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Sunday is last day of rest for UW regulars at practice

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Dec. 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm with No Comments »
December 11, 2011 12:22 pm

For a final time, the morning was devoted to the youngsters.

UW coach Steve Sarkisian has a three-part, bowl-preparation template that he strictly adheres to. Phases No. 1 concluded Sunday morning in the Dempsey Center as third-stringers and redshirting players put their abilities on display for further evaluation in the team period.

Next week: Baylor is the business to tend to.

“When we come back Thursday,” Sarkisian said, “it will be game-plan mode.”

For what it’s worth in the long run, receiver DiAndre Campbell made a nice grab of a pass going across the middle and darted 75 yards for a touchdown that got Sarkisian excited.

Nick Holt, Jr. had the day’s rattling hit when he dropped running back Bishop Sankey in his tracks on a run. Sankey later made a nice catch-and-juke for a sizable chunk of yards.

And watch out – this Marcus Peters fella could be a future gem in the secondary at cornerback. He made another interception.

“(The goal) was just to let those kids play and have fun playing football,” Sarkisian said. “They’ve put in a lot of time and effort. They are reading a lot of cards throughout the year, and now they get a chance to go out and play and show how much they have grown and gotten better.”

Other stuff:

* Because he has not broken down Baylor film specifically, Sarkisian said it was difficult to tell who would be the scout-team’s version of Bears’ star Robert Griffin III at quarterback.

Eligible candidates include Thomas Vincent and Derrick Brown, receiver Cody Bruns and maybe even Luther Leonard.

For one, Vincent would welcome the opportunity to imitate RG3.

“He has got it all, but I think I do a good job of scrambling and making plays, which is what he is all about,” Vincent said. “He is a great athlete; just won the Heisman (Trophy). It is hard to be like him.”

* Quick-hit tidbits: Vincent cracked to give his first-string defense the full Griffin effect, he might have to “ask some of the (equipment) managers” for a tinted faceguard, which is what the Baylor quarterback wears in games. … Many of the UW starters, including quarterback Keith Price, went through individual drills Sunday. … Price has been sporting a glove on his left hand when he has worked out. Any significance? “I think that’s just the cool thing to do these days,” said Sarkisian, who admitted the only time he wore one as a quarterback was in the Canadian Football League. … After practice, 13 recruits were on campus for breakfast. … Looking for a UW-Baylor connection? Joey Mills, the younger brother of Huskies safeties coach Jeff Mills, attended law school at Baylor.

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