The Huskies held their fifth of 15 spring practices today at Husky Stadium.
The practice was closed, but players and coaches were available for interview, and I spoke a bit with starting tailback Brandon Johnson about the running back situation, which I wrote about for the Friday paper. Also a little to offensive coordinator Tim Lappano. And finally to a few of the young defensive linemen for a piece that will likely run over the weekend.
Here's a few interesting things I heard during the day:
On what he learned from Louis Rankin:
The most important thing is being patient. When I was first here I was just shooting through the holes. He was being more patient, so he was having the longer runs. He taught me how to be patient, so now I'm having the longer runs.
On the experienced UW offensive line:
Our line is amazing. They're doing some good things at practice and I think they're just going to continue to get better and get stronger. I think it's going to be a good year for rushing this year.
On depth at tailback:
I think they'll rotate us more this year. We all have different styles of running, so they might use us in different situations. They might bring (true freshman) Chris Polk in and use him as a slot and maybe give him some reverses and stuff like that.
In my head, I'm the No. 1 guy. I look at it as the spot as mine. I don't mind sharing time, but right now I want all the carries.
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He'll make you miss, run though tackles; 212 pounds right now and pretty physical.
On the offense this spring:
We haven't changed anything that we do. We want to make sure that Jake (Locker) feels comfortable with what we do. We have plenty enough offense to move the football.