While it was only the fifth practice of the allocated 15 spring practices, Wednesday mornings practice had a business-like feel to it for the Washington Huskies Football team . While there are plenty of practices left before the August 31st home opener against Eastern Washington, each practice is an opportunity for each player to show the coaches it is his time to shine in a program that has NCAA title game aspirations.
With a stellar senior class gone there are plenty of open spaces for the brave and determined to step up and seize the moment. During Wednesday’s practice, the competition was once again fierce with running back Salvon Ahmed, Sean McGrew, Kamari Pleasant and Richard Newton all looking to fill the void after the departure of Myles Gaskin.
Quarterback Jake Haener took the opening reps with the first team and had his best day of the spring. Jacob Eason started the practice with the second team but later practiced with the first team and showed why the competition for the starting quarterback will go deep into fall practice.
The Huskies defense is one unit that is deceiving according to CO-Defensive Coordinator Jimmy Lake. While the Huskies defensive backfield lost four of five starters and the middle of the defense lost its heart and soul with the departure of middle linebacker Ben Burr-Kirvin, Lake believes the defense has some experienced players who are ready to step up.