Practice Impressions: Day 12

After 12 practices, a few things are starting to become clear about the Washington football team. The first is that the coaches are big on teaching things this spring, the second, this team is much faster than it has been in years and the third is that the Huskies appear to be in great shape at the quarterback position...

QBs get their reps: Keith Price and Cyler Miles got most of the reps today, but Troy Williams also got his chances and Jeff Lindquist got a few series as well. Price looked sharp, making good decisions with the ball and hitting Kasen Williams on a nice jump ball that he went up and took away from Greg Ducre. The fifth-year senior also looked to his right then came all the way back to his left to hit DiAndre Campbell for a 30-yard touchdown pass. Miles was up and down, but scrambled to his left, turned his shoulders and hit Williams on a back-shoulder throw in front of a helpless Sean Parker. Miles was also picked off by Marcus Peters who broke off of his coverage from Campbell to haul in the pass and returned it for what would have likely been a touchdown. Lindquist and Williams also had their moments, but neither made any big plays that were notable.

Big hits and tackles on defense: While the offense showed some flashes of brilliance today, the defense also brought their 'A' game as some heavy hits were doled out by the secondary. Senior safety Will Shamburger came up and hammered Dwayne Washington after a short run; Taz Stevenson stripped the ball from Jaydon Mickens in a drill while slamming himself into the second-year wideout; Taniela Tupou came up and laid the lumber to Cooper Pelluer; Princeton Fuimaono continues to have a great spring. On successive plays, the senior linebacker shot through a hole and brought down Erich Wilson who appeared to have a lot of open field ahead of him and then he stripped the ball from Wilson and it was subsequently picked up by Andrew Hudson and returned for a touchdown.

Getting their kicks: Travis Coons hit all three of his attempts -- from 33, 40 and 42 -- while Cameron Van Winkle hit on two of his four attempts with makes from 33 and 42 and misses from 40 and 42. Both seemed to hit the ball relatively well, but there were some snapping issues that appeared to lead to Van Winkle's miss from 42, thus the extra try from the same distance.

Teaching and instructing: While there were several short sessions where "scrimmaging" took place, most of the two-hour practice was spent teaching different fundamentals, taking better angles and how to read things. They also worked a lot on the return and coverage teams with new assistant Jordan Paopao talking to the plays about positioning themselves to set up blocks and which man is theirs on kickoff returns.

Speed Kills: Williams narrowly missed hitting Marvin Hall who had gotten free from coverage; Washington blew through a hole and notched a 10-yard gain before he was hit; John Timu, who continues to have a very solid spring, made a tackle-for-loss on a short pass to Mickens; Tre Watson broke on a pass and appeared to pick it off before dropping it after being hit by a receiver. The play was outstanding as he read Miles' eyes and made the break on the pass; the receivers appeared to have some open field a couple of times, but were tracked down on plays outside by the likes of Travell Dixon, Brandon Beaver, Peters and Watson on different plays.

Coaches, coaches and more coaches: This weekend, Washington played host to their annual coaches' clinic and it appeared that over 50 coaching staffs were in attendance at today's practice.

Visitors in the house: Besides all the coaches, I saw three recruits, two of which I was able to recognize. The first was Zach Brown, a linebacker from Henry High School in San Diego, Ca., and the second was Don Hill, a linebacker from Timberline High School in Boise, Id. I also saw Michael Braustein, the former kicker, who was attending the coaches' clinic as well.

Three more practices: The Huskies will take the next two days off before hitting he field again on Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. They will also have one more practice on Thursday at 8 a.m. and then will conclude their spring practices on Saturday, April 20th, at 4 p.m. when they invite everyone down to see the Spring Game at Memorial Stadium in the Seattle Center. Top Stories