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Notes and quotes from spring practice

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on March 6, 2013 at 1:26 am with No Comments »
March 6, 2013 1:26 am

Washington has its first spring practice in the books. Here are some notes from the evening (it started at 8:30 p.m.) on Montlake:

> Quarterback Keith Price was riddled with questions about the quarterback “competition” that supposedly exists. Per usual, he found some humor and joy in the whole thing and told one questioner that the thought of competition for his starting spot was more created by the media than anything, and he’s right.

> Price did connect on a couple deep balls, had a lot of “pep in his step,” as new QBs coach Marques Tuiasosopo put it, and said he’s up to 206 pounds. He worked during the offseason on leg strength and is running around at practice without a knee brace on for the first time in two years.

> As promised, Washington practiced up-tempo offense a lot. The offensive approach received positive reviews from Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Price.

> Seferian-Jenkins said one of his goals for this season is to become the best run-blocking tight end in the country. He also said he wants to work on every aspect of his game.

> Seferian-Jenkins is also done with basketball. It’s likely he’ll be focused on getting ready for the NFL Draft following next season, so, it’s certainly no surprise he won’t be playing basketball again.

> Head coach Steve Sarkisian said they just weren’t ready to use more no-huddle last year, but simplified terminology in the offseason so he could install it now.

“I think it fits our personnel,” he said. “Fit the back, especially in Bishop. I thought it helped the offensive line minimize some of the pass rush by the opponents. The hard part for us is just at that time we were not built to be a no-huddle team from a terminology standpoint, from how much of an offense we really had to how much we had in the no-huddle — we were a little bit limited that way.”

> The media met with backup quarterback Cyler Miles for the first time. He said he ran a similar offense in high school, but the playbook was still a challenge to digest during his redshirt year last year. He was composed and comfortable in his first interview.

> Price was glad to see Tuiasosopo back, and again referenced former Washington quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier, who left Washington for Alabama prior to last season. Price said Tuiasosopo’s presence was like having Nussmeier, since Tuiasosopo was around when the team changed Price’s mechanics and first taught him the offensive scheme.

> Just because he has been talked about so little thus far, we’d like to remind everyone that Bishop Sankey ran for 1,439 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. He replaced Chris Polk and finished 49 yards rushing yards short of his final-year total, plus scored more touchdowns.

> Offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto was in midseason form, berating the line throughout practice.

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