Another day of Washington Huskies football practice, another scoreless performance for the offense. But they got close again today. Read on for some notes and observations.
--- The first-team defense that took the field for the very first 11-on-11 period looked like this: Jaylen Johnson, Greg Gaines and Elijah Qualls up front; Psalm Wooching (sam), Keishawn Bierria (weakside), Azeem Victor (middle) and Joe Mathis (buck) at linebacker; Darren Gardenhire and Kevin King at cornerback; and Budda Baker and Jojo McIntosh at safety.
The second-team defense featured Damion Turpin, Vita Vea and Shane Bowman up front, with Sean Constantine, Ben Burr-Kirven, Connor O’Brien and Tevis Bartlett at linebacker; Jordan Miller and Austin Joyner at the corners; and Trevor Walker and Brandon Beaver at safety. There was also some substitution thereafter.
--- The first-team offensive line remains mostly the same, from left to right -- Trey Adams, Jake Eldrenkamp, Coleman Shelton, Shane Brostek and Andrew Kirkland -- though Kaleb McGary got some snaps at right tackle during one 11-on-11 period and Kirkland spent some time with the No. 2 unit.
Otherwise, the No. 2 unit was unchanged, too, from its typical look of Jared Hilbers, Michael Kneip, Matt James, Jesse Sosebee and McGary.
--- The third-team offensive line, for what it’s worth, featured Luke Wattenberg, Henry Roberts, Nick Harris, John Turner and Devin Burleson.
--- There were three turnovers today. First, the defense recovered a Myles Gaskin fumble. Didn’t see who got on top of it, but Mathis and a few others were in the scrum. During a 7-on-7 drill, McIntosh came over the top to intercept a pass thrown by Tony Rodriguez intended for Quinten Pounds (Miller had tight coverage). And during the final 11-on-11 period of the day, freshman cornerback Byron Murphy stepped in front of a third-down pass thrown by K.J. Carta-Samuels and probably could have returned it for a touchdown if the play hadn’t been blown dead.
--- This was probably a better day for the offense than the previous three, because there were a few highlights. Gaskin again got loose for a few nice gains, though those kind of plays are always difficult to judge when the drill isn’t full-contact (and the Huskies again were only in shoulder pads). And Jake Browning completed a pass to Chico McClatcher for about a 50-yard gain that gave the offense a scoring opportunity in the red zone.
But ... Browning scrambled for a short gain on first down, a pair of carries by Lavon Coleman failed to move the sticks, and Browning threw incomplete toward the end zone on fourth down to end the series.
Carta-Samuels was the quarterback for the first series of that final 11-on-11 period, and the offense did pick up a first down on about a 14-yard run by Jomon Dotson. But Carta-Samuels didn’t complete a pass during the series and it ended with Murphy’s pick on third down.
Rodriguez didn’t fare much better, scrambling for a short gain before throwing a third-down incompletion that was nearly intercepted by freshman cornerback Kentrell Love.
Rodriguez helmed the offense for the final series of practice, and managed to pick up a pair of first downs on completions to tight end David Ajamu. But a fourth-down drop by walk-on receiver Connor Griffin, on the defense’s side of the field, wound up the final snap of practice. Rodriguez also failed to connect with Griffin on third down, though he was well-covered.