- After a day off, the Huskies were back at it Tuesday on the East Field for their eighth practice of preseason camp.
And at the start of the second week, the team was back in pads.
“The only thing that’s different when we go in pads is we’ll do a little cutting, a little more live (work),” UW coach Chris Petersen said. “Other than that, our practices seem very much the same all the time: They practice fast. They are trying to practice with great posture. They are imagining and visualizing things. So I kind of like it that it doesn’t feel that different when we put pads on.”
Here are three takeaways from UW fall camp Tuesday:
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1. Which tall wide receiver will find himself in the rotation the most? Much like last season, the starting UW receiving corps has one mid-size guy (Dante Pettis at 6-foot-1), and two shorter pass catchers (Andre Baccellia at 5-10, and Chico McClatcher at 5-7).
Needless to say, they would sure be happy if one of their big wide receivers stepped forward.
Brayden Lenius, who started a handful of games in 2014, is the most experienced. He is 6-5 and 230 pounds. But matched up with Myles Bryant one-on-one during live team work, he pushed off for offensive pass interference on one play, and could not haul in a Jake Browning pass on the next.
At the end of practice, the Canadian product caught a touchdown, but was also flagged for a false start.
Ty Jones, a true freshman who is 6-4 and 209 pounds, has shown an ability to go up and get jump-ball passes, especially along the sideline, like he did Tuesday, beating Jomon Dotson off the line of scrimmage for a long catch.
John Gardner (6-3, 198) is a junior walk-on from Woodinville.
2. Just press the repeat button on Byron Murphy: Another day, another hands-on phenomenon by the redshirt freshman from Arizona.
Murphy has been producing a “Wow” play per practice so far this fall camp. On Tuesday, he might have had his most complete performance.
It started with an interception return for a touchdown after he stepped in front of tight end Drew Sample in the first team period.
Later, in the live hurry-up team work, Browning again tested Murphy’s left side. And that did not go well.
Browning tried firing to Dante Pettis along the right sideline, and Murphy rebuked it, then mentioned it to the senior receiver after the play.
And on the final play, Browning tried going to Baccellia in the right corner of the end zone. Following closely, Murphy looked up two seconds before the pass arrived, and swatted it away.
3. Vizcaino hits the crane, and that’s a good thing: Kicking in and around swirling Husky Stadium is no picnic.
But when senior Tristan Vizcaino, who is leading for the placekicker job to add to his punting duties, hits the crane in the background, it usually means he is spot on.
On Tuesday, he drilled a 32-yard field goal right through the upright that hit the tall crane behind the goalposts where a staff member was filming.
Later, he connected on a 36-yarder.
Vizcaino did miss a 42-yarder at the end of practice that sailed left. Not coincidentally, he missed the crane as well.