Practice Impressions: Day Two

Since the pre-spring press conference on Monday, Steve Sarkisian has made it pretty clear he wants his defense to create more turnovers and his offense to take care of the ball better than they did in 2012. Well, he got his wish on one of those Thursday night, but it remains to be seen if it can be sustained over the next month or so...

Turnovers and quick changes: Washington's defense forced two interceptions on Thursday night. Greg Ducre, playing zone, baited Cyler Miles into throwing a pass to what appeared to be an open Jaydon Mickens, but the junior corner dropped back and came up with an easy pick of the redshirt freshman signal caller. Thomas Tutogi needed ever bit of his listed 6'2" frame to go up and pick off a Keith Price pass that was intended for Austin Seferian-Jenkins and was given huge kudos from his defensive cohorts. There were also several missed exchanges between the quarterbacks and running backs and the defense made the most of those picking them up for what would be six points had they been playing a game.

Miscues will not be tolerated: While the turnovers were good from a defensive standpoint, the offensive coaches were definitely not happy with the way the offense executed some plays and the five miscues/turnovers were something that stuck out as the practice progressed. If we could have spoken to Sark following the practice, I would expect he would not have been pleased with the effort, at least in that facet.

Receivers have a tough night: James Johnson made a couple of tough catches, but it was the three easy receptions that he dropped that were most glaring. Marvin Hall also had a couple of drops to go along with Michael Hartvigson, Evan Hudson and Kendyl Taylor who got open on a great double-move, but then dropped a sure touchdown pass.

Quarterbacks work on the fundamentals: Spring is that time when quarterbacks can work on their fundamentals more than anything. Tonight, new quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo was working with all five scholarship quarterbacks on their footwork out of the shotgun. He wanted them to get their footwork right so they could complete a certain pass and if they didn't get it right, he made them go again until they met his satisfaction.

Running Backs will carry the load: Bishop Sankey looks outstanding and appears poised for an even bigger season than he had in 2012. Also flashing serious potential was Ryan McDaniel who appears as if he will give Dwayne Washington all he can handle a the big tailback spot in the backfield. Washington also had a good night and Erich Wilson had his moments as well.

ASJ is the man: This is a "no duh" moment, but Seferian-Jenkins is just amazing with what he can do on the football field. Weighing nearly 260 pounds, he found an open spot in Washington's secondary and hauled in a pass from Price at the offense's 35 and then turned up field and outraced the secondary for the score. He also had an one-handed reception across the middle as well.

Faces in the crowd: 2013 signee Sean Constantine and Jaimie Bryant, who will enroll next January after greyshirting this fall, were both on the sidelines watching things. Bryant has plenty of room to grow and add size. This break from football should give him enough time to come in ready to get to work.

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