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UW's first weekend wraps up with spirited scrimmage

First week of postseason practices - in the books.

With University of Washington veterans watching from both sidelines, the younger Huskies took part in a 60-play scrimmage Sunday morning - teams led by backup quarterbacks Keith Price and Nick Montana.

While Montana struggled, it was running back Demitrius Bronson - once the star of the 2009 spring camp - who tallied the only two touchdowns of the day on short runs.

In fact, for a while it wasn't certain if Bronson, the Kentwood High product, was going to return after getting whacked by linebacker Garret Gilliland and leaving the game.

But Bronson scored on an 6-yard run off a quick pitch from Price, and a 2-yard scamper to end things, which was seven drives total in the 80-minute practice.

"They had two days to (prepare) ... to battle and compete and block and tackle and run," UW coach Steve Sarkisian said. "I thought some guys showed up."

Sarkisian specifically pointed out safety Taz Stevenson, linebacker Victor Burnett and receiver Kevin Smith as standouts of the scrimmage.

Gilliland, Stevenson and cornerback Anthony Boyles all had interceptions.

Other stuff from Sunday:

* Cornerback Vonzell McDowell, Jr. (left knee) was on crutches Sunday, with his season over. Sarkisian said the defensive back had to have surgery to get the knee "cleaned up."

* Sarkisian said he's been pleased with the progress defensive end Talia Crichton (knee) has made to get ready for the Holiday Bowl. Crichton started the first six games at weak side defensive end before having surgery.

"He's coming. He’s coming," Sarkisian said. "He’s progressing the way we liked. I think we’ll get more work out of him Thursday as well."