Chris Petersen bounced from drill to drill, taking notes as he jogged around Washington's indoor facility wearing a purple sweatshirt and a black hat with a 'W' emblem. No more blue turf. No more Broncos. Petersen finally opened his first spring practice as head coach of the Huskies on Tuesday morning.
Petersen left Boise State in December to take over at Washington after Steve Sarkisian went to USC. It's the first time Petersen has been a head coach somewhere other than at Boise State. One of Petersen's first tasks has been sending messages that his new team must fall in line with his requirements. That was evident on Tuesday when Petersen announced that starting middle linebacker and defensive captain John Timu would be suspended for the first two weeks of spring practice. Petersen did not give a reason for Timu's suspension.
Petersen's success at Boise State was built largely on his teams being able to avoid mistakes and execute precisely. It's a philosophy that translated into 92 wins and two Bowl Championship Series bowl victories with the Broncos and was evident on his first day on the field in Seattle. Drills were meticulous with repetition of the smallest details. Getting the fundamentals down correctly is the focus this spring. Worrying about how it all fits into offensive and defensive schemes comes later.
March 4, 2014