April 4, 2012

Huskies still shaking off rust on second day

It may have been a bit chilly Wednesday morning, but the energy was still up for the second day of Washington spring football practices.

According to Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian, the mistakes made emphasized what they need to work on in order to move forward. These mistakes had a lot to do with taking care of the football.

"Obviously offensively, we weren't very good at taking care of the football," and the defense wasn't able to capitalize on it as much, which would change, in time, Sarkisian said.

However, the defense did manage to capitalize on offensive mistakes through interceptions. From a defensive standpoint, interceptions are encouraging, Sarkisian said.

Derrick Brown continued to have more reps Wednesday, but made some passing errors. Sarkisian doesn't seem too worried, and actually said he was honestly a little surprised there wasn't more of that on Monday.

A lot of that can be chalked up to some anxiousness and wanting to do well. Brown was playing faster than he needed to because he's still a little excited, so the key is to get him confident and calm, Sarkisian said.

With an almost completely new coaching staff, there's a lot of teaching to go around, and Sarkisian has noticed, and welcomed, the energy and teaching ability they brought.

"Our guys are playing fast, so that means the guys are teaching them really well so that our kids can perform when they get their opportunities to perform," Sarkisian said.

For Wednesday being the second practice with the new coaches, Sarkisian said they've already gotten quite a bit of defense in practices.

This is good since in the Pac-12 Conference, there's an emphasis on throwing the ball, spread out teams and shot gun running teams, which they would need to learn how to defend.

"If you want to defend those guys you have to defend your edges and you can't let the ball get on the perimeter," Sarkisian said.

Which is why they face each other in practice - they get it on film and they learn what they need to teach.

Sarkisian said that considering the chilly weather conditions Wednesday morning, he thought the energy was good and the guys were competitive and spirited.

There is stuff left to work on, but "guys are getting better, which is important," Sarkisian said.

Quick hits

Here are some stand out players from Wednesday's practice according to Sarkisian: Desmond Trufant had a nice day at cornerback and was a little more active than on the first day. Andrew Hudson stood out on the defensive line, Sarkisian said. Receiver Jamaal Jones had a better day offensively. Antavius Sims looked more comfortable at running back. Sean Parker had a pretty good day. Will Shamburger had an interception and return for a touchdown. James Johnson has also had a sort of calming feel on the youn
ger players and is setting a good example, Sarkisian said. ..

Cody Bruns has a sore ankle from tweaking it. ...

John Timu was out with a hamstring injury.

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