Monday in Hawkville

With the players off today, the daily recap looks back at Sunday’s “mock game” at Husky Stadium and ahead to the rest of the week:

FOCUS ON

Mike Williams. The former USC wideout and first-round draft choice by the Detroit Lions wasn’t just big during the “mock game,” he came up big.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Williams led all receivers with three receptions. But the real story was when and how he made those catches. He ran a quick slant on the final play to catch a 4-yard touchdown pass from Charlie Whitehurst. Williams would have had another score on a fade route in the end zone, but rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond broke it up. Williams did catch a 10-yarder against Thurmond.

Not bad for a wide receiver who last played in the league in 2007 and was signed by the Seahawks in April.

 

“Mike’s got the stuff to make plays like that,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s got the big body and he’s strong as can be. Mike is really coming around, and I’m excited for him and for us. It would be nice to have a big guy like that who can contribute. He continues to do well. He hasn’t had an up-and-down time with us at all. He’s been really on the up side of things for the whole time he’s been with us.

“We might have a really good-looking player on offense for us. I’m excited for Mike and hopeful that he’ll continue.”   

BY THE NUMBERS

They’re unofficial, but here are some stats from Sunday’s effort:

Passing: Whitehurst 13 of 18 for 139 yards and two touchdowns; J.P. Losman 4 of 7 for 38 yards.

Rushing: Justin Forsett 11 carries for 68 yards; Julius Jones 8 for 28.

Receiving: Williams 3 catches for 20 yards and a TD; tight end Chris Baker 2 for 4 yards and a TD; wide receiver Deion Branch 2 for 30; Forsett 2 for 29; tight end Cameron Morrah 2 for 18; wide receiver Deon Butler 1 for 33; wide receiver Golden Tate 1 for 21; fullback Owen Schmitt 1 for 9; wide receiver Kole Heckendorf 1 for 4; running back Quinton Ganther 1 for 3.

UP NEXT

The players will practice once Tuesday, starting at 1:30 p.m. This is a change from the original schedule, which had them going at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the final session of two-a-days at Bing Training Camp.

Fans who registered for either session should have received an email informing them that they can attend the 1:30 practice, or one of the other three that are open: Wednesday, Thursday or next Monday.

To register to attend a practice, click here.

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF

The Seahawks open their first preseason under Carroll on Saturday night by hosting the last team they played – the Tennessee Titans. That 2009 finale also was at Qwest Field, where Titans running back Chris Johnson went over 2,000 yards rushing for the season.

The Titans come to town for the 7 p.m. game with some familiar faces: General manager Mike Reinfeldt spent seven seasons in the Seahawks’ front office (1999-2003 and 2005-06); vice president of player personnel Ruston Webster worked the past four years with the Seahawks in the same capacity; director of college scouting Lake Dawson was a scout for the Seahawks (2001-2006) and he went to Federal Way High School; secondary coaches Marcus Robertson (2001-02) and Tim Hauck (1997) played for the Seahawks, as did defensive end Jason Babin (2007-08) and running back Alvin Pearman (2007).

YOU DON’T SAY

“I really like what’s going on upfront on the first defense. Those guys are playing together really nicely at this point. … We’ll see when we get against the Titans this weekend. It will be something different as a test. We’ll find out where we fit then.” – Carroll


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