Big Hits And Big Plays At Fall Scrimmage

As we draw closer to the start of the 2014 football season, the Huskies are coming together on the field. In Saturday's final open scrimmage before they begin game-week preparations, the offense showcased some big plays while the defense dealt out some licks of their own...

Good Day On The Ground: The Huskies combined to, unofficially, run for over 170 yards and four scores (we didn't keep track of quarterback runs because they were off limits for most of the practice). Dwayne Washington had a big day, carrying the ball seven times for 56 yards and scoring runs of 23 and two yards. Lavon Coleman (4 carries, 23 yards) and Jesse Callier (9 carries, 55 yards) also had nice days, but Washington had the best day.

The third-year tailback showed excellent pass-protection while picking up a blitz and he got a big block on a Jaydon Mickens catch and run, decleating freshman DL Jaylen Johnson.

Head coach Chris Petersen (and running backs coach Keith Bhonapha) have both been clear that they expect that the team will employ a running back by committee this year and that played out in today's scrimmage.


A Call To Arms: One of the biggest questions heading into fall camp was who was going to win the starting quarterback job. Well, if Saturday was any indication, Jeff Lindquist sure seems to have pulled into the lead to start against Hawaii on August 30th.

The third-year sophomore from Mercer Island came out looking sharp, hitting two quick passes, but then overthrew two more shortly thereafter. We all know he's got a cannon for an arm and he showcased that with a beautiful throw between defenders that freshman WR Dante Pettis dropped.

Lindquist also managed to display some nice tough when he dropped in two nice passes along the sidelines -- one to David Ajamu for 13 yards and then to Marvin Hall one play later for 28 yards.

Petersen mentioned after practice that he isn't yet ready to name a starter, but Lindquist certainly looks like the guy who will likely be the starter once August 30th rolls around.


Other QBs Flash Potential: Cyler Miles had his moments as well, hitting Pettis down the sidelines for 20 yards, setting up a touchdown run by Washington while Troy Williams struggled mightily, appearing to be fooled by coverages and seemingly viewing the pass-rush more than keeping his eyes down the field.

Williams was picked off by Sean Constantine and he also took a sack when DE Will Dissly got into the backfield to trip him up.


Offensive Line Holds It's Own: Even though Danny Shelton caused quite a few problems inside for the offense, for the most part, the offensive line got the job done opening holes for the running game and giving the quarterbacks time to throw.

The starting offensive line, after the initial install part of practice when Ben Riva was running with the first unit, was as follows...

LT - Micah Hatchie
LG - Dexter Charles
C - Colin Tanigawa
RG - James Atoe
RT - Coleman Shelton

Shelton looked good and is very athletic for a guy his size. He could be a nice fill-in if Riva misses time or is needed on the left side of the line to give Hatchie a blow.


Defense Brings The Pain: There were several big hits unleashed today with quite a few coming from redshirt freshman LB Azeem Victor.

Victor had a huge hit on a short pass to Josh Perkins and the came back with a big hit on Callier.

Sean Constantine also unloaded on Perkins, but he also showed some nice instincts in picking off a pass from Troy Williams and then recovered a fumble in a goal-line drill as well.


Catching The Fever: Jaydon Mickens had the biggest day for the receivers, hauling in five receptions for 81 yards. The talented wideout just looks the part of an upper-classmen. He's constantly talking up the younger players, talking to them about coverages and some things they can try and do differently. He had a nice catch and run on a short pass from Miles and he also shows his running skills, taking the ball out of the backfield and running for a first down at one point and scoring a touchdown on another carry.

Kasen Williams didn't do much, but he did haul in two receptions for 15 yards and he also blocked well. He mentioned after practice that his leg still gets a little sore and he needs to treat it some, but he said he feels like he's almost there as far as full on effectiveness is concerned.

Getting Their Kicks: Sophomore Cameron Van Winkle appears to be pulling away from the rest of the kickers, hitting on all eight of his attempts with a long of 42 yards while freshman Tristan Vizcaino was six of eight with a long 39.

Walk-on Mitch Johnson was one of two with a long of 29 yards.

Korey Durkee had the punt of the day, blasting a 70-yarder, but he also had a punt blocked by Budda Baker and looked slow in his delivery.