Sorry for no blog post yesterday, but I didn't have access to this blog. I know it's frustrating to have our Huskies beat writer on furlough this week, even it is a bye week. Believe me the frustration level is high for us as well, taking a week without pay (I had mine two weeks ago) isn't enjoyable. Even more frustrating, technically, I can't even talk to Todd about this stuff.
But with Todd gone, I will try to remain more vigilant about blogging.
Here's the report ... The Huskies secondary had a new player join their ranks. And it was tough not to miss him since Anthony Boyles stands at least four inches taller than the tallest Husky defensive back.
Boyles, a redshirt freshman wide receiver, was wearing a purple defensive jersey and taking reps at cornerback.
Holt called it an experiment, not necessarily a permanent position switch.
“We’re always looking for ways to help out our kids and help out our football team,” Holt said.
Right now, Boyles isn’t contributing much as a receiver. He’s stuck down on the depth chart behind Jermaine Kearse and James Johnson. And with his size (6-3, 200 pounds), Boyles could be of some value at defensive back going against some of the leagues bigger receivers.
“He’s a good kid and he wants to help out the team,” Holt said. “He was a good DB in high school.”
Boyles played safety for Juniper Serra High School in Compton, Calif., but Holt is giving him the shot at cornerback, which could be a smoother transition.
“Corner is a lot easier mentally that safety,” Holt said. “So maybe this is a way for him to get on the field. I sure hope it is because I see a tall kid that can run and is athletic.”
For not having played the position before Boyles looked pretty decent out there. He nearly picked off a Ronnie Fouch pass during 11-on-11 drills that would have been a touchdown. He also broke up a handful of passes. But Holt cautioned against getting too excited.
“That always happens, you put a guy out there and on his first day and they look really good,” he said. “Then they really start trying to learn the positions and the transition is not easy as he thinks.”
So fans shouldn’t be necessary penciling in Boyles onto the defensive side of the depth chart, Holt hasn’t yet.“Obviously, guys its way too early to tell,” Holt said. “He was here for just 45 minutes.”
But it’s an experiment worth taking.
“Maybe when it’s all said and done, that’s his postion, who knows,” Holt said. “But you are not going to ever know if you don’t try.”
- For the second straight day, QB Jake Locker did not practice with a sore right quadriceps. But he was somewhat active. Locker did some drills on the sidelines and did play catch with the football.
- WR James Johnson missed practice due to sickness
- Back-up guard/center Mykenna Ikehara did not practice with a knee injury. He was wearing a large knee brace on his left knee.
- DE Kalani Aldridge, who saw plenty of playing time in the loss to Oregon, paid the price for it. Aldridge had to have the knee drained earlier this week, Holt said. It’s a recurring issue that Aldridge has to deal with.
- FS Jason Wells (achilles) has been getting some increased reps and could see action against UCLA. Holt said that Wells would share time with freshman Nathan Felner, but could play strong safety if needed.
- WR Jermaine Kearse and RB Jordan Polk didn't partake in any team stuff as the staff lets them rest.
- With Savannah out, freshman Jordan Wallace worked with the first unit linebackers, drawing some praise from Holt along with Tony Tucker and defensive ends Talia Crichton and Andru Pulu.