Some ordinary spring scrimmage for the Washington Huskies.
It was the first staged – and controlled – competition in the Steve Sarkisian era Saturday afternoon, and 1,800 curious fans flocked to Husky Stadium to see how the new-look Huskies would fare.
And after a slow start, the No. 1 offense got rolling behind quarterback Jake Locker, who was 10-of-18 for 142 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown strike to Lakes High product Jermaine Kearse.
After the two-hour scrimmage concluded amid blustery conditions, Sarkisian was generally pleased with the debut outing of his team.
"We were able to get a lot of areas in special situations done, whether it was special teams, two-minute situations, some goal-line stuff, some short-yardage stuff, so I thought we got a lot accomplished," Sarkisian said. "Now we can go back to the film and clean some stuff up."
&bull Freshman running back Demetrius Bronson continues to be one of the highlights midway through spring camp. The Kentwood High graduate displayed a powerful burst in short-yardage situations, scoring on a pair of 1-yard TD runs.
Sarkisian stopped short of saying Bronson had ascended to the top of the depth chart with injuries to Brandon Johnson and Chris Polk, but noted "he can run the football, that's for sure."
Bronson finished with 30 yards on 13 carries.
"Coach changed my role, from a goal-line (running back) to an everydown back," Bronson said. "He wanted to see what I could do out there, putting me in different situations.
&bull Defensive coordinator Nick Holt put in the pressure packages for the defensive line, and Sarkisian was impressed with how well the starters, notably Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, who played the entire scrimmage at end, carried it out.
"Daniel again created havoc today," Sarkisian said. "Our front, I thought, was really impressive."
&bull Placekicker Erik Folk, the sophomore from Woodland Hills, Calif., was a perfect 3-for-3 in field goal attempts, hitting from 47, 35 and 46 yards out.
The second one, the 35-yarder, did hit the left upright and fell through.
"The first two (FGs) I didn't hit too well, but I did enough right they went in," Folk said. "I'm not too worried about it."
Another Lakes High product was in the middle of one of the highlight plays, but not in a good way. A pass in the right flat by backup Ronnie Fouch hit Kavario Middleton's hands, and popped up in the air long enough for linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo to grab it for an interception. That led to one of Bronson's short scoring runs. … Receiver Curtis Shaw was hit on the side of the knee early in the scrimmage and did not return. He was limping around afterward. Sarkisian said he took a shot in the same area of the knee he had bruised Friday, and estimated it wasn't a serious injury. … With a scrimmage usually comes a share of shoving. There was only one minor incident between center Mykenna Ikehara and defensive tackle Tyrone Duncan on the scrimmage's final series. … Receiver Jordan Polk returned the opening kickoff of the scrimmage's second half 80 yards untouched for a score. … Skyline High quarterback Jake Heaps, considered by many as the best recruit in the country for 2010, was in attendance Saturday.
(This report was filed by TNT staff writer Todd Milles, while I headed off to Seattle Sounders. -- DR)