and click here to read a PDF of the defensive stats from the day:

Passing
Jake Locker:
-10-16 for 133 yards, TD, one INT
-Went 5-5 for 54 yards on one drive that was capped by a 2-yd touchdown run by Demitrius Bronson
-26-yard TD pass to Devin Aguilar

Ronnie Fouch:
-7-18 for 85 yards, TD, INT
-Went 5-5 for 66 yards on one drive that was capped by a 9 yard touchdown pass to Anthony Boyles.

Rushing
Chris Polk- 8 rush, 43 yards, 1- yard TD in OT
Willie Griffin- 4 rush, 35 yards
Demitrius Bronson- 5 rush, 25 yards, 7-yard TD run, fumble
Jordan Polk- 1 rush, 21 yards Curtis Shaw- 3 rush, 18 yards
David Freeman- 2 rush, 14 yards
Brandon Johnson- 6 rush, 13 yards
Jake Locker- 5 rush, 6 yards
Ronnie Fouch- 3 rush, -1 yard

Receiving
Devin Aguilar- 2 receptions, 48 yards, 26-yard TD reception
Cody Bruns- 1 reception, 25 yards
Anthony Boyles- 3 receptions, 23 yards, 9-yard TD reception
Kavario Middleton- 3 receptions, 23 yards
Jermaine Kearse- 2 receptions, 22 yards
Demitrius Bronson- 2 receptions, 20 yards
Tony Chidiac- 1 reception, 20 yards
Ben Hayes- 1 reception, 17 yards
Paul Homer- 1 reception, 8 yards
Jordan Polk- 1 reception, 8 yards
David Freeman- 1 reception, 8 yards

Punting (No returns)
Andrew Lutton- 2 punts, 46.5 yd average, fumble
Kiel Rasp- 3 punts, 45.6 yd average

Field Goals
Erik Folk- 1-1 (29)

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TGIF Practice Report
Friday, April 17, 2009 (7:15 pm)

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Friday's practice marked No. 10 of the spring and it had a "Casual Friday" feel with the sun out, players in shorts and no pads and music blaring. But, any sense of it being a casual practice were put to rest when Coach Sarkisian yelled at several player for not sprinting and putting forth a full-effort on several occasions. From then on out, it was business as usual.

There was a crowd of around 500 people in attendance. Included in the mix were almost 200 area coaches who were participating in the Husky Coaching Clinic. Also in the crowd were former players Kevin Gogan and Ron Hadley. Gogan looks the part of a NFL player still!

Husky basketball coach Lorenzo Romar was also out there. He was joking around with receivers Jermaine Kearse, Devin Aguilar and Luther Leonard post-practice.

A funny sight...during kickoff coverage drills, Coach Sarkisian lined up with the coverage unit and raced down with them for the no-contact coverage. He still has some good speed!

During field goal drills, Erik Folk (pictured to the right) had a stellar day. He knocked in all six of his attempts, including 47, 39 and 36 yarders! The punters, especially Andrew Lutton, also looked good in drills today.

During the head-to-head drills, the defense seemed to really have the upper hand. Darrion Jones, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Da'Shon Matthews had their way coming off the ends. And the linebackers were blitzing an awful lot to cause problems for the running backs trying to pick them up. To the offense's credit, they were without pads which makes it a tough prospect to stop a hard-charging 250-pound man!

The 11-on-11 stuff started on the offense's own 30. Brandon Johnson was first in as the number one tailback. It was nice to see B.J. back in there after missing about a week with an injury. Vonzell McDowell set the tone for the defense by having a nice pass breakup of a Jake Locker-to-Cody Bruns pass, which was followed by Alameda Ta'amu batting a pass down at the line of scrimmage.

The second unit took the field next and the best sight was seeing Chris Polk out there again. The running back has been battling leg and ankle injuries and was finally able to find the field. He made several nifty plays throughout the practice session.

Jermaine Kearse had another standout day. He caught at least three passes that were over 30 yards during drills. He made a nice 30-yd TD catch in the end zone at one point, but it evidently would not have counted as the whistle had blown.

Once again, the quarterbacks looked pretty much on target for most of the session. Locker also went old-school a couple times and rattled off some nice runs!!

Here are some Coach Sark notes:

• Coach says about 75% of the playbook has been unveiled so far and he is pleased with how the team is picking it. He says the playbook is very "player friendly" and that the verbage has changed from what they taught at USC. He has tailored the playbook to this team's strengths

• Darrion Jones has Coach Sark's vote for one of the most improved player so far this spring. He likes his speed and power and the way he holds up against the run.

• Vince Taylor was out with a sprained right ankle. D'Andre Goodwin was held out today and will be out for tomorrow's scrimmage. Cort Dennison is most likely out for the rest of the spring after having a pin inserted to a broken pinkie, an injury which he suffered on Wednesday.

• Today's photo gallery focus is on the special teams units:
SPECIAL TEAMS GALLERY

For more information and artist renderings, click here.

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New Field Turf At Husky Stadium!
Friday, April 17, 2009 (12:30 pm)

The University of Washington athletic department announced plans today to install a new FieldTurf synthetic playing surface next month in Husky Stadium, replacing the nine-year-old field that was originally installed during the summer of 2000.

The new surface will be installed by FieldTurf at a cost of approximately $350,000, which will come from the athletic department's operating budget. The project includes the removal of the existing surface and the installation of FieldTurf's latest 2 ½" synthetic grass technology.

For more information and artist renderings, click here.

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Receivers Spotlight & Other News
Thursday, April 16, 2009 (3:33 pm)

Today is an off-day for the Huskies, but the UW has managed to stay in the news today.

• First off, congratulations to Husky assistant basketball coach Cameron Dollar and his new job at Seattle U. They are really lucky to have him!

• Also, there has been a lot of speculation about the Apple Cup moving to Qwest Field in the future. At this juncture, the reports are speculative and premature. There is no question the current economic crisis has had a negative impact on our athletics program - and will for the next few years. This makes it imperative that we find unique and innovative ways to generate additional revenue to offset our increased costs. We are considering this lucrative proposal as it could add significant revenue to our program and help us meet the challenges that have been presented to us.

Whether we decide to accept this proposal or not, we hope to have this issue resolved soon.

• Season ticket holders can now order away game tickets. For more info, or to get your order in, click here.

Now, onto the business at hand...HUSKY SPRING FOOTBALL!

Today, I am focusing on the wide receivers. On paper, the group has the potential to be the most talented and deep unit on the squad. The Huskies return their top three players in terms of receptions from 2008 and have a total of six wideouts back that caught passes last season. In addition, only D'Andre Goodwin and Tony Chidiac are juniors. All the other receivers will be sophomores or freshmen next year!

Vince Taylor and Anthony Boyles at a recent practice.


The concern is that with youth, comes growing pains. Add in that the unit is learning a new system and realistically, there could be some moments of struggles. But, on the flipside, most of the youth has at least a year of experience under their belts. Add in a summer to get on the same page with the quarterbacks and grow in the weight room, then wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty could have a pleasant surprise on his hands.

