The Huskies' second practice of spring took an abrupt switch after about an hour and 15 minutes of work in Husky Stadium, when coach Steve Sarkisian gathered his team and steered them into Dempsey Indoor.
"We wanted to do some of our individual stuff, our one-on-one work outside," coach Steve Sarkisian explained later. :But we only get 15 of these practices and we have to maximize our time. I'm not worried about us being a physically or mentally tough football team, I know we'll get there. But these are valuable reps we're getting and we needed to get in here with some good air. We through (the rain) was going to slow down. It didn't slow down, so we called an audible at halftime and came in here."
The fans were invited in too. There seem to be about half as many fans here today as there was in the spring opener on Tuesday 150-175 or so.
The highlight of the wet dreary outdoor part so far was a pretty good fit pitched by offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto, who was notably unhappy when a player didn't do something that he apparently been discussed at a previous meeting. Cozzetto made it clear to everyone within earshot -- much of the lakefront area -- that he expects players to listen in meetings and that he doesn't like having to repeat himself. This went on for at least a minute, although it may have seemed considerably longer for the player.
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The indoor part ended with a final offense vs. defense competition, which was tied 12-12 going into the final play. If the offense completed a pass or ran for four or more yards on that final play, they would win. An incomplete pass or a shorter run, and the defense would win.
On that play, Jake Locker completed a pass to Jermaine Kearse on a long crossing patter, and the offense got bragging rights, and seemed mighty happy afterward.
"It was fun," Kearse said. "It was very competitive. Every team thing we do we have competitive. ... It's all pride right there. It shows who wants it and who doesn't."
A few other notes:
The Huskies will return to practice at 1 p.m. Saturday, when they will wear shoulder pads for the first itme. … Five new walkon players also are expected to get their first work on Saturday. … The place kicking has been a trouble spot in each of the first two practices, but Sarkisian said he is confident things will work out. "Everyone wants to just look at the kicker, but there's a battery and there's an operating that goes into it with the timing of the snap, the hold the kick," he said. "When you're new and your teaching some new techniques, the timing can be off. We'll get there. In time we'll get there." … Sarkisian's father attended the practice.