Hemphill's first practice as a member of the Washington football team, which he couldn't fully participate in due to NCAA guidelines for incoming freshmen, was far and away the most calm of the fall thus far.
The reason? It was only two hours, the players were without pads, and the practice was almost entirely centered around special teams.
While Hemphill worked on his backpedal on the sidelines, much of the rest of the team spent the first hour or so of practice watching the special teams units run through different situations.
They practiced the rarities of football, going over parts of the game that weren't covered in the past: kickoffs after safeties, kick returns after safeties, punt from deep in their own territory.
It was just the latest move by Keith Gilbertson's staff that hadn't been done in previous seasons. A few days ago, the team practiced overtime, another facet of the game that went unpracticed prior to Gilbertson's hiring.
A few quick observations of the kicking game and punting game:
Each consistently nails anything inside of 30 yards. Knudson gets the ball up higher with straighter end-over-end rotation, as was noted this morning. Braunstien's kicks are a bit lower but with more behind them.
Neither has shown the ability to make anything longer than 40 yards, which will be a change from the past when good 'ol Johnny Anderson had the ability to boot them through from 50-plus.
At punter, Gilbertson said today that Garth Erickson has been the most consistent of the trio of punters hoping to win the starting job.
Sean Douglas, while inconsistent, is the scholarship punter. He potentially has the biggest upside, booming it the further when he hits it right, and it'll be difficult to leave him on the bench.
Isaak Woldeit is providing good competition, and can't be counted out of the race either.
Meanwhile, on the other practice field, the second and third offenses got some work with Cody Pickett running the show.
That's when Sonny Shackelford, who dropped a couple balls in the morning, made one of the only highlights of the otherwise workman-like practice. He ran a deep route and hauled in an over-the-shoulder catch with Kim Taylor in coverage. Pickett put the ball right where it needed to be.
Taylor rebounded two plays later when he picked off a pass that bounced off the hands of Corey Williams.
After 10 days of practicing, the Huskies will put what they've learned over the last week-in-a-half to use on Saturday in the first scrimmage of the fall. That'll be a time when some will rise up the depth chart while others will fall.
What's Ahead: The Huskies will hold the first scrimmage of the fall Saturday at noon at The Evergreen State College. Like all practices have been thus far, it'll be open to the public.
Injury Report: Gilbertson said after practice that he expects Ben Bandel and Clay Walker to participate in Saturday's scrimmage. Joe Toledo (groin), Charles Smith (hand) and Chris Massey (hamstring) likely will miss out.