SEATTLE -- Here is a quick-hitting look at Washington’s sixth day of fall camp.
It was a busy day at Washington camp, with three high school athletes stopping by the Huskies’ final practice of the first week.
Bellevue (Wash.) Bellevue teammates Sean Constantine and Myles Jack stopped by together. The linebackers are verbally committed to Washington and UCLA, respectively.
Also taking the time to observe practice was 2014 tight end prospect Chase Blakley (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho/Coeur d’Alene), who has a Washington offer and is high on the Huskies.
Camaraderie, competition and fun
James Johnson talked about how much fun the Huskies are having in camp. Sean Parker mentioned the team chemistry. Steve Sarkisian said this is the closest group he has coached during his tenure as Washington’s head coach.
When asked to explain the camaraderie, Johnson and Parker couldn’t quite pinpoint an answer. Sarkisian, though, said it stems from players and coaches treating each other like family.
“The one thing about families, that’s the time when all of us are, really, the most open,” Sarkisian said. “The ability to laugh, have fun and joke, but also be serious and maybe even cry. Those two extremes, and everything in between, sometimes you don’t see in locker rooms. We definitely see it.
“I think it’s pretty cool that our kids are opening themselves up to one another and to us and, as coaches, we’re doing it with them. In the end, that should bring us closer.”
First two-a-day of fall camp
Washington went through its first two-a-day of fall camp. The Huskies worked out in helmets during the morning session with a big emphasis on the two-minute drill.
In the afternoon session, the team went through a physical, full-pads practice with a lot of work on short yardage and goal-line situations.
“It was a really good situational practice, very competitive and, I thought, physical,” Sarkisian said.
Coons drills long field goal
Leg strength hasn’t been an issue for junior college transfer Travis Coons. The kicker made 3 of 5 field-goal attempts in the afternoon session with a long of 55 yards.
“He just keeps getting better to me, a little more consistent each day,” Sarkisian said. “He appears to be more comfortable each day just with his approach, his body language.”
Linebacker Thomas Tutogi suffered a sprained knee during the afternoon practice. Sarkisian said it doesn’t appear to be serious.
The Huskies have been hit hard by injuries at the linebacker position throughout fall camp.
Receiver Kendyl Taylor and safety James Sample sat out the afternoon practice with groin injuries.
Team bonding trip
Washington took a team trip to CenturyLink Field Saturday night to watch a preseason NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans.
“It’s a great kind of team-bonding activity that we like to do every year,” Sarkisian said. “Last year we went to the Mariners game, so this year we get to go to the Seahawks game.”
Former Huskies Jake Locker and Devin Aguilar play for the Titans, while Jermaine Kearse is in camp with the Seahawks.