Redshirt freshman quarterback Luther Leonard, formerly of Evergreen High School, has been shifted to wide receiver.
"We thought, 'We've got a really good athlete on our roster, let's try to utilize him,'" UW coach Steve Sarkisian said. "So we put him out on some special teams (Friday), we incorporated him some at the wide receiver spot, and he looked really good. I'm anxious to watch him grow at this position."
Friday practice highlights included a 45-yard fingertip catch by Anthony Boyles, a 25-yard completion from Jake Locker to Cody Bruns in the corner of the end zone, and an interception of Locker by cornerback Marquis Parsley. … Sarkisian had more praise for tailback Demetrius Bronson, which is becoming a daily occurrence. Sarkisian said Locker improved his accuracy Friday even though the receivers "didn't catch particularly well." And on defense, he noted the play of Persley and of defensive end Darrion Jones for the second straight practice. ... Linebacker Bradly Roussel didn't practice, which Sarkisian attributed to an academic matter.
Looking ahead, the Huskies will take part in their first of three spring scrimmages starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. Sarkisian said the team will work through a variety of situations for a total of about 90 plays in full pads.
"There will be tackling, and we'll play football," he said. "I don't know if it will be so much different, but I think it's a mindset for our guys that this is kind of their first test. We've gone through six days now, and now it's time to test them."
The scrimmage, like all spring practices, is open to the public.