Fall Practice Spotlight - Day Nine

SEATTLE - It was the day everyone looks forward to in fall camp; the first big scrimmage. During a day where over a 120 plays were run (give or take a few), the offense seemed to have a bit of an upper hand over the defense as Keith Price and Cyler Miles unofficially combined for 31-42 passes and three touchdowns.

The defense came back at the end with two interceptions, but by then the offense had seemingly won the day. But that wasn't the big news.

Seferian-Jenkins Out?: Steve Sarkisian announced after practice that junior tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had fractured one of his pinky fingers Monday, and after examining the injury the doctors determined that surgery was required. Sarkisian said that ASJ could be 'out for a while', but then further clarified, saying he would know a lot more about a timetable for Seferian-Jenkins' return to the team at the end of the week after the surgery.

With Seferian-Jenkins out, Josh Perkins took most of the snaps with the No. 1 offense, while Michael Hartvigson and David Ajamu took their turns with the twos and threes.

Other Players Not Available For Scrimmage: Seferian-Jenkins wasn't the only one that sat out; DiAndre Campbell and Marcus Peters also did not scrimmage. Sarkisian mentioned Monday that they might be held out but that it was more for precaution than anything else. Other than that, the rest of the team participated in the scrimmage - even Dwayne Washington, who was wearing yellow for no contact.

The Offense Takes The Day: Again, unofficially Keith Price was 17-22 with zero touchdowns and one interception. Cyler Miles was 14-20 with three touchdowns, two to Damore'ea Stringfellow and one to Michael Hartvigson, and one interception. Jeff Lindquist was 2-5 with zero touchdowns or interceptions, and Troy Williams was 4-5 with one touchdown to Antavius Sims and zero interceptions. I apologize for not having yardage stats, but stats were being kept by hand today and the up-tempo offense makes life hectic for more than just the defense.

Bishop Sankey added two scores and Deontae Cooper also had another touchdown for the offense. Cooper, coming back from three knee injuries, had about 10 snaps according to Sark and the head coach 'couldn't be happier' with how Cooper has practiced this fall.

Price Leaning on Kasen: With ASJ out, it was clear Price was looking to junior receiver Kasen Williams a lot on Tuesday. Unofficially Kasen caught nine of Keith's 17 completions.

Defense Comes Up With Turnovers: A goal-line stand seemed to spur on the defense near the end of the day, forcing a couple of miscues by the offense. Hauoli Jamora came up with a great tip pick to himself off of Price, and Jamaal Kearse did the same to Miles near the end of practice. But generally-speaking, while the secondary got their hands on plenty of footballs, all they could typically do was bat them away or try and break up a pass.

Mixed Results For Special Teams: After the first two touchdowns, Travis Coons missed both extra points. It appeared after that point that the coaches switched out the holder, going from Thomas Vincent to Korey Durkee - and from that point on both Coons and Cameron Van Winkle went perfect on their PAT and field goal attempts. "I don't know what happened with those first two extra points," Sarkisian said after practice. "I don't know if we had missed an extra point in four years." Sean Parker also had a block during a 34-yard field goal attempt by Cameron Van Winkle. He made his other two kicks, from 34 and 39 yards.

The returners had a great day, especially Marvin Hall and John Ross. Hall had a 95-yard return to pay dirt. The sophomore from Los Angeles went straight up the middle at full speed, made one cut outside to get to the corner and was able to outrun the cover team for six. Ross, the true freshman from Long Beach, Calif., took a punt nearly to the house before getting knocked down nearly 40 yards downfield. He had a couple of cuts back into the field that had onlookers shaking their heads. Even Jermaine Kelly got in on the action, taking a kickoff during a cover drill and still taking it out at least 40 yards.

Coaches Play It Like A Game: This was the first time the coaches ran game scenarios, including using their headsets and running their units completely from the sidelines. The Pac-12 had a crew there, led by head referee Jay Stricherz. The ones and twos never played against each other all day; it was always No. 1 offense versus No. 2 defense and No. 2 offense versus No. 1 defense. The threes did play against each other, for the most part. The only time this pattern changed was during a two-minute drill, when the one offense ripped down the field and Travis Coons hit a field goal. The twos were stymied during their attempt to run two-minute.

Position Battles Emerge: Colin Tanigawa and James Atoe both took plenty of reps at right guard today, and Shane Brostek also took some reps there with the twos. At the RUSH spot, both Cory Littleton and Josh Shirley are battling away, but don't forget about Hauoli Jamora, who is moving up the charts quickly. Both Trevor Walker and Kevin King got a lot of reps with the twos at safety, and Jermaine Kelly and Tre Watson took a ton of reps at No. 2 corner with Peters out and Cleveland Wallace taking his spot opposite Greg Ducre.

In the slot, Jaydon Mickens started out at the one spot, but John Ross also took a lot of reps with the ones and also saw some action in the backfield. After Bishop Sankey, Deontae Cooper and Dwayne Washington seem to be working the most with the twos, and Jesse Callier is also working his way back in the mix too. Ryan McDaniel got most of his work with the threes, and he was the one that was stoned near the goal-line by the defense to ignite their late-practice effort.

With Campbell out, Stringfellow has pushed his way up into the two-deeps and his two-touchdown effort Tuesday won't hurt his chances at all. At defensive tackle, Evan Hudson continues to work inside. Despite Seferian-Jenkins' injury, don't expect the former tight end to move back to offense, as it appears the coaches are happy with what Perkins, Hartvigson and freshman David Ajamu have done so far. Freshmen Joe Mathis and Elijah Qualls saw a lot of action with the twos and threes today.

Coach Baird Speaks!: We haven't gotten a chance to talk to former UW coach Dick Baird very often, but Dick was at practice Tuesday and was nice enough to stop by and gave us eight minutes of his life he'll never get back. We talked defense (I know, you're shocked) and how he feels the new Husky Stadium will impact games. You can listen to the interview HERE.

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