Offense impressive in sixth practice

The offense had a good showing in today's high-tempo practice in the Dempsey Center. Big plays by WR Anthony Boyles and Demitrius Bronson highlighted what Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian said was a good day of work even though the team was just in helmet's and shorts.

While Boyles hauled in a beautifully thrown 40-yard from QB Ronnie Fouch, Bronson ripped off a 65-yard touchdown run in the 11-on-11 phase of practice and Sarkisian noted that it's just more of the same from the true freshman back.

"There he goes again," Sarkisian said with a smile. "It seems like once a day he gets free into the secondary and makes a big play and he did it again today.

"It's pretty amazing. He's a young kid, this is his sixth practice in division one football and he's doing it every day. Obviously there are the little things like protection and route-running that he's got to continue to work on, but he's got a knack for running the football that's for sure."

Bronson showed up at Montlake weighing in at just over 220 pounds.

"It wasn't good weight either," Bronson said with a sheepish grin on his face. "It wasn't that I was in bad cardio shape, but man, I learned a lot about nutrition and working out and I lost the weight pretty quickly."

He now tips the scales at a solid 210 pounds and he said he feels a lot more explosive.

"I'm running faster and I'm finally starting to ‘get it'," Bronson said. "For the first few practices I was just like ‘whoa' and now I know where the hole is going to be and in college it closes so much faster so you have to anticipate where it's going to be and go and all of that is just feel."

Bronson missed qualifying in time to arrive with the rest of the 2008 recruiting class last summer, so this year he said he's focused on academics and doing what comes naturally on the field.

"I definitely love this game and I love to play," Bronson said. "Sitting out last year was tough, but now I have this extra time to come in and be ready for next fall.

"If I had come in last summer, it would have been tough because I wasn't used to all that is asked of you and all that and the speed of the game is just more intense. Now I've got this chance to come in and be ahead of the game and know what the coaches want from me and what I can do in this offense."

Whatever it is, Bronson plans to do more of the same in coming weeks as he continues on in spring ball and showing the coaches they might not be able to keep him off the field.

Leonard makes a move: Many speculated over the winter that redshirt freshman QB Luther Leonard was a better fit at wide receiver and after five practices it appears the Husky coaching staff agreed as he was seen running with the wideouts in team drills today.

"We're just trying to maximize his ability," Sarkisian said after practice. "He's a terrific athlete and he just wasn't getting enough reps at quarterback and we felt like we've got a really good athlete on our roster, let's try to utilize him.

"We used him on some special teams today and we incorporated him some at the wide receiver spot and he looked really good and I'm anxious to watch him grow at this position and see what happens."

Roussel missing: Sarkisian noted that redshirt freshman LB Bradley Roussel missed today's practice while dealing with some academic issues.

Locker improving: QB Jake Locker got several "atta boys" from the coaching staff today in decisions he made with the football. One came when he threw the ball out of bounds on a redzone play where nothing was open.

"You know I though Jake was a lot better today," Sarkisian said. "There was a lot of emphasis on throwing the ball today, that's why we were inside, and he threw the ball well.

"I don't think we caught the ball particularly well today, but I thought he threw the ball better with more accuracy, on time, so I was really impressed with Jake."

Offensive line re-shuffle: Today's number one offensive line was as follows – LT Cody Habben, LG Ryan Tolar, C Mykenna Ikehara, RG Senio Kelemete and RT Drew Schaefer.

The second unit consisted of Skylar Fancher at LT, Ben Ossai at LG, Greg Christine at C, Morgan Rosborough at RG and Allen Carroll at RT.

"We're just letting guys know that it's not what you've done before, it's what you do now," Sarkisian said. "It's been on a clean slate and we're trying to reward the guys that are playing with great effort, that are doing things right down after down after down the opportunity to show what they can do versus the ones and we're going to have to take a look at the film and see how it looks."

Special teams getting more special: "We're putting a lot of emphasis on it and it's growing and growing and growing," Sarkisian said. "I think we've got some really good frontline guys. We're trying to develop some guys that can fit in to a few spots so if something happens to one, two or three, one guy can play all those spots.

"I'm real anxious to get our young kids in here because that's really the reason we recruited a lot of those kids to come in and contribute on special teams right away, but so far so good. I think they're taking to the coaching, they're understanding the emphasis of speed and effort and I think our guys have responded really well."

Folk on the money: K Erik Folk went 4-of-5 on his field goal attempts with his only miss coming from 52 yards away. Coach Sarkisian praised his efforts and said he sees the improvements in what he's been doing on a daily basis.

Seeing red: Wearing red but participating in most of the drills were CB Vonzell McDowell, CB Matt Mosley and DT Nick Wood.

RB Brandon Johnson was also in red, but he spent the entire practice working with the trainers. Joining him were RB Chris Polk and RB Brandon Yakaboski.

Sarkisian noted that he didn't expect WR D'Andre Goodwin and RB David Freeman or any of the other "gimpy" players for tomorrows scrimmage although "sometimes guys make those miraculous recoveries for scrimmages," he added with a smile on his face.

Saturday is scrimmage day: Sarkisian noted the team will cover the special situations they've been working on the past six practices and "now it's time to test them."

He also noted that he expects the team to get 80 to 90 reps in during tomorrow's full-pads workout that begins at 1 p.m. in Husky Stadium. Top Stories