Youngsters continue to shine for the Dawgs

With only 85 scholarships allowed for a football program, more young players are seeing extensive time once they step on campus. This spring, Washington has four early-enrollees and three of them shone brightly during Saturday's scrimmage in front of over 2,000 fans who braved the windy conditions.

"I thought for our first scrimmage where our guys were out there and having to play and not with a coach standing right behind them telling them what to do, I thought for the most part our guys played well," Sarkisian told the assembled media after the seven-series, 45-play scrimmage. "There weren't a bunch of fumbled snaps, guys jumping offsides, it was relatively a clean scrimmage when we got the scrimmage aspect."

Husky QB Jake Locker hit WR Devin Aguilar for a well-timed 28-yard touchdown pass that was intentionally under-thrown. Aguilar made a nice adjustment as CB Quinton Richardson was in good position to make a play.

"That's stuff we've worked on through the whole offseason here, just getting comfortable with that," Locker said. "It was great coverage by (Richardson), but if you're on the same page and you're able to throw the ball where you want to and he's able to adjust the right way it's hard to stop that."

While Locker is the unquestioned star of the Husky football team, the two young running backs -- Deontae Cooper and Jesse Callier -- continued to show why the coaches liked them so much.

Cooper scored the only other touchdown on the day, a nifty 32-yarder that saw him break three tackles on his way to the endzone.

"They're making a lot of plays and they're doing it in a variety of fashions," Sarkisian noted. "They're running the ball, they're catching the ball, they're blocking pretty well, so I'm encouraged by them and, you know, the two young quarterbacks did some things that were encouraging.

"It doesn't always look that way numbers-wise but certain things they did of handling things in our little redzone period they're doing some nice things as well and those two were the emphasis for today – we wanted to see the two young backs and the two young quarterbacks."

On the day, Montana finished 4 of 8 for 40 yards and missed WR Jordan Polk badly for what would have been a touchdown. It appeared the wind drove the ball inside about 10 yards allowing CB Anthony Boyles to have a chance to haul in an interception, but the sophomore was unable to bring it in.

Price had a nice scamper for a four-yard gain before he was called down by the referees, but appeared like he could have gone for more had it been a game situation where he wasn't called down by contact.

The redshirt freshman was 5 of 7 for 18 yards, mainly focusing on throwing short and hitting his checkdowns.

"They did some nice things," Sarkisian reiterated. "They did some things that aren't always able to be seen from the outside eye, but their huddle presence I thought was good, their command of the offense and decision-making when blitzes were coming and what not were pretty good.

"Each of them took a couple sacks that in time, as they grow, they'll be able to learn to throw the ball away and become more efficient that way. All in all I'm impressed with Keith and Nick."

Washington will now take tomorrow and Monday off before returning to the practice field Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock.

Injury update: OT Cody Habben (Shoulder), LB Victor Aiyewa (Shoulder) and RB Chris Polk (Shoulder) were all in red; WR Cody Bruns (Concussion); S Nate Williams (Concussion); DE DeShon Matthews (Achilles); and CB Desmond Trufant (Groin) all were sidelined today as well.

A rock at left tackle: Sarkisian noted that the transition of junior Senio Kelemete to left tackle has even surprised him.

"If you would have told me a year ago that this would happen I'd have say ‘I don't know about that', but after being with him and seeing his athleticism in the weight room, in our workout stuff and then watching him play, his passion and knowledge for the game, I'm not surprised now," Sarkisian said. "It's been huge for us and huge for our program to know you have a left tackle for the next two years that's a premier guy."

Unofficial Stats: Locker (3 of 5, 70 yards, 1 TD; Price (5 of 7, 18 yards); Montana (4 of 8, 40 yards); Cooper (43 yards rushing and one touchdown); Callier (40 yards rushing); Cole Sager (five yards rushing); Johri Fogerson (two yards rushing); Jermaine Kearse (one reception for 18 yards); Devin Aguilar (two receptions for 57 yards and one touchdown); Kavario Middleton (one reception for three yeards); Jordan Polk (four receptions for 40 yards); Callier (one reception for 10 yards); Marlion Barnett (two receptions for 10 yards)

In the stands: UW estimated that there were over 2,000 in attendance at today's practice.

Seen either walking around or in the stands were Standwood OL Dexter Charles; recent Husky commit Archbishop Murphy DL Taniela Tupou; Taft (Woodland Hills, Ca.) DT Antwaun Woods; Archbishop Murphy DT Julius Tevaga; Husky signees Colin Porter, Cooper Pelluer and Zach Fogerson; and former Huskies Rob Lukevich, Odell George, Jabari Issa and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. Top Stories