UW Practice Notes

SEATTLE - As with the five-day acclimatization rule for all Division-1 football programs, the Washington Huskies will have to wait until Friday or Saturday to start hitting each other with full pads. But they still got in as much as possible during their first workout of the fall.

The practice, which lasted approximately 150 minutes, saw the Huskies go through 1-1's, 7-7's, 11-11's - as well as individual position work and work on special teams. E.J. Savannah, who is currently academically ineligible, was seen on the sidelines in street clothes for the first part of practice. Every snap during the 7-7's and 11-11's was done under center.

Jake Locker, Ronnie Fouch, Taylor Bean, Luther Leonard and Justin Gunn made up the quarterbacking corps Monday, with Locker and Fouch clearly getting the lion's share of the meaningful repetitions.

Chris Polk, who did most of his work this spring with the receivers, played exclusively with the running backs Monday, leading to speculation that Polk just might challenge Brandon Johnson for the starting spot. Johnson, Brandon Yakaboski, Willie Griffin, Terrance Dailey, David Freeman and Johri Fogerson were the other backs that took reps during the first practice. At fullback, time was split between Paul Homer, Luke Kravitz, Austin Sylvester and Tobias Togi.

At reciever, D'Andre Goodwin and Curtis Shaw were almost always at the head of the line for any drills they did with their position coach, Charlie Baggett. Alvin Logan, Charles Hawkins, Devin Aguilar and Anthony Boyles were not far behind. For the freshmen, Cody Bruns and Jermaine Kearse stood out as potential playmakers this fall, catching passes and looking good doing so. Chancellor Young, Tony Chidiac, Jordan Polk and Vincente Cordova were also among the receivers that put in substantial work.

Chris Izbicki, who was charged with two misdemeanors stemming from an incident during the KUBE Summer Jam at the White River Amphitheater, was at practice and participated for all of it. According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Izbicki is scheduled to be arraigned August 14th in King County District Court. This could open up a spot for freshman TE Kavario Middleton, who caught a lot of passes Monday. Incumbent Michael Gottlieb held down most of the first-team reps, with Izbicki, Middleton, Walt Winter and Romeo Savant taking the rest of the snaps.

At center, the big question was whether or not Juan Garcia could practice. Well, he did, but for only the first period or so. After that they let him do some work on the side of the field. Clearly the sixth-year senior is not happy with having to sit out, but UW Head Coach Tyrone Willingham said earlier Monday that they were going to take a 'very guarded' approach with regard to Garcia's Lisfranc injury. He did have ice on his foot afterwards, but it appeared to be nothing more than precautionary.

Matt Sedillo and Greg Christine took most of the reps, but Ryan Tolar took some and freshman Mykenna Ikehara also took a few. Ikehara probably got his OL teammates fired up during a 1-1 drill when he more than handled his own against third-year DT Cameron Elisara.

New guard transfer Nick Scott definitely looked all of 6-foot-5 and 300-plus pounds, but didn't get a ton of meaningful work in. I expect we'll see more of him as the week progresses. When Tolar wasn't trying his hand at center, he was working his left guard spot with Jordan White-Frisbee. Both are physically very mature and it showed as they pushed around some of the younger players. Casey Bulyca and Scott Shugert held down the right guard duties. Morgan Rosborough and Allen Carroll also put in some good work during the day, but if Day One is any indication Carroll will probably spend more time learning this fall and less time playing.

At tackle, Ben Ossai and Cody Habben held down the left and right spots, respectively. Mark Armelin, Skyler Fancher, Drew Schaefer and Terence Thomas all put in a lot of work as OL Coach Mike Denbrock moved the big men quickly through their paces.

On the other side of the ball, the defensive line was certainly missing some beef up front with Craig Noble and Senio Kelemete out due to being ineligible. Cameron Elisara and De'Shon Matthews held down the No. 1 defensive tackle spots, while Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Darrion Jones were the No. 1 defensive ends. Jovon O'Connor, at 247 pounds, has been moved to defensive end. Big Alameda Ta'amu, listed at 348 pounds, was a factor early but went off with a trainer and came back to the action with just over 10-15 left in practice. Johnie Kirton, Tyrone Duncan, Nick Wood and Dan Kanczugowski were the other defensive tackles that worked out, while Kalani Aldrich, Pete Galbraith and Everrette Thompson were holding up their end on the outside.

The linebacking corps picked up the slack for Savannah. As Willingham stated earlier in the day, Joshua Gage, Donald Butler and Mason Foster were the number-one linebackers in play Monday afternoon. Trenton Tuiasosopo, Chris Stevens, Matt Houston, Cort Dennison, Kurt Mangum, Bradly Roussel, T.J. Poe, Brandon Huppert and Riley Gervais also received a lot of playing time and got their licks in despite not being in full pads.

At safety, Nate Williams and Victor Aiyewa seemed to be the first ones in, although Jason Wells and Darin Harris made their presence felt as well. Tripper Johnson, Desmond Davis, Greg Walker and Taylor Lappano were also in this group, with Tripper probably having the best day of the rest.

Just like the end of spring, Mesphin Forrester and Quinton Richardson started out with the ones at corner. Matt Mosley, Byron Davenport and Vonzell McDowell, Jr. also got a lot of work on the edges, with Marquis Persley, Justin Glenn, Anthony Gobern and Adam Long backing them up.

During the 11-11 work, Locker found Mike Gottlieb with their first rep for a touchdown from 14 yards out. The next pass Locker tried to find Devin Aguilar in the end zone, but the ball was batted away on some pretty defense by Mesphin Forrester on an island. When it was Ronnie Fouch's turn, he wasted no time in finding frosh WR Jermaine Kearse in the corner for a score over Forrester's outstretched hands.

In contrast to the spring, there was some extensive special teams work put in. At punt return, D'Andre Goodwin, Aguilar, Matt Mosley, Vonzell McDowell, Jr., Cody Bruns, Jordan Polk, Byron Davenport and Johri Fogerson.

Faces in the crowd: Acting AD Scott Woodward was in attendance, as well as radio personalities Dave 'Softy' Mahler and former UW and NFL QB Hugh Millen. West Seattle ATH Aaron Grymes appeared to be at practice with his mother, and he received plenty of attention from both Willingham, as well as from UW Men's Basketball Coach Lorenzo Romar. Kavario Middleton's parents - Tamera and Reggie - were there, as well as O'Dea WR Alonzo Jackson and his father.

Kirton call: Senior DT Johnie Kirton led the team's Husky Jacks today.

Coaching through the pain: OL Coach Mike Denbrock and TE Coach Brian White both had surgeries over the summer, but you would never have known it by the energy they put out there on the field Monday. Neither appeared to be hampered at all by the hot conditions.

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