First scrimmage thrills fans at Husky Stadium

On a blustery Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium, 1,800 fans attended Washington's first scrimmage of the spring and they saw some big plays by both the offense and the defense as head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff put the Husky football players through their paces. There wasn't a score, but Sarkisian said for the most part he was happy with the work they put in…

"I thought (the scrimmage) was good," Sarkisian told the media after the conclusion of the two-hour workout. "We beat the weather a little bit which was good. We got the people to come out and watch. I thought the kids played hard.

"Obviously we've got a lot of things to clean up on both sides of the ball, but we were able to get a lot of areas and special situations done like in special teams, two-minute situations, goal line stuff, some short yardage stuff so we got a lot accomplished and now we can go back to the film and clean stuff up."

The number one offense had a solid day, as QB Jake Locker finished unofficially 10 of 18 for 142 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He hit WR Jermaine Kearse for a big gainer down the right sideline and then two plays later the two combined for a 10-yard touchdown when Kearse leapt high in the air in the back corner of the endzone over CB Anthony Gobern.

"Our receivers were a little up and down (today), but when they made their plays they made some plays down the field so hopefully we can find some more consistency in the passing game," Sarkisian said.

"(Kearse) is running good routes, Devin (Aguilar) is running good routes," Locker said. "They're both working really well outside and finding ways to get open."

WR Anthony Boyles had four receptions for 70 yards, but dropped another one that would have easily gone for about 25 more yards and could have given the offense a key first down.

Kearse had two receptions for 43 yards and the touchdown and Cody Bruns and Devin Aguilar each hauled in three catches.

The number one offensive line consisted of Cody Habben (LT), Ryan Tolar (LG), Mykenna Ikehara (C), Senio Kelemete (RG) and Drew Schaefer (RT). In the second half of the scrimmage, Ben Ossai replaced Tolar at left guard and Tolar moved over to center.

"We were having a little exchange issue with (Ikehara) so we just did some things," Sarkisian said. "It's not a set in stone thing. Again we're always continuing to try and work guys through and we got Tolar back to center and moved Ossai up, but Mykenna is a good center and he's going to keep getting better. He's still young and we're just trying to work on combinations and see how guys work with one another."

On defense, the number one unit consisted of: Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Darrion Jones at defensive end and Cameron Elisara and Alameda Ta'amu at tackle. The linebackers were Mason Foster and E.J. Savannah at the two outside positions and Donald Butler at inside linebacker. The starting secondary had Nate Williams and Johri Fogerson at safety with Quinton Richardson and Marquis Persley at corner.

Sarkisian praised the effort of the starting defensive line.

"I thought our number one defensive front did a nice job of stopping the run and getting to the quarterback," Sarkisian said. "Coach Holt did a nice job with his pressure packages."

Jones and Te'o-Nesheim consistently provided pressure on Locker throughout the afternoon, and the junior quarterback took notice.

"They did good today," Locker said. "They got up the field, caused me to get out of the pocket a couple of times and I think they did a good job up front.

"It's harder (not being able to run), but it's good for me to stay in the pocket a little bit longer, look down the field and see if I can't complete passes instead of getting out and running it. You want to give the play called a chance and if there's nothing there you have to go and try and make a play."

Also getting two quick "sacks" before Fouch could set up was DT De'Shon Matthews. Quarterbacks were not live, so the referee crew on hand blew the play dead as soon as the quarterback was touched.

Also generating pressure was redshirt freshman DT Craig Noble, who beat his man to the inside and came right up into the face of Fouch. The effort by Noble resulted in Fouch missing a receiver on 3rd and 5.

As far as the secondary and linebackers were concerned, Butler and Trenton Tuiasosopo led the team with five tackles each, while Tuiasosopo and LB Kurt Mangum both hauled in interceptions.

CB Justin Glenn caused a fumble when he hit Boyles shortly after the redshirt freshman receiver had hauled in a pass from Fouch. He also notched three more tackles on the day.

CB Adam Long had the big hit of the day, hammering Polk after the diminutive wideout took a short pass from Fouch.

Washington will take Sunday off and then return to the practice field on Monday at 4 p.m.


Another solid day for Bronson: "I liked (Demitrius) Bronson again," Sarkisian said when asked who stood out. "He's the same kid we keep talking about. He did some really good things."

The freshman back continued to get a bulk of the carries with the first team. He notched over 28 yards on 13 carries while also contributing two one-yard touchdown plunges.

When asked if Bronson is the number one back, Sarkisian noted, "I think we have to wait to get everyone back. He just continues to impress. Obviously the pass protection stuff is an area has to continue to work on, but he can run the ball that's for sure."


Special teams shows up: K Erik Folk continued to build on some solid outings recently hitting his three attempts – from 47, 36 and 46 – while also hitting both of his PATs.

"I was really happy with Folk hitting his field goals," Sarkisian said. "He really struck the ball well today with the wind and I think that was a big plus for us."

WR Jordan Polk had an 80-yard kickoff return that generated a loud cheer from the fans in attendance.

Shaw injury news: RB Curtis Shaw went down about midway through the first part of the scrimmage with what looked like a knee injury. Sarkisian noted that Shaw had bruised his left knee on Friday and it got hit again, so "he'll be fine."

Recruits in the house: Redmond OL Colin Porter; Lakes LB Darius Waters (UW Commit); Skyline QB Jake Heaps; Jackson QB Andy Gay; Lakes RB Willis Wilson; Centennial (British Columbia) WR Lemar Durant; Central Catholic (Oregon) teammates Jordan Perry, Joe Lopez and Ben Bradach; Wenatchee C Mike Marboe; Puyallup DT Joshua Garnett (2013); Kentridge ATH Devin Topps; Auburn S Chris Young (UW commit).

Heaps was hosting two signees while they were on their spring breaks: Kyle Van Noy from McQueen High School in Reno, Nev. and Ross Apo from Arlington, Tex. Both players are LDS. Van Noy, a 2009 prospect, has already signed with BYU, and Apo, a 2010 signee, has verbally committed to Texas.

Other notables on the sidelines: Dave "Softy" Mahler; Hugh Millen; Scott Garnett; Ray Roberts; Mark Stewart; Eric Roy; Darrin Harris; Mark Stewart; and Brock Huard.


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