Practice Spotlight - Day Eight

SEATTLE - Now that the five days are gone mandated by the NCAA to acclimate to full pads, the Washington Huskies have been raring to hit someone. On Tuesday they got that chance, going 12 series in a full scrimmage without the help of the coaches to guide them.

Steve Sarkisian said Day Eight was the first day in which the coaches stood back, signaled in the plays, and then watched to see what the team did. And as you would expect for the first time around, the results were pretty mixed.

One interesting note is that because this was a full scrimmage, a full officiating crew was handling the chores. Leading the crew was none other than Jay Stricherz, one of the leading refs of the Pac-12 conference. They have to have a pre-season too.

During the 12 scrimmage drives (plus an overtime period) you had five touchdown throws made by three quarterbacks of varying difficulty and length. You had two TD throws made by Keith Price, two more by Derrick Brown and one by true freshman Cyler Miles. Kendyl Taylor, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Evan Hudson, Jaydon Mickens and Josh Perkins were the recipients of those throws.

You had some guys continuing to get reps at new spots, like Travis Feeney at OLB, Pio Vatuvei a few reps at FB, and Anthony Gobern at safety.

The List:
Play of the Day - It had to be the 47-yard grab by Austin Seferian-Jenkins for six from Keith Price over true freshman Darien Washington. There wasn't much the 5-foot-10 Washington could do against the outstretched arms of the 6-foot-6 ASJ. It was a beautiful pitch-and-catch, one UW fans should be getting used to seeing this season.

Player of the Day - Travis Feeney. Number 41 got his number called a lot during Tuesday's scrimmage, filling in for Nate Fellner (broken toe) and Taz Stevenson, who played very sparingly. The redshirt frosh, converted from safety, showed his natural instincts playing closer to the line of scrimmage when he put Colin Tanigawa on his butt during a run play and then coming right back the next play and hitting Evan Hudson hard out of bounds. The 6-foot-4, 216-pound Feeney played linebacker in high school and his aggressive kept showing up time and time again Tuesday. He'll obviously need some time to learn the schemes, terminology and where he needs to be at all times, but Feeney has a natural inclination to play close to the line of scrimmage and it showed up a lot during the scrimmage.

Scrimmage for the Youngsters - When asked why Tre Watson didn't scrimmage much on Tuesday, Steve Sarkisian noted that Watson, the junior transfer from Central Washington, was 'banged up'. He added, however, that the scrimmage was more about getting time for the younger players, the players they want to get more film on and see what they can do. That's why players coming back from injuries - like Stevenson and James Johnson - didn't play a whole lot. In fact it looked like Johnson just played one series that had very little contact and his day was done.

A Reasonable Stab At A Depth Chart - After seeing the scrimmage, as well as the rest of fall camp, here's what my very unofficial depth chart would look right now for the Huskies:
WR - Kasen Williams, Kendyl Taylor
WR - James Johnson, DiAndre Campbell
SLOT - Cody Bruns, Marvin Hall or Jaydon Mickens (Kevin Smith inj.)
LT - Micah Hatchie, Dexter Charles
LG - Colin Tanigawa, Dexter Charles (Erik Kohler inj.)
Center - Drew Schaefer, Michael Criste
RG - James Atoe, Shane Brostek
RT - Ben Riva, Michael Criste or Ross Dolbec (Erik Kohler inj.)
TE - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Michael Hartvigson, Evan Hudson
H-BACK - Josh Perkins
QB - Keith Price, Derrick Brown, Cyler Miles or Jeff Lindquist
RB - Jesse Callier OR Bishop Sankey, Erich Wilson, Dezden Petty OR Willis Wilson
FB - Jonathan Amosa, Psalm Wooching

DE - Josh Shirley, Corey Waller or Connor Cree
DE - Talia Crichton, Pio Vatuvei (Hauoli Jamora inj.)
DL - Danny Shelton, Lawrence Lagafuaina
DL - Andrew Hudson OR Semisi Tokolahi, Sione Potoae, Jarett Finau
OLB - Travis Feeney, Cory Littleton, Nathan Fellner (inj.), Taz Stevenson (inj.)
OLB - Scott Lawyer, Jamaal Kearse, Evan Zeger (Princeton Fuimaono inj.)
MLB - John Timu, Blake Rodgers, (Thomas Tutogi inj.)
Safety - Sean Parker, James Sample
Safety - Will Shamburger, Zach Beebe (Justin Glenn inj., Shaquille Thompson inj.)
Cornerback - Desmond Trufant, Cleveland Wallace (Tre Watson inj.)
Cornerback - Greg Ducre or Brandon Beaver, Darien Washington (Marcus Peters inj.)

Punter - Korey Durkee, Travis Coons
Placekicker - Travis Coons, Korey Durkee
Long Snapper - Ryan Masel
Short Snapper - David Butler
Holder - Cody Bruns, William Chandler
Kick Return - Jesse Callier, Bishop Sankey, Desmond Trufant (Kevin Smith inj.)
Punt Return - Kasen Williams OR Jaydon Mickens

Faces in the Crowd - Former UW great Anthony Allen was there, as well as UW's Men's Basketball Head Coach Lorenzo Romar. NFL scouts from the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos were there too. Also there were Bellevue High players Myles Jack - a UCLA commit - and 2014 RB prospect Budda Baker. Top Stories