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August 21, 2012

Huskies on the mend




On Monday, it looked like the University of Washington football team was finally on the mend after what seemed like a long line of injuries.

Safety Justin Glenn was back out practicing, cornerback Tre Watson got out of his limited practice jersey and back in to his normal practice jersey and wide receiver Kevin Smith, who is still in his limited jersey, was able to get more practice time and make some plays.

There are still some obvious big injuries that are keeping players like wide receiver James Johnson, linebacker Jamaal Kearse and defensive end Hau'oli Jamora out, but Sarkisian thinks that overall, they're going in the right direction.

"We're kind of on the back swing now of this thing," head coach Steve Sarkisian said. "Obviously we hit a little funk there of just getting some injuries, but I think we're on the mend and that hasn't changed our practice."

Sarkisian said he thought Monday's practice was their best practice of training camp so far in terms of it being spirited, enthusiastic, energetic and competitive.

This pleased Sarkisian because of the fairly disappointing showing at the scrimmage on Saturday.

Quarterback Keith Price looked solid Monday, and Sarkisian said that he did a good job of throwing the ball down the field. He was throwing to some solid guys, too.

Sarkisian said both wide receiver Kasen Williams and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins looked fresh out on the field. They backed off of freshman wide receiver Jaydon Mickens about halfway through practice so he could keep his body right for the first game.

With Smith slowly coming back, he's been able to get some reps at wide receiver, too. Sarkisian said he looks explosive and fast, and provides both a great spirit and good leadership.

"The kids really respond to him, so he's on the mend. We'll see where he's at, and with those guys it's day to day, so we'll see how he feels tomorrow after getting a little more extensive work today, but it's good to have him back," Sarkisian said.

Smith has continuously shown up to practice with a smile on his face, bouncing around and encouraging his teammates. The energy he brings to practice is probably one of the reasons Sarkisian is happy to have him back running team drills, even if it is still in his gold limited practice jersey.

Sarkisian is also happy about the depth his team has. He said there's not that much of a disparity between his ones and twos, and that lack of disparity is the best that it's ever been.

"We're not ideal as a football team yet, but in a lot of positions our depth is really good," Sarkisian said.

Quick hits:

Travis Feeney sat out of practice again Monday. Sarkisian said he's coming off of a head injury and was required to have a true non-contact day, so on Monday he served that, but he will be back Tuesday in a limited jersey.

At quarterback, Sarkisian said he's not sure that he's going to make a depth chart known behind Price. He did say that Derrick Brown, Cyler Miles and Jeff Lindquist are all improving, though.

Sarkisian said defensive end Talia Crichton is looking the best he's been since he started at the UW. He said he looks explosive, confident and more mature after years of battling a knee injury.

Korey Durkee looked solid punting on Monday.

DiAndre Campbell, Antavius Sims and Cody Bruns continue to get more looks at wide receiver.

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