Practice Spotlight - Day Six

The Huskies got sunny weather, although the temperature remained cool, for their sixth workout of the spring and it was a day for the offense to showcase some of their explosive playmakers. Dawgman.com was there and gives you a glimpse into what happened and some players who stood out during the two-hour workout...

The List:
Play of the Day: There were three that really stood out. The first one was an amazing catch in traffic by Kasen Williams who went low between two defenders to snag the ball just before the ball hit the turf. The second saw safeties Nathan Fellner and Will Shamburger bracketing Austin Seferian-Jenkins and still being able to do nothing but watch the sophomore tight end go up high and bring the ball in for a touchdown from Derrick Brown. The last one was a defensive highlight as DT Danny Shelton split what appeared to be a double-team to blow up a play. Shelton's penetration forced QB Keith Price out of the pocket and disrupted the timing of the play.

Players of the Day: Shelton and Corey Waller both had solid practices. Shelton was immovable up front and Waller got in the backfield for a couple of tackles-for-loss. On one play, Waller knifed in off the edge and brought RB Willis Wilson down and then followed that up with a play on RB Antavius Sims as well. Both efforts got bumps from Johnny Nansen. For the offense, Marvin Hall had a chance to get out and show his speed running away from defenders twice after hauling in some short passes. Wilson also looked good taking a short pass to the house as well. Thomas Tutogi got some props from linebackers coach Peter Sirmon when he dropped back in coverage and batted a ball away from a receiver who was flashing through his zone. Both Michael Hartvigson and Seferian-Jenkins got behind the secondary for long receptions as well.


Notable:
1) Extra work for ASJ: While Seferian-Jenkins ran some very nice routes, he dropped a couple of passes including one that brought back memories of his Oregon State gaffe so after practice, Seferian-Jenkins got the support staff to set up a Jugs machine and he had balls being fired at him for a good 10 minutes after practice.

2) Coaches want the players to play faster: As noted in his quotes that we have posted below, Wilcox said he wishes that the team was faster last week and as coaches they are an impatient bunch, but they realize the players have a learning curve and hope that it picks up sooner rather than later. The first-year defensive coordinator did mention that he likes the way that both Talia Crichton and Desmond Trufant are playing right now and that he wants to see some of the guys who are dinged up to get back and get reps because "everybody needs to reps…everybody".

3) Some youngsters to keep an eye on: One of the biggest aspects of spring football is watching how far some of the younger players have come along and that's exactly what we are seeing from a player like Waller who seems to be using his speed much more this year. Last year, Waller got locked up with blockers too much and didn't trust what he saw, but this year he seems to be picking things up quickly and, as mentioned above, he's starting to attack more and that has helped him get into the backfield with regularity. Also, James Atoe and Ben Riva have both looked really good so far this spring and Wilson looks like he is a player who could see some playing time this fall.

4) Secondary is a work in progress: There were a couple of instances where the corners and safeties bit on a play fake or jumped a route and the Husky quarterbacks were able to find a receiver or tight end deep and the defensive coaches were none too pleased, but after admonishing them, the coaches then could be seen working with them on what they should be looking for and why they shouldn't have done what they did. While the Huskies have quite a bit of talent in the secondary, there is still a lot of work to do in order to get them playing as one unit.


Quotable: We spoke with Joel Thomas, Dan Cozzetto, Justin Wilcox and Jimmie Dougherty on Friday after practice (Thanks to Chris Fetters for help with transcriptions)…

Joel Thomas Practice Quotes
Dan Cozzetto Practice Quotes
Justin Wilcox Practice Quotes
Jimmie Dougherty Practice Quotes



Recruits/Guests in the House - Aaron Williams (Kasen's father) and Tim Cowan were on the sidelines watching practice; Graham-Kapowsin head coach Eric Kurle was there; De La Salle S D.J. Moffit; De La Salle LB/S Victor Egu; Mercer Island QB Jeff Lindquist (2012 signee).


Redshirts/Injured players: Drew Schaefer, Scott Lawyer and Greg Ducre sat with what appears to be minor injuries, although we won't know the extent until we can talk to head coach Steve Sarkisian tomorrow; On the sidelines as well were Colin Tanigawa, Hauoli Jamora, Semisi Tokolahi, Kevin Smith and Deontae Cooper (who was doing work with a trainer on the sidelines); in red were James Sample, Travis Feeney and Cooper Pelluer, but all three took part in drills and saw some action during team drills as well.


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