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Husky Practice Impressions

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I had the chance to go to see the Dawgs scrimmage at Husky Stadium this past weekend, and found it very entertaining.  Note to all who have never been to a Husky practice: it’s an awesome atmosphere and it probably will provide you the closest seat to top-level football you’ll ever have.  Most of the scrimmage I stood on the side of the field with my sandals off, feeling the sacred turf caress my weathered toes…

Sorry, I drifted off for a second.  If you can’t tell, I’m very excited for football to start.  After watching the practice, I came away with a few very interesting perspectives about this team.

1)      ASJ is fucking huge

When I got to the stadium, I initially didn’t have access to a roster, so I couldn’t identify most of the players I was watching.  I looked at the offense and tried to look for Austin Sefarian Jenkins, the star tight end who chose U Dub over Texas, but it was immediately obvious because he was  the biggest player in the huddle.  This dude is ENORMOUS.

I mean, I’ve always read that he’s a big dude.  Scout.com listed him as 6-5, 250 lbs., but let me tell you that he is every bit of that.  He also showed some great hands and excellent leaping ability during the scrimmage.  This guy is gonna be comfortable catching passes over the middle immediately for the Huskies, which will be a tremendous asset.  Lofty expectations are not misguided for ASJ in his very first year.

2)      Nick Montana seems confident

Seeing Nick Montana lead the offense down the field for a touchdown against the no. 1 defense made me believe that the Huskies wouldn’t be in too much trouble if Keith Price went down this year.  I still think Price is the no. 1 option, but Montana doesn’t appear to be too far behind him and the Dawgs should be very deep at the QB position for years to come.

3)      Kasen Williams will carve out a roll on this team

This guy’s a straight athlete.  With veterans like Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar ahead of him on the depth chart, he’s going to have to fight for minutes.  But it’s obvious that Williams is gonna see a great deal of playing time immediately.  The coaches seemed eager to get him involved in other ways than just the passing game, as he was used as the punt returner when the Dawgs went through their 11-on-11 special teams drills.  He’s going to have some absolutely explosive plays for the Dawgs.

4)      Drops are still a concern

Last year the Huskies struggled at times with catching the ball, particularly around midseason.  The Arizona State game last year stands as a particularly painful memory in that regard.  What I saw at the scrimmage didn’t mollify any of my concerns.  Devin Aguilar stood out for all the wrong reasons, as he repeatedly dropped balls in the scrimmage.  With our inexperience at QB, that’s an even bigger issue than before as it will be impossible for Price to build confidence if his balls aren’t being caught.  Definitely something to keep an eye on as the season opens…

 

Alright, that’s all I got.  Instead of writing a clever conclusion paragraph, I’m just gonna link to this video of the Huskies beating USC last year.

 

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