UW Huskies Insider

Archives: Aug. 2009

Aug.
31st

Hey, was that LSU’s LaFell running a seam route?

If you somehow sneaked into Husky Stadium to watch the University of Washington’s football practice (and I’d recommend hiding if you did. Security is tight), you saw a lot of different-numbered jerseys being worn.

Like Keith Price donning a No. 9 jersey, not his usual No. 17.

And Luther Leonard was not a slimmed-down Kavario Middleton wearing No. 80. He was playing speedster Terrance Toliver of the Tigers.

Welcome to regular-season football.

Read more »

Aug.
31st

Lots of firsts, surprise and unknowns heading into LSU

Long before coach Steve Sarkisian came in for his inaugural regular-season press conference as the Washington Huskies’ football coach on Monday afternoon at the Founders’ Club, he’d already made waves.

Sarkisian firmed up his ever-changing depth charge heading into the opener Saturday against No. 11 Louisiana State.

The biggest shocker came with the reshuffling of the Huskies offensive line:

&bull Ben Ossai has been a left tackle. That is where he spent his first three seasons before Sarkisian and the staff moved him inside last spring to left guard. That is where he spent most of the preseason camp as well.

And as of Monday, that is where he’ll return.

Read more »

Aug.
30th

Second helpings: Links for Aug. 30

Some Pacific-10 Conference news for y’all:


ARIZONA: The folks in Tucson think this is a football team that is fighting a perception that it was lucky to get to a bowl game last season – hence their No. 8 ranking in the preseason Pac-10 poll (I, for one, do not agree).


ARIZONA STATE: Weber gives the Sun Devils a weapon in the kicking game few teams in America have.


OREGON: Ducks’ top recruit from the 2009 class – Harris – is in the fold, practicing Saturday. He’s been cleared by the NCAA.


OREGON STATE:

Read more »

Aug.
29th

‘Limbo’ practice signals transition period

Quite frankly, the morning practice Saturday was about as listless a workout session as you’re going to find under new University of Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian and his high-energy standards.

He admitted as such, saying afterward, “This is always kind of a hard day for the guys, because we break (preseason) camp, but we’re really not in game-prep mode. They haven’t gotten their playbooks or anything like that. So it’s kind of a limbo day for them. But I’m sure when we come back Monday, we’ll be ready to go.”

About the only animated characters Saturday were in Nick Holt’s cast on defense, particularly the linebackers.

Mason Foster intercepted a Jake Locker pass during first-down offense drills and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown.

Read more »

Aug.
29th

Second helpings: Links for Aug. 29

Some quick-hit stuff around the Pac-10. Most teams are into regular-season mode:


ARIZONA: Zendejas on shaky footing as Wildcats’ starting placekicker amid recent struggles.


ARIZONA STATE: Because of injuries, Osweiler, a true freshman from Montana and former Gonzaga men’s basketball recruit, will serve as No. 2 quarterback behind Sullivan.


CALIFORNIA: Utah product Sofele is the only true freshman guaranteed playing time. He’ll play receiver, and special teams.


OREGON: Receiver rotation will be solidified after weekend workouts.


OREGON STATE: It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Jacquizz, the reigning Pac-10

Read more »

Aug.
28th

Four UW captains named before regular season

As is usually the tradition, coach Steve Sarkisian left the decision solely up to the players, and their votes for 2009 team captains were revealed Friday at the "Raise The Woof" celebration at Husky Stadium.


Quarterback Jake Locker and center Ryan Tolar were selected from the offensive side of the ball, and defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and linebacker Donald Butler were named from the defense.


This is Te’o-Nesheim’s second appointment. He was one of the four captains from last season’s team under former coach Tyrone Willingham. He started all 12 games, and the senior from Waikoloa, Hi. was

Read more »

Aug.
28th

Second helpings: Links for Aug. 28

The Huskies are off sleeping in their hotel beds, getting ready for their SIMULATED game day at Husky Stadium, away from the attention of everybody else.


Anyway, here is other nuggets around the Pacific-10 Conference:


ARIZONA: Gronkowski and Tutogi are sharing one of the most vital positions in the Wildcats’ offense – H-back.


ARIZONA STATE: Offensive line injuries are one of the many concerns the Sun Devils have entering 2009.


CALIFORNIA: Tedford does his own recruiting – of true freshman students arriving on campus for the first time – to come out and

Read more »