As the final team session unfolded Monday – surprise, surprise, one touted receiver was stationed in a different position.
Sophomore Alvin Logan, who has been slowed by a knee injury, reported right away with the second-unit defense at free safety, raising more than a few curious eyebrows to why the Aurora, Colo. product was a member of the defensive backfield.
He played three series total.
"We have four practices left. … We just wanted to get some stuff on film on him on that side of the ball. Instead of waiting until fall camp, (we figured), 'Let's get it on film now in the spring so we can get a fair evaluation of him,' because obviously there is a little more opportunity in that safety spot than there is in that wide receiver spot right now," UW coach Steve Sarkisian said.
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"(Logan) wants to play, and he wants to do whatever he can to get on the field. So, we gave him that opportunity."
The coach did not indicate whether the switch was going to stick the rest of spring camp.
&bull The walking wounded is always a popular topic, and on Monday, two linemen – center Skyler Fancher (broken right leg) and defensive end Everrette Thompson (broken bone in left foot) – were getting around on crutches, with casts all the way up to their knees.
On Thompson, Sarkisian noted, "he probably could have fought through it and tried to wait after spring, (but figured), 'OK, let's get him healthy for fall.'"
Also, linebackers Kurt Mangum and E.J. Savannah (knee), as well as receivers Vince Taylor (hand) and D'Andre Goodwin (hamstring) and running back Brandon Yakaboski, didn't practice. Savannah and Mangum were in pads with helmets.
Midway through practice, defensive tackle Tyrone Duncan went down and clutched his left knee after a contact play. He had it wrapped in ice afterward.
Also, cornerback Quinton Richardson had a difficult end of practice. On the first play of the team scrimmage, he came up hobbled, pointing to his groin area. He got taped up, but on the final play, he was knocked out cold in the end zone when he collided with a teammate, and was down for a few minutes. Sarkisian had no word on his status after practice.
&bull Placekickers Eric Guttorp, Kevin Howe and Erik Folk were a combined 4-of-8 on field goals. Folk missed on attempts from 48 and 54 yards, but coaches pulled a surprise on him at the end of practice by calling out his name for an attempt to end practice. With teammates hollering in his face, Folk nailed it from 33 yards out.
&bull A few long scoring passes were completed, both in seven-on-seven drills and during team play – all from backup quarterback Ronnie Fouch. They included a 60-yarder to Ben Hayes, a 70-yard to Cody Bruns and a 40-yarder to Jordan Polk.
"What I was encouraged about today, our receivers made some really tough catches. Not every ball was perfectly placed," Sarkisian said. "They used good body control, went up and got some of the the tough catches that created some big plays."
&bull One of the camp's funnier moments came on the seven-on-seven drills. Starting quarterback Jake Locker was attempting to complete a pass on a crossing pattern – only to have defensive coordinator Nick Holt, who was standing in the vicinity, accidentally knock the pass away. Holt got a high-five from Sarkisian.
Locker later completed a touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse.
&bull The smack of the day came on the linebacker-vs-running backs tackling drills. Linebacker Jonathan Amosa hit tailback Brandon Johnson so hard, it knocked him 5-7 yards back, and dangerously close to the tower where practice was being videotaped.
Receiver Tony Chidiac had the catch of the day – a one-hander along the left sideline.
&bull Sarkisian said he tried getting running back Chris Polk a few more carries than usual, in an effort to get him caught up with the rest of the contenders.