"That's how we were hoping we could get," Sarkisian noted. "Our goal is that scrimmages and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday of game week are tougher for our guys than Saturdays are and we're getting closer to that. We've got a lot of playmakers, you know, and guys that are fighting for spots and guys that, if we were actually playing a game, guys that are on the twos would be playing with the ones – they'd be rotating in and playing and, in a lot of spots, you could flip a coin with some guys if they're a one or a two."
Sophomore QB Keith Price and backup Nick Montana both suffered from a eight drops by their receivers, but it was Montana who appeared to have the better day tallying 13 completions on 24 attempts for 134 yards including a three-yard touchdown to TE Evan Hudson.
The second unit scored on their first two drives with Hudson's reception being set up when Montana hit WR DiAndre Campbell with a short pass and the redshirt freshman from Oakland scampered 35 yards to the five yard line.
"It's great for them," Sarkisian said after practice. "I think anytime the twos go against the ones there's always a little bit of that underlying motivation that they want to be with the ones, and that's how it should be. They should compete and if the ones don't show up the twos should play really well. And I think that we've recruited well enough now that there shouldn't be that much disparity between the ones and the twos and I thought that showed today."
After the first team offense stalled again, Montana drove the second unit down deep before having to settle for a 30-yard field goal from K Erik Folk.
On their third and final drive, the number one offense took the field and Price guided them on an eight-play, 80 yard drive that was highlighted by a 23-yard catch and run by Kasen Williams.
Price hit TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins for what appeared to be a 21-yard touchdown pass, but it was nullified due to a holding penalty.
Then, facing 3rd-and-18 from the 30, Price handed off to RB Johri Fogerson who went for 17 yards, setting up a crucial 4th-and-1 that was converted by RB Jesse Callier.
Two plays later, Price scampered in from eight yards out to score the final points of the day.
"(Price) is just a great competitor," Sarkisian said. "I wouldn't expect anything less. I think Nick would have done the same thing. You know, you get playing and it's hard, all of the sudden you're playing not to compete to score a touchdown, and so I kind of actually enjoyed that."
And while Price struggled at times, Sarkisian said the third-year player from southern California is right where he expects him to be.
"I like where Keith's at," Sarkisian said. "I thought he managed the clock much better today, you know. We've been fast with the 40 second [play] clock on purpose on him to get our guys in and out of the huddle, and that, in part, might have been why we got a couple of the illegal procedures because we were trying to hurry, but we wanted to put the pressure on him a little bit and I thought he handled it much better today, much more composed, knew what he was trying to get accomplished on plays and so all in all I was impressed with him."
At running back, freshman RB Bishop Sankey continued to impress rushing for 44 yards on nine carries while Callier totaled 24 yards on eight attempts and Fogerson put up 34 yards on six carries.
Willis Wilson actually had a solid day, carrying the ball five times and grinding out 24 tough yards while freshman FB/HB Dezden Petty had six carries for 22 yards.
The receivers definitely had a case of the 'dropsies' Saturday, totaling eight unofficially, but Devin Aguilar did manage to recover from his two drops to haul in six receptions for 40 yards and Campbell also posted four receptions for 48 yards and just missed connecting with Montana for what would have been a 40-yard touchdown.
Leading the way for the defense was freshman CB Marcus Peters who had three tackles and one pass break up while LB Garret Gilliland posted three tackles and LB Cort Dennison hauled down three ball-carriers and had one pass break up during his short time on the field.
Washington will host Picture Day tomorrow starting at 11:30 a.m. and going until 1 p.m. at Husky Stadium. Admission is free and it is open to anyone who wants to attend.
Keith Price - 9 of 16 for 77 yards and ran 8 yards for a touchdown
Nick Montana - 13 of 24 for 134 yards with a three yard TD and he also was sacked once
Derrick Brown - 3 of 11 for 23 yards
Bishop Sankey - 9 rushes for 44 yards
Johri Fogerson - 6 rushes for 34 yards
Willis Wilson - 5 rushes for 23 yards
Dezden Petty - 6 rushes for 22 yards
Devin Aguilar - 6 receptions for 40 yards (two drops)
Jermaine Kearse - 1 reception for 10 yards Kevin Smith - 3 receptions for 31 yards (two drops)
James Johnson - 3 receptions for 37 yards(one drop)
Kasen Williams - 2 receptions for 38 yards (one drop)
DiAndre Campbell - 4 receptions for 48 yards (one drop)
Evan Hudson - 1 reception for 3 yards
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - 1 reception for 5 yards (had a 21 yard TD called back by a holding penalty)
Marcus Peters - 3 tackles, 1 PBU (pass break up)
Garrett Gilliland - 3 tackles
Cort Dennison - 3 tackles, 1 PBU
Will Shamburger - 3 tackles, 1 PBU
Cooper Pelluer - 3 tackles, 1 PBU
Matt Lyons - 2.5 tackles
Jamaal Kearse - 2 tackles, 1 PBU
Thomas Tutogi - 2 tackles
Hauoli Jamora - 1 tackle, 1 sack
Josh Shirley - 1 sack
Alec Kimble - 1 sack