It was a pretty quick practice, only about an hour and a half.
A few notes …
(I will try and post some more of the comments from Sarkisian and Locker after I file my story)
QB Jake Locker did not practice, but he did work on the side doing drills. Later in the practice, he took short drops and made some throws to injured to running back Brandon Yakaboski.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian stood by his comments he made on his coaches show that Jake probably wouldn’t have played this weekend.
“Well, he hasn’t been able to practice,” Sarkisian said. “He would have struggled through today’s practice. It would have been tough on him. And tomorrow, he might have got some some stuff done, but I doubt he could really play Saturday if we had to play.”
Locker had other ideas on that topic.
“Um, I would’ve been okay,” he said with a chuckle.
Still, you have to wonder if Locker is going to be ready to go against UCLA next week.
“It’s just a deep thigh bruise,” Sarkisian said. “With time, with rest and with treatment, those things can heal. I’m not as concerned, but we’ll assess it on Sunday night.
Jake also talked about the missed facemask call.
“Well, I didn’t take my helmet off, so somebody else did,” Locker said trying to be diplomatic. “My chin strap was strapped, nothing was undone, and it got yanked off my head.”
Replays clearly showed Paysinger getting a hold of the facemask and pulling it off Locker’s head. It was played on the Husky Stadium video board and drew a chorus of boos from Husky fans. Locker was as visibly upset as he’s ever been in a game for UW.
“It was the heat of it, I probably should have reacted a little differently, but for one, the guy ripped my helmet off and I thought it was pretty blatant,” he said.
The referee was standing just feet from Locker, who pleaded his case.
“He said, ‘I didn’t see it,’” Locker said.
But how could he not see it?
“Yeah, that was a tough one,” Locker said chuckling a little more
Anthony Boyles worked out for the second straight day at cornerback, even seeing snaps with the first team defense in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.
“He kind of remind you of the recent history of the Oregon State guys that were at the corner spot,” Sarkisian said. “He’s very intriguing there.”
Sophomore safety Alvin Logan worked out weakside linebacker during practice.
“I thought he did some nice things,” Sarkisian said. “We’re trying to find a way to keep getting faster, so we can be a more athletic football team.”
Sarikisian said that back-up center/guard Mykenna Ikehara banged his left knee on the ground during Monday’s practice and it swelled up. They will re-evaluate him on Sunday.
The practiced ended when freshman quarterback Keith Price ran a perfect quarterback draw on a 4th down and 8 play and raced 16 yards for a touchdown.
Other players who did not participate were DE Kalani Aldridge, LB EJ Savannah, WR Jordan Polk, OL Greg Christine and the other usual absences.