Goodwin, aka Flea, is the most experienced receiver and had a breakout sophomore season. He caught 60 passes for 692 yards and earned Honoroable Mention All-Pac-10 in 2008. He has been slowed by a hamstring injury this spring, but come fall, he will be counted on to pick up where he left off. Chidiac, a walk-on junior, is the only other upperclassmen in the unit. He had a nice year and caught seven passes for 64 yards last season.

Four true freshmen and one redshirt-freshman receivers caught passes in 2008. Jermaine Kearse emerged as a big-play threat for the UW catching 20 passes for 301 yards, a 15.2 ypc average. So far this spring, he has shined for the Huskies and has seemingly scored a touchdown every practice. He also has the knack of going up in the air and winning jump balls, thanks in large part to his bigger frame. Devin Aguilar equalled Kearse's reception total of 20 last season. His 246 yards were third most on the team. Both Aguilar and Kearse have been practicing with the No. 1 unit this spring and it is very exciting to think of what they can accomplish together over the next three years!

The other two true freshmen to see action in 2008, Cody Bruns and Jordan Polk, will also have expectations raised this upcoming season. Polk has had a stellar spring, including a showing on Wednesday that saw him find the endzone three times. He has the ability to contribute on special teams too, and ran an 80-yard kickoff back for a touchdown during the first spring srimmage. His speed will come in handy for the next three years. Bruns was a later addition to the mix in 2008, but managed three catches for 40 yards and even threw a 35-yard TD. His specialty is working from the slot and right now he is the No. 2 guy.

Alvin Logan started 11 games as a red-shirt freshman and while he only caught six passes for 58 yards, he proved to be a punishing blocker downfield. At 6-foot-2 and 218-pounds, he is like having an extra tight end on the field. This spring he has been slowed by an injury, but has been practicing more and more lately.

Also joining the fray for playing time this upcoming season will be three freshmen that redshirted 2008 -- Anthony Boyles, Luther Leonard and Vince Taylor. Boyles has been practicing with the No. 2 unit this spring and has flashed his immense talent on several occassions. He got behind the defense on Wednesday and caught a 40-yard pass from Ronnie Fouch during 11-on-11 drills. If he can remain consistent and focused, the belief is that he has all the talent in the world and could have a very productive career at Washington.

Leonard and Taylor are multi-talented players that are oozing with athleticism and will find the field at some point. Taylor was recruited as an athlete and ended up at wide receiver, while Leonard made the switch from quarterback to wideout just a week ago. Both are in the 6-foot-2, 195-pound range and use their bodies well to create match-up problems for the secondary. Leonard needs a little more seasoning, but don't be surprised to see both contributing on special teams next season.

The Huskies also have a pair of walk-on freshmen in Taylor Gillium and Tommy Kmett and are anticipating the arrival of talented freshman James Johnson.

It is dizzying to think of all the potential that the Huskies have at the receiver position. But, it is a good problem to have so much depth and youth. The key is going to see if the unit can grow up quickly and provide the offensive boost that takes the pressure off Jake Locker and the Husky backfield.

Here is a Q&A with Jermaine Kearse and Anthony Boyles from earlier.

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Wednesday Practice Notes
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 (7:00 pm)

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The Huskies took the field for their ninth of 15 practices on Wednesday. They were greeted by sunny skies, which were certainly a welcome relief from the cold and rain that met the team on Monday.

Roughly 500 fans attended today's session, including the very cute and quickly-growing Dubs, the new Husky mascot. Dubs took in about 30 minutes of practice and howled his approval several times during his visit. I got in a pet or two on him while he was busy licking hands like a good politician.

Noticably, Alvin Logan participated in many of the non-contact drills, as did Vonzell McDowell, both welcome sights on the field. Unfortunately, the news wasn't quite as good for young offensive tackle Skyler Fancher, who left Monday's practice. The sophomore broke his right leg and was slated to have surgery today. He is expected to be recovered in time for fall camp.

The theme of the day was "Turnover Wednesday." Basically, from an observer's standpoint, that meant that the defense was trying to strip the ball at any and every opportunity. Coach Sarkisian was pleased that the offense did a nice job of avoiding any turnovers during the entire session, so I guess the offense won that mini-competition.

In general, I would have to say the offense got the better of the defense for the entire practice, except for the final 15 minutes when the defense was able to wreak havoc on the offense.

Wide receiver Jordan Polk had a very nice practice today. He finally got a chance to showcase his speed on several occasions during the team drills. He also seemed to be a pill to cover during one-on-one drills against the cornerbacks. At one point during 11-on-11 drills, Folk caught a post-pass from Ronnie Fouch for a 20-yard touchdown, and on the very next play with the No. 1 offense, he took an end-around 24 yards for a touchdown. He scored again later on a short pass from Fouch. If Polk can be utilized like James Rodgers down at OSU, he has a chance to be a very dangerous weapon in 2009.

Here are a few other observations and notes from today:

• Former Husky safety Lawyer Milloy was on hand today and offering advice on the sidelines to players. Coach Sarkisian was very appreciative of his presence and feels having guys like him at practice can only up the level of play of his team. Milloy still hopes to play in the NFL again, but is waiting for the right offer.

• Jermaine Kearse once again had a stand-out practice. He made several nice catches in traffic and continues to make a strong push towards locking up a starting role.

• Redshirt-freshmen Luther Leonard and Vince Taylor look very similar out on the field at the receiver position. Both are tall and lanky and use their bodies very nicely to shield the cornerbacks off. Leonard caught a nice 10-yard slant during one-on-one drills for a TD.

• Anthony Boyles got the 11-on-11 session started with a wide-open 40-yard TD pass from Fouch in which he got behind the secondary.

• Mason Foster had a nice day. He sacked Locker twice and also had a bat down at the line of scrimmage on a pass. The defense did a nice job in general of applying pressure, with De'Shon Matthews and Tyrone Duncan in particular making some plays in the backfield.

• Redshirt freshman linebacker Kurt Magnum had a nice sequence where he ran down the speedy Curtis Shaw from behind and followed that up with nice tackle of tight end Chris Izbicki.

• Coach Sarkisian is very pleased with the progress of the team at this stage. When asked whether they were behind or ahead at this point, he didn't hesitate to say that they are ahead.

• Sark is very pleased with the development of the safeties. Nate Williams has been especially impressive and he likes what he sees from a healthy Victor Aiyewa. Johri Fogerson is still learning the position, but has good potential. He is anxious to get Jason Wells back healthy and excited to get JC transfer David Batts into the mix.

• Today's results from the field goal kicking: Nick Folk made from 20 and 25 yards, Cory Rutkowski made his lone attempt from 29 yards, and Eric Guttorp was 1-for-2, making one from 34 and missing from 39 yards.

Photo Gallery of Defensive Backs, Coaches & Dubs

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Tight End Spotlight
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 (10:30 am)

Chris Izbicki & Kavario Middleton


Perhaps one of the easiest position races to follow so far this spring has been at tight ends. The reason is there are so few at the position that are able to practice. That said, the race for the title of No. 1 tight end is a tightly contested battle and may not play out until fall camp.

