Aug. 7, 2012
By Gregg Bell - UW Director of Writing
SEATTLE - The start of Steve Sarkisian's fourth preseason training camp leading Washington is showing how deep and athletic his Huskies have become.
Keith Price was again throwing on the run and firing perfect darts onto the hands of his receivers Tuesday during the second practice of fall camp. One zipped was 50 yards and hit freshman Kendyl Taylor in stride down the hashmark for a score.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins spent another day making leaping, tumbling catches while acrobatically keeping is 6-foot-6, 266-pound body inbounds. His best play was when he split defenders Will Shamburger and K.C. Herren, who had him covered well. Fellow tight end Michael Hartvigson, 6-6 and 255, made a diving, rolling catch in traffic.
Senior wide receiver Cody Bruns took an end-around pitch from Price and threw a perfect strike that Kasen Williams caught in stride for a trick-play score. Sarkisian brought up that play without being asked following the 2-hour, 12-minute practice.
"I think we have recruited the type of athletes that fit our schemes and have the personal makeup, the competitiveness that we love, the unique and special qualities that they possess," Sarkisian said.
There was also this encouraging sight Tuesday, from a Husky not even in on a play. Wide receiver and kick returner Kevin Smith, lost days before December's Alamo Bowl to a major knee injury, sprinted joyously without a limp 50-plus yards into the end zone to celebrate a leaping catch and run by James Johnson for a touchdown.
Smith, still wearing a gold, no-contact jersey - for now -- is a candidate with Bruns to become the needed, third wide receiver with Williams and Johnson this season.
"Kevin Smith you'll see him running routes, you'll see him I some 7-on-7 (scrimmaging)," Sarkisian said of this month's plan. "We won't have him going in full team, but he's made a great recovery."
INSIDE CAMP: DE Hauoli Jamora is all smiles and moving well 10½ months after season-ending knee surgery. He says he doesn't feel he has any limitations. "I'm excited," said the junior who has 11 tackles for loss in 17 career games at UW. "I want to get that first hit. And the second. And the third." ... Starting OL Erik Kohler was in uniform but did not participate one day after his right kneecap popped out and then back into place during practice. Sarkisian said Kohler, a two-year starter on the line, had an MRI exam with results pending. He is likely to remain out at least a couple more days. ... Starting DBs Sean Parker and Greg Ducre were back practicing after heat got to them Monday. Tuesday, Seattle's morning coastal-effect clouds didn't burn off and temperatures were far cooler during practice. ... The Huskies practice again Wednesday afternoon on the East Field behind Husky Stadium's renovation. The practices remain closed to the public because of space limitations and safety concerns on the sidelines.