Practice Spotlight - Day 11

SEATTLE - As the Washington Huskies wind their way through the Dawg Days of Fall Camp - Day 11, to be exact - it's all about the little things and the details that help push players and coaches through to game week. Steve Sarkisian's impromptu post-practice walk-off Wednesday night after Keith Price took a shot.

Price was no worse for the wear, but Sark's patience had worn thin. Twenty-four hours later, everything seemed to be back to normal.

"It's been an issue that we've had - and I'd much rather have it be that way than where I've gotta tell these guys to play harder," Sarkisian said after practice Thursday. "We're just playing so hard right now that we're falling on the ground. And we know that when it gets to a point where it starts dealing with your quarterback, it's not okay. We need to make sure that we understand that 29 practices, we can't go full live all the time. We won't make it. We won't make it to the first ball game.

"I love that this is what I have to do. I love that I have to try and hold on to the leash of these Dawgs and hold onto them, because these guys? When you let go of the leash, they are going to run and they are going to play hard and they are going to be physical…which is a good problem to have. So they understand; we talk about it daily. I thought the guys came out today and had probably our best practice of staying off the ground and we were still playing fast and flying around with really good energy."

No time frame on Seferian-Jenkins injury: Sark had no news on ASJ, but did confirm that ASJ did have surgery on his pinky. With ASJ out, the Evan Hudson question came back; Sark was unequivocal in his praise of Hudson's move to DL and he's going to stay there for the immediate future. Sark said he's been getting better every day.

"Evan's doing awesome," Sarkisian said of the junior from Bothell. "Shoot, he's starting for us; he's exactly what we were looking for. And to Evan's credit, he's gotten better and better and better every practice since we've been going. And for us, because of what we're doing, to have a strong-side defensive end that's that physical and take on double-teams - whether that's guards and tackles or tackles and tight ends - is really essential. And he's doing a good job."

Littleton's Injury Not A Concern: Cory Littleton was back and working some - Sark said he could have played today if it was a game. In other connected news, Connor Cree was back in yellow and Andrew Hudson didn't appear to be working all that much but guys, giving freshman Joe Mathis plenty of reps with the ones. DiAndre Campbell and Marcus Peters started to work their way back into camp. Erik Kohler was at practice again, his foot still in a boot. Sark mentioned post-practice the they tried to rest John Ross, but the frosh wideout worked quite a bit too on the day.

Bobo Making A Push: When asked about Travis Feeney not seeing all the action with the ones today, Sark said that it's more about Princeton Fuimaono and the camp that he's having. Sark said he would have a hard time thinking the senior linebacker could play any better than he has so far in camp. "It seems like every day he's making tackles, he's breaking up passes, he's sacking the quarterback. He's had a really good training camp; he's been unbelievable on special teams. We're just trying to reward a guy for playing well.

"The linebacking group for us defensively is probably our best position group. When you look at those guys…Jamaal Kearse has had a good camp, Thomas Tutogi has had a good camp for us - and then you look at the other guys like Shaq and John Timu…it's a pretty good group."

Shaq Thompson had an interception Thursday when a Keith Price pass intended for Kasen Williams was tipped by Sean Parker and Shaq was at the right place to gobble up the rebound.

Scrimmage Rehash: When asked about Tuesday's scrimmage, Sark noted how the offense was efficient in the red zone, how the defense responded to the offense's efforts, and how the return games showed up. Sark mentioned Reggie Bush when talking about John Ross and a cut he made during a big punt return last Tuesday. "John Ross's punt return…he made a cut in that scrimmage on the punt return that was reminiscent of an old number 5 I used to coach (Bush)…it was a full-speed violent cut, and it was impressive."

Thursday Kicking Update: Travis Coons was 3-4 with a long of 36; Cameron Van Winkle was 2-4 with a long of 47 yards.

OL Depth Taking Shape: Give or take a move - like James Atoe getting some reps at right tackle and Coleman Shelton moving up to get some time at the No. 2 left tackle spot - the three-deeps along the offensive line seems pretty set. From left tackle to right tackle, here are the ones: Ben Riva, Dexter Charles, Mike Criste, Colin Tanigawa, Micah Hatchie. The twos: Jake Eldrenkamp, Siosifa Tufunga, Shane Brostek and James Atoe. The threes: Coleman Shelton, Cory Fuavai, Dane Crane, Taylor Hindy, and Andrew Kirkland.

Defensive Back Depth: We're seeing some combinations emerge, especially with the safety spot. Thursday there seemed to be three very distinct pairings: Sean Parker/Will Shamburger; Trevor Walker/Kevin King; Taz Stevenson/Brandon Beaver. At cornerback, Peters started to work his way back, so it would be Greg Ducre/Marcus Peters/Cleveland Wallace with the ones, Tre Watson/Jermaine Kelly/Patrick Enewally with the twos.

Offensive Play Of The Day: There were a few to choose from, but I loved a throw Jeff Lindquist made over the top, catching Darrell Daniels perfectly in stride for what would have been roughly a 60-yard touchdown pitch-and-catch. It was a very well-worked play. Honorable Mention: Psalm Wooching finding himself one-on-one with Josh Shirley and beating him deep, gathering in a Keith Price pass and turning it into an 80-yard touchdown. That one got the offensive fired up.

The Defensive Play Of The Day was the aforementioned pick by Shaq Thompson.

A Conversation with Dan Cozzetto: Coach doesn't always want to talk during camp, but when the media has a chance to speak with Dan he never disappoints. Holding court, Cozzetto talked a lot about Sark's hurry-up offense, how he recruits lineman nowadays, the development of his offensive linemen, position flexibility, his personality and role as the elder statesman of the coaching staff, who has stepped up in camp and having to deal with injuries when they inevitability crop up. He also gives his viewpoint at the end as to what he believes is 'The Washington Way' to play football. To listen to the 13-minute interview, click HERE

A Conversation with Rob Rang: Rob is an NFL Draft Insider with, and SportsRadioKJR - a great guy to know in the greater-Seattle community when it comes to understanding the draft, who is moving up and down draft boards, and who is being targeted when looking to the future. This was Rob's first time getting a sense for what the Huskies have this year from a draft perspective, and also the first time in quite a while where there has been multiple players to watch out for. Rob and I broke down the Huskies, who the draft experts are looking for heading into the 2014 draft and who might come out when talking about the draft-eligible players like Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Kasen Williams, Bishop Sankey and Danny Shelton. Rob also has some interesting insight as to who he thinks might be Washington's top draftable player for 2014, and here's a hint; it may not be who you think it is. To listen to the seven-minute chat with Rob, click HERE. Top Stories