Editor's note: I was off Tuesday. UW men's basketball writer Don Ruiz covered morning practice, and the evening stuff was taken care of by Scott Johnson, of the Everett Herald.
Former University of Washington football coach Jim Lambright has been by a couple of times to witness the new tempo – and era – of Steve Sarkisian.
And on Tuesday night, 76-year-old Don James, who spent 17 seasons with the team, attended practice, and talked to the team afterward.
"I've heard more good things. The enthusiasm's been good. I think this team's going to be better than the new staff might've thought when they got here," James said. "People that really know Tyrone (Willingham) feel like his best recruiting class was last year. ... I'm really impressed with the things they're doing. They're making good decisions."
&bull Wilson High product Desmond Trufant spent the entire day with the No. 1 defense at cornerback, in place of Justin Glenn. Don't read too much into it – Sarkisian has said he wants to get Trufant, who missed much of the first two weeks of preseason camp, some work.
Speaking of Glenn, he had a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown off backup quarterback Ronnie Fouch in the night practice.
&bull Quarterback Keith Price, a true freshman, was cleared by the NCAA, and returned to practice Tuesday. Defensive end Talia Crichton and linebacker Tim Tucker did not, and remain out.
Sarkisian noted it was an extremely frustrating situation to deal with at this juncture.
&bull Receiver Cody Bruns (left leg) left practice Tuesday night.
&bull Starting quarterback Jake Locker threw two touchdowns to Jordan Folk. On the first first one, Folk beat Adam Long on an outside fake, then ran post past Greg Walker.
Walker and Long spent the rest of the practice with No. 2 defense (Victor Aiyewa and Vonzell McDowell Jr. replaced them).