The play of the night was turned in early on when S Victory Aiyewa hauled in a one-handed interception on a deep pass from QB Ronnie Fouch to WR Jordan Polk. On the play, the junior safety had to leap high in the air to haul in the pass as he got one foot down before he went out of the back on the endzone. The play elicited a loud cheer from the fans on hand and his defensive teammates all came down to congratulate him.
Both Fouch and QB Jake Locker had solid evenings for the most part, hitting receivers in stride while enjoying decent protection from the offensive line.
Locker was, unofficially, 7 of 12 for 95 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions while Fouch went 4 of 8 for 32 yards with one interception and no touchdowns.
One caveat is that, no matter the progress the offense made on a play, the coaches re-spotted the ball at a certain yard line with a certain down and distance already preset.
The running backs found some room in the running game when the team went to the full field, full team session. RB Johri Fogerson had the biggest run of the night a beautiful 40 yarder over the left side before he was brought down by S Alvin Logan who showed nice speed catching up to the talented sophomore running back.
Curtis Shaw also showed a nice burst on a couple of plays and gained over 30 yards on six carries.
The catch of the night went to Fogerson as well. He had split out wide and was heavily covered, but Fouch threw him the ball and he made a nice fingertip grab while the defensive back covering him did what he could to prevent the pass from being completed.
The receivers had solid nights catching the ball, with Anthony Boyles seeming to lead the way. He had at least five catches for over 50 yards and seemed energized by the increased action.
Boyles' night overshadowed Devin Aguilar who also had five receptions, but they were for less yardage.
Defensively, Aiyewa didn't just have the spectacular interception to brag about. He also had two big hits on the night and seemed to be in on several plays during the goal line session.
DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim was his usual disruptive self, but one young man appearing to be making headway is DE Kalani Aldrich. On one play, Aldrich bull-rushed a helpless Drew Schaefer and the redshirt freshman learned a lesson about playing too high as Aldrich put him on his backside right at the feet of the quarterback.
At corner, Adam Long had a solid night making a nice open field tackle on RB Chris Polk and coming away with the one interception during the team session on a tipped pass from Cort Dennison. Logan had the third interception when a pass from Fouch went right through the hands of TE Chris Izbicki.
The Huskies will take Sunday off for Picture Day which starts at 10 a.m. on the field at Husky Stadium and then will be back at work Monday for the first of two practices at 8:45 a.m.
Injury Updates: FB Paul Homer continues to nurse a hamstring and CB Justin Glenn missed full team work again resting his hip flexor. Three new injuries to note are DT DeShon Matthews who sat out most of practice with a sore knee, S Nate Williams was resting a sore groin muscle and WR James Johnson, one of the nice surprises of camp, suffered what appeared to be a shoulder injury about midway through practice.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian noted that all of the injuries appeared to be minor and that he expected all to be back very soon if not by Monday.
One other player held out of practice was S Jason Wells, but Sarkisian said that was more just to rest his knee because Wells is still working his way back into condition after missing most of the past two years with a knee and an Achilles injuries.
Freshman paying the price part two: We continue to see a few of the new freshman carrying pads following practice and tonight it was Johnson who had to carry his helmet and shoulder pads with his injured arm while he carried Aiyewa's with his good arm. TE Marlion Barnett was also carrying a set of shoulder pads...those of Kavario Middleton.
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