Friday Practice Report

The first day of full-pads is always fun to watch because the intensity increases along with the tempers. The offense had some big plays today, but so did the defense, highlighted when CB Desmond Trufant laid a big-lick on freshman TE Austin Austin-Seferian Jenkins…

"It was okay" Sarkisian said following the two-hour plus workout. "For whatever reason, maybe it's just because it's Day 5, I don't know if we had the energy that I'm quite accustomed to.

"We hold these guys to high standards. That obviously starts with me. We gotta do a better job of really bringing it every day. I thought we were great yesterday and today wasn't bad but I've seen us better, so we hold ourselves to that standard on that end. But after that, just the overall energy level, I thought there were some good things on both sides."

One of the highlight plays of the day was a collision between Trufant and Seferian-Jenkins that elicited a collective ‘whooo' from the crowd in attendance.

"Just a tremendous play," Sarkisian noted. "I think Keith thought Jenkins was wide open and just laid him the ball and Desmond covered about 40 yards at 4.3 and it was a pretty good lick. It was good. Welcome to college football right."

While it was a ‘welcome to college football moment' for the freshman from Gig Harbor, he also got in his own plays, hauling in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Price and several other grabs in traffic during the days workout.

Freshman WR Kasen Williams also had a solid day as did James Johnson and Kevin Smith.

Another youngster who continues to flash potential is RB Bishop Sankey who again showed outstanding quickness and a burst when he hit the hole.

"Bishop is just a serious kid," Sarkisian said. "He came here mentally and physically prepared for this. He studies, he works at it, he's in great shape and he's not afraid. Sometimes you see guys in, we like to refer to it as ‘wearing underwear,' we're just in helmets and guys can look good, they're not getting hit, there's no fear of getting hit and then you put on the pads and they're not quite the same guy.

"That's hasn't been the case with Bishop. The pads have come on, he's running hard, he's pass protected, he catches the ball well and he just fits right in. He belongs."

Sarkisian noted in his opening press conference Monday that he hoped to have a pecking order set along the offensive line by the end of week two and things appear to be right on track to reach that goal.

"I'm letting guys compete," Sarkisian said. "We want to let (Ben) Riva battle and do some things and we've moved (Skyler) Fancher inside to let him do some things so I don't want to say this is it but I am getting comfortable.

"Colin Tanigawa has shown that he can do things. Every once in a while Alameda (Ta'amu) tosses him aside, but he's going to do that to a few other guys too so he's done some nice things. (Erik) Kohler has been taxed with some really good pass rushers, whether it's (Josh) Shirley or (Hauoli) Jamora coming off the edges, those guys can rush so it's been challenging for him." The number one offensive line has been intact since the start of camp with Senio Kelemete playing left tackle, Colin Tanigawa at left guard, Drew Shaefer holding down center, Colin Porter at right guard and Erik Kohler at center.

The second unit featured Micah Hatchie at left tackle, Nick Wood at left guard, Mike Criste at center, James Atoe at right guard and Ben Riva at right tackle.

Washington will take the field tomorrow night at 7 p.m. and Sarkisian said they plan to run some scrimmage scenarios to see different things during the practice.


Big local recruit stops by: Kentridge TE Caleb Smith dropped by practice to take things in. He spoke for a while with the coaches afterwards. The talented prospect has offers from several Pac 12 programs, including Washington.

Injury report: Sione Potoae took part in all of the full-contact work, but Semisi Tokolahi (ankle) and Evan Zeger (hamstring) both did work on the side and were not part of full-contact drills.


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