For the second-to-last time this spring, the Huskies put on pads and jerseys and practiced on Wednesday morning at a sunny Husky Stadium. They're off now until Saturday, when they take the field again for the spring preview, which will be open to the public and features a fan-fest beginning at 9 a.m. Until then, enjoy some notes from Wednesday's practice.
--- Players were in full pads, though there wasn't any live tackling. The offensive players wore gold game helmets, and the defensive players and specialists wore matte black helmets, perhaps a preview of what to expect on Saturday, if that sort of thing interests you.
--- As always, the personnel update. It remains mostly unchanged. DL Vita Vea is still sidelined by an apparent leg injury (he's wearing a brace on his right knee). Also out: WR John Ross III, DB Jermaine Kelly, DB Trevor Walker, LB Keishawn Bierria, LB Travis Feeney, OL Coleman Shelton, OL Dexter Charles. DB Kevin King also remains limited. TE Drew Sample is still in yellow and limited. DBs Brandon Beaver and Brandon Lewis are still wearing yellow, but participating. Didn't see OL Cory Fuavai for the second consecutive practice.
--- QB K.J. Carta-Samuels started the first 11-on-11 period with a 30-or-so-yard completion to WR Dante Pettis, though it was a different kind of drill, with the ball moving forward seven yards on each snap regardless of how many yards the previous play gained. Carta-Samuels also connected on a nice completion up the right sideline to WR Brayden Lenius, and QB Jeff Lindquist made a nice throw for a good gain over the middle to Jaydon Mickens. The drill ended with a pair of field-goal attempts -- a missed 37-yarder by Mitch Johnson, and a 37-yarder made by Cameron Van Winkle.
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--- Carta-Samuels connected with WR Marvin Hall for the first of Hall's three touchdown catches. He extended the short scoring drive by completing a 10-yard pass to Hall on 3rd-and-10 at the defense's 20-yard line, then zipped a 1-yard touchdown pass to him on 3rd-and-goal.
--- Carta-Samuels was the first quarterback at the helm for a 2-minute drill period. He pieced together a couple of first downs, and threw a 22-yard completion to Lenius that would have put the ball at roughly the defense's 25-yard line, but the clock expired on that play.
Lindquist was up next, just missing Hall on a deep pass on the first play that might have been a touchdown had it been completed. He later converted a 3rd-and-4 with a 15-yard completion to walk-on receiver Max Richmond, then connected again with Richmond for a 28-yard gain down the seam that netted a first-down at the defense's 28-yard line. After spiking the ball on first down to stop the clock, Lindquist found Hall for a 28-yard touchdown pass with 25 seconds to spare.
--- The final 11-on-11 period lasted five series. Lindquist's drive was off to a promising start -- Jomon Dotson gained 14 yards on a carry that probably would have gone farther in a live setting -- but he threw consecutive incompletions (at least one of which probably should have been caught) and was "sacked" by Jaylen Johnson on third down.
--- Jake Browning stepped in for his own series beginning at the offense's 22-yard line, and it didn't go well, either. He threw an incomplete pass on first down, Lavon Coleman was bottled up on second down, and after escaping a pass-rusher on third down and scrambling to his left, Browning threw a pass intended for Mickens that was intercepted by Budda Baker.
--- Carta-Samuels had the next series. It lasted three plays and ended with a sack by Naijiel Hale on a corner blitz.
--- Lindquist stepped back under center and put together a scoring drive, capped by a 36-yard touchdown pass to Hall, who obviously had a pretty successful day running past defensive backs. The other big play during that possession was also a long pass from Lindquist to Hall that gained 31 yards. Lindquist was particularly sharp today.
--- Browning stepped back in with the No. 2 offense against the No. 2 defense, and led a 17-play drive that reached the 2-yard line but did not result in a touchdown. The highlight was Browning's 21-yard completion to Richmond on 4th-and-13 from the defense's 23-yard line. Two runs by Deontae Cooper wound up losing a couple yards, then Browning threw incomplete on third down and Van Winkle came out for a 43-yard field goal try (the distance obviously didn't match up with the yard-line to which the offense had driven). He made it, and practice ended right there, with neither side running any gassers (though both the offense and defense had to run following an earlier 11-on-11 period).
--- The first-team offensive line remained the same, from left to right: Jake Eldrenkamp, Dane Crane, Siosifa Tufunga, Shane Brostek and Matt James. The second-team offensive line, from left to right, included Devin Burleson, John Turner, Michael Kneip, Jesse Sosebee and Kaleb McGary.
--- The first-team defense also hasn't changed much, with Taniela Tupou, Will Dissly and Elijah Qualls up front, JoJo Mathis at buck linebacker, Azeem Victor, Cory Littleton and Scott Lawyer at linebacker, Brian Clay and Baker at safety, Sidney Jones and Darren Gardenhire at the corners, and, in certain packages, JoJo McIntosh was with the No. 1 defense as the nickel back.
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