Cody Bruns took his unfamiliar spot far beyond the center, and waited for the long snap.
He clutched the ball, took two steps and skyrocketed a punt along the left sideline – high enough that any savvy returner would have called a fair catch.
Enamored by his player's newly-revealed skill, UW receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty – as he usually does when he gets excited – sprinted up the field, all in an effort to give him the "OK" sign.
As days pass, the laundry list gets longer:
• James Johnson hurt his ankle? Bruns has played more snaps with the first-string offense the last two weeks – 39, to be exact – that he has his entire career log combined.
• Need a reliable holder on field goals and PATs? Sign Bruns up.
• Need secure hands on wobbly punts? Bruns is a reserve punt returner.
• Now, after Will Mahan's season-ending knee injury last week, he's apparently the backup punter behind Kiel Rasp.
"Any way I can help this team, from day one, I've tried to do anything I can," Bruns said. "Whatever they need me to do."
Players were privately polled about their high school experience with punting. Bruns admitted he was one at Prosser High School.
"I've gone about 55 or 60 yards, back in the day," Bruns said. "Not in a game or anything, but messing around."
How much live action?
"I punted 3-4 times the whole time," he said.
It was enough to win a "punt-off" against five other UW teammates.
"He functions," said Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian, when asked how good a punter Bruns was.
"The good thing is with him back there, we've got a variety of fakes and different things we can do. He adds a lot of versatility when he's back there."
• In light of tailback Johri Fogerson's lingering and mysterious upper-leg injury – he's not expected to be back for a while – free safety Taz Stevenson appears to not only have found a new home with the running-back group, he likely will be there the rest of the season.
As of right now, Stevenson could be the No. 3 or No. 4 running back into a game, if his services were required, Sarkisian said.
"He's comparable to the kind of things that Johri does," said Joel Thomas, the Huskies running backs coach. "He's a taller guy. Very smooth. I think he's really strong, especially for his height (6-0). He's very natural with the ball in his hands, meaning catching it on the perimeter on screens, or just taking a handoff.
"It doesn't look like a foreign object like with some defensive players."
Added Thomas: "I don't know if two years down the road if he's going to be a running back … but for at least this season, I plan on having him with me every day."
• The offensive line switching around has become a sensitive topic around Montlake – enough where Sarkisian only acknowledged that guys were moving around, and that no moves were permanent.
He was asked twice Wednesday about true freshman Erik Kohler's move to left guard. Kohler has been running exclusively with the No. 1 offense the past two days.
"I just answered it," Sarkisian sternly told the reporter who asked the question the second time.
Awkward. Silence. Followed.
• Quick-hit stuff: Running backChris Polk
sat out individual drills, but did participate for the first time this week in scout-team work for Nebraska. He's been getting additional rest. … LinebackerVictor Burnett
(concussion) sat out of practice Wednesday. … Again, no lingering effects are being shown by quarterbackJake Locker
(left hand) after he got caught up in a defender's helmet Saturday. … ReceiverKevin Smith
featured the worst mohawk seen around Montlake in a while. Part of his head was painted, too. … Once again,Anthony Boyles
goes from receiver to cornerback – after running with the wideouts early during the regular season.