After being away from practice for five days, I came back and one thing hadn't changed - Kasen Williams is still making RIDICULOUS plays.
The latest came during 1-on-1's in which he ran a fade pattern down the sideline and while a step ahead of the defender - Ken Egu - he leaped in the air and snatched the ball out of the sky with one hand. But instead of bringing up the other hand to secure it, Williams just held onto the ball with the one hand over the nose of the football, landing on his feet and running away from the stunned Egu. I've seen Williams make some amazing grabs this fall and in high school, but that was just ludicrous. The hand-size and strength to hold the ball like is not typical of an 18-year-old freshman.
What makes it worse, I was there trying to shoot video of 1-on-1's but I left right before the play happened.
Instead here's a video of Williams out-muscling corner back Anthony Gobern and making the catch.
If you look at the second video above (I had to use the UW's video since I missed the first part), head coach Steve Sarkisian talks about position battles.
"The corner spot with (Greg) Ducre and (Anthony) Gobern is a big one. The tight end thing is somewhat of a battle, but they're both on the field so much together I don't feel like that's too big of a battle that way; the defensive tackle spot between Sione (Potoae) and Danny (Shelton) I think is a big one. Danny has really pushed himself and had an opportunity to play with the ones quite a bit tonight and then at the WIL linebacker spot I think with Princeton (Fuimaono) and Garrett Gilliland is a good one."
If you looked at it from today's practice, Ducre, Shelton and Fuimaono would be winning those battles. All three saw more significant reps with the first team defense today.
What does that mean? Maybe something, maybe nothing.
Shelton seems to be too good to keep off the field and with him lining up next to Alameda Ta'amu, the Huskies are massive up front. It wouldn't be as though Potoa'e wouldn't play. They still do a lot of subbing up front. Fuimaono is faster than Gilliland, but again, in that first game, we'll likely see both play. The battle between Ducre and Gobern is interesting. Ducre has shown decent ball skills at times. Whoever they start there will likely be tested.
The Huskies showed a lot of nickel package in practice with Justin Glenn as the extra defensive back. This isn't surprising since they play Eastern Washington and Hawaii in the first two games. Both teams throw the ball often and spread teams out.
Kicker Erik Folk made 4-of-5 field goals including one from 53 yards. He's looked sharp this season.
There's been a number change as Thomas Tutogi is now wearing No. 50 in white instead of No. 3. The reason behind it is that he and James Johnson could play on special teams at the same time and Johnson also wears No. 3.