Checking In With Habben, Butler & Elisara
Aug. 12, 2009
POST-PRACTICE UPDATE: The Washington football team went through its third practice of the fall Wednesday afternoon on a more-than-pleasant afternoon at Husky Stadium. What has become a regular crowd of about 200-300 were on hand as the Dawgs donned their shoulder pads for the first time.
And, while it was only shoulder pads and helmets, you'd have been hard-pressed to notice the difference from full pads as "physical" was probably the most oft-used word to describe the session.
In Coach Steve Sarkisian's meeting with the press afterwards, there wasn't much in the way of real news, in terms of personnel, injuries and the like. He did mention that the defense won the day while at the same time noting the play of freshman wideout James Johnson, who found his way into the endzone several times.
Observers would also have noted the play of redshirt-freshman safety Greg Walker, whose big hits and interceptions were a key to the defense's advantage.
Tomorrow marks another 3:00 p.m., half-pad practice. Friday is another single-day workout (3:00 p.m.), but should feature full pads. Then comes the first two-a-day of the fall Saturday and finally Picture Day Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
In the meantime, GoHuskies.com took a few minutes to speak with several Husky veterans in the last couple of days. First up are junior offensive tackle Cody Habben, senior linebacker Donald Butler and junior defensive tackle Cameron Elisara.
Habben, from Skyline High School, started all 12 games a year ago, all at right tackle. During the spring, he made a move to left tackle and has worked out at that position here in the early days of the fall. Here's what he had to say:
Habben: It's fun to get back into it. It's nice to be back here and doing what we love. It's early. Soon, we'll be in full pads and everyone's excited about that.
GoHuskies.com: Can you talk about the new look at practice? With the new wave of coaches, what are some of the biggest changes?
GoHuskies.com: There have been some changes on the offensive line - Senio Kelemete has switched to offense and Ryan Tolar has moved to center. How is everybody meshing?
GoHuskies.com: LSU always has great defensive lines. How are you guys preparing for that?
Butler started 11 of 12 games last season at linebacker. He was fourth on the team with 69 tackles to go along with seven tackles for loss and two sacks. He's been a fixture in the linebacking corps for a while now. Here are his thoughts:
Butler: Things are going well. You know, two days into practice, being out here with the coaches for the first time since spring ball ... we're having fun.
GoHuskies.com: Talk about Nick Holt. With the season closer, is there anything new that's surprising you about him?
GoHuskies.com: Can you talk about the new philosophy on defense? You guys are going after it a little more. What are the changes and how are they working out?
GoHuskies.com: As a linebacker, how are you preparing for LSU QB Jordan Jefferson?
Elisara, a junior from Spokane, started seven games at one defensive tackle spot a year ago. He's back in that role as fall camp gets underway. Here are a few words from him:
GoHuskies.com: Talk about how the first two days of practice are going.
Elisara: It's coming across well and everyone's adapting to it well. I think we had a lot better start to fall camp then we did in spring ball, so I think the carry over from the spring has been good. I think we're going to do some good things.
GoHuskies.com: On the defensive side, it's your second year now working with the same group of guys. Are you noticing the influence?
GoHuskies.com: How much are you thinking about LSU?