The Huskies wrapped up their first week of spring work Saturday by practicing in full pads for the first time in front of some 135 former UW players invited back to Husky Stadium.
After individual drills, the Huskies scrimmaged in special game situations, including goal-line and two-minute work.
"The execution was not there," coach Tyrone Willingham said. "But at the same time, this was the first time that we've done tackling and the full ball of wax. I was overall pleased with today. … In some places the defense was a little ahead. A couple of the two-minute (drills) were kind of split: The offense moved it, but didn't get the score. Particularly in that drill I'm interested in mechanics as much as anything else: how we execute. The other stuff will come in time."
No. 1 quarterback Jake Locker wasn't especially sharp. Among his highlights were a looping scramble that sent coaches scattering out of his way. Another was a sprint and tackle that prevented linebacker Dan Howell from scoring after intercepting a tipped pass.
"If I'm going to throw an interception I'm sure as heck not going to let the guy score after he picks it off," Locker said. "They said I (kept him out of the end zone), so I was pretty happy about that."
No. 2 quarterback Carl Bonnell probably had more success. The top offensive play was a 41-yard completion to tight end Michael Gottlieb, who broke free down the middle.
"We should have actually got more yards than that," Bonnell said. "It was play action, and I took my eyes off the receivers and the defense when making the fake. I turned around and he was wide open. I put it up there not really sure who else was around."
The offensive star may have been tailback Louis Rankin, who ran hard and cut decisively.
Defensive highlights came from Caesar Rayford, who tipped a Bonnell pass that was then picked off by Erick Lobos; Desmond Davis, who intercepted No. 3 quarterback Ronnie Fouch; and Greyson Gunheim and E.J. Savannah, who each were credited with safeties by touch-sacking Locker in end zone.
"Defense should always have the upper hand – I'm a defensive guy, you know," Savannah said. "But Jake, he's a stud, so we're just trying to contain him all day. (Tailbacks Rankin and J.R. Hasty) were giving us problems … I think our enthusiasm and flying to the ball was all good, but besides that we had too many mistakes. We've got to go in there and clean those up."
Center Juan Garcia was held out after hyperextending his shoulder in practice Friday. Willingham said he is expected to miss "a couple of days." Ryan Bush started in Garcia's place, and Matt Sedillo also saw work.
Receiver Sho Yoshinaga was the only immediately known casualty of the scrimmage, suffering a left shoulder injury of undetermined severity.
The team is off today and will return to work Monday.
Meanwhile UW has received an oral commitment from Drew Schaefer, a 275-pound offensive lineman from Eastlake High School. He joins Seino Kelemete, an offensive lineman from Evergreen High, as the first two prospects to give their non-binding commitments to join UW's next recruiting class.