Play of the Day: WR Damore'ea Stringfellow and QB Jeff Lindquist combined for the play of the day late in the two-hour-plus practice. Noticing man-to-man coverage outside with another freshman, CB Patrick Enewally, Lindquist dropped back and lobbed a perfectly placed pass to Stringfellow who went up over Enewally and resulted in a 40-yard gain. The play was perfect by all three players -- Lindquist recognizing the coverage and placing the ball where only his receiver could get it; Enewally sticking right with his man and using the boundary as an extra defender; Stringfellow got a good release and went up high to snag the ball.
Big play runner up: Freshman safety Trevor Walker made the biggest play on defense, although there were several more very impressive plays (see below) on that side of the ball as well. In one 11-on-11 session, Cyler Miles dropped back to pass and when he found what appeared to be an open receiver, he released the ball and Walker stepped right in front, hauling the pass in and taking it to the house for the score, to the delight of his defensive teammates.
Riva sits, Eldrenkamp holds it down: Periodically, the Husky staff likes to give players limited reps, hoping to keep them fresh while also giving some reps to their backups. In this case, left tackle Ben Riva got the last part of practice off while redshirt freshman Jake Eldrenkamp took all of the reps at left tackle and, for the most part, he looked very solid facing off against whoever the staff threw at him.
Price and Lindquist both on the money: Both Keith Price and Lindquist had solid evenings. Price looked like the fifth-year senior he is and he made great decisions. One play that really stuck out was when he found Josh Perkins on a route to the corner of the endzone as Sean Parker and Marcus Peters looked on helplessly. He also made good reads in the running game and threw the ball away when there was no one open and he needed to get rid of the ball to avoid a sack.
Lindquist put his big arm on display most of the night, hitting several player right in stride on long routes. He also made some of the best throws in one redzone drill that was intended to show the quarterbacks where to throw the ball on a given route. Also, in 7-on-7 work and in the final, full-team sessions he made some of the best reads and throws of the players in his position group.
Big play defense: The Husky staff has put an emphasis on making plays when the opportunity presents itself and several players took that to heart tonight. As noted above, Walker taking his interception to the house, S Will Shamburger going up high to intercept a pass intended for Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the back of the endzone and Peters peeling off his man to make a near interception on what was a likely touchdown had he not batted the ball down. Now, that being said, Peters came to the sideline and did 10 push-ups as a penance for his drop (he got both hands on the ball, therefore, he should have hauled it in).
Big hit by Jojo: Not to be outdone by Princeton Fuimaono who had two more big hits tonight, freshman defensive lineman Joe Mathis just obliterated fellow freshman Lavon Coleman on a play fake. His hit drew big cheers from the defensive sideline and he got several pats on the helmet. After shaking off the cobwebs, Coleman rejoined the offense for the next play, so, while the hit looked pretty bad, no one got hurt.
Fuimaono is an important piece of defensive puzzle: Speaking of Fuimaono, Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian said that the senior linebacker has had a great camp and is one of their most important players on that side of the ball, noting that he can play all three linebacker spots and they "don't miss a beat with him in there". Fuimaono again had another solid practice, making two very physical tackles and also showing the younger players where they need to go on a particular defensive call.
Welcome to college football: Michael Kneip absolutely mauled Elijah Qualls on a play, pancaking the freshman nose tackle and allowing the running back to get a nice gain. Qualls has been swimming quite a bit as he's had a lot of the playbook thrown at him and he's gotten quite a few reps. You can see the talent is there, but until his brain catches up with the rest of him, he's got a ways to go and will likely have more days like Saturday.
Needs work: Darrell Daniels continues to struggle catching the ball and, as one Dawgman person has noted, he needs to catch about 200 balls from the Juggs machine before he even sniffs the field. You can see all of the immense potential the freshman from Oakley, California has, but he is not a natural receiver and that has reared it's ugly head several times during the first week of practice.
Offensive line is coming together: Sarkisian noted after practice he is really happy about the way the offensive line is coming together. He noted that, when Colin Tanigawa, Dexter Charles, Ben Riva and Mike Criste, those are four of the "nastiest guys you're going to find". He likes how the unit is progressing and said they have a deep and experienced group and attributed that all to Dan Cozzetto and his development and leadership of the position.
Missing in action: DE Connor Cree was in a yellow jersey, but did take part in some position drills; Erik Kohler continued to be a no-show at practice, but Sarkisian said he will rejoin the team on Monday (although he is still rehabbing his injury); CB Marcus Peters came up lame after "banging knees" with WR DiAndre Campbell, but Sarkisian noted that it wasn't anything serious; RB Dwayne Washington sat out practice today, but was fully dressed. Sarkisian said he expects him back on Monday; several other players were limited in what they did -- Lawrence Lagafauina, Hauoli Jamora, Deontae Cooper, just to name a few.
Recruits in the house: There was a "who's who" of 2014 and 2015 in-state prospects watching practice during the evening including Fife OL/DL Kaleb McGary, Bellevue S Budda Baker, Bellevue OL/DL Marcus Griffin and Eastlake (Sammamish) LB Drew Lewis all 2014 prospects and then Lakes (Lakewood) DE Benning Potoae, Federal Way RB/Slot Chico McClatcher, Newport (Bellevue) OT Calvin Throckmorton, Skyline (Sammamish) LB Cameron Saffle and Bellevue OT Henry Roberts, all from the 2015 class.
The Huskies will take off Sunday before returning to the field for two practices on Monday (media are allowed to attend only one practice -- the 6:30 pm workout). Sarkisian also noted that Tuesday and Saturday will be important scrimmages for his team.
Fall Practice Spotlight: Day Six
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