Friday Night Practice Report

With the loss of to starters at linebacker, the Husky coaches have been trying to find their top outside linebackers that they could feel confident lining up next to senior MLB Cort Dennison. Friday night, head coach Steve Sarkisian dropped the news that a pecking order has been decided and it is players in new positions...

"I really think the top five (linebackers) would be the three starters – Johny Timu, Princeton Fuimaono and Cort Dennison – and then (Garret) Gilliland and (Thomas) Tutogi I think are doing some nice things as well," Sarkisian told the media after Friday night's workout. "We've got five guys that can go in and play football and feel really good about what they've been doing."

While Dennison has manned the middle, Timu and Fuimaono have switched positions and Timu said he thinks it is for the best.

"I had a tough time playing the run and then they switched me over to the SAM because sometimes, when the back came on the 'wheel route' I did a better job of covering so they switched us," Timu noted. "So it's a big plus and it's obvious that, I played safety in high school, and that helped me a lot so it would be easier for me to cover a back or a tight end and they moved Princeton (Fuimaono) to WIL because he played the run a little better than I did."

Gilliland played the middle last fall but appears to be set as the backup on the outside while Tutogi appears to be the primary backup behind Dennison after posting over 100 tackles for Southwestern College last season as a freshman.

For his part, Gilliland had a pick in today's team session, stepping in front of a Nick Montana pass intended for Kasen Williams.

While that would have to be considered a low-light for Montana, the redshirt freshman did start the night unofficially completing his first 12 passes during the team, 11-on-11 session including a 70-yard touchdown to Williams a few plays later.

Price, who was picked off by Sean Parker late, also was solid otherwise, hitting 12 of 14 passes for 126 yards unofficially.

The receivers had a good night too.

In one-on-one work against the corners and safeties, Williams, Kevin Smith and DiAndre Campbell all made acrobatic catches against tight coverage.

The Huskies will hit the field tomorrow for their second, and last, scrimmage of camp at 3:15 p.m.

Injury Update: Sarkisian noted that S Taz Stevenson (knee) and DT Semisi Tokolahi (ankle) are both "coming along" and that they are doing more and more, but that "the reality of it is - and Semisi and I had a long talk about this last night - we're going to need Semisi in mid-October and through November, when the d-line generally…that's when injuries can mount, and that's when you can get beat up…and that's when we're going to need a healthy Semisi. And as we build up to that, that might be limited snaps as we go through the season, but build to where he can be a real factor by mid-October, November."

RB Chris Polk and LB Jordan Wallace were both in street clothes (with their jersey's on) and watching practice after having minor knee surgeries on Thursday.

"He moved around really well yesterday," Sarkisian said of Polk. "We knew he'd be a little bit more sore today just from having surgery, so we wanted to keep him of his feet. But he feels good. If you talk to Chris, he'd tell you the same thing – he feels good. We'll see how it goes. We'll see how his body responds. So far, so good."

Defensive line youngsters look good: Watching the defensive line, with Alameda Ta'amu taking the night off from full-contact, Lawrence Lagafuaina, Sione Potoae and Danny Shelton got a lot of work inside and all three had their moments.

Potoae really gets a good jump on the ball and Shelton is an absolute rock in the middle to where no one can move him.

Lagafuaina is more of a nose tackle in Washington's scheme , but he too got some good penetration on a few plays.

Sankey continues to bust loose: Freshman RB Bishop Sankey continues to wow the crowd with big runs, taking one over 65 yards to the house.

"He's making it hard to keep him off the field that's for sure," Sarkisian added.

Kyle Lewis is out: Kyle Lewis, a late signee with Washington, has had his appeal to the NCAA denied and will not be part of the Husky football program.

"Kyle Lewis has been denied so he will not, he didn't clear NCAA," Sarkisian said. "We are still waiting word on Marvin Hall and Antavius Sims to finish up his work at Ventura College."

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