The empire struck back, with great force.
And it's only stated that way, because Friday was full-pads day for the University of Washington football team, and that meant hitting, hitting and more hitting.
The action was tapered until the fourth period of practice, or the last 30 minutes featuring the blitz sequences and the sudden-change sequence.
If the defense closely lost the battle in team competition Thursday – and that was certainly debatable – it clearly captured the top-dog billing, punishing whichever quarterback stood in its way:
&bull No. 1 Jake Locker sacked six times in four possessions. He had little time to maneuver, courtesy of defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, linebacker Mason Foster and even safety David Batts on stunts.
Locker was 1-of-4 passing, completing a 3-yard pass to running back Chris Polk. Fired up, possibly out of frustration, he did rip off a 26-yard run on the first unit's last possession that coaches downed at the 9-yard line (it would have been a 35-yard TD run if they had let it go on).
That late fire shown by Locker was something that set OK with coach Steve Sarkisian. He'd prefer to see it more consistently.
"I think the challenge for Jake is to show the fire all the time, to show the fire at the beginning, not necessarily when things aren't going well," Sarkisian said. "The challenge is that … leadership is consistent, and we stay steady and continue to compete very well."
&bull No. 2 Ronnie Fouch wasn't any better. He was 3-of-9. Hurried, he sent passes wide of target, and too high and too long to come down with.
"They were knocking us back on first down, and the offense got into second-and-longs, and in turn, got into third-and-longs and hardly converted," Sarkisian said.
&bull No 3 Keith Price did complete a 13-yard pass to tight end Ben Hayes against the third-string defense in his only appearance.
"We have a lot of pride in what we do. We try not give the offense too much locker room talk to brag about it," UW cornerback Quinton Richardson said. "That comes with the game. Offense guys get on us, and we get on them. That plays big in the role of competition."
Other stuff Friday:
&bull So, what are Sarkisian's thoughts about the other "one-third" of the game – special teams? He likes placekicker Erik Folk a lot, but said the "battery" of snapper to holder needs cleaning up.
"(Folk) is good," the coach said. "He's strong."
Folk made 4-of-5 field goal attempts Friday, with a long of 44 yards.
As far as punter, he gave a thumbs-up appointment to junior-college transfer Will Mahan over spring-camp starter Kiel Rasp.
"I like Will. Not only is he punting the ball obviously with good hang time, and he's getting it off quick, he's doing the thing we like directionally, which is key in coverage," Sarkisian said.
Mahan booted a 52-yarder Friday.
&bull The only new injury was Justin Glenn (hip flexor), who did not practice. Neither did fullback Paul Homer (hamstring) for a second consecutive day.
&bull In Locker's defense Friday, he did complete arguably his best pass of camp in early team drills. He delivered a 25-yard pass to tight end Chris Izbicki with great touch in a situation that mandated it.
&bull The first round of two-a-day practices Saturday will go like this: The 9 a.m. workout with just be in helmets. It will be "brisk," focusing on two-minute offense. The 7 p.m. practice will be in full pads, working on short yardage situations, including goal-line stuff.
&bull The biggest applause of Friday didn't go to a player, or even a coach. It went to team athletic trainer Rob Scheidegger, who came to the rescue when a fan accidentally triggered a geyser from a loose connection at a trackside water fountain.
&bull "Dubs," the new Husky dog, will not be making an appearance Sunday at the team photo day. He will be at the "Raise the Woof" celebration later this month.