The only returning player with much game experience is Kavario Middleton, who saw action in all 12 games as a true freshman in 2008. The highly-touted Middleton jumped out of the gates early, catching eight passes for 65 yards in his first two games. In the next 10 games, his production dropped off dramatically as he only caught four more passes for 17 yards. What Middleton showed was that he has strong potential to be a force at the position for years to come, but he had natural ups-and-downs and bumps-and-bruises that come with playing college football as a true freshman.

So far this spring, Middleton has been up-and-down, but has had more ups lately. In Monday's scrimmage, he made his presence felt by catching four of five balls during the 11-on-11 drills.

Chris Izbicki was highly touted coming out of Lake Washington High School in Kirkland two years ago but has yet to make his mark at Washington. You can bet that will change next season as he has emerged as a dependable and favorite target for quarterbacks Jake Locker and Ronnie Fouch. Perhaps no one on the roster has benefitted more from the new coaching staff as Izbicki has flourished this spring with a clean slate.

Middleton and Izbicki are getting most of the reps this spring as most of the other tight ends are either injured or inexperienced walk-ons. Sophomore Romeo Savant, who could have entrenched himself as the number three tight end this spring, has been slowed by an injury. A slew of walk-ons, including Evan Auerbach, Peter Becker, Christian Casto and Ben Hayes are on the roster, but are for the most part learning the system right now. Hayes made a nice diving catch during Monday's 11-on-11 drills though.

Reinforcements will arrive in the fall in the form of JC transfer Dorson Boyce and freshmen Marlion Barnett and Kimo Makaula. Boyce can expect to be thrown in the fire immediately as his strength is blocking. The Huskies probably hope to redshirt Barnett and Makaula, but one may be forced into action to add depth. Makaula may move positions too, if his skills dictate so.

The Huskies definitely have two players in Middleton and Izbicki that should have breakout seasons in 2009. The key for the Huskies will be to keep them healthy as depth is a little bit of a concern at this point.

• Here is a Q&A with Izbicki from last Monday: Chris Izbicki Q&A

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Monday Practice Report
Monday, April 13, 2009 (7:00 pm)

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Rain and cold greeted the team as they took the field for Monday's practice. Coach Sarkisian said there was a little concern of players taking on the characteristics of the gloomy day and "feeling sorry for themselves" and that they wanted to nip it in the bud early and make sure that practice No. 8 was a spirited one.

For the 50 or so fans that braved the elements, they saw a practice that had a lot of focus on special teams -- both punting and kicking, emphasis on the offense working out of poor field position and at the end, an overtime scenario.

Today was the first time I really had a chance to watch punters Andrew Lutton and Kiel Rasp. They started out by working on "the short game" and pinning the opposition inside the 20. They punted from about the 50 yard line and had some nice ones that would have helped their defense in game situations. They moved back a little later and lauched punts from the 35 yard line and were able to demonstrate their leg strength. I have to admit, I came away impressed with both Rasp and Lutton at times. The both handled the pressure of the rush well and boomed a few that would have either pinned the opponent down inside the 10-yard line or went for touchbacks. If I had to pick one or the other as the standout, it would be a coin flip at this point.

Both Erik Folk and Cory Rutkowski got work in on field goals during the pre-offense vs. defense session. Folk made 3-of-4, making a 20, 24 and 32 yarder, while Rutkowski was 1-of-2, making his from 35-yards.

Jake Locker


During the five-on-five passing drills, there were several nice catches made. Jermaine Kearse caught one from Jake Locker over his shoulder that would have been a 40-yard touchdown, while Aguilar caught a Ronnie Fouch pass that would have been a 20-yard TD. D'Andre Goodwin re-aggrevated a hamstring injury during the early drills and shut it down for the rest of practice. Coach Sark said after practice that they would hold Goodwin out until Friday.

When it came time for 11-on-11, the offense and defense met at about midfield. Both sides were hooting and hollering and jumping up-and-down in unison. The spirit the team showed definitely belied the weather! Up in the stands, I was jumping up and down too, but that was to stay warm.

Kavario Middleton had a strong start to the drills, catching three of the first five passes that Locker threw. It was probably his best showing this spring and the potential that Middleton and Chris Izbicki are showing this spring has to have Husky fans excited!

Several big plays on the offense occured later. The first was a nice dump off pass by Fouch to running back David Freeman that went for about 55 yards. Fouch followed that up later with a 30-yard connection to Devin Aguilar.

Curtis Shaw, back on the field after leaving Saturday's scrimmage early, had a nice run of 30 yards on a draw play that caught the defense napping.

But, for the most part, the defense was wide awake all day. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim got in the backfield and dropped the running back for a loss and Tyrone Duncan copied Te'o's feat a little later.

I don't know about you, but I'm really excited to see Te'o-Nesheim this upcoming season. Every day, he seems to make a big play! If he can duplicate his practice play during the regular season, he is going to cause all kind of headaches for offensive co-ordinators.

Towards the end of practice, the ball was placed on the offense's two-yard line and their job was to get it out of there and drive down field. The defense recorded two safeties during this drill -- one by Donald Butler, the other by Te'o-Nesheim. But, the offense did get the better of the defense on a couple of occassions. The one that really stood out was a run by Demitrius Bronson from the 8-yard line that potentially could have been a 92-yard touchdown. For some reason the whistle blew early on, but Bronson had a lot of daylight ahead of him. Bronson has really made the most of every opportunity he has had on the field.

Practice wrapped up with the offense and defense put into overtime scenarios. The first team offense did not score, but the second team offense did score on a 25-yard field goal by Rutkowski...with the defensive unit not in on the play standing behind him and heckling. Rutkowski and the offense celebrated wildly after the make.

A couple practice notes:
• Besides Goodwin re-injuring his ailing hamstring, offensive lineman Skyler Fancher had to be helped off the field and was taken into the locker room for x-rays on his right knee.

• Upon review of the video from Saturday's scrimmage, Coach Sarkisian was pleased with the effort of the players. There were some missed assignments and cases where players would not make a play and let it carry over to the next play, but overall he felt like the team was making nice progress.

• Both quarterbacks Locker and Fouch had nice days throwing the ball.

• Cornerback Justin Glenn practiced with the No. 1 unit for most of the day. Coach Sark said he had a very impressive performance during Saturday's scrimmage to earn his time.

• The transition of Luther Leonard from quarterback to wide receiver looks like it could pay dividends down the road. Leonard uses his athleticism and knowledge of the routes to his advantage. He does say it is a lot hard to run the routes than it was to throw to the receivers running them. Don't be surprised to see Leonard play at least on the special teams next season.

• Here is a photo gallery from today's practice. Travis Sherer focused mainly on the quarterbacks and tight ends today:
QB'S & TIGHT ENDS

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Saturday Scrimmage Report
Saturday, April 11, 2009 (4:00 pm)

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Practice No. 7 was mostly a scrimmage for the Huskies. About 1,800 fans signed in at the gates, so another great crowd was present. The rain stayed away, but it was definitely cold and windy at times out at Husky Stadium.

