A lighter practice today that went just over two hours in comparison to the 2:30 minute affairs the Huskies had been having. Players were in shorts and shoulder pads today.
On the personnel front ... the biggest news is that Drew Schaefer suffered some sort of a knee injury during Wednesday's practice. Head coach Steve Sarkisian called Schaefer's injury "minor." Offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto also didn't think it would be too serious either. Schaefer wasn't carted off the field or even showing signs of an injury during Wednesday's practice. But he was limping a little on Friday. The simple fact that he was walking around without a large brace on is probably a positive. Mike Criste took all the snaps at center with a first team offensive line that featured exaclty no starters from last season.
Cozzetto also said that the reason Erik Kohler was limited in the offseason was that he was fighting staph infection. Not sure how or where that occurred. But he also said he expects Kohler to be working back in with the No. 1 offensive line in the second half of the fall season. As for what position, Cozzetto labled him Kohler their "swing guy" who can play every position.
Cornerback Greg Ducre was not dressed out because of a minor concussion. OLB Scott Lawyer was also out with an undisclosed injury, but appeared to be limping. WR Jamaal Jones limped off the field with tweaked hamstring and never returned. S Sean Parer (groin) did not participate in any team drills. RB Jesse Callier (ankle) was also very limited in practice.
With Ducre out, Desmond Trufant took plenty of reps and looked outstanding, picking off Keith Price on an screen pass and snuffing out a backside screen to Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He also looked strong in downfield coverage.
OLB Jamaal Kearse returned to practice today after battling the flu, but he did limited work.
As for plays in practice, there were a few drops as Seferian-Jenkins dropped a wide open pass on a Keith Price scramble that would have been a touchdown. James Johnson and Cody Bruns also had drops. Pretty uncommon stuff from all three. To their credit, Seferian-Jenkins and Johnson stayed after practice and caught passes off of the Jugs Machine.
Seferian-Jenkins did make two touchdown catches in 11 on 11. Both were passes from Derrick Brown, who had a little better day today. He hit ASJ on a seam pass up the middle for a big gain. And then in the redzone, he lofted a pass high that ASJ grabbed over the top of Nate Felner and Will Shamburger.