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Tuesday practice report: Young guys' turn to show

After staff research, the folks at UW cannot find another instance where a pair of brothers scored touchdowns in the same game. So it appears that Lakes High products Jermaine and Jamaal Kearse made history Saturday when the freshman Jamaal returned a kickoff fumble 18 yards for a touchdown and senior Jermaine caught a 23-yard scoring pass from quarterback Keith Price.

Jamaal said they didn't realize it until after the game was over. Jermaine has 27 touchdowns to his credit, but it was Jamaal's first score, and it came in his first start.

The Huskies are using the bye week to rest many of the regulars and give the young guys more chance to see action.

“It’s a huge value,” defensive coordinator Nick Holt said. “A lot of these guys haven’t gotten the opportunity in fall camp and during the season to really learn the defense, so now is the time to really coach up the young guys and get them better for the second half of the year.”

Quarterback Keith Price was suited up but mostly stood and watched as he rested his sore legs. Other veterans like running back Chris Polk and linebacker Cort Dennison saw very limited action.

Wednesday’s practice will feature “a little scrimmage for them,” Holt said of the reserve players. “It keeps them motivated,” he said. “The coaches get a chance to coach them instead of the older kids and the young guys appreciate that. They’ve been on the service teams for five weeks and now they’re treated like (starters) with the amount of reps and coaching they get.”

Coach Steve Sarkisian is expected to be the only coach on the field Wednesday afternoon as all the assistants are scheduled to use the time on the road evaluating prospects.

Freshman receiver Kasen Williams (ankle) was in sweats and watched the practice from the sidelines.