What the crowd saw was a balanced battle between the offense and defense. If this was a boxing match, there would be no winners -- it was a split decision.

Here are some of the key plays I saw during the day:

• Erik Folk was 3-for-3 on his field goal attempts -- which was especially impressive with the swirling winds and not ideal conditions out on the field. He hit from 47, 46 and 35. His 35-yarder went off the left upright before bouncing through!

• The offense scored four touchdowns. The first was a 10-yard fade caught by Jermaine Kearse from Jake Locker. Kearse spun to his left in mid-air and caught it over his left shoulder. It was not bad defense, just a great pass and catch. The next TD was an 80+ yard kickoff return by Jordan Polk. He made a couple moves through traffic before finding clear sailing to the end zone. The last touchdowns were 1-yard runs by freshman Demitrius Bronson, who continues to impress.

• Defensively, the Huskies had about 3 or 4 sacks, which are really hard to judge since the whistle blows when the defender merely touches the quarterbacks. De'Shon Matthews, Matt Houston and Adam Long all recorded sacks, that I saw. Also, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim had at least two tackles for loss in the backfield and Darion Jones and Long added one each.

• Trenton Tuiasosopo made a nice diving interception on a pass that went through the hands of Kavario Middleton. Linebacker Kurt Magnum also had an interception of a Taylor Bean pass.

• Jake Locker had an overall solid performance today. He tried his best to stay in the pocket for the most part. He made several 20+ yard connection with Devin Aguilar, including one with E.J. Savannah in his face.

• The ones played against the ones, twos against the twos, etc., in every sequence. The offense and defense did rotate in players at different positions, but I'm establishing the ones based on who was quarterback. David Freeman saw action first with the No. 1 unit at running back, but Willie Griffin and Bronson both saw time with Locker too.

• The only noticeable injury was running back Curtis Shaw, who entered the game with a bruised knee. He banged that same knee again early in the scrimmage and did not return to the field. Chris Polk and Brandon Johnson did not see any action at RB, and D'Andre Goodwin was noticably absent from the lineup too.

• The defensive line had a solid afternoon, with only a couple runs going for over 10 yards during the 80-play scrimmage.

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Friday Practice Report
Friday, April 10, 2009 (6:40 pm)

Practice number six is under the belt and took place in the comfy confines of the Dempsey Indoor. The emphasis of today's practice was exploding off the ball, running the 2-minute drill and honing the special teams.

One of the most notable things was that Luther Leonard moved from quarterback to wide receiver. The coaches approached the red-shirt freshman about the move and Leonard was more than willing. The move will give him a shot of putting his athleticism on display and get him on the field probably more quickly.

Players that did not participate with the rest of the team at practice today were Brandon Johnson, Chris Polk, Nick Wood and Romeo Savant. D'Andre Goodwin was limited.

As for those practicing, in the seven-on-seven drills, several plays and players stood out. Anthony Boyles caught a nice 40-yard streak down the sideline for a TD despite good man coverage by Vonzell McDowell, Jr. Jake Locker also hit Cody Bruns for a nice 19-yard TD at one point.

The team spend a considerable amount of time on punt coverage, with very little actual kicking taking place making it hard to judge the two punters, Kiel Rasp and Andrew Lutton. Nick Folk was given several shots at making field goals and connected on kicks from 22, 31 and 35-yards. The offense pulled a fast one on the defense too, attempting a fake field goal, but the pass fell short.

For the final 45 minutes of practice, the team ran some 11-on-11 drills. At one point, Locker found tight end Chris Izbicki for a nice gain on a crossing pattern, but then was picked off by Marquis Persley. Locker bounced back nicely, completing a 20-yard throw downfield to Devin Aguilar, despite fumbling the snap. A few plays later, freshman Demitrius Bronson rattled off a 65-yard run to paydirt against the No. 2 defense. It seems like every practice Bronson does something to stand out.

The final 20 minutes were spent with the offense placed in a two-minute drill situation. The No. 1 offensive unit, led by Locker, drove down the field and got into what was presumably field goal range before turning it over to the No. 2 unit. No touchdowns were recorded and the offense seemed to stall in most of the scenarios. Tripper Johnson did end practice with an interception before the final horn blew.

Coach Sark met with the media for about 5 minutes. You can watch the interview above, but here are a few notes:
• When asked to single out the play of a few players, Sark mentioned that Locker had a solid day of passing the ball. He also mentioned Bronson earlier and Izbicki. On defense, he was impressed by Darion Jones and Persley.

• So far so good on special teams, as far as other personel besides the kickers. He likes the way they have responded to the coaching and is excited to get members of the 2009 signing class into camp to add even more depth on special teams.

• Tomorrow the Huskies will hold their first scrimmage of Spring. Don't expect too many surprises if you come to watch. Sark plans on working a lot on special teams and other special circumstances like 2-minute drills, goal line, etc.

Make sure you check out today's photo gallery which focused on the offensive and defensive lines:
OFFENSIVE LINE AND DEFENSIVE LINE GALLERY

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Practice Inside; Running Backs In Focus
Friday, April 10, 2009 (3:40 pm)

Demitrius Bronson (Check out his Q&A below)


The Huskies will be moving inside the Dempsey Indoor for today's practice, so if you plan on attending you'll be able to stand in the comforts of the indoor facilities.

So far, GoHuskies.com has previewed several positions. Today, we are going to preview the running backs.

The good news for the Huskies is that 15 players had carries in games last season and only Luke Kravitz from that list is gone. The bad news is that the most amount of yards gained by any of those 15 players is 338 yards, and that was by Terrence Dailey who has not been able to practice so far this spring. The Huskies average 2.8 yards per carry last season and gained a net of 1,192 yard for the entire season.

The Huskies must find a dependable ball carrier by the time the fall camp ends this summer if they expect to have a balanced attack in 2009. Adding urgency for the need of a consistent running back to emerge is the fact that a point of emphasis this spring has been to cut back on the amount of carries for quarterback Jake Locker.

Coach Sarkisian has said before that he is not necessarily looking for one running back to carry the workload, a philosophy that he and the USC coaching staff implemented and succeeded with during their time in LA. The days of a running back handling 30+ carries in a game are over. So, expect Sarkisian to find a rotation of three or four guys to share the carries.

Coach Sarkisian and new running back coach Joel Thomas have many players to choose from. The list includes junior Brandon Johnson, sophomores Dailey, Willie Griffin, David Freeman, Chris Polk, Curtis Shaw and Brandon Yakaboski and freshman Demitrius Bronson. Both Dailey and Yakaboski have not participated in spring drills and Polk and Shaw have each missed time with injuries.

That has left Johnson, Griffin, Freeman and Bronson a chance to set themselves apart from the group. Johnson, the eldest member of the squad, has had some nice moments in spring and rushed for 121 vs. Cal in 2007. Griffin has had a solid spring and had several touchdown runs. Freeman continues to recover from ankle injuries suffered during the 2008 season, but has looked really well at times. Bronson has been a nice surprise in camp and has a wow-factor about him that has gotten him noticed by the coaching staff.

