A recap of Friday night’s practice at the University of Washington:
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Nate Burleson. When the lights came on at Husky Stadium, it was the Seahawks’ wide receivers who shined. And none was brighter than Burleson.
Burleson already was having a strong camp, but the team’s split end caught everything that was thrown his way in a receiver-dominated practice before an estimated crowd of 2,500.
The best of his half-dozen receptions was a nice catch of a Matt Hasselbeck pass at the end of an even better route against cornerback Travis Fisher.
Burleson even turned in a nice block on cornerback Josh Wilson to spring Deion Branch on a wide-receiver screen.
“It was a pretty good practice, I must say,” Burleson offered when asked if he had just completed his best practice of camp. “But I had a couple touchdowns in the first practice of camp. I measure it by touchdowns, so I’ll just say this my second-best.”
PLAY OF THE DAY
In a practice laced with big catches, Jordan Kent saved the best for last. On the final play of the evening, Kent used his body to shield cornerback Marquis Floyd and then made a one-handed grab in the left side of the end zone of a pass that No. 3 QB Mike Teel put where only Kent had a chance at it.
“I knew he was going to throw a jump ball to the outside,” Kent said. “Mike put a great ball up there and I was able to get good position and jump up and make a good play.”
Kent’s catch stole the honor from fellow wide receiver Courtney Taylor, who made a nice grab of a Seneca Wallace pass in the other corner of the end zone and then managed to get both feet down before falling out of bounds.
“I feel bad taking it away from Courtney,” Kent said with a smile. “But we did a great job as a unit, and that’s all the matters to me – the offense looking good.”
The word on center Chris Spencer is encouraging. The ankle he injured in practice Friday morning is only a sprain – not a high-ankle sprain that would have sidelined him much longer.
Branch returned after sitting out three practices because of slight swelling in his surgically repaired left knee.
Also sitting out were tackle Walter Jones (back), cornerback Marcus Trufant (back), defensive end Michael Bennett (shoulder), linebacker Will Herring (groin), defensive lineman Cory Redding (soreness) and linebacker D.D. Lewis (knee).
The players will practice only once on Saturday (3:30-5:30 p.m.), but they return to two-a-days on Sunday (8:30-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.).
YOU DON’T SAY
“I’m a Husky at heart. So it’s a pleasure to be here and to play under these lights, even though it wasn’t the situation that I dreamed of growing up.” – Burleson, who went to O’Dea High School (in Seattle) but then played at Nevada.