BY Todd Dybas 09:30PM 12/28/2010

No more talkin’ about practice

Final drills done, there’s little left for Huskies footballers to do but shock ‘Huskers

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian used a blueprint from his USC days to structure the Huskies' bowl schedule. (Drew Sellers/Sportspress Northwest file photo)

When the color of game uniforms is a prominent topic, you know it’s time to play ball.

That and other vital topics were addressed after Washington finished its final practice of 2010 on the main field at the University of San Diego Tuesday night. Wednesday will be meetings and a walk-through. The Huskies will follow that with a tour of Qualcomm Stadium, then more meetings. Then, finally, the game on Thursday night against Nebraska.

It’s all in line with the bowl schedule that Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian brought with him from USC. The Huskies started bowl practices with a chunk of three at home, then shifted into normal five-practice blocks. It’s an attempt at normalcy.

“When you put practice in blocks that are maybe two or three practices at a time, you lose that rhythm,” Sarkisian said. “That’s why we had the three early, but then I wanted to be sure we had the rhythm of the practices for our football clocks to get right.”

Outside a minimal structure change to the final practice, Sarkisian said he followed USC’s template. It allows game planning prior to arrival at the bowl site, then reinforcement of the once-installed plan.

Sarkisian added a personal touch to the final practice. As last season, the Huskies honored the seniors with a midfield meeting, then a gauntlet of teammates to run through.

“Hopefully some of the experiences and lessons that they learned over their time here they can carry with them throughout life and use as motivators,” Sarkisian said.

The college football life for the seniors is just two more days. They don’t want it to end, but everyone is ready for the game to begin.

“I think we’re a little antsy, and we’re ready to go,” Sarkisian said.

Notes: DE Talia Crichton and S Sean Parker are officially out for the game with injuries. WR/holder Cody Bruns and G Ryan Tolar are officially in. … Sarkisian was asked about the possibility of Chris Polk and the NFL draft before quickly dismissing the question. “We’ll deal with that after the game.” … Former Seahawks quarterback Rick Mirer was at practice.


  • Jeff

    Why was Rick freakin Mirer at UW practice?

    • Todd Dybas

      He’s friends with Marques Tuiasosopo, who is an assistant strength coach on the Washington staff.