Polk took a shot to the knee during the third practice and missed two-straight practices, but when out there, he has been right in the mix at the No. 1 spot. Shaw has flashed his brilliant speed on numerous occasions and will force the coaches to find a role for him in 2009.

Dailey and Yakaboski will have some catching up to do in the fall, but the position is an open competition.

At fullback, Paul Homer returns for his senior season and will be one of the top players at his position in not only the Pac-10, but the entire nation. Austin Sylvestor is a nasty blocker, but has yet to record any carries for the UW.

The talent is definitely there at the running back position for the Huskies. Now, it is just a matter of things sorting out and establishing a pecking order. The Spring Game on April 25 will be a big day for this group, as whoever emerges and makes the best impression, may be in the driver's seat for playing time in 2009.

• Demitrius Bronson caught up with GoHuskies.com on Monday, so here is that Q&A.

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Linebacker Focus: Donald Butler Q&A
Thursday, April 9, 2009 (2:30 pm)

E.J. Savannah


Perhaps the strength of the defense in 2009 will be the Husky linebackers. The Huskies return four players that have seen significant action during their Husky careers, and two others, Joshua Gage and Matt Houston, saw significant minutes last season. The four players that have Husky fans and the coaching staff excited are seniors Donald Butler, E.J. Savannah and Trenton Tuiasosopo, plus junior Mason Foster. So far, the starters appear to be Butler in the middle, with Savannah and Foster manning the outside spots. Tuiasosopo, who is in his sixth year of eligibility, will back up Butler in the middle. Gage and Houston should provide depth on the outsides once fall comes around.

The four linebackers all have a nasty streak in them and like to lay the lumber. The wildcard of the group is Savannah, who missed last season but was allowed back on the team by Steve Sarkisian. He has All-Conference potential and should be a welcome addition to the Husky defense. Foster really emerged as a solid player in 2008 and will be counted on to come off the corner and wreak havoc in the backfield next season. Butler has been injured in the past and if he can string together a healthy season, should rack up plenty of tackles in the middle. Tuiasosopo was invaluable last season while Butler and Savannah were out.

Gage and Houston played in 10 games apiece last season and will be solid backups again next season. Fred Wiggs, Cort Dennison and T.J. Poe were all stalwarts on special teams and could see their first significant time on defense in 2008. The Huskies also have Bradly Roussel and Kurt Magnum, who redshirted in 2008, in the fold. Both may need to make their marks in special teams before cracking the deep linebacker rotation. Walk-ons Brandon Huppert and Jonathan Amosa round out the position.

In the fall, incoming freshmen Andru Pulu and Tim Tucker could join the fray or be moved to different positions.

So, in 2009, the Huskies will definitely have some experience and talent at the linebacker spot. The key is staying healthy, picking up the new system and incorporating some of the young guys into the mix to shore up the position for the future. New linebacker coach Mike Cox has a fiery coaching style and defensive co-ordinator Nick Holt has a history of churning out All-American linebackers while at USC. If the all things fall into place, the Huskies will count on this group to lead the team to victories in 2009.

• Donald Butler was nice enough to catch up with GoHuskies.com, so here is that Q&A.

• Also, in case you missed it earlier this week, here is a photo gallery of the linebackers:
LINEBACKERS

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Mike Holmgren Watches Physical Practice
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 (7:15 pm)

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Former Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren was one of many recognizable faces in the crowd during practice No. 5 of the spring for the Huskies. He was witness to a very physical practice where a lot of the emphasis was put on red zone play and creating turnovers -- Turnover Wednesday was the official theme! He was also a witness to the first official scrum of the spring.

After a pass break up, the defense and the offense exchanged some pushes and shoves and the benches from both sides got involved. Coach Steve Sarkisian was none too pleased and "rewarded" the team by stopping practice and forcing the entire team to run some sprints.


Once the teams got refocused, the offense and defense both had their moments. Demitrius Bronson rattled off a 30-yard run -- it seems like every practice he is breaking at least one big play. Willie Griffin and Ronnie Fouch both scrambled for 10-yard touchdown runs in the red zone.

The defense also won several battles during the final series of plays. Nate Williams had a nice pass breakup at one point, De'Shon Matthews batted down a Fouch pass, Anthony Gobern recorded a 7-yard sack and linebacker Brandon Huppert almost made a nice diving pick.

Here are several notes from practice:

• Besides Mike Holmgren, the following former football players were in attendance: Dan Howell, Rod Jones, Ralph Bayard, Johnny DuRocher, Brian Tawney, Casey Bulyca, Sonny Sixkiller, Mike McEvoy, Darin Harris and Johnie Kirton. Also, former punter Ryan Fleming was one of the officials at today's practice. Husky basketball player Quincy Pondexter also showed up for the last 45 minutes of practice.

• Former coaches Scott Pelluer and Dick Baird were in attendance too.

• Coach Sarkisian said the defense won over the offense during today's practice.

• Sark singled out the play of E.J. Savannah, Darion Jones, Demitrius Bronson and Chris Izbicki when asked by the media to name a few standouts.

• Running back Chris Polk missed his second-consecutive practice with a leg injury and Curtis Shaw was limited after taking a helmet to his knee on Monday. Both are considered day-to-day.

Also, here are some photos of the running backs and offensive line from today's practice, taken by Tim Willis:
APRIL 8 SPRING PRACTICE PHOTO GALLERY

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Tamrie -- How is the RB David Freeman doing? Don't hear much about him.

First off, thank for writing in. David Freeman is making his presence felt and right in the mix of things with Brandon Johnson, Curtis Shaw, Demitrius Bronson, Willie Griffin and when healthy, Chris Polk. As you can see, the list is long of contenders for playing time at the spot. So far, Freeman has seen time with the ones, but it is really hard to determine a pecking order yet from the list. I'm guessing this is a battle that we'll see going on all the way to fall camp. That said, Freeman is competing well so far and will get plenty of carries throughout camp.

Alex -- I agree with Coach Sark that the passion demonstrated by the fight is a good thing. These guys are pals at the end of the day but when practice is intense and you're really into it, some jawing is just natural. The team knows not to get involved during a game (at least they do now) so I am just excited that everyone is fired up about playing football. Pursuing your passion and enjoying it is a very important part of the student-athlete experience as far as I am concerned so I am pumped that their hearts are into it and as a team they are making strides toward their goals.


Corner Focus: Justin Glenn Q&A
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 (2:52 pm)

There are so many positions up for grabs at practice that it is hard to focus on one particular battle. But, what is shaping up to be an intriguing fight for playing time is the two cornerback positions. Gone from last year is Mesphin Forrester, but there are many candidates waiting in the wings to grab starting and back up roles.

Starter Quinton Richardson returns as the most experienced player at the position. Also seeing action in 2008 were Vonzell McDowell, Jr. and Matt Mosley. All three had their moments last season -- and in McDowell's case, before -- but all need to be more consistent in all phases to help the Huskies turn the corner (no pun intended).

