The day after holding a closed practice, the Huskies opened things back up Thursday on the East Field for their 10th fall-camp session.
Quick tempo was a focus in the live team periods as the players were in full pads and helmets.
Here are three takeaways:
1. Pass game rules the roost: Maybe it should have been a sign — Jake Browning’s first pass was still completed to Will Dissly despite being tipped — of how the day was going to go.
It was easily the Huskies’ best showing in the pass game in fall ball.
Browning was sharp and poised. And he was at his best when the team moved over to Husky Stadium for a final-minute, hurry-up offense period against the top defense.
Browning completed all seven passes, including a 35-yard connection with Brayden Lenius, that set up a score.
Later in the practice, Browning also delivered a perfect 35-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Fuller that split the Huskies’ zone defense.
2. No challenge to Carta-Samuels: On that note, backup quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels is clearing out lots of space between himself and the rest of the field as Browning’s heir apparent.
In that same hurry-up period in the stadium, Carta-Samuels lit the No. 2 defense up. He hit Ty Jones on a 40-yard reception, and continues to build a nice rapport with the true freshman from Utah.
Two plays later, Carta-Samuels found Jordan Chin streaking in the left corner of the end zone for a 32-yard score.
What was most impressive is the way he handled inside defensive pressure on a pass play later in practice. Rolling to his right, but keeping his eyes squarely up field, the redshirt junior from California connected with Terrell Bynum on a 20-yard pass.
Right now, the Huskies should feel pretty good about their insurance plan at quarterback.
3. Does Myles Bryant fear anything or anybody? The cornerback having arguably the best fall camp of any defender continued to be all over the field.
Not the biggest guy at 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, the sophomore from Los Angeles was sent on a cornerback blitz early in team work, and registered a “touch” sack of Browning.
On the next play, he stepped in front of tight end Hunter Bryant (no relation) and disrupted another pass play.
He is one big reason why folks should not worry too much about a UW secondary that recently sent three players to the NFL.