Practice Spotlight - Day 12

It's getting down to crunch time for the Huskies as they are only two weeks away from their opener against San Diego State. In Saturday's 100-play scrimmage the Huskies gave a lot of reps to players they will be counting on this fall and afterward the staff seemed to be pretty happy with what they saw...

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Play of the Day - QB Keith Price hit Jaydon Mickens down the left sideline for a beautiful 51-yard completion. Because of the positioning of the media folks, we were unable to see who was in coverage, but it was most likely either fellow freshmen Brandon Beaver or Cleveland Wallace.

Mickens got behind his man and then bowed inside, allowing himself more room to make the catch, putting the offense into prime position to score two plays later when Price hit Kasen Williams for a nine-yard touchdown.

Player of the Day - There were a couple that stood out and we will talk about them here.

On offense, WR DiAndre Campbell seems to be taking The Opening that occurred when James Johnson went down with a wrist injury. Campbell got a lot of looks from Price and made the most of his opportunities, keeping several drives alive with clutch catches.

Two other offensive players that stood out were TE Michael Hartvigson and Mickens.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins sat out of practice, but was fully suited up. It appeared to be a "day of rest" for the talented sophomore and Hartvigson took advantage of his chances hauling in two big gainers, one resulting in a touchdown on a busted coverage.

Mickens continues to show why he will see a lot of playing time this fall, hauling in a first-down reception on the sidelines, keeping his feet inbounds while he had a defensive back draped all over him.

Mickens also appears to be set as the number one return mane (if you judge it by who was back there with the number one punt return unit) and he looks very comfortable in that role as well.

Defensively, S James Sample was all over the field and had at least six tackles. Sample looks quick and is very physical in coverage.

DT Lawrence Lagafuaina had the "hit of the day" when he leveled Williams who had hauled in a short pass. Lagafuaina pursued out to the sideline and leveled the sophomore wideout, drawing oooohs and cheers from his defensive teammates.

Cozzetto gets after his players - Even though the offensive line looked relatively solid most of the day, opening holes for a couple of big runs, offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto voiced his displeasure when one play resulted in only a five yard gain instead of what could have been a big gainer.

Nickel package gets a lot of work - Washington's defense, both the first and second team, played almost primarily in the nickel (five defensive backs, two linebackers) with John Timu and Evan Zeger as the two linebackers with the first team.

The secondary of the first unit consisted of Greg Ducre and Marcus Trufant at the corner positions (Marcus Peters also subbed in at times) with Shaq Thompson, Will Shamburger and Sean Parker at the safety spots.

Defense appears to be getting it - Other than a couple of blown coverages by the second unit, it appeared that the defense was really starting to get what the coaches are asking them to do. A couple of plays saw the offense audible and that also meant the defense had to audible and it was done smoothly, resulting in a couple of Price passes being thrown away.

Also, the Husky secondary appears to know their assignments pretty well as Shaquille Thompson blanketed Josh Perkins on a mis-direction play. The play resulted in an incomplete pass and Thompson got some love from the coaches for his efforts.

Durkee makes it count - Travis Coons got the day off to rest his leg, so Korey Durkee handled most of the kicking duties, hitting from 32 yards out and also two extra points. Santiago Lopez, a walk-on from Lynden (Wa.), missed from 51 and 32.

Recruits and scouts in the house - Myles Jack, Sean Constantine, Budda Baker and Andrew Kirkland were all in attendance and there were representatives from the Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs as well.


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