Practice Spotlight - Day Three

It felt almost like fall on the western shores of Lake Washington Friday morning as the Huskies completed the first week of spring ball. The quarterbacks and receivers had solid days on the east practice field and the assistant coaches gave some assessments of what they thought of their first three practices...

Play of the Day: There were a couple of candidates, but the one we settled on was Austin Seferian-Jenkins' acrobatic catch in the back of the endzone from Keith Price for a 20-yard touchdown.

In the 7-on-7 drill, Price was in complete control and saw his sophomore tight end facing single-coverage. Price threw the ball up high and Seferian-Jenkins, leaping and twisting his body, hauled the ball in and got one foot down as a helpless S Sean Parker watched it all happen.

After the reception, the offensive players went nuts and Seferian-Jenkins got several "bumps" while Price got pats on the helmet from offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau and head coach Steve Sarkisian.

The runner-up play of the day was a nifty one-handed grab by WR James Johnson who found some open space as QB Derrick Brown moved out of the pocket and placed the ball perfectly out of the reach of CB Anthony Gobern.

Unit of the Day: The wide receivers had a solid day overall although freshman WR Marvin Hall fought the ball a little and dropped an easy touchdown pass from Brown. Johnson had a great day catching the ball, hauling in two outstandingly placed touchdown passes from Price who was on the money all day as well. Kasen Williams continued to shine, making full-stretch grabs on a couple one-on-one matchups. Williams and CB Desmond Trufant had a constant dialogue going for most of the one-on-ones as well.

DiAndre Campbell had his moments, making several nice plays down the field and hauled in a tough catch for a touchdown as Price delivered the ball in the only possible place.

Josh Perkins, now wearing #82, looks long and lean, but he showed up well a couple of times and Jamaal Jones, who still needs to add some size, displayed soft hands and a good burst once he got the ball in the open field.

Players of the Day: As we noted, Price looked outstanding today with his only hiccup being a badly thrown ball that was picked off by LB Thomas Tutogi. Price had outstanding ball-placement all day, throwing the ball where only his receivers could get it; Johnson also showed soft hands and really seems to be taking this opportunity to show the coaches he has what it takes to be one of the starters this fall; both Jesse Callier and Bishop Sankey broke off big runs as well; defensively, Tutogi had a solid morning and the "hit of the day" came when LB Princeton Fuimaono laid into Callier as he was coming through the hole, knocking the junior tailback back about two or three yards; the runner up for "hit of the day" was Zeger who, had it been full pads, would have absolutely obliterated RB Dezden Petty on a short pass from Brown.

Noteable:
Tempo, Tempo, Tempo – The coaches made it pretty obvious they expected hustle from the players in between each drill as well as during. Justin Wilcox let it be known he wasn't thrilled with the hustle of the defensive units in between stations and Sarkisian, in Washington's last full-team session, made the players run to the other end of the field and back to demonstrate the tempo he desired.

My kingdom for a kicker – The Huskies worked on field goals and aside from a couple of made attempts by one of the kickers, there were a couple of blocked field goals and several misses that were ugly. There were several people commenting that it's a good thing that Korey Durkee and Travis Coons are coming in this spring and I can see why.

Tosh Lupoi loves his new digs – Even though temps weren't much above 40 degrees, Lupoi, as is his custom, was out in just a t-shirt and shorts and when asked afterwards about his attire he said "this is perfect for me" and "it's nice right here – the sun is coming out, blue sky and we're right on the lake". When asked if he owned a sweatshirt he quipped "we get lots of sweatshirts with our Nike contract".

Recruits: Mount Si (Snoqualmie) K Cameron Van Winkle; Tumwater OL/DL Jamie Bryant; South Kitsap (Port Orchard) OL/DL Austin Kanouse; Lakes (Lakewood) WR Sammie Long (2013 commit); A large contingent of Federal Way players were there including Albert Havili, Roderick Jones Jr., Ezekial McNeal, Jeremiah McNeal, Mike Tate and D'Londo Tucker.

Redshirts/Injuries: The three players in red were Travis Feeney, James Sample and Cooper Pelluer and the rest of the guys on the sideline I noticed that weren't doing much were Kevin Smith, Semisi Tokolahi, Hauoli Jamora, Deontae Cooper, Ryan McDaniel and Colin Tanigawa.

Quoteable:
DL coach Tosh Lupoi
LB coach Peter Sirmon
Defensive Coordintor Justin Wilcox
DB coach Keith Heyward
Offensive Coordinator Eric Kiesau



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