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Williams holds up his end at first UW practice

Kasen's world was a tad hectic Monday afternoon.

The Skyline High product made his long-awaited debut with the purple and gold as the Huskies fall camp opened - and he did not disappoint at all.

At 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds (UW coach Steve Sarkisian said Kasen Williams is lighter than when he graduated from high school), he is easily the most physically imposing of the receivers - and that is saying something considering that 10 on the roster are 6 feet or taller.

But the ease in which he can climb and catch footballs is a dimension this offense greatly would welcome.

During individual drills, Williams caught three passes one-handed - the last with his left arm on a 25-yard sideline reception.

UW coaches immediately called his number in coverage drills. From the slot, he went into the left flat on a 15-yard route and muscled his way through cornerback Quinton Richardson and safety Sean Parker for a catch.

A one-on-one sequence against safety Will Shamburger was no contest - Williams won.

Hmm, the coaches might have thought 45 minutes into practice. So, they let him lock up against the team's best coer man - junior Desmond Trufant.

* First one was a stop-and-go on the right sideline. Trufant appeared to see the ball first, came up and slapped the pass away before Williams could get set.

* Second one was also a stop-and-go pattern, this time in the middle of the field. Again, Trufant appeared to pick up the pass faster than Williams, and the two converged on the route and the ball deflected off.

* The last time came on the 7-on-7 session. Trufant took Williams down on a pass down the right sideline for another incompletion.

"He is actually pretty good. I am very impressed with him," Trufant said. "Throw the ball up, it is a 50-50 chance … and he can jump out of the gym."

Later in practice, the reminder that he was STILL just an incoming freshman on his first day on the job came when he tried working downfield against Richardson. With quarterback Keith Price in trouble, it looked as if Williams not only stopped his route, he did not come back to give Price a target.

"I thought he showed the things we hope he can do," Sarkisian said. "He made a nice play on a deep ball. He showed some real hand-eye coordination, strong (pass) catcher."

Apparently Williams has really taken to Jermaine Kearse, the senior from Lakes High School, as a mentoring teammate.

"Stays on my hip 24-7," Kearse said. "If he is not in his room, he is next to me.

"I (want to counsel on) just the technical things. He has so much physical attributes – he can jump, he can run, he is strong. He listens well. I've seen him getting better from the summer workouts to today."

More action:

* The top three quarterbacks - Price, Nick Montana and newcomer Derrick Brown - had their ups and downs Monday.

Here is what is apparent.

1, Even though Price was off on a few throws, his feel on where the ball needs to be precisely delivered is the best of the three. It should be - he is the starter.

"One thing I was impressed with Keith today, there were a couple plays he did not make today that he normally will make – a couple of kind of what we call 'gimmes' – but … those plays can sometime can harbor and affect the rest of your practice. That didn’t ruin his day," Sarkisian said.

Added Price: "I was on all the right guys, I just have to hit on those throws."

2, Montana showed marginal improvement across the board on his touch, short and long, and his game-play management. He looked especially crisp in early-practice individual drills.

3, Brown easily displayed the strongest arms - on out patterns from the opposite hash, and on post patterns. He really has a gun for an arm.

"He is a pretty talented kid. It’s hard, it's your first day of practice at quarterback (being) a true freshman and it’s not easy, but he showed some real flashes," Sarkisian said. "I am most encouraged, outside his physical tools, by his presence."

* Starters on both lines to start practice were ...

OL: LT Senio Kelemete, LG Colin Tanigawa, C Drew Schaefer, RG Colin Porter, RT Erik Kohler.

DL: DTs were Alameda Ta'amu and Everrette Thompson, and DEs were Talia Crichton and Hau'oli Jamora.

* A telling Sark moment with talented tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, after he caught a pass in the flat: "Put the ball away, high and tight."

Ball security!

* Trufant was on the sideline getting his leg stretched out. Said it was tight and nothing serious. Just did not warm up long enough.

* UW receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty got married in March, and the couple had its first child a week ago - a daughter named Collins.