Petersen kicks off first practice at Washington

Petersen kicks off first practice at Washington

By Tim Booth, Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2014 at 12:31 p.m.


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SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Petersen bounced from drill to drill, taking notes as he jogged around Washington's indoor facility wearing a purple sweatshirt and black hat with a 'W' emblem.

No more blue turf. No more Broncos. Petersen had finally opened his first spring practice as head coach of the Huskies.

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.

But he's clearly sending a message that his new team needs to fall in line. Petersen announced after practice that starting middle linebacker and defensive captain John Timu would be suspended for the first two weeks of spring practice. Timu is the third potential starter Petersen has suspended since his arrival.

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