Practice Impressions: Day Ten

Precision, precision, precision. That seemed to be the theme for the day for UW football practice, as there was very little, but very much going on all at once Tuesday morning. There was no really big hits, big plays, but what was being taught was invaluable.

Technique breeds champions: Technique seems to be the key for the spring. Throughout interviews with coaches, position battles are non-existent and everything is totally focused on teaching and improving. Position battles will be saved for summer practices before the season.

Punting time: Travis Coons was taking punts at the start of practice to Marvin Hall, Jaydon Mickens and Kasen Williams. Williams again struggled and was the only returner to drop a ball.

Three is better than one: During the first set of positional drills, the linebackers and defensive backs came together to work on gang tackling. Two guys would come up to make the first contact with the third coming in to finish off the play.

It's a passing game: The linebackers made an extra focus today of jamming at the line of scrimmage and covering tight ends in pass coverage. This seemed to pay off later on as Shaq Thompson picked off Jeff Lindquist in the 7v7 stage.

Getting it on: The first scuffle of the day came between Michael Kneip and Taniela Tupou in a one-on-one lineman drill. Kneip pancaked Tupou, leading to a little scuffle and Tupou yelling at Kneip to go at it again. However, Kneip again got the best of him two more times.

Scuffle part two: Kevin Smith found himself a little irritated after no flag was thrown over a contested pass interference from Travell Dixon. After the next play, Smith and Dixon had a little grabbing and shoving match going on after the play on the sidelines.

Play of the day: In 7v7, Keith Price found Mickens on a 65-yard go route down the middle of the field. It was exceptionally well done as Price went through two other progressions before finding his speedy wide receiver.

Kicking it out: Both Travis Coons and Cameron Van Winkle were 3-4 today from 32, 37, 42 and 47 yards. Coons missed from 37 and Van Winkle missed from 32. However, after the incoming freshman heated up, his leg was outstanding from 47.

The small negatives: The lone sack of the day came from Josh Shirley on Troy Williams. Besides Lindquist's interception, Price also through a pick to Evan Zeger on a pass over the middle. Top Stories