The Huskies practiced this morning for the fifth time this spring, and they did some things that I am now going to write about.
--- Two key contributors sat out of today’s workout -- junior receiver Brayden Lenius, who hasn’t practiced since he injured his knee last Monday, and sophomore left tackle Trey Adams, who was also present but not in uniform. And there is still no sign of sophomore receiver Isaiah Renfro, who practiced on Day 1 but has not been seen at an open practice since. Other players who remain present but not in uniform: DB Austin Joyner, DL John Clark, DL Jason Scrempos. And it appears offensive lineman Jake Eldrenkamp, who has been suiting up, is still being held out of contact drills. Freshman defensive back Taylor Rapp practiced with a cast on his left hand.
(Coach Chris Petersen isn’t scheduled to speak with reporters until Friday, by the way, so any available information on player absences or injuries will have to wait until then.)
--- With Adams out, Andrew Kirkland stepped in at left tackle with the No. 1 offensive line. He was joined, from left to right, by Michael Kneip, Coleman Shelton, Shane Brostek and Kaleb McGary. The second-team offensive line looked like this: Jared Hilbers, Henry Roberts, Matt James, Jesse Sosebee and Devin Burleson.
--- The first-team defense looked the same as usual, for the most part, though Darren Gardenhire and Jordan Miller got some more action at cornerback during the 11-on-11 period, with Kevin King at nickelback. Not sure where Sidney Jones was, though he was in attendance earlier in practice.
--- This was not the offense’s best practice. I counted six interceptions between 1-on-1, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, including picks by Kevin King (off Jake Browning during 11-on-11), Ben Burr-Kirven (off K.J. Carta-Samuels during 11-on-11), Darren Gardenhire (off Daniel Bridge-Gadd during 7-on-7), Trevor Walker (also off Bridge-Gadd during 7-on-7) and De’Andre Watson (during 1-on-1s).
The most impressive, though, was Jaylen Johnson’s pick and touchdown return after the ball slipped out of Browning’s hands on a pass attempt. It bounced right into Johnson’s arms and he rumbled a short distance to the end zone.
--- The best player of the day for the offense was probably Browning’s deep completion to Chico McClatcher, past the coverage of Gardenhire, early in practice.
--- The offense avoided having to run afterward, however, when McGary successfully fielded a punt with the entire team watching.
--- UW resumes practice on Wednesday morning.