Steve Sarkisian was very encouraged following Washington’s 100-play situational practice on Saturday.
In total, the Huskies went goal line (11 snaps), blitz pick-up (10 snaps), 7 on 7 (20 snaps), and open field (60 snaps).
Overall, Sark was jacked about the play from the corners and the ability to rush the passer. The defense played the run surprisingly well and the offense didn't turn the ball over.
Sarkisian stated, "I thought, all in all, it was a good physical practice for us. I thought both side flashed at times."
He said, “I love the fact that we are able to rush the passer. That put a smile on my face today. We may have had 7 sacks in that (open field period).”
“What I appreciated the other way was our ability to lean on the run game to get right and then Chris ultimately snapping off a long run after maybe have a little bit of a frustrating day prior to that.”
“I was overly impressed by them (defense) with their ability to defend the run, especially early in the scrimmage. We defended the run better than I anticipated.”
“Offensively, I’m encouraged there were no turnovers after 100 plays. On the flip side, we have to create more (on defense). Hopefully, with those 7 sacks, somewhere in there the ball is coming out when those sacks are coming, but we are blowing it down (whistle).”
Washington opens with Eastern Washington. The Huskies host Hawaii in the second week before traveling to Nebraska.