Fall Practice Spotlight - Day Ten

It happens almost daily in football practices across the country, but on Wednesday night, it happened in the east end of Husky Stadium as Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian unloaded on his team for several reasons, but mainly a big mistake by one of it's best players...

Sark loses it: With just a few minutes left in Wednesday's practice, QB Keith Price took a snap and darted up the middle on a quarterback keeper and before the whistle could blow, it appeared that Danny Shelton (this reporter didn't see who it was, but it has been reported that it was the junior defensive tackle) was either blocked or fell into the senior quarterback's right knee. Sarkisian did his version of the "Nestee Plunge" before having the horn blow three times, ending practice a bit earlier than expected. After gathering all of the players together, he lit into his charges, presumably about focus, discipline and player safety and then walked out with no one being available to the media for interviews.


Underclassmen show up: Wide receivers Darrell Daniels, Damore'ea Stringfellow and John Ross all had their moments and Shane Brostek, Joe Mathis, Marcus Farria, Connor O'Brien and Jermaine Kelly also made some plays with the first and second units tonight.

O'Brien burst through a gap and got a "sack" on Troy Williams before he could react; Kelly intercepted a pass from Cyler Miles in the corner of the endzone; Farria made a nice hit on RB Jesse Callier on a running play, knifing through for a tackle-for-loss; Ross had a long touchdown (see below) reception; Stringfellow got a great block on the edge, springing Dwayne Washington for a nice gain; Daniels made a nice sight-adjustment on a play, settling down in a zone, catching the ball and then taking off for a big gain down the middle; Mathis played some with the first unit and held strong against the run; Shane Brostek saw some of his first action of camp and held up well as a run-blocker from the right guard spot on the second unit.


Play of the Day: Price dropped back to pass, had a great pocket to sit in and found a streaking Ross who had been singled up on John Timu with help over the top by Sean Parker. Price laid the ball in perfectly and Ross hauled it in without breaking his stride and took it in for a 50-yard touchdown.


Runner-up Play of the Day: Miles attempted to hit what appeared to be an open Michael Hartvigson, but junior linebacker Jamaal Kearse stepped in, picked off the pass and took it back to the house for a touchdown.

Littleton goes down: Cory Littleton has had a great camp and was continuing to lead for the starting spot at the REB (rush end 'backer) position. After making a tackle against a receiver who caught a short pass, Littleton was unable to get up and was helped off the field with an apparent knee or leg injury. He was eventually taken to the locker room by cart and, since Sark didn't talk to the media, we will have to wait until Thursday to find out the specifics.


Sims makes a play: Could Antavius Sims be making a play for some more reps? The senior wideout and freshman QB Troy Williams combined for a sweet 30-yard gain as Sims fought off Cleveland Wallace to make a one-handed grab right on the sideline.


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