Saturday Practice Report

While the focus of Husky nation is squarely on the quarterback battle during spring camp, one position that has shown a lot of promise and playmaking ability is the tight end position. During Saturday's situational scrimmage, freshman tight ends Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Michael Hartvigson both had solid days, helping both Keith Price and Nick Montana keep drives alive...

It was one of the first nice days of spring football on the western shore of Lake Washington as the Husky football team took the field in front of approximately 400 fans who were scattered throughout the stands as well as placed in strategic positions along the track.

Early on the defense really exerted its will on the offense with freshman defensive end Josh Shirley and sophomore defensive end Hauoli Jamora both getting in for "sacks".

Shirley abused first team right tackle Ben Riva on both of his play, using his speed and quickness to get around the redshirt freshman tackle and then jumping inside on another rush.

Jamora is all about effort and he too was in quickly to "sack" Montana and Price.

However, once the team broke up to work on running plays and then reconvened, the offense played much better.

Husky QB Nick Montana found Seferian-Jenkins for the prettiest play of the day, a 25-yard reception that saw the freshman from Gig Harbor fight off two defenders who were right with him.

"He makes some sweet catches," Montana said with a smile on his face following practice. "It's hard to throw a bad ball to him, he's such a big target."

Seferian-Jenkins also worked his way free for two more grabs in team drills.

Keith Price, not to be outdone, hit DiAndre Campbell on a quick-hitting play that saw the freshman wideout from Oakland break two tackles before he was pushed out of bounds 25 yards down the field and then, two plays later, Price again found Campbell open and he again rumbled for extra yardage, putting the Washington offense inside the 10 yard line.

Michael Hartvigson also had a big grab in the team, 11-on-11 drills, hauling in a pass from Montana and then eluding one tackler for a big gain.

"Those guys are making their plays whether it's Austin (Seferian-Jenkins) or Michael (Hartvigson) or Evan Hudson or Malion Barnett, they're making their plays and it's us a more complete offense," Steve Sarkisian said.

Defensively, DT Chris Robinson had a nice day posting two tackles-for-loss while playing with the second unit.

S Will Shamburger had a big hit that elicited an "ooohhh" from the crowd and garnered lots of high-fives and congratulations from his defensive teammates.

Without Senio Kelemete in the lineup -- he finally popped his plantar fasciitis and was in a boot for the last half of practice -- Washington's starting offensive line appeared to be -- Ben Riva at right tackle, Colin Porter at right guard, Drew Schaefer at center, Colin Tanigawa at left guard and Erik Kohler at left tackle.

That being said, the staff was mixing and matching a lot of their linemen to get guys work in different scenarios.

On the day, Price was (unofficially) 10 of 16 for 102 yards and threw the only touchdown of the day, a well-thrown ball to RB Johri Fogerson.

Montana was (again unofficially) 15 of 20 for 201 yards and was intercepted by LB Tim Tucker on a tipped ball by one of the defensive linemen.

FB Zach Fogerson got quite a few carries at running back and looked good at times, but still appears hesitant and paid for it a couple of times, suffering big hits from Desmond Trufant and Greg Walker.

Speaking of Trufant, he had an easy pick-six off of Montana and jumped a route run by WR James Johnson. After picking off the pass, Trufant inexplicably dropped the ball allowing Johnson to fall on the ball.

Shortly after that, Sarkisian had a meeting with Trufant and seemed to reiterate the need for the defense to make those plays when they have the opportunity.

The Huskies will take the next two days off before reconvening Tuesday for practice number seven.


Seen at practice: Joe, Jennifer and Nate Montana; Husky singees Bishop Sankey, Dexter Charles, Connor Cree and Evan Zeger; 2013 Skyline QB Max Browne; 2012 Kennedy ATH Jason Thompson.


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