Huskies sloppy in scrimmage, but Sarkisian "pleased with where we're at"
The No. 1 offense scored just once in three drives against the No. 2 defense, undone by dropped passes and penalties.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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The Washington Huskies are less than two weeks from the beginning of the season.
And at times Saturday, during the team's second major scrimmage of training camp, it looked like the Huskies have more than enough to work on to fill that time.
"We've still got a long way to go," said quarterback Keith Price after a day filled with a few too many mistakes for players and coaches.
The No. 1 offense scored just once in three drives against the No. 2 defense, undone by dropped passes and penalties. After two scoreless drives, Price ended the drought with a 10-yard run into the end zone in which he slid to get the final yards.
"I'm not supposed to do that (quarterbacks are off-limits to contact in scrimmages)," he said. "But I just needed to get in the end zone and I just needed my offense to see that I'm serious about that. ... We needed to score. We needed just to end on the right note."
That drive had been extended after an apparent Price touchdown pass of 21 yards to Austin Seferian-Jenkins was nullified by a holding penalty, symbolic of the struggles of the offense.
"I thought offensively maybe a little anxious is the best word," said UW coach Steve Sarkisian. "Guys that hadn't been dropping balls. all of the sudden today decided to drop far too many balls for our standards. Formational things, illegal procedures, false starts, a couple of holding penalties which we haven't had all camp. So my assessment offensively is I know we are better than that, but we have to be able to play through those things when we get into these settings and we are on the field on our own."
Price was unofficially 9 for 14 passing for 77 yards.
Backup Nick Montana, meanwhile, led the No. 2 offense to two scores in three possessions against the No. 1 defense — a 3-yard TD to tight end Evan Hudson and a 27-yard field goal by Erik Folk. Montana finished an unofficial 13 for 25 for 134 yards on a day when the No. 2 units often seemed to do better than the starters.
Sarkisian said he thinks that's a sign of the increasing depth of the Huskies.
"I think we've recruited well enough now that there shouldn't be that much disparity between the ones and the twos and I thought that showed today," he said.
The starting units were also without three key players as tailback Chris Polk (knee) and cornerback Quinton Richardson (high ankle sprain) remain sidelined, each possibly out for the opener against Eastern Washington on Sept. 3. Defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu, who broke a bone in his hand last week, sat out.
Jesse Callier, who will fill in for Polk, unofficially had 25 yards on seven carries, while Johri Fogerson had 38 yards on six carries and Bishop Sankey 25 on seven.
Leading receivers were Devin Aguilar with six catches for 41 yards and DiAndre Campbell with 51 on four, including a 38-yard catch and run on a pass from Montana that set up the touchdown for the No. 2 offense.
The Huskies will conclude two-a-days on Tuesday and close out camp next week.
"We're not where I wish we were, but I am pleased with where we're at," Sarkisian said."I think we've accomplished a lot in two weeks' time, I think we've established an identity of who we want to be and now (it's) something we can build upon. But we've got to get healthy and we've got to clean the little things up that I thought plagued us today. Obviously, the line of scrimmage offensively, and defensively our ability to get off the field on third-down or fourth-down situations, which is something I thought we got at the end of the year. We just have to get back into that mode."
• UW's annual Picture Day is Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to p.m. at Husky Stadium. The next practice open to the public is Monday at 3:15 p.m.
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