Solid Day for offense in second scrimmage

The Huskies conducted their second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday in front of 1,600 fans at Husky Stadium, but it was the offense that had the upper hand this time around. Jake Locker had what Steve Sarkisian called his best day of the spring, while leading the number one offense to three touchdowns and a field goal on the day...

"It went well," head coach Steve Sarkisian said. "I thought we did a lot of good things. I thought we played a more consistent day, assignment-type day. I thought we were physical on both sides of the ball and with all that I still think there's a lot of room for improvement.

"A couple of balls hit the ground that in the future I think we'll make plays in the future on, but I was excited by the fact that we got after the football on defense, got a couple of turnovers and I liked the efficiency of the offense in the red zone today. We were able to score a couple of touchdowns where in the last scrimmage we were settling for field goals, but this week we were able to punch the ball into the endzone so that was exciting.

Locker had a solid day throwing the ball completing 10 of 16 for 133 yards, a touchdown and an interception and Sarkisian said it was the best the redshirt junior has looked all spring.

"He's starting to understand the nuances of the position within our system," Sarkisian said. "I thought he was much more comfortable today than he's been the entire spring.

"The one pick was a miscommunication between him and (Devin Aguilar), I thought the rest of the day he had a really good day. He felt comfortable, distributed the ball well, had great huddle presence, had good command at the line of scrimmage, I just though he handled the day well."

"I felt good today," Locker said. "Things slowed down a bit. I saw the reads I was making and it felt great.

"I think today, as a whole, there was an emphasis to run the ball a little bit and we were able to establish a pretty good running game I thought. We moved the ball well running the ball, we were able to gain positive yardage on first downs especially and put ourselves in really manageable down and distance I think it really helped our offense flow today."

Also joining Locker as a top performer on the offensive side of the ball was RB Chris Polk who managed to run for 43 yards on eight attempts including a one-yard touchdown plunge that he set up with a 24-yard run down to the one.

On the defensive side of the ball, the player of the day was LB Mason Foster who finished second on the team with seven tackles while also hauling in an interception and registering two "sacks".

"Mason did a great job," Sarkisian said. "Mason in my opinion, in the last week, he and Darrion Jones have been two of our most improved guys. He's playing faster, we're allowing him to rush the passer a little bit more and he's showing some suddenness and he's showing some good hips. Mason is really growing up and again the system is starting to settle in for him and his talents are starting to show up."

Official stats

Jake Locker - 10-16 for 133 yards, TD, one INT
Ronnie Fouch - 7-18 for 85 yards, TD, INT

Rushing Chris Polk - 8 rush, 43 yards, 1- yard TD in OT
Brandon Johnson- 6 rush, 13 yards
Demitrius Bronson- 5 rush, 25 yards, 7-yard TD run, fumble
Jake Locker- 5 rush, 6 yards
Willie Griffin- 4 rush, 35 yards
Curtis Shaw- 3 rush, 18 yards
Ronnie Fouch- 3 rush, -1 yard
David Freeman- 2 rush, 14 yards
Jordan Polk- 1 rush, 21 yards

Receiving Anthony Boyles- 3 receptions, 23 yards, 9-yard TD reception
Kavario Middleton- 3 receptions, 23 yards
Devin Aguilar- 2 receptions, 48 yards, 26-yard TD reception
Jermaine Kearse- 2 receptions, 22 yards
Demitrius Bronson- 2 receptions, 20 yards
Cody Bruns- 1 reception, 25 yards
Tony Chidiac- 1 reception, 20 yards
Ben Hayes- 1 reception, 17 yards
Paul Homer- 1 reception, 8 yards
Jordan Polk- 1 reception, 8 yards
David Freeman- 1 reception, 8 yards

Defensive Brandon Huppert - 8 tackles
Mason Foster - 7 tackles, one interception, two sacks, one punt block
Justin Glenn - 6 tackles
Greg Walker - 4 tackles
Donald Butler - 3 tackles
Trenton Tuiasosopo - 3 tackles, one sack
Kurt Mangum - 3 tackles
Nate Williams - 2 tackles
Alameda Ta'amu - 2 tackles
Matt Houston - 2 tackles
De'Shon Matthews - 2 tackles
T.J. Poe - 2 tackles
Nick Wood - 2 tackles
Pete Galbraith - 2 tackles
Tripper Johnson - 2 tackles
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim - 2 tackles
Marquis Persley - 2 tackles
Bradly Roussel - 2 tackles

Savannah dinged: Before the scrimmage started LB E.J. Savannah dinged up his shoulder and tried to go, but Sarkisian said it was something that shouldn't linger.

"He got a little shoulder thing," Sarkisian said. "It's spring ball and I know E.J. is a tough kid. I'm not worried about him toughing something out, so we got (Trenton Tuiasosopo) out there more and Matt Houston got some more reps so we got some of the younger guys some reps which was good."

Sarkisian said he expected Savannah back no later than Wednesday.

Offensive lines starting to take shape: The starting offensive line appears to be shaping up. At the tackle positions, Cody Habben and Drew Schaefer were the mainstays while Ryan Tolar, Senio Kelemete and Ben Ossai were the three guards that played with the first unit. Mykenna Ikehara held down the pivot, but was later replaced by Tolar when Ossai came in.

"I think our offensive line play continually gets better," Sarkisian said. "They are communicating better with one another and that's a big challenge versus a defense like ours because there's so much movement on the defensive front that if you don't communicate well you can turn guys loose. I thought today we were better at communicating, taking care of our gaps and taking care of our protections it allowed us to make some plays down the field."

Cozzetto missing: OL coach Dan Cozzetto was not at today's practice so he could attend the funeral of former Arizona State head coach Bruce Snyder.

Recruits in the house: Washington's practice was well-attended by local and out-of-state recruits.

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