Shaw and offense shine in scrimmage

It was a glorious afternoon for Washington's second scrimmage of fall camp. Temperatures hovered right around 70 degrees and over 2,000 fans came out to see the Purple beat the White 24-14. The offense had one of it's best days, but that doesn't mean the defense didn't have it's moments as well and head coach Steve Sarkisian said he's happy with the progress of the team no far...

"I thought it went relatively well," Sarkisian told the media following the two-hour scrimmage. "I thought offensively we started slow especially in the first half of the scrimmage, but they really started to execute in the second half. I thought our defense played physical early on.

"I thought in general, as a group, as a team, to get adjusted to the fact they were out on the field on their own and not out there with the coaches yelling and screaming."

QB Jake Locker had a solid day throwing the ball, completing 11 of 18 for 139 and a touchdown while QB Ronnie Fouch was 7 of 13 for 89 yards.

Both suffered from a number of drops from different receivers and when asked about if this concerns him, Sarkisian said not at this point.

"Part of accuracy is making catches," Sarkisian said. "Not every ball is going to be perfect and when the ball's in your area you've got the catch it.

"Unfortunately when you look at our receiver corps, they played so well early on, all of the sudden my expectations sort of skyrocketed for them and they've had a few days here where they're mentally a little bit tired and they've dropped a few balls, more than I know they are capable of, so hopefully they can get back to where they're playing real consistent and the passing game gets back to where we know it can be."

The number one offensive line consisted of the same players we've grown accustomed to seeing (LT Cody Habben, LG Ben Ossai, RG Senio Kelemete and RT Drew Schaefer), but replacing C Ryan Tolar, who Sarkisian said could have played if the Huskies had a game today, was redshirt freshman Mykenna Ikehara who looked solid.

RB Curtis Shaw had two of the biggest plays on the day. Toward the end of the scrimmage, Shaw broke off of left tackle and raced down the sideline for 50 yards and then on the next drive he hauled in a short pass from Fouch and raced 45 yards for another big gainer showing a good burst on both plays.

"I felt pretty good today," Locker said. "I don't know if that's similar to what we'll carry into a game or not, but I felt good about everything that we had on the playlist today and I was able to execute without thinking too much."

Another standout continued to be WR Jordan Polk who finished the day with only one catch, but it was a big one that converted a third-and-15 into a first down and resulted in a one-yard touchdown plunge by RB Johri Fogerson for the first offensive touchdown of the day.

Defensively, the Huskies were very good early in the scrimmage, holding strong after Locker drove Purple team to the 15 yard line. Their stop on third-and-nine resulted in an Erik Folk 32-yard field goal that put the Purple up 3-0 after the first possession.

Some of the better individual performances came from the interior defensive linemen. Tyrone Duncan had two big stops in the hole while Cameron Elisara notched a sack and several key tackles on drives.

DE De'Shon Matthews tipped a Fouch pass intended for a wide open receiver and nearly picked it off after the deflection and the starters at linebacker - Mason Foster, Donald Butler and E.J. Savannah - were continually around the ball making key stops.

The most impressive drives of the day were directed by Locker who took the number one offense 80 yards in 10 plays for the touchdown by Fogerson and then on their last drive he guided the offense on a six play, 70 yard drive that was capped off when he hit WR Jermaine Kearse in the back of the endzone for a 22-yard touchdown completion.

The Huskies will take tomorrow off and then will hit the field on Monday at 3 p.m. for one practice.

Official Stats
**Courtesy of gohuskies.com


Rushing No. Yds. TD
C. Polk 7 19 1
Shaw 4 87 0
Griffin 4 9 0
Fogerson 9 23 1
Bronson 6 17 0
Price 2 11 0
Locker 1 -6 0
Sager 3 16 0
Fouch 4 8 0
J. Polk 2 16 0


Passing (A-C-I Yds. TD) Locker 12-19-0 181 1; Fouch 7-13-0 108 1 Price 0-4-0 0 0

Receiving No. Yds. TD
Goodwin 1 18 0
Johnson 2 38 0
Middleton 2 15 0
Aguilar 2 21 0
Kearse 3 62 1
J. Polk 1 16 0
Bruns 1 8 0
Boyce 1 10 0
Izbicki 1 4 0
Boyles 2 21 0
Fogerson 1 23 0
Shaw 1 45 0
Togi 1 8 1


Punting (No. Yds. Avg.) Mahan 1 31 31; Rasp 1 28 28

Field Goals Folk 32 (good)


Injury Update: The following players missed the scrimmage, but Sarkisian noted a couple could have played if there was an actual game today.

FB Paul Homer (hamstring); C Ryan Tolar (toe); OT Skylar Fancher; S Victor Aiyewa (concussion); LB Matt Houston (bisceps); CB Matt Mosley (knee); OT Terence Thomas (foot); OG Morgan Rosborough (shoulder); S Will Shamburger (knee); DT Chris Robinson (knee).

Another big return for Richardson: CB Quinton Richardson once again showed well returning kicks today, taking one 95 yards to the house. He showed a good burst once he got in the open field and outran Folk and a host of other Huskies trying to catch him.


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