The Huskies have plenty of strong candidates to contend for playing time that had either limited -- or no role at all -- last season. Marquis Persley has looked strong and has ran with the first unit at times this spring. Anthony Gobern, Justin Glenn and Adam Long have made impressions at one time or another after not playing as freshmen last season. Joining the ranks in the fall will be JC transfer Dominique Gaisie and freshman Desmond Trufant.

There will be no seniors manning the position in 2009 and only Moseley, McDowell and Gaisie are listed as juniors. So, if the underclassmen can develop and a couple can emerge as lockdown corners, the position potentially could be in great shape for the present and forseeable future.

For more on Justin Glenn, click here to read a Q&A conducted after Monday's practice.

Make sure to return later this afternoon for a practice recap, including a photo gallery and video on all the day's action.

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Safety First: Victor Aiyewa Q&A
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 (2:00 pm)

At yesterday's practice, several Athletic Communications student assistants grabbed various players and conducted Q&A interviews. We'll post them throughout the next couple of days.

The first one is with safety Victor Aiyewa. Here is a link to the Q&A.

Aiyewa struggled with a groin pull that just wouldn't go away last season. He was counted on to be one of the starters at the safety spot before his injury derailed his season. With his injury and Jason Wells also injured, the Huskies struggled with depth at the spot last season.

So far, Aiyewa has practiced every day during spring and has shown why he was so highly thought of last season. He laid out wide receiver Cody Bruns on Monday in one of the most violent collisions of the spring to date. If he can stay healthy in 2009, fans can expect to see a huge jump in the production of the safeties. Besides Aiyewa, the Huskies have Nate Williams, Tripper Johnson, Jason Wells and Johri Fogerson who have experience at the position. Plus, in the fall, JC transfer David Batts and freshmen Nathan Fellner and Will Shamburger will join the mix.

The battle for starting positions at the safety spots should be an intriguing one the rest of this spring and in the upcoming fall.

Also, in case you missed it, there are tons of activities going on around the Spring Game on April 25. For a list of those activities, click here.

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Reports From Around The Sound
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 (12:00 pm)

The Huskies have today off before returning to the field tomorrow for a 4 pm practice.

Here are some links to stories about the Huskies from other media outlets:
• Jerry Brewer is excited for the Sarkisian era: Seattle Times: It's only April, but Steve Sarkisian's Huskies make a good impression

• Don Ruiz' practice report focuses on the running backs: News Tribune: Huskies tailbacks take their licks in full pads

• John Boyle writes writes that Chris Izbicki is happy to have a clean slate with the new staff: Everett Herald: Izbicki glad for clean slate with new staff

• John Boyle writes about E.J. Savannah's return: Everett Herald: Savannah glad to be back on the field for Huskies

• Jim Moore writes his typical tongue-in-cheek Husky article: SeattlePI.com: Go 2 Guy: Getting jacked about Sark and the Huskies!

• Honsen Lin also wrote about the return of E.J. Savannah: The UW Daily: Savannah back on field after 2008 suspension

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Monday Practice Report
Monday, April 6, 2009 (Updated 7:11 pm)

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The weather has been as advertised...splendid! And under the baking heat, the Huskies have tackled practice number four of 15.

The routine has remained the same as the previous three practices. The team arrived early and worked on some offensive plays on the main field, while the defense worked as a unit on the east field. At about 4:15 the teams met on the east field and stretched as a unit, before breaking up and working with their units and position coaches.

I watched the offensive line and the receivers during the position breakdowns. Offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto is a fiery guy that doesn't mince words with his players. Cozzetto put a strong emphasis on pad level and footwork during the session I saw. Anytime he saw poor technique or what he deemed as unathletic footwork, he was not afraid to let the player know it. At the same time, when he saw a player demonstrate proper technique and look smooth during a drill, he praised the players.

In the time I watched the receivers, they worked with Jimmie Dougherty on hand techniques and getting by the defender for 10 minutes before the quarterbacks joined in the fun. Also joining the QBs, receivers and Dougherty were Head Coach Steve Sarkisian and QB Coach/Offensive Co-Ordinator Doug Nussmeier. The receivers broke up into two groups -- slot and wide outs -- and ran numerous routes. The main emphasis was running good routes and catching with their hands. For the most part, the quarterbacks were on target and the receivers were hauling in the passes.

Once the offense and defense joined each other, the hitting really picked up. Safety Victor Aiyewa especially layed the lumber on receiver Cody Bruns as he came across the middle of the field. The hit drew some gasps from the gathering and the defense rejoiced in the painful looking collision.

While the team was in full pads for the first time, the hitting was really much the same as it has been for much of the spring. It has been really impressive how physical all practices have been, whether or not the players were wearing pads.

After practice concluded, here were some of Coach Sarkisian's observations:
• Coach Sark likes the fact that the reporters saw little difference in the hitting from today's practice to previous practices where players weren't wearing pads.
• The defense won the practice today in what was titled "Competition Monday."
• Running back Chris Polk was held out of practice with a shin injury. Polk suffered the injury on Saturday and experienced some swelling. D'Andre Goodwin was limited with a hamstring injury, giving several of the younger receivers more reps.
• Coach Sark was proud with Savannah for battling through his ankle injury.
• Sark singled out Jake Locker, E.J. Savannah, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Nate Williams, Brandon Johnson and Curtis Shaw as standout players when asked by the media.

Also, here are some photos of the linebackers from today's practice, taken by Travis Sherer:
LINEBACKERS

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Another Great Day For Practice
Monday, April 6, 2009 (12:18 pm)

It is another awesome day in Seattle. The sun is shining and the temperature is expected to hit around 70 degrees. What a great day to come out to Husky Stadium and watch a little spring football practice, eh?

The team's schedule gets a little more regular beginning this week, going at 4 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday. We had a great crowd of approximately 1,500 people last weekend on what was just an absolutely beautiful day. The Husky softball team was on its way to a sweep of Arizona State, the women's tennis team was battling USC and the baseball team was playing Arizona State. It was just a great day in the Pacific Northwest.

We've had a few changes to the roster, notably the addition of a few walk-ons that were mentioned in Saturday's practice recap. You can find the latest up-to-date roster information by clicking here.

According to CoachSark.com, here is the schedule for today.

2:15pm Special Teams / Team/ O&D / Position Meetings
4:00pm Explode & Run-Thru
4:15pm Special Teams Walk Thru
4:20pm Stretch
4:30pm Practice
6:15pm Off the Field
*All times are subject to change

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Glorious Day For Practice
Saturday, April 4, 2009 (4:15 pm)

The weather definitely cooperated for the Huskies and their fans today as over 1,500 spectators showed up at Husky Stadium for today's sunny practice. After a couple of cold and wet practices on Tuesday and Thursday, it was nice to see sunglasses and shorts instead of rain coats and umbrellas.

There were lots of families and babies in attendance and there was even a concession stand open. It was neat to see so many kids and families in general making the effort to come out and watch practice. With the weather improving, I'm guessing we'll see large gatherings, especially on Saturday's since they'll all be scrimmages from here on out.

The team has been pretty consistent in the drills they run each day and the routines of each unit. The first half was spent with the positions broken down and practicing in their groups, then the offense practicing with the offense and defense with the defense. The second half of practice was offense versus defense again.

