The Huskies practiced for about two hours in sunny and warm Husky Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
If the scoreboard was to be beleived, the defense defeated the offense, 31-29, using some odd scoring system that gives the defense points for stopping drives. However, tailback Brandon Johnson later told us that actually they refigured the totals and the offense won.
Just by watching, I'd have said the offense won. In general, quarterbacks Jake Locker and Ronnie Fouch both looked pretty sharp. The field goal kickers were accurate. The runners didn't break much highlight-reel stuff, but they were pretty solid between the tackles -- maybe especially by Brandon Yakaboski. The receivers looked fast and athletic, and there weren't many drops.
However, if the offense won, it wasn't overwhelming. Only two touchdowns were scored: a nice juking 16-yard run by Brandon Johnson, and a 74-yard pass from Locker to D'Andre Goodwin, who got open down the sideline past Nate Williams while Locker bought time.
J.R. Hasty and E.J. Savannah continued to watch from the sidelines due to the undisclosed disciplinary issue that has now cost them the first seven practices of spring.
There weren't any huge surprises in what we saw, however, this was the media's last look at a practice until the spring game, so a few more observations:
*Fouch is holding on field goals and extra points. Ryan Perkins was handling the PATs, and he hit a37-yarder. Jared Ballman was wide left on a 44-yard attempt, but he was solid on a 43-yarder with plenty to spare. Eric Folk was good from 23 and 33 yards.
*25-year-old former minor league baseball player Tripper Johnson is running with the second unit at safety.
*Quinton Richardson saw a lot of time with the No. 1 unit at cornerback.
*Goodwin had a nice day, getting open regularly and coming down with a nice one-handed catch around a defender, in addition to his TD.
*The quarterbacks were protected, but linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo and defensive lineman Kalani Aldrich recorded touch sacks.
* Cornerback Matt Mosley sniffed out a sweep and dropped Chris Polk in the backfield.
* Early in the scrimmage, Fouch connected with Charles Hawkins on a 39-yard post pattern.
* Johnie Kirton had a couple of encouraging plays at defensive tackle. And De'Shon Matthews also got time on the inside, although he is listed as a defensive end.