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News, notes and quotes from Tuesday’s practice — first scrimmage in the books

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Aug. 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm with 1 Comment »
August 13, 2013 5:54 pm

With Austin Seferian-Jenkins watching from the sideline, the Huskies had their first scrimmage of fall camp on Tuesday night. We’re jettisoned to one far corner of the field to observe practice from, so we’ll eschew guessing at total stats outside of kicks and returns. On to the quick-hitters:

> Lots of Cory Littleton at rush end with the No. 1 defense. Linebacker Travis Feeney has been moved to the 2s. Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said Feeney, who had offseason shoulder surgery and missed spring ball, is behind and needs to be more detailed. Littleton is competing with Josh Shirley and Hau’oli Jamora for that rush end spot. Princeton Fuimaono was also out with the No. 1 defense for most of the day.

> Running back Deontae Cooper had his first carries into full contact since 2010. He came out smiling and walking up the tunnel. Cooper had a timid start, but then was able to juke Shaq Thompson in the open field on a swing pass and later cutback to score a touchdown. “I couldn’t be happier,” Steve Sarkisian said. “I thought he looked a little hesitant early. Understandably, so. Kept feeding him the ball and giving him carries. I bet he ended up with about 10 carries today and was running inside and outside, caught the ball … walking up the tunnel healthy. I think that’s a big step for him in the right direction.”

> At the risk of over-hyping John Ross, here’s today’s John Ross highlight of the day: Ross zipped more than 50 yards on a punt return during which his initial speed pushed him into the crowd, which he jitter-bugged his way through before being taken down and hitting clear field.

> Sarkisian said freshman wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow is playing better and better. He made a couple nice catches Tuesday, including a touchdown throw from Cyler Miles during which Stringfellow went above Greg Ducre to snag.

> Keith Price hooked up with Kasen Williams over and over. Just about anything Price threw toward Williams was caught no matter who the defender was.

> Running back Dwayne Washington was in a yellow non-contact jersey and was able to get a few carries late in the scrimmage.

> Travis Coons missed the first two extra points of the day, which left Sarkisian a bit irritated and baffled afterward. Among the kickers, it’s looking like duties could be split into thirds. Coons and freshman Cameron Van Winkle — who had a good today after a bad one Monday — are vying for the field-goal kicking spot. Zach Grossnickle and Korey Durkee are competing to be the punter. Van Winkle looks like he will handle kick-offs.

> TE Josh Perkins took Seferian-Jenkins’ place with the No. 1 offense.

> Josh Shirley had two “sacks” on the day.

> With Marcus Peters still out after banging knees Saturday, Cleveland Wallace and Greg Ducre were the starting corners. Tre Watson was next in line.

> After being labeled “banged up” Monday, DE Connor Cree participated in Tuesday’s scrimmage.

> The starting offensive line was as expected, from left to right: Ben Riva, Dexter Charles, Mike Criste, Colin Tanigawa and Micah Hatchie.

> Sarkisian again mentioned freshman DE JoJo Mathis as someone who has caught his eye.

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  1. hckeller says:

    Thanks, Todd. This is great content! Thanks for keeping this blog going. Any word on Kendall Taylor. He was a true frosh that played a lot last year at RB and receiver but I haven’t heard anything about him in fall camp. How is he doing? Is he get reps? If so, at what position?

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