Tuesday Practice Report

Every coach will tell you, especially as the end of fall camp draws near, that they have a lot to work on and Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian is no different. On Tuesday, the Huskies went through a brisk 1 hour and 45 minute workout that focused on certain situations and one of them main ones was getting the first unit ready for longer drives...

"I don't think we're where we need to be yet," Sarkisian told the media after practice. "That's something we tried to work on tonight. We kept our ones out there for an extended period, I think it was almost a 12 or 13-play drive, which is needed.

"We need to get used to playing not just five to seven snaps at a time, but 10 to 12 and that part will be part of the focus for the next few days."

And with that focus on longer drives, Sarkisian said he's amazed at how fast the first game is approaching.

"I can't believe how fast it's coming and all the little things that we want to make sure we get accomplished here in the next few days before game week are critical for us," Sarkisian said. "Tomorrow's practice is going to be a big one for all of the special situations you can get placed in in a ball game so that will be our focus for the next couple days."

On Tuesday, Sarkisian said the offense had one of its best practices and that was evident with the way the receivers battled against the corners and safeties.

Freshman WR Kasen Williams had two big catches although one was out-of-bounds.

On one play he beat CB Ken Egu for a long touchdown and then on his next rep, Williams made a one-handed grab that drew "whooooo's" from the crowd that was in attendance even though it was well out of bounds.

Not to be outdone, senior WR Jermaine Kearse also hauled in a one-hander and celebrated his excellent play as he took it to the house.

The defense was not without it's highlights either.

Junior CB Desmond Trufant loves a challenge and he went up against Williams in one-on-ones, doing his best to be physical with the larger player across from him.

After initially tipping the pass away, Trufant and Williams both juggled the ball before it ultimately fell incomplete.

Danny Shelton got a lot of reps with the first unit tonight and he's battling Sione Potoae for playing time at one of the defensive tackle spots which is one of the battles that Sarkisian said he's got his eye on this week.

"The corner spot with (Greg) Ducre and (Anthony) Gobern is a big one," Sarkisian noted. "The tight end thing is somewhat of a battle, but they're both on the field so much together I don't feel like that's too big of a battle that way; the defensive tackle spot between Sione (Potoae) and Danny (Shelton) I think is a big one.

"Danny has really pushed himself and had an opportunity to play with the ones quite a bit tonight and then at the WIL linebacker spot I think with Princeton (Fuimaono) and Garrett Gilliland is a good one."

Washington has three more practices before they break camp on Friday with only two more open to the public - Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. and Thursday at 4:15 p.m.


Status update on Marvin Hall: The news wasn't good on Dorsey WR Marvin Hall. Apparently the NCAA has denied his admission to UW, but apparently the school has submitted an appeal and they are now currently waiting on that decision to come down.

Life in the fast lane: Sarkisian and the coaches the stressed the overall team speed and on Tuesday the third-year head coach touted his team's speed again.

"This is far and away our fastest team, our most athletic team," Sarkisian said. "It just shows when one side of the ball makes a mistake, the other side really makes them pay, and not just with 10 or 12 yard gains. These are chunks of yards that show up for the offense, or an interception for a touchdown for the defense. By far and away our fastest team, most athletic, flying around. I love watching them play."

Update on Chris Polk and others: "It's still very early (on Polk)," Sarkisian said. "He says he feels great like he's always going to say. He's a tough kid and he wants to get back sooner rather than later, but we're going to take our time. We're going to make sure he's 100% healthy so that we can reap the benefits of having Chris Polk in October and November, when we're really going to need him. We'll see how he progresses throughout the end of this week and into next week and see where he's at."

As far as Jordan Wallace (knee) is concerned, he too appears to be on target with his rehab and was out there with Polk watching practice and walking without much of a limp.

Quinton Richardson appears to be getting closer to being able to do some things as well, but he had his ankle in a brace so it remains to be seen how he can move and cut on it.

Raise the Woof!: The third annual Raise the Woof! event will be held Friday Night at 6:00 p.m. on the east practice field.


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