Washington’s first football practice of the spring is complete, and that means there are a bunch of notes for us to pass along. So, here you go.
--- Every player listed on the roster was present at this morning’s practice, though some were limited or not participating, such as defensive backs Austin Joyner and Brandon Beaver, receiver Quinten Pounds, and defensive linemen John Clark, Jared Pulu and Jason Scrempos. Offensive lineman Jake Eldrenkamp suited up and went through drills but didn’t participate in any 11-on-11 action. Receiver Brayden Lenius was seen sitting on a training table with a bag of ice on his right knee, though it didn’t appear to be anything serious.
--- This being the first day, players wore only helmets, jerseys, shorts and shoes. No pads yet. So keep that in mind when reading anything about 11-on-11 or 7-on-7 action.
--- John Ross III practiced fully for the first time since the 2014 season and looked ... well, like John Ross. More on him in Tuesday’s newspaper.
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--- The workout looked similar to most Chris Petersen spring practices. Fundamentals and details were the focus, with minimal competition and team action at this point. That’s how Petersen prefers to navigate spring, with an emphasis on skill-building and repetition.
That said, there were a few individual highlights. Budda Baker intercepted a pass thrown by quarterback Jake Browning during a 1-on-1 drill, then playfully chided him afterward. Browning responded by throwing a perfect deep ball to John Ross III past the coverage of junior cornerback Sidney Jones, and also threw a nice deep pass to Dante Pettis to start the drill.
--- Each of UW’s top three quarterbacks -- Browning, K.J. Carta-Samuels and Tony Rodriguez -- helmed an offensive series to end practice. None reached the end zone. Carta-Samuels led the offense inside the 20-uyard line thanks to completions to Connor Griffin and Andre Baccelia, and a nice run by Lavon Coleman, but the drive stalled when Carta-Samuels misfired on three consecutive passes to the right corner of the end zone, then completed a pass to Jomon Dotson short of the first-down marker.
Browning also led the offense inside the 20, picking up a big chunk of yardage on a scramble up the middle -- our vantage point on the side of the practice field makes it difficult to give exact yardages, but it looked like at least 20 -- and Browning also picked up a first down when he found tight end Drew Sample open up the right sideline. But the defense stood its ground when Browning tried to squeeze a 4th-and-roughly-5 pass into Pettis at about the 14-yard line, and Kevin King came over the top to bat it away.
--- The No. 1 offensive line looked like this, from left to right: Trey Adams, Michael Kneip, Coleman Shelton, Shane Brostek and Kaleb McGary. Petersen said afterward that coaches wanted to try Shelton at center last season before he missed all of spring ball due to injury, and remember that Eldrenkamp is not a full participant yet.
The first-team defense looked about how you’d expect -- Jones and Kevin King at cornerback, Baker and Jojo McIntosh at safety, Keishawn Bierria, Azeem Victor, Psalm Wooching and Joe Mathis (BUCK) at linebacker, and Elijah Qualls, Greg Gaines and Jaylen Johnson up front. Lots of rotation behind those guys, and, again, there wasn’t a whole lot of 11-on-11 action, anyway.
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