Practice Spotlight - Day Five

SEATTLE - For every player that goes down, there's more right behind them to take their place. So says the coaches, who desperately need to turn that depth into a winning product on the field yesterday. That's the spot Steve Sarkisian and his staff found themselves Friday, as more players were held out - and one decided that he was done playing football at Washington.

The List:
No more for Gilliland - Garret Gilliland, the 6-foot, 221-pound linebacker from Orange County has hung up his spikes, according to Steve Sarkisian Friday. The junior apparently had just had enough, even though the coaching staff wanted him to continue playing. Sarkisian added that Gilliland would stay in school for the time being, but because he quit he would no longer be on scholarship.

Injuries Mount - Sarkisian confirmed that Nate Fellner (SAM) has a broken toe - fifth metatarsal - in his foot, and will be out for up to four weeks. With Princeton Fuimaono (WIL) also out with a sore hamstring, freshman Blake Rodgers out with an unspecified knee issue and Taz Stevenson out with a migraines, Scott Lawyer (SAM), Jamaal Kearse (WIL) and Evan Zeger (SAM) saw a lot more time with the No. 1 linebacking crew. John Timu and Thomas Tutogi still maintain the same spot - the MIK linebacker position.

Later in the day it was confirmed that Hauoli Jamora, who will have a scope to clean up any loose scar tissue in his left knee, will wait to have the scope done next week.

Cory Fuavai has a nagging achilles issue that hasn't gotten better - so he sat out a lot of Friday's drills. Receivers Kevin Smith (knee) and James Johnson (foot) were both also out, meaning players like DiAndre Campbell, Jamaal Jones and the two freshmen - Jaydon Mickens and Kendyl Taylor - also got a ton of work.

Are the freshmen QB's moving up the depth? - Don't know why Derrick Brown didn't play at all during the final team period (could have been pre-planned to get more looks for the true frosh), but Cyler Miles and Jeff Lindquist split a lot of work between them as the No. 2 quarterback behind Keith Price tonight.

Speaking of Jeff Lindquist… - Lindquist, the 6-foot-3, 234-pounder from Mercer Island, had the offensive play of the day when he connected with Marvin Hall on a 40-yard bomb for a touchdown short of the outstretched arms of James Sample. The ball was thrown so that only Hall knew where it was so it became an easy play when the freshman safety ran past where he expected the ball to be.

Defensive Play of the Day - This was a collaboration between Connor Cree and Semisi Tokolahi. On a Cyler Miles pass, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Cree batted the ball up in the air and Tokolahi, the 6-foot-2, 340-pound defensive tackle, snagged the ball with his teammates surrounding him. The defense went nuts when they realized Tokolahi had cleanly intercepted the ball.

A new face on the offensive line - It wasn't really a new face but it felt like it…Colin Tanigawa, the 6-foot-3, 281-pound sophomore left guard from Pasadena, Calif. returned from limited duty to take part in nearly all of Friday's initial full-pads practice. With the news earlier in the week that Erik Kohler had dislocated his kneecap, the offensive line was in need of a pick-me-up - and they got it Friday with Tanigawa's play.

He was there at the end when Keith Price drove the offense all the way down to the 6-yard line, where running back Bishop Sankey punched it in for a score. It was good to see Tanigawa getting some work in and not looking any worse for the wear. He suffered a knee injury at Oregon State, the second-to-last game of Washington's regular season.

Tanigawa is now splitting left guard duties with Dexter Charles, who has been the No.1 LG in Colin's absence. The starting line has been Micah Hatchie, Charles, Drew Schaefer, James Atoe and Ben Riva. The second line consisted of Jake Eldrenkamp, Siosifa Tufunga, Michael Criste, Shane Brostek and Ross Dolbec.

Coons' Consistency - Junior placekicker Travis Coons is having a great fall camp so far. He did get off to a rocky start on Monday but since then has been very solid on his field goal attempts. He was perfect the last two days and Friday he was 5-6 with the last two coming from at least 50 yards out. The one miss hit the left upright.

Faces in the House - Eddie George, the famous running back of Ohio State and Tennessee Titan fame, was at practice Friday checking things out. Sounds like George will be part of Fox's national college football show with Joey Harrington and Erin Andrews.

Also seen at practice were a couple of former UW greats - quarterback Damon Huard and tight end Tony Wroten, Sr. Scouts from the Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns were also there.

Quotable - "Hey Camera Dude, you're gonna get hit." - Steve Sarkisian.

"Not over here. You know better than that!" - Tre Watson to the offense during a play where they threw to the other side of the field.

"Hey Will (Shamburger)! Come help Tre! He needs help!" - Jesse Callier and James Johnson, right after Tre Watson said not to throw to his side of the field.
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