Spring football - Day One recap

On Thursday, the media was allowed a glimpse into the Washington football program's inner workings, partaking in the Huskies' first full spring practice. Per NCAA rules, the Huskies can't practice with full gear on until Saturday, but there was plenty to talk about as new personnel and coaches emerged onto the Montlake scene.

J.D. Williams was right in the thick of things Thursday, jumping into his new job as defensive backs job with gusto. He'll have his work cut out for him, as he has two cornerbacks returning with experience (Durrell Moss worked out at safety).

On the offensive line, with the news of Mike Denbrock possibly being out for the full spring, it wasn't too unusual to see Kyle Benn in the position of coaching up the Washington OL. He did it last year as a grad aide, but now he's the interim OL coach. Bob Simmons, who is normally in charge of the tight ends, was chipping in, working a lot with the offensive line too. Don't expect as dramatic a dropoff in coaching between Denbrock and Benn, as the UW players are very familiar with Benn's teachings, and Denbrock will most certainly be kept up-to-date as to what's going on and he'll have his input - even if it might be from afar.

As far as a typical first practice of spring, it definitely had that feel. Lots of dropped passes and balls put on the field turf - and lots of angry coaches chewing players out for a lack of focus. But a lot of work was done in the two-hour-plus workout, heavy on the 'fundamentals' emphasis UW Head Coach Tyrone Willingham alluded to earlier in the day.

Here's a quick breakdown of who lined up where, and in order (to the best of my eyesight):
Offense:
QB - Isaiah Stanback, Johnny DuRocher, Carl Bonnell
RB - Louis Rankin, Kenny James, J.R. Hasty
FB - Mark Palaita, Luke Kravitz
WR - Sonny Shackelford, Corey Williams
WR - Anthony Russo, Cody Ellis
TE - Rob Lewis, Michael Gottlieb
LT - Nathan Flowers, Ben Ossai
LG - Stanley Daniels, Willie Kava
C - Juan Garcia, Clay Walker
RG - Clay Walker, Ryan Bush
RT - Chad Macklin, Casey Bulyca
Defense:
DE - Walt Winter, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
DT - Wilson Afoa, Erick Lobos
DT - Donny Mateaki, Jordan Reffett
DE - Greyson Gunheim, Brandon Ala
OLB - Scott White, Daniel Howell
ILB - Tahj Bomar, Trenton Tuiasosopo
OLB - Chris Stevens, E.J. Savannah
CB - Matt Fountaine, Jordan Murchison
CB - Roy Lewis, Desmond Davis
SS - C.J. Wallace (red), Durrell Moss
FS - Dashon Goldson, Chris Hemphill

Other notes:
Jordan White-Frisbee and Johnie Kirton both were running stairs while rehabbing their injured feet.

During 7-7 drills, Carl Bonnell looked the best of the three QB's, throwing lasers across the middle. Walk-on WR Wade Gurnett was the beneficiary of a couple of strikes in the deep third. During 11-11's, none of the QB's stood out, in my opinion.

Daniel Howell and Trenton Tuiasosopo were the vocal leaders on defense, making sure the defensive calls along the sideline were heard loud and clear.

Play of the day: a perfectly-thrown deep strike from Isaiah Stanback to Sonny Shackelford, who made an over-the-shoulder catch in stride, with tight coverage by Matt Fountaine.

In the crowd: Former UW center Blair Bush, UW signee Ashlee Palmer and a walk-on prospect from St. Bonaventure HS in Calif. - sorry, don't have a name.


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