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News, notes and quotes from Friday’s practice — another good day for Ross

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Aug. 9, 2013 at 5:57 pm with No Comments »
August 9, 2013 6:06 pm

Washington was back in Husky Stadium on Friday after a day at the VMAC. On to the happenings, this time for the first time in full pads:

> Freshman receiver John Ross had another strong day of camp. Steve Sarkisian said afterward that Ross has had four good days in the five days of practice. The flipside of that was a day full of drops for Jaydon Mickens.

> Largest workload yet for Deontae Cooper. He was involved in more drills than prior days and was the back for the 1s and 2s at different parts of practice. He said he feels good. “The closer we get to game day, the more I’m starting to get comfortable with my body,” Cooper said. “I’m completely fine. When I watch film, I do see some of the timid things that I do. But, as far as how I feel, I feel good.”

> After the obvious starting trio of Travis Feeney, John Timu and Shaq Thompson, Cory Littleton and Princeton Fuimaono appear the next linebackers in line. Thomas Tutogi is part of the rotation, too.

> One thing about freshman running back Lavon Coleman: Good size and good feet. We can’t talk to freshman, so here’s what running backs coach Johnny Nansen had to say about him the other day: “He’s got so much upside. Works hard, he cares. We’re just trying to find a role for him. We’ve just got to give him some room to grow.”

> Cooper, Ross, Kasen Williams, Kevin Smith, Mickens, Marcus Peters, Cleveland Wallace and Jermaine Kelly were all part of a group fielding punts.

> Greg Ducre and Marcus Peters have consistently been the starters at cornerback.

> True freshman linebacker Connor O’Brien had a nice welcome-to-college-football-moment in the “Pride” drill when Austin Seferian-Jenkins ran him over and drove him into the turf.

> Running back Jesse Callier, DE Hau’oli Jamora and DT Lawrence Lagafuaina, all coming off knee injuries, had light days.

> Still no sign of offensive lineman Erik Kohler. He hurt his foot late in the summer and hasn’t been at practice yet.

> Sarkisian said everyone has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

> Shane Brostek is out of walking boot, but still limited in practice.

> Running back Dwayne Washington took a big shot from Fuimaono during the team setting late in practice. Washington spent the rest of practice on the sideline.

> Freshman wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow has a large frame and is a tough tackle, but his practice intensity is low.

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