Saturday Pratice Report

The end of the first week of fall camp came Saturday night and unfortunately, the injury bug reached out and grabbed its first two victims as CB Quinton Richardson was carted off the field with what appears to be a lower-leg injury and DT Alameda Ta'amu left with what head coach Steve Sarkisian termed as a likely fracture of a bone in his right hand...

"He's getting X-rays," Sarkisian said about Richardson's injury. "We can't tell quite yet if it's a high ankle sprain or if it has something to do with the bone but he was obviously in pain, but it's too early to say exactly what it is.

"I'll know more in a couple of hours I would imagine. It looked more like Kasen landed on top of him so I don't know exactly if his foot was under him or not. Sometimes a knee right on the shin bone can cause a pretty good bruising there, or worse for that matter, so I don't know. They kind of just landed at the same time. But it's definitely a lower-leg injury, it's not up in the knee region which is a good thing."

Ta'amu also left with an injury to his right hand, although Sarkisian noted it didn't appear to be serious.

"He injured his hand," Sarkisian noted. "I'm assuming the injury of what it was he's probably got a small fracture in his hand. He's a defensive linemen, he'll be okay. And Devin Aguilar actually had a little bit of a glute strain so we held him out."

Gregory Ducre, Marcus Peters and Anthony Gobern saw increased reps in Richardson's place with Ducre getting the majority of snaps with the first unit.

On the field, the Huskies ran through several different drills aimed at getting the players used to "game situations".

"I think tonight we were able to do short-yardage, goal-line, fringe red zone and seven-one-seven, we had a blitz drill, a first-and-10 drill, and we had a third-down drill, so we covered a lot of football situations tonight," Sarkisian said.

After the players stretched and went through individual drills, the first drill of the night was goal-line and the offense eventually won the drill, but not after the defense made a big comeback.

"A lot of times it's easy for the 11 guys that are into it to be fired up, but I thought it was pretty special to see both the offense and the defense really into the drill, not just the guys were in but everybody that was in was having fun and they were competing," Sarkisian said. "I thought it was a really healthy competition, it wasn't offense against the defense in a negative way. I thought it was good, it was healthy and I thought it was very cool that the defense was down two and they had to get two stops in a row and they were able to do that to set up overtime and the offense obviously won with the last one but it was just great to see our guys battle and compete all the way through."

During the drill, QB Keith Price hit TE Michael Hartvigson for one score and then a couple plays later he hit freshman FB Nick Holt Jr. on the other side for a score.

Nick Montana came back with the second unit and threw touchdowns to Hartvigson and Evan Hudson.

With the score tied 5-5, a one-play "overtime" was set into motion and RB Jesse Callier went over from two yards out setting off a pretty lively celebration by the offensive players.

The night continued with a lot more work that saw the offense make some plays -- Montana hitting Hartvigson and Hudson for big-gainers and Bishop Sankey busted loose for a 30-yard gain -- and the defense make several big hits including a decleater by LB Garret Gilliland on freshman RB Dezden Petty.

The Huskies will take Sunday off before taking the field on Monday at 3:15 for day seven of camp.

Recruits in the house: Kentridge TE Caleb Smith, Skyline QB Max Browne and Skyline LB Peyton Pelluer were all in attendance.

Status of missing players: Sarkisian said there was nothing new on the status of Antavius Sims, Marvin Hall and Kyle Lewis.

He said they were told about a week ago it would take seven business days so "we're now three or four business says into it and we're still waiting to hear back from the NCAA." Top Stories