Scrimmage Spotlight

It seems that every practice senior S Justin Glenn continues to make his presence felt and he did just that at Saturday's open scrimmage at Memorial Stadium in Seattle Center. Here is a look at some of the highlights from the days events and what we saw during the two-hour plus workout...

The List:
Player(s) of the Day: After taking in the whole practice, you had to love the way that Justin Glenn continues to make his presence felt in the Husky secondary. The senior from Kamiak High School up in Mukilteo (Wa.) had an outstanding day stripping the ball while tackling TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and the falling on it to end a scoring threat and then knocking a ball out of the hands of Seferian-Jenkins as both tumbled to the ground on what would have been a touchdown pass. Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian mentioned after the practice that a healthy Glenn is what has allowed them to move Nathan Fellner up to linebacker, increasing both the speed and the physicality of the defense.

The runner up was a tie between running backs Jesse Callier and Dezden Petty. Both reeled off big runs and ran tough for the first time all spring as both seem to have recovered from minor/nagging injuries that kept them from taking part in practices just days ago.

Callier broke off a 25-yard touchdown run to cap a 98-yard drive and Petty pounded his way for tough yardage on several consecutive plays, abusing the defense and showing the coaches he too could be ready for more carries.

Plays of the Day: We have two of them starting with Keith Price's outstandingly placed touchdown pass to a well-covered Cody Bruns. Bruns had gotten just enough separation from Desmond Trufant that Price placed the ball right over the senior cornerback's left shoulder and in front of a helpless Will Shamburger who couldn't get over in time to knock the pass away. The completion, the result of which was a 31-yard touchdown, elicited a loud cheer from those in attendance.

The second play was a perfectly timed leap by Kasen Williams who had gotten behind Greg Ducre. Price dropped back and flung the ball deep down the sideline in Williams' direction. Ducre appeared to have pretty good coverage, but the sophomore wideout from Skyline showed why he won the state championship in the high jump by leaping and grabbing the ball at it's highest point and coming down with it for a 50-yard gain. Four plays later Callier took it in from 25-yards out in what was the drive of the day.

Defensively, both big plays were turned in by Glenn who was able to strip the ball from Seferian-Jenkins on what could have been a nice gain and then knocking away Price's pass to Seferian-Jenkins in the end zone.

Hit of the Day: There were a couple good wallops, but the best was one laid by Fellner who came up hard and stopped Petty in his tracks for no gain on third and two.


Notable:
The Secondary is really sticky: For the past decade it seems, Husky fans have been clamoring for better play in the secondary and while some of that can be attributed to the lack of a pass rush, for the most part it has been the lack of confidence in the players who were in the deep patrol. Well, things seem to have really changed if this spring can be any sort of a barometer. For the most part, Husky receivers with blanketed by the DBs, both safeties and corners, and had a hard time gaining separation or getting open. Desmond Trufant, Greg Ducre and Marcus Peters all appear to be playing very well and with walk-on Tre Watson showing up and doing some things as well as safeties Sean Paker, Will Shamburger and Justin Glenn, the Huskies appear to be progressing toward a much more aggressive unit that could be the surprise of the season this fall.

Backfield in full motion: Petty, Callier and Bishop Sankey all had solid days and Willis Wilson, a walk-on from Lakes High School, continues to do some nice things as the Huskies do their best to fill the enormous shoes of Chris Polk. Callier and Petty had huge days, but Sankey continues to just progress and was solid gaining positive yardage any time he got the chance.

Is that Colin Tanigawa dressed and ready to play?: No, it was actually Mike Criste who tore his jersey and borrowed his teammates to finish out the practice. That being said, Tanigawa appears to be walking around well without a limp and could be ready to go for the start of fall camp.

Speaking of centers: While we are on the subject, with Drew Schaefer still recovering from his knee injury, Erik Kohler continued to get reps as the second center and he struggled quite a bit today. He had several snaps that went over the quarterback's head and there were a couple center/quarterback exchanges that wound up on the ground. Offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto has lauded Kohler for his versatility and said he could play anywhere along the line, but he's got a long way to go in snapping the ball.


Quotable: "I'd like to clean up a little bit of the sloppiness. We were a little sloppy today. 10 penalties is too much for us in my opinion and then a little bit of the self-inflicted wounds offensively are some areas I know we would like to clean up and then defensively again a couple self-inflicted wounds. I think four times today we were in the neutral zone whether it would be defensive linemen or some of it pressures coming off the edge, so just understanding how to rush and how to blitz. We're going to be an aggressive team and teach our guys the timing of that coming off the edges." -- Sarkisian on what they need to work on the final week of spring practice

"Coach Wilcox approached me and we had a little talk. I was concerned about my future because I want to play at the next level so I asked him about that and he gave me the name of Winston Venable from Boise State, he did the same thing and it worked out for him, so I wasn't concerned about it. I'm just trying to take it full steam and make the most out of it." – Fellner on his move to linebacker


We spoke with Princeton Fuimaono, Desmond Trufant, Keith Price, Kasen Williams, Dezden Petty, Nate Fellner, Jesse Callier, DiAndre Campbell and Josh Shirley after practice.

Princeton Fuimaono
DiAndre Campbell
Desmond Trufant
Keith Price
Kasen Williams
Dezden Petty
Nate Fellner
Josh Shirley
Jesse Callier


Stats:
Passing: Keith Price - 10-18, 137 yards, TD; Derrick Brown - 5-11, 38 yards; Thomas Vincent - 6-10, 48 yards

Rushing: Callier at 6-47; Bishop Sankey at 6-40; Dezden Petty at 10-30

Receiving: Josh Perkins 6-57; Michael Hartvigson (3-43); Kasen Williams 2-55; Bruns 2-35


Recruits in the house: Michael Kneip, Jake Eldrenkamp, Cory English and Nathan Dean were all in attendance from the 2012 class and 2013 standouts Danny Mattingly, a DE/TE prospect from Mead (Spokane), Titus Makasini, a DT prospect from Inglemoor and Mikey Tupou, a LB from Inglemoor were also seen among the crowd.


Injuries/Redshirts: Travis Feeney and James Sample were both in red, but took part in quite a few of the drills. Sitting out of practice today were the usual crew of Semisi Tokolahi, Hauoli Jamora, Kevin Smith and Deontae Cooper and were joined by the likes of Lawrence Lagafuaina (head), James Johnson (head), Cooper Pelluer (shoulder), Taz Stevenson and Scott Lawyer. Sark indicated that both Johnson and Lagafuaina each had their "bells rung" the day before and said it was precautionary to have them sit out.


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