Fall Practice Spotlight: Day Five

The first day in full pads is an exciting one, not just for the coaches and onlookers, but also for the players. Friday afternoon's workout lasted nearly two-and-a-half hours and featured a big hit and some big plays on both sides of the ball...

'Bobo' goes lowers the boom: Princeton Fuimaono, whose nickname is "Bobo", laid what will go down as the hit of not just this camp, but probably the biggest hit in any fall camp since the turn of the century. On the play, redshirt freshman tailback Dwayne Washington took a handoff from Cyler Miles and looked to his right, the way the play was developing, but Fuimaono, a senior, shot through a gap on the left side and absolutely obliterated Washington. The hit was a decleater and sent Washington to the sidelines for the remainder of the practice.


Coaches aren't messing around: The first day of pads amps up the intensity among the players, but it also appeared that the coaches were a little on edge as well.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian was in the ear of second-year QB Jeff Lindquist when the Mercer Island prospect didn't get rid of the ball fast enough in the face of a heavy rush.

Sarkisian was also all over Washington when he jogged to a spot during install instead of hustling and he shared his thoughts with third-year DE Jarett Finau in the middle of 11-on-11 work.

Not to be outdone, defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox showed his disapproval with a mistake by Brandon Beaver, saying "if you don't listen, you can't play."

Lastly, offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto got in the face of several of his charges when they made a mistake on a blocking assignment. Mostly it was the younger linemen who appeared to not know where their eyes should be. Cozzetto is the most vocal of the coaches and he certainly lived up to his reputation today.


Huskies go big: Washington's defensive line looked a bit different today as they gave Andrew Hudson and Hauoli Jamora what Sarkisian termed "a light day". At times, the Huskies had freshman Elijah Qualls playing the nose, with Danny Shelton over the tackle, playing a five-technique at on the left with Evan Hudson mirroring him on the right side. Cory Littleton was at the RUSH end spot with Travis Feeney, Shaquille Thompson and John Timu at linebacker.


All of the freshmen have been cleared: Aside from Jaimie Bryant and Andrew Basham who are both greyshirting, Sarkisian noted after practice that all of the freshman who signed with the school back in February and reported in July have been cleared by the NCAA and are eligible to play this year.


Injury concerns?: Sark noted after practice that the staff was giving several players a light workload today -- Jamora, Hudson, Lawrence Lagafuaina, Jesse Callier. In addition to those three, Shane Brostek was working on the side with the trainers and freshman LB Azeem Victor's left leg was in a boot, but Sarkisian noted it was merely precautionary. For the fifth-straight day, OL Erik Kohler was missing from practice, nursing a foot/leg injury.

On the bright side, sophomore wideout Jaydon Mickens was back and full-go for practice.


Noticing some new names: Some have asked how players like Sione Potaoe, Taniela Tupou, Siosifa Tufunga, etc. were doing, so I made a concerted effort to see what they were doing.

Tufunga is now the backup center with Kohler out and he acquitted himself pretty well. He held up against most of the interior guys that were thrown at him and he held up well.

Potoae didn't do much, but he did work into the rotation a little bit. Tupou did some work with the twos and got penetration on one play, forcing what appeared to be an inside run to the outside and into the waiting arms of the linebacker.


Play of the Day: The offense looked shaky most of the day, but they had some moments of continuity. One such play was when Miles stood tall in the pocket and found freshman WR John Ross breaking open as he got behind Beaver. Miles hit him right in stride and Ross took it in for a 65-yard score.


Getting their kicks: Because the kickers held their competition on the other side of the field, it was hard to get a look at the distance. Both Travis Coons and Cameron Van Winkle missed their final attempts (each from 57 yards), going 3-of-4 each.
Faces in the crowd: Former husky assistant coach Al Robertson was on the sidelines as well as former offensive coordinator John Pettas. There were some coaches from Mt. Rainier and Bellevue High Schools there as well as former Husky and current Seattle Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse. Tony Wroten Sr. was also in attendance.


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