Practice report - 8/11 PM

You can tell it's fall camp at the University of Washington - the sun is hot, Lake Washington looks incredibly inviting and players are playing through the dings of fall camp. That didn't diminish some outstanding play on both sides of the ball, but there's no question after four scorching workouts the team is feeling the pace.

The warmup music went back to the old-timers once again, with a medley that included 'Green Onions' by Booker T. and the MG's and Wilson Pickett's version of 'Land of a Thousand Dances'. Kudos to the homage of classic R&B.

Charles Frederick, Nate Robinson, Matthew Fountaine and Jimmy Newell all took turns catching punts. Shelton Sampson, Chris Singleton, Paul Arnold, Derrick Johnson and Roc Alexander all took kickoffs. Speed is not an area where this team is lacking.

Alexander suffered a 'subluxation' of his left shoulder yesterday when he got tangled up with Paul Arnold during one-on-ones, simply meaning his shoulder popped out of its joint and then went back in. It was to his left shoulder and not the one that was surgically repaired over the winter. He's still practicing with the team, but taking off the drills that include contact as a precautionary measure.

Both Arnold (ankle sprain) and Reggie Williams (foot strain) sat out again this afternoon. Both injuries are considered mild, and both players are just sitting out for precautionary reasons.

Braxton Cleman was doing push ups throughout the day as he sat out nursing a sore hamstring. Charles Frederick missed a pass during a drill and went down for 10 push ups. But that was about the only pass he dropped all day, looking very sharp.

The quarterbacks didn't look quite as crisp as they did in the earlier session, with plenty of balls thrown behind receivers. But the arms are definitely getting a workout. Cody Pickett did have his moments again this afternoon, going long to Eddie Jackson over the outstretched arms of Eric Shyne and Evan Benjamin. It was atonement for two earlier Jackson drops, right in front of Neuheisel.

Justin Robbins looks to be taking advantage of all his opportunities. He's only going one time a day, but this afternoon looked solid as receivers coach Bobby Kennedy cheered him on. He switched with Pat Reddick this afternoon, who is also doing 'one-a-days'.

The running backs didn't disappoint during the 11-on-11's, when Rich Alexis, Chris Singleton, Kenny James and Shelton Sampson all had very nice runs.

DT Terry "tank" Johnson blew up one play nicely as DE Kai Ellis was also in hot pursuit. Johnson gave Alexis a 'love tap', sending the junior from Boca Raton, Florida sprawling to the field turf.

During the linemen one-on-ones, several players stood out. Francisco Tipoti more than held his own against Brandon Ala this time around, getting some redemption on Ala for yesterday. Nick Newton knocked heads with Hopoi, holding his ground well. For the defensive players that got through, look no further than number 95. Donnie Mateaki wasn't working against the top group of offensive linemen, but he may soon.

Marquis Cooper showed some outstanding work at WIL linebacker, intercepting Casey Paus during one-on-ones and also coming up big with a deflection. His speed is uncanny.

Ty Eriks was given a chance to play a ton of SAM this afternoon, as Jafar Williams rested with a sore hamstring. He looked like he's learning the position well and soaking in everything Tim Hundley can throw at him. He played in front of Tyler Krambrink today.

Anthony Kelley also got a lot of work at REB today when Ellis was sitting.

Offensive play of the afternoon: This one goes to 'Fast' Eddie Jackson, who was the recipient of a pretty ball thrown by Cody Pickett. Matt Fountaine had good coverage on Eddie, but to no avail.

Defensive play of the game: I'm going to give this to Tim Galloway, even though it was really two plays back-to-back. On a running play with Shelton Sampson, Galloway blew through the middle of the line to meet and greet number 9 in the backfield. Then, Tim went back in coverage and nearly picked off a ball, showing nice athleticism to nearly come up with the ball.


Notes:
A glimpse into the future: For the last ten snaps or so during the finishing 11-on-11 drills, it was the Isaiah Stanback show. The true frosh from Seattle wowed onlookers with his scrambling and throwing abilities while on the run. On one play he ducked under the line and sprinted to his right, where he found Matt DeBord streaking underneath. As to the youth on defense, San Diego's Scott White served notice that he's ready to step up his game, making play after play at the end of practice.

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