The Huskies scrimmaged for a couple of hours today. Here's the overview from coach Steve Sarkisian:
"I thought all in all the day went well. We took the approach of a first preseason NFL game, with our starter’s somewhat limited reps. Our first offenses went two series, our first defense went three series. I thought both of them played extremely well: efficient football. But the real key to this day was to see the young kids play. Obviously the two young quarterbacks, but all of them from the linemen to the backers to the DBs to the wide outs: to see them play, to see them get through the first couple of series of maybe the jitters, the anxiety, and then relax and play. To ultimately see potentially who could help us this fall and potentially who might be a redshirt guy."
Who stood out?"I thought the two quarterbacks – the two young guys – once they settled in did some nice things for us. I thought (safety) Sean Parker did some nice things back there. (Wide receiver) Kevin Smith, early on, I thought might have been a little jittery, a little anxious, he showed up. I was extremely impressed with (offensive lineman) Gregory Christine again. This is the time last year he did it and earned his way onto the field, and he had a heck of a scrimmage today. We used Zach Fogerson some at tailback, we wanted to see what we look like with a big back back there. He looked good. It was great to see Chris Polk get a couple of carries. Jessie Callier, Johri Fogerson, a lot of guys did some nice things today."
Any concerns?"Not really. I thought our ones and special teams looked good. The punt game the kick game kickoff wise. I think we still have some work to do on kickoff return a little bit and punt return, but those are generally the last two teams that work their way up. Those things we’ll continue to work on. And I thought No. 10 was great. For two series he was on point all the way through it."
And then there was this take from quarterback Jake Locker:“I thought we had two pretty good drives, and so that’s probably why Coach felt he would watch the other guys play a little bit. It went pretty good. I thought we executed pretty well. Obviously, we have to watch the film and see how well we actually did. But the results we got were the ones we were looking for.”
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Extra pointsSafeties Greg Walker and Justin Glenn each suffered ankle injuries in practice Monday and were held out Tuesday, along with receiver James Johnson who hurt an ankle last week. “Ankles are hard to tell,” Sarkisian said. “They’re not serious in that it’s not something that is season-threatening or could last months. But it’s the guy’s own body and how he reacts to it and really I guess his own pain threshold is what it is.” … Sarkisian said no redshirt decisions have yet been made. However, he said those decisions will be based solely evaluations of whether the players would be able to contribute this season. ... The Huskies will return for morning and afternoon practices on Wednesday. The next major scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday.
Here was defensive coordinator Nick Holt's take on the scrimmage:
On the No. 1 unit:They didn't get a lot of reps but they did a good job. They did what they needed to do and we wanted to see a lot of the other guys, so they got a lot of the reps. We'll watch the film on the younger guys and hopefully we see some really good things. Some things they have improved on throughout the week and their assignments and just playing hard and go from there. A little tough to tell right now until we watch the film but it was a good long scrimmage for a lot of guys, they had a ot of reps the young guys and they need it. I thought it was a good work day. A little sloppy but a lot of good things we can coach from and get better here the next couple of days.On the No. 2 defense getting torched by the No. 1 offense:When the two defense is going against the one offense --- That's how they get good, that's how they get better. And they better learn quickly or they are going to get their butts kicked. I think it's good for those guys to learn how to compete and get tougher and be more physical against the older vets. I think it's a good situation. I'm glad we did some of that today.
Anybody stand out? Not really. (Defensive end) Hau'oli Jamora looks like he shows up as well as (DE/LB) Josh Shirley, he is getting better every day and he's a little behind the other guys because he got here late. But other than that it's hard to tell until tonight after watching the film.
On if Victor Aiyewa is solidifying his hold at linebacker: He's getting better every day, he's had a nice fall camp so far and playing really fast. I like his effort. He's making some mistakes but making them at full speed and they are all correctable, you can correct Vic and he gets it the next play. He's very coachable. So far it's really pretty godo with Vic and I'm happy with his progress.