Practice report - 8/10 PM

The midday sun greeted the Washington Husky football team and never left this afternoon, pelting the players with plenty of heat. It wasn't enough for Rick Neuheisel, as he finished the 2 and a half hour workout with conditioning in Dempsey indoor practice facility. There was plenty of good work from both sides as Neuheisel constantly exhorted his troops with emphatic shouts of 'Don't be lazy!'.

Nate Robinson was with Charles Frederick returning punts during the first period of work, only to seemingly disappear.

The explosive sprinter then showed up donning a purple jersey so he could work with the defense. The former Rainier Beach star looked very good at cornerback.

One of the better moments in practice came when the 5-9 Robinson and the 6-4 Eddie Jackson fought for a ball in the air. The coverage was great and the battle was great, but Jackson came down with the pigskin in the melee.

A scary moment occured when Roc Alexander and Paul Arnold were fighting for the ball in the middle of the field. Both went down in a heap, with Roc immediately getting up and heading to the sidelines. He didn't practice the rest of the day with what appeared to be an injury to his repaired shoulder. He later put his jersey back on but did not participate.

Nathan Rhodes continues to wear red and Andre Reeves was a no-show this afternoon.

One receiver that did bring his game during the second session was Charles Frederick. He caught a beautifully-thrown deep ball from Isaiah Stanback over the outstretched arms of Eric Shyne and Evan Benjamin ET made it look so easy.

Another player that had a good day overall catching the ball was fullback Zach Tuiasosopo. Zach caught basically everything that was thrown his way and showed some quicks on the outside. He is big, but hasn't lost his speed.

The running backs who showed off their skills this afternoon were Rich Alexis and Shelton Sampson. Chris Singleton and Kenny James also took some carries and looked good.

Cody Pickett, Taylor Barton and Casey Paus all showed greater accuracy and crisper deliveries in the afternoon session. Cody especially looks like he's ready for the season to start.

Jason Simonson and Dan Dicks worked together as offensive guards along with Brad Vanneman was at center when the backup unit was in.

On defense, Husky fans will be excited to see Brandon Ala (freshman) and Manase Hopoi (sophomore) on the ends of the line. Ala will likely redshirt this year but he looks great with Hopoi on the other side. Ala got the better of OL Francisco Tipoti and flushed out QB Casey Paus.

DE Donnie Mateaki, DT Junior Coffin, and DE Graham Lasee all looked very active today.

Joseph Lobendahn and Ben Mahdavi are getting the early looks as the ones at inside linebacker. Lobendahn turned an ankle but worked through the pain and continued to impress.

At DB, when Roc went down, Sam Cunningham came in and played in Roc's place.

Chris Massey had perhaps the best day of all the corners, shutting down everyone he went up against during the 1-1's. With the addition of Robinson to the corner rotation, this group of defensive backs just got a little deeper and a lot more athletic.


Offensive play of the afternoon: That would go to Cody Pickett and Wilbur Hooks Jr.. Hooks blew past Sam Cunningham and took in Pickett's perfect toss to shouts of approval of those in attendance.

Defensive play of the afternoon: Matt Fountaine's parents have been in Seattle ever since Matt came up to start fall camp. They've been waiting patiently for their son to make a play and today he didn't disappoint. He neatly gobbled up a Felix Sweetman pass intended for Charles Frederick and headed the other way for a big play.

Notes:
Injury report: WR Reggie Williams again sat out, resting a foot strain. He did do some light running and cutting on the side of the field. WR Pat Reddick did some rehab excercises on his right leg during practice. After sitting out the morning session, WR Justin Robbins and REB Kai Ellis both participated this afternoon and looked 100%.

One more position switch: Kentridge's Eric Hass, a frosh walk-on, played at fullback during the newcomer camp. Today he was switched to SAM. He'll be playing with Jafar Williams, Tyler Krambrink, Ty Eriks and Will Conwell.

New returns: Besides Frederick and Derrick Johnson, Nate Robinson and Matthew Fountaine were also used as return men during special teams drills.

Dawgman.com Top Stories