8/11 AM Practice Report

Another gorgeous Seattle morning met the University of Washington football team as they began their third workout as a full squad. There was a lot of work put in this morning, and the team was rewarded with a dip in the cooling pools set up alongside the southeast end of Husky Stadium.

The offensive line was out very early this morning and OL Coach Brent Myers put them through their paces. They were without the services of sophomore tackle Andre Reeves, who has decided to transfer out of UW. As of this morning, it's unclear where Reeves may transfer.

Offensive linemen Khalif Barnes, Nick Newton, Aaron Butler, Elliott Zajac and Todd Bachert looked like a solid group of potential starters. Others in the mix include Ryan Brooks, Robin Meadow, Jason Simonson, Dan Dicks, and Brad Vanneman.

OL Francisco Tipoti stayed after practice doing extra conditioning with Nick Newton. It's clear Tipoti is working very hard to get in the rotation. Frosh Nathan Rhodes continues to sit out with a lower leg issue.

Roc Alexander came back to practice today and took part in most of the drills, including special teams. It looks like whatever shoulder condition he suffered yesterday wasn't serious enough to keep him out. He did not wear a red shirt today.

Other players that did their 'one-a-day' workouts this morning were Kai Ellis and Patrick Reddick. Kai came out to practice without knee braces and looked good running.

Wide Receivers Reddick, Eddie Jackson, Charles Frederick and Wilbur Hooks Jr. looked awesome and made big plays througout the morning session.

Reggie Williams, Paul Arnold and Justin Robbins all sat out this morning. Robbins will practice this afternoon, while the status on Reggie and Paul remains uncertain.

Kevin Ware led 'Husky Jacks' this morning and hit the ground running with a great workout. On the first play during 5-on-5's, Ware made a nice grab from Cody Pickett. Not to be outdone, Sophomore safety Jimmy Newell came right back and made a sweet breakup of a ball intended for Hooks.

The offense and defense battled all day, but when it came to the one-on-ones, the offense had a clear edge. Hooks, Matt DeBord, Matt Griffith and Frederick all made nice catches. Frosh DB Matthew Fountaine earned praise from Neuheisel for his effort.

Two of the younger players to watch on defense are DE Mike Savicky and OLB Ty Eriks. Eriks looked quick in the flats and has the speed to play in the open field.

Terry Johnson continues to impress from his 3-technique spot, getting a touch sack on Pickett after blowing through the inside OL. With Ellis, Johnson, Jerome Stevens and Manase Hopoi, it looks like getting pressure on the QB could happen with more regularity.

Offensive play of the morning: Again, Will Hooks gets the nod, getting clear of Matt Fountaine and Evan Benjamin and hauling in a beautiful pass from Pickett. It appeared both Fountaine and Benjamin had a bead on the ball, but their angles caused them to meet together as the ball just barely flew over their outstretched arms to Hooks in full-stride.

Defensive play of the morning: This one goes to junior safety Greg Carothers, who came up with a very nice diving pick of a pass. When it was apparent he came up with the ball, the whole defense roared their approval.

Notes: Nate still at DB: Nate Robinson remained at defensive back this morning, showing the battling spirit and competitive drive that has already made him a favorite among fans.

Paradise City: There's been an old-school feel to the warmup music of late, but they turned to an old favorite, 'Paradise City' by Guns N' Roses. Roses, you say?

Who's returning?: Derrick Johnson, Charles Frederick and Nate Robinson all looked very capable of returning punts.

Dawgman.com Top Stories