Washington's ninth practice of the spring wrapped up a little while ago at a windy, chilly, but dry Husky Stadium. Here are some notes and observations, as always.
--- Third-year sophomore offensive tackle Andrew Kirkland did not participate today, and wore a walking boot on his left foot. He joined DB Kevin King, DB Jermaine Kelly, DB Trevor Walker, OL Coleman Shelton, LB Keishawn Bierria, LB Travis Feeney and TE Drew Sample on the sideline. DB Brandon Lewis, DB Brandon Beaver and OL Devin Burleson are wearing yellow, no-contact jerseys but still participating a bit (Feeney is in yellow, too, but doing less than the others). RB Deontae Cooper is still absent. OL Dexter Charles left early again to attend class.
And you might have noticed John Ross is not on the list of non-participants. That's because he participated for the first time this spring that we've been able to see (it's possible he practiced on Saturday, but that was a closed session). He still isn't a full participant -- he's not wearing pads -- but did some drill work with the receivers and spent time catching punts with Dante Pettis (and coach Chris Petersen). So, the rehab process seems to be going fine for the Huskies' fastest player.
--- It was another pretty solid day for the defense, which forced the offense to run three gassers after practice despite coming away with only two turnovers. The final 11-on-11 period went as such:
--- Jeff Lindquist started off with the second-team offensive line against the second-team defense. Walk-on WR Max Richmond gained eight yards on a carry, Lavon Coleman was stopped for no gain, Lindquist rushed for a yard up the middle, and then Lindquist threw incomplete on a quick toss to Marvin Hall near the sideline. Hall dropped it, with DB Sean Vergara closing in, and that ended the series.
--- Jake Browning quarterbacked the first-team offense against the first-team defense. After he threw an incompletion and RB Jomon Dotson gained about six yards on a carry, Browning converted a 3rd-and-4 with a nice 14-yard toss to TE Josh Perkins.
On the next play, Browning threw deep for WR Brayden Lenius, who caught the pass and scored what would have been a 56-yard touchdown ... except he used both hands to shove Budda Baker to the ground just before the ball arrived, drawing a flag for offensive pass interference. That made it 1st-and-25, and after Dwayne Washington rushed for seven yards up the left sideline, Browning overthrew a pass intended for Darrell Daniels and it was intercepted by Jojo McIntosh.
--- K.J. Carta-Samuels' series with the second-team offense against the second-team defense was brief. Ralph Kinne rushed for no gain, Carta-Samuels threw a hurried incompletion under pressure from a blitzing Ezekiel Turner, and CB Naijiel Hale broke up Carta-Samuels' third-down pass over the middle. Hale also had the defense's first interception of the day, picking off Lindquist on a pass thrown to TE David Ajamu during an earlier 11-on-11 period.
--- Lindquist did make a nice throw to Coleman on a swing pass out of the backfield for what likely would have been a 45-yard touchdown during a 7-on-7 period. Lindquist also threw a long touchdown to Lenius during 7-on-7 over the coverage of Brandon Lewis.
--- During stretching at the start of practice, strength coach Tim Socha called the team together, chided their lack of energy, then had them run to the far goalpost and back before resuming their pre-practice warmups. That seemed to elevate the mood a little bit.
--- The first-team defense still featured Taniela Tupou, Jaylen Johnson, Elijah Qualls and JoJo Mathis up front, with Azeem Victor, Scott Lawyer and Cory Littleton at linebacker, Budda Baker and Brian Clay at safety, and Sidney Jones and Darren Gardenhire at cornerback. McIntosh continues to rotate in as the nickel.
--- With Kirkland out, John Turner slid out to left tackle with the No. 2 offensive line, with Cory Fuavai at left guard, Michael Kneip at center, Jesse Sosebee at right guard and Kaleb McGary at right tackle.
--- The Huskies return to the practice field on Wednesday morning.
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