It was brisk but dry at Husky Stadium tonight, as the Washington football team completed its 11th practice of the spring -- in full pads -- outside under the lights.
And it was again junior linebacker Shaq Thompson who shone brightest, pulling on a purple offensive jersey -- Dwayne Washington's No. 12 -- and ripping off a 74-yard touchdown run that looked a little easier than it should have. It wasn't against UW's first-team defense, but it still might have been the most impressive individual play of the spring.
Thompson had three carries total -- the first was a 15-20-yard run, the second was his touchdown, and the third was a 10-or-so-yard carry that gained a first down for the offense.
Running backs coach Keith Bhonapha said afterward that he's been meeting with Thompson 1-on-1 to go over some of the offense -- Thompson doesn't meet with the running backs as a group, because he's in his own linebackers meetings -- and that with Washington and Jesse Callier sidelined, UW has more opportunities to give Thompson some reps during 11-on-11 periods.
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Thompson also had a "sack" of Jeff Lindquist, back when he was just a linebacker.
Some additional notes ...
--- Linebacker Travis Feeney turned in the day's second-most impressive play, a 60-yard interception that he returned for a touchdown.
--- Safety Brandon Beaver was in a yellow, no-contact jersey after he appeared to injure his right shoulder/arm during Tuesday's practice. He still snagged an interception off a deflected pass from Jeff Lindquist during a 7-on-7 drill.
--- As previously mentioned, neither Washington or Callier were in pads, each still limited by injury.
--- Didn't see John Ross in attendance tonight. Looked like every other non-suspended or non-injured player was there.
--- With Beaver limited, Trevor Walker and Brian Clay were at safety during the initial 11-on-11 period early in practice.
--- Running back Ryan McDaniel was in full pads, without a yellow jersey.
--- Micah Hatchie and Dexter Charles still aren't participating in practice, but they each participate in as many individual drills as they can, including a footwork drill with the rest of the offensive linemen.
--- The first-team offensive line remained the same -- Jake Eldrenkamp, Siosifa Tufunga, Mike Criste, James Atoe and Ben Riva, with Colin Tanigawa also taking some snaps at center.
--- Deontae Cooper made some noise when he lowered his shoulder and ran over freshman walk-on Aaron Chapman, who needed an extra second or two to get up.
--- Feeney also had a big hit on Josh Perkins, though Perkins held onto the pass.
--- Hau'oli Kikaha had a pretty strong practice in terms of getting to the quarterback, as he forced a couple of hurried throws.
--- Troy Williams threw a touchdown pass to Derrick Brown on the final play of the 11-on-11 period. He'd thrown a touchdown pass to Brown two snaps prior that was called back due to a holding penalty.
--- Kasen Williams ran some routes before practice today and played a little catch on the sidelines, moving around pretty well again and looking like he's progressing fine.
--- Budda Baker and Shane Bowman, UW signees who were teammates at Bellevue High, were in attendance and watched from the sidelines.
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