Practice was moved in doors today because of the weird hail storms taking place. Practice indoors is a kind of nice change, at least for the fans. It’s a lot warmer in there but there isn’t as much space. The coaches still make it work pretty well with the limited space.
Practice was interesting today. Along with being inside, there were a ton of important people there. We had our first Joe Montana sighting of the spring. I admit, I was a little star struck when I ended up standing within a few feet of him and his wife. Every time he walked by, I could hear the people around me start to whisper about him. He wasn’t treated any differently than a normal fan, standing behind the rope and watching. Along with Joe Montana I saw Dick Baird, Mark Emmert and Scott Woodward. There seemed to be quite a few alumni there as well. It didn’t stop with the celebrities though, there were about 15 recruits there. I couldn’t place them all but most of them were from this years class.
Zach Banner (2012 mega recruit) was there again and I overheard him say that his top 3 are UW, Oregon, and USC. He took an unnoficial visit to Eugene last week and was really impressed with their campus and facilities. He also raved about UW’s coaches, specifically Sark and the strength coach. I heard all of this while he was talking to a couple of friends. Banner 6-7, 295 lbs. and he’s only a sophomore in high school. He will be one of the highest rated offensive line recruits in the county in a couple of years.
With all of these things going on it was a little bit hard to concentrate in practice. Like Tuesdays practice, a lot of today was focused on 11 on 11 drills.
The backup quarterbacks continue to grow every practice. Nick Montana was the better of the backups on Tuesday but I think Price was better today. In a two-minute 7-on-7 drill Price was very effective and completed all but one or two of his passes. After watching a little closer this week, it might not be Price’s arm that hurts him, it might be his footwork. He kind of bounces from right to left at times instead of looking fluid in his steps. It’s obvious that he’s eager to learn and works hard. Him and Montana ask a lot of questions to Jake and Nuss which is great to see.
The running game got going a little bit today. It looked way more impressive than it did on Tuesday. Fogerson was impressive today, he ran over some guys. Callier had a nice run that he bounced outside for about 30 yards. Cooper had the run of the day though. The line opened up a huge hole for him and once he got into the secondary he showed off his speed. Cooper took it into the end zone for about a 60 yard touchdown.
Senio Kelememte is going to be great at tackle. I think he’ll be the offensive lineman the Huskies have. He’s really quick as a tackle and has pretty good size. Moving him to tackle was definitely the right move by the coaching staff.
Cameron Elisara continues to get a lot of reps at defensive end. He looks pretty good there. I worry a little bit about him having enough speed for that position. Everyone knows he’s extremely strong but whether he has enough speed off the end has yet to be seen.
After watching these practices it seems that the Huskies will use a nickel defense a lot more this year (defense with 3 cornerbacks and 2 linebackers). They hardly ever went to it with last year but I see it a lot in practice and it makes sense. I never thought I’d say this but the Huskies best position may be cornerback (besides wide receiver). They have 5 guys back there who I would feel fairly comfortable with starting in the secondary.
Clarence Trent has given up football. He was never really a factor in his 4 practices with the team but it was nice to have an extra body out there. I hope he has an excellent basketball career.
Demetrius Bronson looked pretty good while playing some at fullback today. I’d read that he’s up to 230 lbs. and I saw him throw some impressive blocks today. I wouldn’t be surprised if they moved him to fullback permanently. This will be an interesting story to watch through the rest of spring.
The Huskies are having a scrimmage on Saturday at noon. It sounds like they’ll treat it as a real game and it should be fun to see who the coaches have in starting and such. I’m really looking forward to seeing these guys in a game situation. A few of the Good Guys should be there so leave a comment or something if you plan on going and we can talk sports with you! Or you could find Joe Montana and talk with him instead but I’m sure we’re much more exciting….
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