It was another picturesque day at Husky Stadium, where the Huskies commenced their 11th practice of the spring. They'll go again on Saturday, then will have two more workouts next week before the April 25 spring preview. Here are a few notes and such from Friday's practice.
--- First, the personnel update: OL John Turner joined the legion of players sidelined or limited by injury, accompanying OL Andrew Kirkland, OL Coleman Shelton, DB Jermaine Kelly, DB Kevin King, DB Trevor Walker, LB Keishawn Bierria, LB Travis Feeney, WR John Ross III and OL Dexter Charles, who was present but didn't suit up. OL coach Chris Strausser said Charles isn't full-go, and that while he could probably play if he had to, he's simply being held out because spring practice isn't as important for him as for some of the younger players. TE Drew Sample is still in a yellow, no-contact jersey, as are defensive backs Brandon Beaver and Brandon Lewis.
--- It was a big practice for sophomore CB Naijiel Hale. First, he intercepted a pass thrown by QB Jake Browning to WR Brayden Lenius during an early 11-on-11, two-minute drill, returning it the length of the field for a touchdown. And he did the same thing a little later, picking off a pass thrown by K.J. Carta-Samuels during a late 11-on-11 period and returning it, again, about 70 yards for a touchdown. Several other defensive players accompanied him, so Hale flipped the ball back to walk-on DB Sean Vergara, who was actually the guy who toted the ball into the end zone.
--- Jeff Lindquist took first crack at QB during the aforementioned two-minute drill, leading the offense to one first down before throwing a high-arcing pass toward Dante Pettis in the end zone on 4th-and-short from just shy of the 25-yard line. Pettis leapt and got both hands around the ball, but redshirt freshman safety Jojo McIntosh was able to rip the ball away and force an incompletion.
--- Browning's series during that drill was promising. He completed about an 11-yard pass to Lenius for a first down on the first play, and a 16-yard completion to Lenius later in the possession gave the offense a 1st-and-goal at the 6-yard line with 20 seconds to play. On second down, Browning completed a short pass to RB Gavin McDaniel, who was originally ruled down before he could get out of bounds (this wasn't full-contact, remember). But it was determined that three seconds would be put back on the clock, giving Browning and the offense one more crack at the end zone. Then Hale picked him off.
--- Darren Gardenhire (from Browning) and Scott Lawyer (from Browning, during 7-on-7) also grabbed interceptions.
--- Cory Littleton, Will Dissly and Shane Bowman each had "sacks."
--- For the first time this spring, the offense ran a few plays backed up inside the 1-yard line against its own end zone, with the quarterback under center. There were a few struggles there, including a false start, though there were a few instances in which the running backs were able to break into the second level, and Browning completed a nice pass for about a 15-yard gain to TE Joshua Perkins on the final play of the drill.
--- Ross, who was again participating in a limited fashion, appeared to tweak his left knee before limping to the sideline early in practice. He came off the field, received attention from trainers, applied a bag of ice to his knee, then put his knee brace back on and walked back onto the field to observe the rest of the workout.
--- Browning and Lindquist each led drives that began at the opponent's 29-yard line resulted in field-goal tries during the final 11-on-11 period of practice. Browning threw a pass into the end zone on 3rd-and-8 that was broken up by CB Sidney Jones, who collided with McIntosh on the play. McIntosh appeared to be shaken up a bit -- he stayed down for a little while -- but eventually got up and left the field under his own power, seemingly fine. Cameron Van Winkle connected on a 35-yard field goal on the next play.
--- After Lindquist's 3rd-and-8 pass to walk-on receiver Max Richmond came up short of the sticks, Tristan Vizcaino attempted a 30-yard field goal from the middle of the field and missed it wide right. That resulted in a gasser each for the offense and defense.
--- The first-team offensive line remained the same, though redshirt freshman Jesse Sosebee took a few snaps at left guard. The defensive "depth chart" also remained largely the same, though there was pretty liberal substitution along the second-team defensive line, and the second-team secondary took a few reps with the first-team front seven.
--- Practice ended with OL Devin Burleson, Browning and OL Kaleb McGary trying to field punts from Korey Durkee. Burleson caught his, plucking it out of the air with two hands extended in front of his body. Browning was also successful. But McGary overran the ball and let it go over his head. Wouldn't look for any of them to unseat Dante Pettis with the punt-return team any time soon.
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