4/9 Scrimmage report

The Washington football team took part in a 100-plus play scrimmage Friday afternoon under a clear blue sky at Husky Stadium. There were some good plays, not-so-good plays and plenty of yellow flags found on the Husky Stadium field turf during the two hour-plus workout.

"It wasn't great. It was an OK spring scrimmage," UW head coach Keith Gilbertson said after the scrimmage. We got a lot of work done, a lot of quality work done. I'm pleased with the amount of plays, but the pace isn't what I would like it to be. With so many young guys, there were a lot of penalties, eleven of them.

Casey Paus went 6-11 for 114 yards and 1 touchdown. Carl Bonnell, who started out as the second quarterback to play in the scrimmage, went 5-8 for 53 yards and two touchdowns. He also had the lone interception, a leaping grab by new JC corner Josh Okoebor, who came up gingerly after a full stretch to snag the ball in mid-air.

Isaiah Stanback, the third quarterback used, went 2-4 for 19 yards. Bobby Whithorne led the receivers in catches, with 3 for 18 yards. Three WR's had two catches apiece - Charles Smith, Anthony Russo and Craig Chambers. Smith was the recipient of a 44-yard bomb from Paus for one score. Corey Williams and Jon Lyon also had touchdown grabs during the scrimmage.

"I don't think any quarterback jumped out at me today," Gilbertson said. "Each guy made some plays and then there were some things they could have done that they didn't."

Leading the rushing attack was Shelton Sampson. The sophomore from Clover Park ran 8 times for 59 yards. Louis Rankin had 5 carries for 54 yards. James Sims ran hard inside, going 5 times for 52 yards. Kenny James also had a nice day, earning 47 yards on 8 carries. Sims earned some high praise from Gilbertson after the scrimmage was complete.

"Our backs ran well. He (Sims) jumped out, made some nice runs," Gilbertson said of the junior from Las Vegas. "He missed some protections, which will happen when you're learning a new position, but I would say James is the standout of spring football right now offensively."

One thing running backs coach Cornell Jackson wasn't thrilled with was the number of balls finding the turf. He turned up the heat on more than one of his charges, getting them to understand the importance of hanging on to the ball.

On the offensive line, Chad Macklin saw a lot of time with the ones and twos at the weak tackle position, and Juan Garcia spent time at center as well as guard. "Our second team on the offensive line just doesn't have a lot of experience right now," Gilbertson said. "But I really think Stanley Daniels is going to be a good player. He's doing some nice things."

The two young safeties, C.J. Wallace and Chris Hemphill, each had 6 tackles to pace the defensive effort. Wallace started at safety with Jimmy Newell, and Hemphill saw significant time with both the ones and twos.

"I would rather they not have to make that many tackles, but if the ball is getting to them I'm glad they are tackling well," Gilbertson said of the young safeties.

Evan Benjamin and Matt Fountaine had 5 stops apiece. Benjamin also had a sack along with Robert Lewis. Cody Ellis had a nice day, forcing one fumble, recovering another and also blocking a kick.

"Defensively, Derrick Johnson and Sam Cunningham made a lot of plays," Gilbertson said. "Our corner play is good with our older kids, but defensively I was looking for it to be more brisk."

Because Manase Hopoi was not in action Friday, Donny Mateaki moved inside and Mike Mapu took over the number-one defensive end spot. Dan Milsten went down with a twisted ankle, replaced initially by Will Murphy and then by Jordan Reffett, who saw time with all three defensive teams.

Evan Knudson went perfect on the day, nailing both his attempts from 45 yards. Michael Braunstein was 1-2 from 47 yards and 1-4 from 33 yards, including one block. Sean Douglas punted the ball three times for a 46.7 yard average per kick. Knudson and Douglas are solidly in the lead at their respective positions.

"Evan Knudson kicked the ball well and Sean Douglas punted the ball well today," said Gilbertson. "Evan is clearly ahead in the field goal position."

In attendance: There were plenty of former Husky players and coaches hanging around the scrimmage today. Former coaches Jim Lambright and Dick Baird were spotted on the sidelines, and former players Marques Tuiasosopo, Pat Conniff, Reggie Williams, Rod Jones and Mark Stewart were also seen watching practice. Also a former recruit, Franklin's Cleodis Floyd, was in the stands. Floyd will be attending Colorado State this fall.

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