Game balls are certainly becoming increasingly more difficult to hand out on the Washington Huskies' offensive side of the ball:
&bull Running back Chris Polk certainly showed burst in his first game back in an attempt to get back in the running for a starting spot.
&bull Tailback Demetrius Bronson flashed the ability to run and catch the ball at Husky Stadium.
&bull Don't forget the smallish but speedy Willie Griffin, who had the day's best rushing average among regular backfield contributors.
&bull But the production likely will begin – and end – on the abilities of quarterback Jake Locker, who once again showed off a strong arm in delivering passes to the outside, but also displaying a handle on the little things that will round him into a complete passer.
Locker finished 10-of-16 for 133 yards, had a 6-yard run that easily would have turned into a long scoring run if coaches had allowed it, and tossed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Devin Aguilar.
It wasn't so much the numbers – again, they were impressive – but the way he's doing it. Last week, he looked off a defender and completed a pass in the middle of the field to Aguilar. This week on the scoring pass, his pump-fake was so believable, safety Victor Aiyewa bit so hard, the right sideline was wide open for Aguilar to catch the ball and score.
"All the drillwork is paying off a little bit," Locker said in a sheepish tone.
The junior from Ferndale is certainly making a believer out of his new coach.
"He's coming, (and) starting to understand the nuances of the position within our system," Sarkisian said. "I thought he was much more comfortable today than he's been throughout the entire spring."
&bull Sarkisian admitted the game plan was to emphasize the run game a little more than the first scrimmage. It helped having Polk return from his leg ailment, even though when he got loose on a 24-yard run in the fourth quarter – or a drive simulating overtime – he felt a little discomfort afterward.
"I feel like the real me," said Polk, who later finished off the drive with a 1-yard TD plunge. "But when I stop, or break or cut or when the play is over and I'm walking back, that's when the pain comes back."
Polk led all rushers with 43 yards on eight carries, followed by Grifiin (35 yards on four carries), Bronson (25 yards on four carries, plus two receptions for 20 yards) and a 21-yard end-around run by receiver Jordan Polk (no relation).
&bull Linebacker Mason Foster was a menace all over the field. He had three tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks. He intercepted a Locker pass. And he blocked a punt attempt by Andrew Lutton.
"I hope I am (the MVP of the day)," Foster said, smiling. "I thought I had three or four sacks."
Sarkisian said in the past week, Foster and defensive end Darrion Jones have been the two more improved defenders.
&bull Starting linebacker E.J. Savannah hurt his shoulder on the first play from scrimmage diving at Griffin, was removed from the game and immediately had an ice bag taped over it (as well as one over his knee as well). The injury wasn't deemed serious, and Sarkisian said the Bellevue High graduate should be back at practice Monday or Wednesday.
&bull Kicker Erik Folk made a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter, but later missed two PATs on consecutive drives.
&bull It's been quite a week-and-a-half for Luther Leonard. He came into the program as a quarterback from Evergreen of Seattle. Midway through camp, he was switched to receiver. And on Saturday, he was back for the opening kickoff, and returned it 30 yards – the longest return of the afternoon.
&bull Offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto missed the scrimmage Saturday to attend the funeral of former Arizona State coach Bruce Snyder, who died Monday after a bout with cancer. Cozzetto was an offensive assistant under Snyder from 1992-99.
Four men wearing Washington State gear circled the infield track with signs, protesting the agreement between WSU and UW to move the Apple Cup to Qwest Field starting in 2010. One of the signs read, "Huck the Qwest Cup." … Surprise, surprise – the UW had a vendor booth set up Saturday that didn't blow over. Last week, it was disbanded when winds kept blowing down the tarp. On Saturday, it was a much sturdier built booth. … Curtis High's Stan Langlow, a receiver for the Vikings last season, will report to UW fall camp as an invited walk-on. … An estimated 1,600 spectators showed up Saturday, compared to 1,800 for the first scrimmage. … For the second consecutive weekend, Tacoma's Jay Sticherz was the head official for the scrimmage.