Saturday Practice Report

For the first time this spring, the Husky football team donned shoulder pads and took part in a two-hour long, up-tempo practice that saw a couple big plays and some missed opportunities. Also, a player appears to be emerging as the top candidate at the right tackle position...

The sun made it's first appearance during Saturday's brisk, two-hour long workout.

The players seemed to be energized by the nice weather as well as the fact that they were wearing pads for the first time this spring.

It didn't take long for the offense to get going as RB Jesse Callier burst up the middle for a 50-yard gain early in the team period behind blocks from Colin Porter, Drew Schaefer and Erik Kohler.

Keith Price had another solid day, completing several nice passes including a 20-yard touchdown pass to freshman TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins to end the practice.

Price continued to make good decisions and lead the team while also posing a threat as a runner to the defense.

WR James Johnson made a couple nice grabs, but also had two noticeable drops and head coach Steve Sarkisian said he noticed him pressing a bit.

"He's competing really hard and sometimes when you compete too hard, you can try too hard," Sarksisian noted. "He's had a couple of drops here that he doesn't want to have and we don't want him to have, so I just want him to be able to relax and step back and play the game and not think that every catch is the bottom of the ninth with two outs."

The starting offensive line on Saturday was Senio Kelemete at left tackle, Erik Kohler at left guard, Drew Schaefer at center, Colin Porter at right guard and redshirt freshman Ben Riva at right tackle.

Husky offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto noted that if a game were played this week, Riva would be the starter for the Huskies at that spot and Sarkisian added that he likes what the youngster from O'Dea brings to the table.

"He's got a real nasty, mean streak to his game," Sarkisian said. "He wants to be great. He works at it, not only on the field, but in the weight room and in the film room. He's got a real passion about him and it's paying off."

On defense, Garrett Gilliland continued to show up and flashed some great timing on several rushes.

Desmond Trufant and Quinton Richardson also really stepped up their game on Saturday making multiple plays to break up passes.

"I like what our two corners are bringing," Sarkisian explained. "I don't see a lot of balls getting completed on Quinton and Tru."

Washington will take Sunday and Monday off before returning to the field on Tuesday for their first full-pads workout.

Seeing Red: S Sean Parker; LB Cooper Pelluer; LB Princeton Fuimaono; RB Deontae Cooper; S Taz Stevenson; CB Greg Ducre all were in red, but took part in most of the work today.

OL Nick Wood and DL Semisi Tokolahi were walking the stairs throughout most of practice.

Recruits in the house: De La Salle QB Bart Houston (2012); Rainier Beach LB Anthony Segi (2012); Rainier Beach OL Leo Kelani (2013); Rainier Beach OL/DL Darryl Trotter (2012); Tacoma Baptist OL Walker Williams (2012); UW signees Danny Shelton, Dexter Charles, Jamaal Jones and Connor Cree. Top Stories