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No longer in Boise: Now in purple, Chris Petersen kicks off his 1st practice at Washington

  • New Washington head football coach Chris Petersen, left, stands near redshirt quarterback Jeff Lindquist, right, as Lindquist passes on the first day of spring NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    New Washington head football coach Chris Petersen, left, stands near redshirt quarterback Jeff Lindquist, right, as Lindquist passes on the first day of spring NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Washington head football coach Chris Petersen calls to his team on the first day of spring NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    New Washington head football coach Chris Petersen calls to his team on the first day of spring NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Washington head football coach Chris Petersen, right, takes notes on the first day of spring NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    New Washington head football coach Chris Petersen, right, takes notes on the first day of spring NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)  (The Associated Press)

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.