It was pretty much a perfect day at Husky Stadium for Washington’s annual Picture Day, and a couple thousand fans came out to watch the open, full-pads practice. There was no media availability afterward, but we do have some notes, observations and highlights to pass along from the two-hour workout.
--- The offense performed well during an 11-on-11 red-zone drill, scoring four touchdowns in a span of 15 plays.
First, sophomore quarterback Jake Browning fired a 15-yard touchdown pass over the middle to redshirt freshman receiver Andre Baccellia. Two plays later, Browning connected with fourth-year junior receiver John Ross for a 6-yard touchdown pass on a fade route to the back right corner of the end zone.
Tony Rodriguez quarterbacked the No. 2 offense against the No. 2 defense, and capped his series with a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end David Ajamu.
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And working with the No. 3 offense, quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels made a pair of nice completions to move the ball to the 8-yard line, where freshman tailback Sean McGrew was able to score on an 8-yard carry up the middle.
--- The final 11-on-11 period of practice also went OK for the offense -- it also took place exclusively in the red zone -- as Rodriguez capped it with about a 6-yard touchdown pass to freshman receiver Aaron Fuller. Rodriguez was flushed from the pocket and found Fuller in the back of the end zone after rolling right.
On the prior series, Lavon Coleman appeared to score on a short touchdown run -- not sure if they counted it or not, because they lined up for another play afterward -- and then Carta-Samuels ran through a hole in the middle of the line on a keeper for a touchdown on the next play.
Browning almost guided the first-team offense to a score, too, but his third-down pass intended for Dante Pettis was broken up on a nice play by Kevin King.
--- It seemed like the offense got the better of a 7-on-7 red-zone drill, too, as Browning and Rodriguez each connected on a handful of short touchdown passes.
--- There was one change to the first-team offensive line today, as third-year sophomore Kaleb McGary stepped in at right tackle, where Andrew Kirkland has spent all of camp with the No. 1 unit. Kirkland instead worked with the No. 2 group. The rest of the first-team offensive line looked the same, with Trey Adams at left tackle, Jake Eldrenkamp at left guard, Coleman Shelton at center and Shane Brostek at right guard.
--- The first-team defense (in a nickel package) featured Elijah Qualls and Greg Gaines up front, Psalm Wooching, Keishawn Bierria, Azeem Victor and Joe Mathis at linebacker, and a defensive backfield that included Kevin King, Darren Gardenhire, Jordan Miller, Budda Baker and Jojo McIntosh.
--- Chico McClatcher and Baker were the first two players to line up deep for a kick return drill. Austin Joyner took the next rep. Quinten Pounds and Myles Gaskin each took a rep, too. (No, Ross isn’t hurt.)