Practice news and notes - 8/9

Saturday morning's practice spent a lot of time on special teams and tempo, without a ton of one-on-one work. You can tell by watching the offensive and defensive groups that they are just chomping at the bit to really lay a lick on someone. There were some NFL scouts in attendance taking in the action, as the team put in their paces before this afternoon's Picture Day.

There was only one major scare injury-wise, as Mike Thompson, a senior walk-on center from Colorado twisted his knee going up against true frosh Wilson Afoa in a pass rush drill. Mike won't travel with the team to Olympia this afternoon, as an MRI is scheduled for Sunday. UW head coach Keith Gilbertson said the knee joint is stable and doesn't expect Mike to miss more than a couple of days. Losing Thompson for some time may have more of an impact on special teams than on the OL, as he's in a battle with Jerome Stevens for the short-snapping duties.

Derrick Bradley, a true frosh cornerback from Mukilteo (Wash.) Kamiak, bruised his shoulder yesterday and remained in red today but his injury is not considered serious at all. Another true frosh, Charles Smith, also continued to wear red as his stitched-up hand continues to heal.

With special teams front and center, there was a telling play from the get-go that shows just how far this team has before they are ready to face the Ohio State Buckeyes August 30th. Evan Knudson was lined up for a field goal. Scott Pelluer had the team set up the scenario so that Knudson's kick was in the final minute of the game and it was for the win. The players started hooting and hollering, trying to get to Evan. The snap came up high, and by the time Knudson got the kick off Matt Fountaine was around the edge and smothered the pigskin right off of his boot.

The defense went nuts, as Fountaine tried to 'scoop and score', but he couldn't field the ball cleanly, earning groans from his teammates.

The punting was much better than yesterday, as all three punters worked on consistency and getting the ball off with a higher trajectory. Sean Douglas, the true frosh from Omaha, Nebraska, is still getting his legs under him. And Isaak Woldeit, a junior walk-on from Mariner High School is keeping right up with Sean and isn't going to give the youngster a free pass into a starting job.

Offensively, the biggest gains made today were by the true freshmen receiving corps. Anthony Russo, Bobby Whithorne, Quintin Daniels and Corey Williams continue to impress. But the catch of the day was by - you guessed it - Reggie Williams. The junior from Lakewood went streaking down the field with Roc Alexander on his six but Cody Pickett put the ball where only big number one could get after it. And he did, hauling down a beautiful strike. 'Pickett to Williams' has become as commonplace as 'another hit for Edgar Martinez' , but it will never get old.

Scouts on tap: Scouts from the San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints were seen on the sidelines Saturday morning. San Diego is in town to play Seattle Saturday night.

Movin' on out: After Picture Day, the team will load up and head on down to Olympia, where they will have 9 practices and one scrimmage in 7 days' work. All the practices, including the noon scrimmage on Saturday the 16th, are open to the public. Top Stories