Practice Spotlight - Day Seven

With high school, college and pro coaches from all over on the sidelines, the Huskies ran through a 2.5 hour practice that featured a 63-play scrimmage with different game-situations highlighted throughout the day...

The List:
Play of the Day: Michael Hartvigson went up high on the sidelines to haul in a Keith Price pass with coverage from Marcus Peters. The talented tight end has shown soft hands and the ability to be a big target for the Husky quarterbacks and he stretched his full 6'6" frame to go up and snatch the ball giving the offense a first down.

The runner up for top play would have to be a nifty run by sophomore RB Bishop Sankey who busted a run outside and spun through a tackle attempt by Desmond Trufant. He was eventually taken out of bounds by S Justin Glenn, but not after picking up 25 yards.

Players of the Day: Sankey had by far the best day of the running backs, pounding the ball inside and showing a great burst to get outside. The Husky coaches really like what Sankey has shown and have heaped praise upon him for his efforts this spring.

Walk-on RB Willis Wilson also has availed himself well with Dezden Petty out and Antavius Sims struggling to get in a groove. Wilson showed some power today a couple of times, running through a couple of arm tackles but also showing enough quickness to make people miss in space.

S Sean Parker had the play of the day for the defense, stepping in front of what appeared to be an under thrown ball by Price that was intended for James Johnson, preventing a touchdown.

1)Snap Exchanges Need Work: On three occasions, twice in goal line situations, QB Derrick Brown and Siosifa Tufunga mishandled the snap allowing the defense a "win" in their head-to-head competition. Later in the practice the pair again had a fumbled snap, so that will obviously be a point the coaches will get across to their players when they break down the film this weekend.

2) Tough love for Antavius Sims: The junior college transfer has tons of athleticism, but if you don't hang onto the ball you cause problems for your team and you have to run. Such was the case for Sims after fumbling on the goal line, resulting in a lap around the east practice field while carrying a ball.

3) The Huskies have three talented tight ends: As's Rob Rang said during a cross-talk today on our radio show, he felt Austin Seferian-Jenkins was the best tight end in the country last season as a freshman and Husky fans can all agree that the talented freshman from Gig Harbor is a joy to watch play football. However, his two cohorts, third-year sophomore's Michael Hartvigson and Evan Hudson are both very good in their own right. Hudson is a very good blocker and showed some skills catching the ball today while Hartvigson has begun to show his athleticism and soft hands, hauling in almost everything thrown his way. Heaven forbid the Huskies lose Seferian-Jenkins for any length of time (that sound your hear is me knocking on wood) they will have a very capable player stepping into his place.

4) A Thomas Vincent Affair: Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian said that he and the rest of the staff already know what they have in Keith Price, so he's hoping to get more reps for Derrick Brown with the first team and that means that Vincent, a walk-on, can expect to see more turns with the twos. Vincent got in today and acquitted himself well by showing poise and, when necessary, the needed mobility and athleticism to keep plays alive and then also keeping his eyes down the field to find an open receiver. Vincent hit Josh Perkins for a five-yard touchdown to end the scrimmage.

Quotable: We spoke with Sean Parker, Ben Riva, Marcus Peters, Keith Price, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Dexter Charles after practice (Thanks to Chris Fetters for his help in transcribing)...

Sean Parker Practice Quotes
Ben Riva Practice Quotes
Marcus Peters Practice Quotes
Keith Price Practice Quotes
Austin Seferian-Jenkins Practice Quotes
Dexter Charles Practice Quotes

Recruits/Guests in the house: Gig Harbor P Korey Durkee (2012 signee), Juanita OL Nathan Dean (2012 signee), Michael Kneip (2012 invited walk-on), Mercer Island QB Jeff Lindquist (2012 signee), Inglemoor LB Mikey Tupou, Federal Way LB Albert Havili, De La Salle S D.J. Moffit, De La Salle DB Victor Egu and Lompoc RB Lavon Coleman; Also saw Aaron and Rhonda Williams, Hugh Millen, Beau Baldwin (Eastern Washington); Butch Goncharoff (Bellevue); Bob Ladouceur (De La Salle); Steve Belles from Hamilton; Gus Bradley (DC for the Seattle Seahawks); Victor Aiyewa.

Redshirts/Injuries: Cooper Pelluer, James Sample and Travis Feeney continued to be the only three in red, but they all saw time during the full-team work, however they were not involved in contact; Drew Schaefer, Greg Ducre, Hauoli Jamora, Semisi Tokolahi, Scott Lawyer, Kevin Smith, Deontae Cooper and Colin Tanigawa all sat out practice with various injuries; Dezden Petty and Jamaal Jones each were dressed and practicing, but were limited. Top Stories