Quick notes from Washington practice

SEATTLE -- Watched Washington practice Tuesday -- in full pads for the first time this spring -- so here are some quick observations.

  • The highlight was, predictably, an impressive play from quarterback Jake Locker. Locker scrambled out of the pocket to his left and and the right-hander then flicked a perfect pass to Devin Aguilar 40 yards down the sideline. Said one observer, "Do you think any other quarterback in college football could do that?" Answer: Probably not. "He's playing at a real high level," coach Steve Sarkisian said.

  • "Hey, Nate Williams," Sarkisian barked at his senior safety. "Punch that out!" Sarkisian was telling Williams to try to force a fumble on a short completion. It doesn't take long to see Sarkisian isn't likely to become a CEO coach. He's involved in teaching on both sides of the ball.

  • True freshman quarterback Nick Montana appears capable of competing for the backup job with redshirt freshman Keith Price -- Sarkisian certainly is far from committing to a redshirt season for him. While Montana looks skinny in his uniform, he doesn't seem overwhelmed during the early going (as a first-year player, he's not available for interviews). He tossed a couple of nice passes downfield and showed respectable mobility outside the pocket. Of course, he also looks like a freshman at times -- facing his first college pass rush, he had a pass batted down and was wild with a few throws.

  • The Huskies are clearly thin at defensive end, which is why tackle Cameron Elisara is seeing action on the outside.

  • True freshmen running backs Deontae Cooper and Jesse Callier both have caught Sarkisian's eye. They could be in the mix in the fall behind Chris Polk, who's sitting out spring after shoulder surgery.

  • Headed down to Oregon State on Wednesday. Having heard so much about the arm strength of Beavers quarterback Ryan Katz, it will be interesting to see how the zip on his passes compares to Locker's.