According to Jake Locker and Coach Sarkisian, the defense got the best of the offense today. But the moments that caught my eye were when the offense succeeded. Running back Demetrious Bronson rattled off a few really nice runs again today and Jermaine Kearse ended practice with back-to-back touchdown receptions in opposite corners of the end zone. Both the offense and defense encouraged the fans to make noise on the final play of the game, and the crowd cheered and made noise as asked. Kearse's reception led to a wild celebration by the offense in the Southwest corner of the end zone.

With that, practice ended and players met with their position coaches before saying hello to fans, taking care of media and mingling with family. In case you're wondering, post-practice is a great opportunity for fans to get autographs from the players!

Here are a few other notes:

• Six new walk ons donned Husky jerseys for the first time today. They are: tight end Evan Auerbach, long snapper/tight end Peter Becker, tight end Christian Casto, safety Andrew Ferleman, wide receiver Taylor Gillum and wide receiver Thomas Kmett. I'm sure the six are feeling a little overwhelmed initially and all were spectators for the most part today.

• Linebacker E.J. Savannah was limited in practice today with a sore ankle. Running back Terrence Dailey tried to give it a go today but eventually left the field with trainers.

• Kicker Erik Folk was 3-for-4 on his field goal attempts, hitting from 34 and 41 yards to draw applause from the crowd in attendance.

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Jeff -- It's good to hear that people want to come out and see the team. I went on Thursday and Locker looked good and I could not beleive that we have people he can pass to oh man. It looks like Sarkisian know's what he is doing. I can't wait till the spring game. Go Dawgs


Reports From Around The Sound
Friday, April 3, 2009 (12:13 pm)

The Huskies have today off before returning to the field tomorrow for a 1 pm practice. The team will wear pads for the first time.

Here are some links to stories about the Huskies from other media outlets:
• Bob Condotta writes about the effects of the new staff on the team so far: Seattle Times: New staff provides plenty of motivation for Huskies

• Don Ruiz' practice report: News Tribune: Huskies head inside to avoid outdoor sloppiness

• John Boyle writes about E.J. Savannah's return: Everett Herald: Savannah glad to be back on the field for Huskies

• John Boyle writes about E.J. Savannah's return: Everett Herald: Savannah glad to be back on the field for Huskies

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Practice Report: April Showers...
Thursday, April 2, 2009 (updated at 7:15 pm)

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After suffering through the rain for the first 90 minutes, the team picked up their operations and moved inside to the comforts of the Dempsey Indoor. The team was in shorts and shells so I imagine there were many that were chilled to the bone, but football is a tough-man's sport, so I didn't hear any complaining or whining. Over 250 fans signed in today to tough out the conditions, so I'm sure the players are very appreciative of the nice crowd despite the weather.

In the outside portion of the practice, the team worked out for the most part broken up by their positions. There was also a smattering of special teams work done as a whole group.

Once the team made the trek into the comforts of the Dempey Indoor, the teams broke up into offense and defense for the most part and worked against each other. The practice was very physical despite the lack of pads on the players. Players are often getting "soft-tackled" and bouncing right back up.

The coaches are definitely making their presence felt and right in the thick of the action. Running backs coach Joel Thomas was even running some plays. I guess the best way to ensure you get exactly what you expect is to show how, and Thomas was a great player in his day -- in fact still probably could play!

In day two, the pace has not slowed one bit from Tuesday's initial practice. There is definitely no sitting around and there is a lot of instruction and teaching going on.

From my observations, I saw a lot of really nice passes from the quarterbacks today. Jake Locker drew some cheers and congratulations after firing a 30-yard bullet down the middle to Devin Aguilar. Ronnie Fouch looked sharp too. He was also very strong on Tuesday.

One fun play to watch was an interception by Victor Aiyewa of a Fouch pass. Aiyewa was running it back, dodging would-be tacklers, before someone got their hand in and knocked the ball loose. There was a mad-scramble for the ball and a lot of hooting and hollering.

Toward the end of practice, the offense and defense went head-to-head in a scrimmage-type environment. The best moment was the final play, with the score tied and the offense needing a completion to "win" the daily competition. Both the defense and offense urged the crowd that had gathered to make some noise, and they enthusiastically obliged the players. The offense ended up on top after Locker found Jermaine Kearse about 30 yards down field for an apparent score.

After practice, Coach Sarkisian address the media and here are a few points he made:
• The decision to move indoors was due to the fact of the limited amount of practices they have during spring and the need to get work done. If it was during fall camp, the team more than likely would have remained outdoors.
• According to Coach Sark, the defense won Tuesday's practice, but the offense came out ahead today. He was really pleased that they were able to bounce back.
• Daniel Te'o-Nesheim really stood out to Coach Sark today. Jermaine Kearse also had several nice catches and made some plays. He also said overall, the defensive front made strides today.

Here is a photo gallery of today's action, with most of the emphasis being on the receiving corps. We'll try to present different galleries that highlight different positions throughout camp:
PHOTO GALLERY: WIDE RECEIVERS

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All's Quiet
Thursday, April 2, 2009 (1:05 pm)

It is a relatively quiet news day around Montlake as the Huskies had Wednesday off, so not too much to report. All indications are the the Dawgs will be practicing outdoors, in case you were wondering from the comforts of your home or office.

Here is the breakdown of the schedule today from CoachSark.com:
2:15pm Special Teams / Team/ O&D / Position Meetings
4:00pm Explode & Run-Thru
4:15pm Special Teams Walk Thru
4:20pm Stretch
4:30pm Practice #2
6:15pm Off the Field

*All times are subject to change

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What Others Are Saying
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 (updated 1:30 pm)

Here is a collection of news clips from reporters that were in attendance at yesterday's practice, and at the bottom you can see some of the comments that fans sent in. I will try to post fan comments every day, so if you have something to say and want to be heard, send them in!

GoHuskies.com: Daniel Te'o-Nesheim Q&A

Seattle Times: Hundreds turn out for first UW football practice of the season

Seattle P-I: If Huskies fans are lucky, Sarkisian will follow Bennett's lead

Tacoma News Tribune: Huskies open spring practice in the open

Everett Herald: Refreshing start for UW football team

UDubSports.com: Sarkisian pleased with initial practice

Comments from fans:
Gregg Teslovich -- I just left the first, in many years, open to fans, faculty, students and staff football practice. It's apparent that so many can benefit by having athletes and their university feel a part of each other. Staff and students who are cooped up all day in offices and classrooms helping to make the university a world class academic environment are now able to come down to the stadium for some stress relieving exercise while enjoying Husky football practice. It also benefits the athletes, not only in knowing that the campus is a part of them but also in becoming accustomed to people in the stands rather than an unrealistic dead silent stadium. Nice to see a coach with the self confidence to have this open door policy for all Husky fans. May I suggest to the coach that he contact various student groups to encourage participatory interaction of the type demonstrated today.

