August 19, 2009 in Sports

Huskies’ scrimmage leaves muddy picture

Everett Herald

SEATTLE – The first scrimmage of the University of Washington’s fall camp brought more questions than answers Tuesday afternoon.

Junior quarterback Jake Locker came out slinging, completing his first three passes, but his accuracy problems arrived and he finished 4 of 8 for 55 yards before giving way.

And the competition at running back is no more clear than it was Tuesday morning.

The only other notable elements from the first teams’ brief appearances were who did, and didn’t, participate.

Right tackle Ben Scott earned a promotion to the first team while starting outside linebacker E.J. Savannah sat out the session after aggravating a right shoulder injury, but he said he expects to be back on the practice field today and vowed to be playing against LSU on Sept. 5.

Chris Polk got the start at running back, where as many as five players could be pushing for time.

All five runners showed flashes in Tuesday’s scrimmage, further clouding a position battle that has no clear-cut leader. Polk had eight yards on four carries but also broke off a 33-yard reception on a catch-and-run in the left flat. Willie Griffin, the team’s leading returning rusher, had 18 yards on three carries, including a nifty 13-yarder on a draw play. Freshman Demitrius Bronson (31 yards on four carries) ran the hardest, while sophomore Curtis Shaw had the longest run of the day (a 55-yarder on a cutback move).

But perhaps the most explosive runner of the day was sophomore Johri Fogerson, a former high school star at Seattle O’Dea who spent the 2008 season playing safety.

Fogerson had a 48-yard reception, a 32-yard run from scrimmage and a 50-yard punt return.

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