It was bound to happen.
Unless you're O.J. Simpson in his college heyday, or one of this generation's superstar talents, very few newcomers to NCAA Division I football don't suffer a step back early in fall camp.
That is what happened Wednesday – and not just to the true freshmen. Veterans were a little off, too.
"I thought it was somewhat typical of a Day No. 3. A lot of information has been put on our guys in three days of installation. Obviously the young guys felt it somewhat mentally. I thought the young guys might have felt it a little bit physically – just a little wear and tear in the legs," UW coach Steve Sarkisian said.
"I appreciated the intensity and enthusiasm. I thought we practiced hard. But there were probably more mental mistakes in this practice than we had in the previous two, but that is somewhat normal."
"I don't want to ever call is overload. It's natural in training camp," the second-year coach continued. "Day one, you feel good about it; day two, there is this amount of plays, day three, there is the emphasis on the fringe (offense) and the red zone, and things get a little tighter."
None of the quarterbacks were sharp, including Jake Locker, who was picked off in his first 11-on-11 team series by Adam Long. It appeared Jordan Polk made an incorrect move out of his route; he was nowhere to be found near the intended pass.
A pass by backup Keith Price was later intercepted by Nate Fellner.
It wasn't just the play-callers. Late in practice, defensive coordinator Nick Holt was so disgusted with the play of his line, he pulled all the starters – and threw in a few young guys, including Lakes High's Sione Potoa'e.
Freshman running backs Jesse Callier and Deontae Cooper each had impressive long touchdown jaunts in team competition. Receiver Devin Aguilar made the most spectacular grab – a one-handed variety along the left seam against cornerback Quinton Richardson.
• Cornerback Desmond Trufant reported a little soreness in his legs, and spent the early portion of practice on the stationary bike, and doing extra stretching. He was a full participant in team drills, and indicated afterward that he's fine.
• Defensive ends Everrette Thompson (heel) and Kalani Aldrich (knee) should see more action as the week goes on. Aldrich did limited work in 11-on-11 action; Thompson did light drill work with a teammate.
• Seven new linemen are trying to learn the ropes quickly. Sarkisian singled out California product Erik Kohler at left tackle, and Bothell's Colin Porter at center and right guard for their play.
"I think all of them are very tough-minded kids," Sarkisian said. "They haven't backed down from anything."
• Quote of the day? It came from the always-colorful Dan Cozzetto, the Huskies offenisve line coach. When Ben Riva bent over sick after a blocking drill, Cozzetto yelled, "Puke on your own time!" And he meant it.
•Here is the link to my afternoon radio interview
with Jason Puckett on KJR 950-AM, talking about the Huskies.