Alex -- Love the content! Not living in Washington I can't make it to practice but this is a great recap from Coach Sark and the players. It's exciting to hear how uptempo and enthusiastic people are and that they are competing with one another to really push themselves in ways that might not have been happening in the past.

To all of you in Seattle I hope you make it out to every practice rain or shine and enjoy the open access to our team!

Go Dawgs!

Darren -- Great job on your website. Keep up the good work. Way to sell the program to the fans! GO HUSKIES!!!

Thanks Alex, Gregg and Darren for your thoughts. Keep them coming in, Husky fans! Go Dawgs!!

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Practice Report
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 (updated at 7:40 pm)

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The Huskies had a spirited first practice under the direction of the new Husky coaching staff. The players were sprinting from the east field to the main stadium field, running through different drills. It is interesting to see the players sprint through the crowds of people that are lined up around the track. Coach Sarkisian was bouncing back-and-forth between the fields running the show, shouting warnings to the fans to part the seas and that players would be coming through soon.

Speaking of fans, there were over 300 fans that signed in through the entrance, but more people than that number were present, as families often signed in as one group. It is amazing how many families were present despite the less than ideal weather.

Some of the more prominent faces seen in the crowd were Brock Huard (with his two daughters), Jason Chorak, Ink Aleaga, Rod Jones, Bob Rondeau, Scott Woodward, Anthony Kelley, Hugh Millen and probably many more that I missed.

The most entertaining portion of the practice was the end where the offense and defense went head-to-head. Both sides had their moments and several players drew cheers from the crowd for impressive plays. Notably, Demetrious Bronson and Jake Locker on offense after they broke off nice runs. Locker was trapped in the backfield and did a little shake-and-bake to draw oohs-and-ahs from the gathering.

After practice, many of the players stopped and chatted with the media, fans and friends. Of the players, we were able to grab Locker, Kavario Middleton and Senio Kelemete for video interviews. Coach Sarkisian also stopped and addressed the media. The entire interview is posted on this page and will play automatically when you click on this page.

Some of the notable comments from the players were that they enjoyed the surroundings with fans, and the like, crowding the sidelines. Locker said his surgically-repaired throwing hand felt great, but the cold weather didn't help things out too much. Kelemete commented on his position change from defensive line to the offensive line and said he was approached about the switch pretty quickly after the new coaching staff arrived on campus. He said going against Daniel Te'o-Nesheim was a challenge, but will make him a better player. Also, interestingly, Senio mentioned that he expected that he would redshirt this season but was surprised when the coaching staff let him know they expected him to play. Sure enough, he spent a large portion of the practice with the first unit.

Coach Sarkisian was asked to single out a few players and mentioned E.J. Savannah, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Donald Butler and Chris Izbicki. Savannah and Te'o-Nesheim were especially wreaking havoc in the backfield on several different occasions.

Travis Sherer from the UW Athletic Communications office was kind enough to bring a camera out to practice and shoot some photos, so here is a gallery of his work:
FIRST DAY OF SPRING PRACTICE

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Today's Practice Schedule
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 (12:56 pm)

According to CoachSark.com, here is the schedule for today's first practice:
2:15pm Special Teams / Team / O&D / Position Meetings
4 pm Explode & Run-Thru
4:15pm Special Teams Walk Thru
4:20pm Stretch
4:30pm Practice #1
6:15pm Off the Field

*Times are subject to change

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What Others Are Reporting
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 (12:00 pm)

Here are reports from the media that were present at yesterday's press conference:

Seattle Times: Steve Sarkisian opens Washington football spring practices to public

Seattle P-I (Associated Press story): Sarkisian, Huskies about to start spring ball

Everett Herald: The Sarkisian Era begins for UW football

The Tacoma News Tribune: Door open to spring football practice as Huskies go to work

The UW Daily: Sarkisian, Huskies begin spring practice today

Buster Sports: Have A Plan: Downtrodden UW Football Has To Start Somewhere

Sorry that I am not linking to the fan sites, but you have to pay to read it. Please feel free to send us any links we miss. T-minus 4 hours until practice starts!

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Initial Press Conference Notes
Monday, March 30, 2009 (12:25 pm)


Here is a nice summary by GoHuskies.com contributing writer Jeremy Cothran of some of the more important points there were talked about during the Spring Football press conference:
NOTES FROM PRESS CONFERENCE

• Here is a photo gallery from today's press conference:
PRESS CONFERENCE: MARCH 30

• In case you wanted to watch the press conference in its entirety, here is the raw video:
Mar. 30: Sarkisian Press Conference

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Following Husky Football Online
Sunday, March 29, 2009 (7:40 am)

The Washington athletic department is taking advantage of the explosion of various social media entities on the Internet these days. You can follow the Huskies on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube - as well as through the content right here on GoHuskies.com. Even Coach Sark is taking advantage of the social media craze. Check out his Twitter and Facebook pages! Throughout spring ball (and the entire year, for that matter), we will provide unique views and perspectives through these outlets. Not a bad idea to check them out and follow the Huskies.

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Press Conference On Monday
Friday, March 27, 2009 (4:30 pm)

The Huskies will hold their first practice of spring on Tuesday, March 31, but things will get kicked off on Monday. Head Coach Steve Sarkisian will hold a press conference (for the media only) on Monday, March 30 at 12 pm. Fans can watch live by CLICKING HERE.

All said, the Huskies will hold 14 practices and the Spring Game. The practices are open to the public. If you choose to attend, you will need to sign in at the Northeast corner by the softball field. Visit our HUSKY SPRING FOOTBALL CENTRAL to see a schedule of practice dates and times.

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Spring Football Activities Slated For April 25
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RECENT ENTRIES
April 25: Purple Team Wins Spring Game
April 25: New Uniforms Unveiled
April 24: Short Friday Practice Report
April 24: A Look At The Defensive Line
April 22: Wednesday Practice Report and Notes
April 22: GoHuskies.com To Stream Spring Game Live
April 21: Offensive Line Breakdown
April 20: Monday Practice Tidbits
April 18: Saturday Scrimmage Report & Stats
April 17: TGIF Practice Report
April 17: New Field Turf At Husky Stadium
April 16: Receivers Spotlight and Other News
April 15: Wednesday Practice Report
April 14: Tight End Spotlight
April 13: Monday Practice Report
April 11: Saturday Scrimmage Report
April 10: Friday Practice Report
April 10: Practice Inside; Running Back Focus
April 9: Linebacker Focus: Donald Butler Q&A
April 8: Mike Holmgren Watches Physical Practice
April 8: Corner Focus: Justin Glenn Q&A
April 7: Safety First: Victor Aiyewa Q&A
April 7: Reports From Around The Sound
April 6: Monday Practice Report
April 6: Another Great Day For Practice
April 4: Glorious Day For Practice
April 3: Reports From Around The Sound
April 2: Practice Report: April Showers...
April 2: All's Quiet
April 1: What Others Are Saying
Mar. 31: Practice Report
Mar. 31: Today's Practice Schedule
Mar. 31: What Others Are Reporting
Mar. 30: Initial Press Conference Notes
Mar. 29: Following The Huskies Online
Mar. 27: Press Conference On Monday

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