The sun showed up at Husky Stadium this morning, where the Washington Huskies practiced for the sixth time this spring. It was a much better day for the offense than for the defense. Read on for some notes and such.
--- TE Drew Sample and OLB Psalm Wooching did not wear pads and were limited. Add them to the list of other limited players: OL Coleman Shelton, CB Jermaine Kelly, DB Trevor Walker, DB Kevin King, LB Keishawn Bierria, WR John Ross III, OL Devin Burleson, LB Travis Feeney, DB Brandon Beaver and DB Brandon Lewis.
RB Deontae Cooper is still absent.
--- With the caveat that there is still a lot of substitution -- including nickel packages, etc. -- here is what the first and second-team defense generally looked like:
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First team: Taniela Tupou, Jaylen Johnson (who hadn't yet taken many reps with the No. 1 unit), Elijah Qualls and JoJo Mathis (buck LB) along the front; Scott Lawyer, Cory Littleton and Azeem Victor at linebacker; Sidney Jones and Darren Gardenhire at corner; and Budda Baker and Brian Clay at safety.
Jojo McIntosh appears to be playing nickel at this point, and the personnel at linebacker and defensive line varies when the Huskies line up in that nickel package.
The second-team defensive line typically started out with Will Dissly (standing up on occasion), Damion Turpin, Jarett Finau and Greg Gaines playing together, though Vita Vea and Shane Bowman mixed in plenty, too. Drew Lewis, Jake Wambaugh and Matt Preston are seeing a lot of reps at linebacker with the second-team; McIntosh and Ezekiel Turner were usually the No. 2 safety tandem, and Naijiel Hale, Sean Vergara and Ian Biddle saw time at cornerback.
--- The first-team offensive line featured, from left to right: Jake Eldrenkamp, Dane Crane, Siosifa Tufuna, Shane Brostek and Matt James. The second-team line: Andrew Kirkland, John Turner, Michael Kneip, Jesse Sosebee and Kaleb McGary.
--- Not sure the quarterbacks, as a group, have looked any better than they did today. The most striking example of that was during a 7-on-7 red zone drill, in which Jeff Lindquist, K.J. Carta-Samuels and Jake Browning combined to complete 15-of-16 passes to six different receivers with seven touchdowns.
Browning tossed consecutive touchdown passes to Marvin Hall on what looked like the same route, with the second throw falling into Hall's hands in stride as he beat Darren Gardenhire in coverage. Lindquist threw a touchdowns to Joshua Perkins. So did Browning, who also completed another to Jaydon Mickens. And Carta-Samuels threw short TD passes to Darrell Daniels on consecutive plays.
The offense did not commit a single turnover during practice, which meant that the defense had to run three gassers afterward -- in addition to the gasser it had to run for losing the aforementioned red-zone drill.
"I thought it was a good day for us," Lindquist said. "Red zone’s always a little more intense for the offense. Turnovers are worth two for our running at the end, and we didn’t have to do any running today, so guys were pretty sharp and pretty focused, and we were pretty stoked we kind of ran the table today.”
--- Browning also made a nice play earlier in practice during an 11-on-11 period in the red zone. With the ball at the 10-yard line, he was forced from the pocket, scrambled to his right and dumped a pass to RB Lavon Coleman for a touchdown.
--- Lindquist made a nice throw on a short fade pass to sophomore WR Brayden Lenius for a touchdown. Lenius hauled it in over the coverage of Vergara.
--- Carta-Samuels' best throw of the day might have been a back-shoulder toss to Dante Pettis near the left sideline that was right on the money and resulted in a first down.
--- During the final 11-on-11 period, Carta-Samuels played with the No. 2 offensive line against the No. 2 defense. After a short run by Jomon Dotson and a short completion to Dotson, LB Sean Constantine came unblocked on a blitz and "sacked" Carta-Samuels to end the series.
--- Lindquist was up next, playing behind the No. 1 offensive line against the No. 1 defense. He led an 11-play drive that ended when he kept the ball on an option to the right side and carried it in for a short touchdown. Lindquist also extended that drive with a first-down pass to Hall, and another nice third-and-long conversion to Pettis. A pass-interference call in the end zone against Sidney Jones, who was trying to defend Pettis, also helped the offense.
--- Browning, with the 2s vs. the 2s, led the offense inside the 10-yard line before the field-goal unit was summoned for three tries. Cameron Van Winkle made the first from 23 yards, followed by a 33-yard miss by Tristan Vizcaino, then a 37-yard miss by Van Winkle.
--- Pettis and Baker spent time catching punts.
--- UW is back on the practice field Friday morning, after which coach Chris Petersen and assistants will be available to speak with reporters.
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