Things that rhyme with Huskies: breeze, cheese, freeze, keys, healthy knees, rose bowl, cottage cheese, guarantee, disease.
But on a much more serious note, head coach Steve Sarkisian ended practice a little early on Wednesday. Todd Dybas from the News Tribune has the scoop:
Late in Wednesday's practice, Keith Price ran a QB keeper up the middle inside the 10-yard line and nose tackle Danny Shelton hit him in the knee. Price went to the ground temporarily then got up. His coach spent more time on the field.
Steve Sarkisian threw his visor off, fell to the ground and was flat on his back for several seconds. He got up, told one of the managers to blow the air horn three times - which signifies the end of practice - and walked off the field alone. Along the way, he announced, "No one is talking" as he passed a Washington sports information staffer.
Seeing rush-end Cory Littleton driven off the field about 10 minutes earlier likely boosted Sarkisian's irritation. Seeing Shelton hit Price low pushed him over the edge. Practice was near the end of its usual run time anyway.
Thankfully Price will be okay, but this just gives you a hint on how seriously Sark is taking his job and this season, not if he wasn't already in the past.
Off to dots:
- Gregg Bell's latest feature on GoHuskies.com is about the Huskies' offensive line and their outlook for this upcoming season. The group knows the season depends on them. Success in football starts in the trenches, and this year, senior quarterback Keith Price, will need the help of Ben Riva and company.
- Dybas writes this profile on Deontae Cooper, highlighting the junior running back's determination to fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL. Dybas also breaks down the team's tight end position, looking at depth behind junior Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
- Adam Jude from the Seattle Times analyzes the team's failure to convert consistently in the red zone last season.
- Junior Hau'oli Jamora has changed his name to Hau'oli Kikaha to honor the mother's side of his family.
- Husky analyst Dick Baird gives his take on the team's incoming freshmen.
- Washington comes in at No. 36 in CBS Sports' preseason power rankings.
- Junior linebacker John Timu is one of the sharpest Huskies off of the football field. Timu research earned him the school's Brett E. Baldwin Memorial Academic Scholarship for anthropology. Kudos to Timu for pushing himself off of the football field.
- Former Husky Alameda Ta'amu is trying to turn around his NFL career after a disastrous rookie season. Ta'amu was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers after being arrested in the wake of a drunk driving incident, but the team later re-signed him to their practice squad. Now, Ta'amu is fighting to become a regular contributor this preseason. It is never good to see a Husky struggle after he leaves Montlake, here's hoping that he'll move past his off-the-field mistakes.
- Ex-Husky Desmond Trufant has secured the starting right cornerback position for the Atlanta Falcons. He'll continue to fight to stay No. 1 on the team's depth chart.
- Recent UW grad Charlie Hughes secured a spot in the U.S. Golf Amateur Championship on Tuesday. He'll compete in the tournament through Sunday.