Practice Spotlight - Day Three

SEATTLE - Day Three was full of some good action, as it was the first day the Washington Huskies could put on pads of any kind. Even though they were just shells and shorts - as mandated by the NCAA (first full pads practice will be Friday) - the aggression and competition was there to be seen.

The List:
Play of the Day - It was another ASJ special. This time it was Price who lobbed up a perfectly-weighted ball to his 6-foot-6 sophomore tight end, who reached up and was the only one to come down with it. Nate Fellner, Tre Watson and Will Shamburger all tumbled to the turf in a vain effort to try and out-jump Seferian-Jenkins, who ended up in the end zone. It was shades of Mario Bailey versus Arizona during the National Championship year when he left three 'Cats in the dust on a typical Super Mario scoring jaunt.

Next Best Play of the Day - This one was worth noting…converted H-Back Joshua Perkins went up high to stab a Cyler Miles pass one-handed in the back of the end zone. Both the side judge and back judge looked at each other for a few seconds while the teams waited for the call. The side judge ruled it a touchdown and the offense went crazy. It was a sweet pass for the true frosh Miles, and an even better catch for Perkins - who had struggled to contain some linebackers earlier in the day during pass protection drills.

Player of the Day - Actually I'm giving this one to Coach Sark today. He was everywhere, and something must have been in his Cheerios this morning because he came out on fire. He was full of comments for those that unfortunately met his wrath, and that was a handful - including Fellner, Scott Lawyer and Ben Riva were the main recipients, but even Keith Price got a Sark blast for not throwing the ball away sooner on a busted play. He stressed tempo on Wednesday, running a two-minute drill that looked more like a 800-meter sprint up and down the field. No wasted motions from the head man today, and his team followed suit.

Lots of Special Teams News - Perhaps the biggest news of the day belonged to junior Travis Coons, a newcomer from Mount San Antonio College. Coons and his teammate Korey Durkee were hit and miss the first two days of fall camp, Coons let his big leg go on Wednesday and came up with a perfect 6-6 record on his kicks, the longest from officially 52 yards - but it would have been good from 62. According to Sarkisian, it'll be Durkee, the true freshman from Gig Harbor, that will get the kicks Thursday.

In the punting department, there was no bigger fan of Durkee than his old Gig Harbor mate, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was yelling for him on the sidelines during his first 'live' punts of fall camp (it's not really live in the sense of getting a full attacking rush, but live in the sense of getting to boot the ball). His first kick was shanked so badly it almost went into the Husky Stadium construction zone, but his third and fifth punts were things of beauty - 50-plus yarders with some serious hang-time.

Sarkisian also announced that Cody Bruns would be taking over again as the No. 1 holder. The senior redshirted last year and walk-on receiver William Chandler took his spot. Chandler has returned for his junior season, but he will back up Bruns this year. Bruns, from Prosser, was the holder at UW in 2010.

We took a look at who was working with the punt and kick return units - Bishop Sankey, Desmond Trufant, Greg Ducre, Kevin Smith and Bruns were the ones returning kicks, while Kasen Williams, Marvin Hall, Jaydon Mickens, Marcus Peters and Antavius Sims were fielding punts.

When asked after practice if Mickens, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound true frosh from Dorsey High in LA, could beat out Williams for the starting PR job, Sarkisian said it's absolutely possible.

For the snapping duties, the Huskies are having to replace Brendan Lopez - and it looks initially like they are trying to do it with a two-fer. It appeared as if the long snapping is being done by Ryan Masel, a 6-foot, 216-pound true freshman from Desert Vista High School in Phoenix. The short-snapping was done by David Butler, a redshirt junior walk-on from Central Valley High School in Liberty Lake - a suburb of Spokane.

It was Turnover Wednesday. But was it? - There was a big focus on stripping the ball out on defense Wednesday, but I don't recall seeing one pick or successful strip by the defense. So when you're still playing against yourself, is that a good thing or a bad thing? I'll let you decide that one.

Standout Frosh - Sarkisian mentioned Brandon Beaver, Cleveland Wallace, Pio Vatuvei, Shaq Thompson, Jaydon Mickens, Kendyl Taylor, Shane Brostek (who is getting some time with the ones at right guard), Erich Wilson, Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles as frosh that have impressed so far through three days.

Jake Eldrenkamp has been getting time with the twos at left tackle.

"Sark was kind of on one today. He was kind of on everybody's case. But I don't take it personally." - Keith Price.

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