Huskies Back Under Lights To Begin Week 2
It was another primetime practice for the the Washington football program on Monday night, as the team moved to build on a solid first week of work. The Huskies began the workout with a heavy emphasis on special teams before a segue to live action.
Stepping Into The Spotlight
The interest throughout practice was in DB Greg Ducre, who filled in as a starter with Quinton Richardson out with an ankle injury. The sophomore from Los Angeles filled in capably, earning plenty of praise from Coach Steve Sarkisian after practice.
"I was encouraged by what Ducre brought tonight," Sarkisian said.
Injuries occur regularly in football, and Sark wants his reserves ready to step up on a moment's notice.
Defense Wins ... This Round
During the near 40 plays run by the Huskies, the clear victor was the defense. Josh Shirley was a monster off the edge, racking up a safety, a sack, a forced fumble and numerous QB pressures. Danny Shelton caused a stir when he pushed two offensive linemen into the backfield to help stop a running play dead in its tracks.
After practice, the defensive line gathered as a unit to go over specific aspects of their technique and alignment. Not satisfied with just having a good night, this unit has aspirations on doing much more this season.
Play Of The Day
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins had Husky Stadium buzzing after his one-handed catch over the middle of the field. The frosh TE then outraced defenders for a score. ASJ also made another impressive catch over the middle, and shrugged off two crushing hits from Husky DBs in the process.
The Huskies closed out the season with a heavy emphasis on defense and a power running game. Both aspects look to be in sync as the UW tailbacks had another excellent practice. Chris Polk bowled over a would-be tackler for a 20-yard gain. Johri Fogerson made several tacklers miss and Bishop Sankey continued to pick up yardage in key spots.
Check out the Husky tailbacks at work from their night practice on Saturday. The emphasis is, of course, on work, but the group also knows how to have a little fun as well.
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