It was another clear, sunny day for Washington Huskies fall camp on Monday at Husky Stadium. They were only in shoulder pads, but did plenty of 11-on-11 work. Here are some notes and highlights from the session.
--- About 45 minutes into practice, Chris Petersen blew his airhorn and gathered the entire team at midfield to begin a third-down competition between the offense and defense. The offense won the drill, 4-2.
It went like this:
Dante Pettis couldn’t haul in a 3rd-and-4 pass from Jake Browning over the middle. One point for the defense.
Browning connected with Darrell Daniels on 3rd-and-5. One point for the offense.
On 3rd-and-9, browning found Chico McClatcher open near the left sideline, and McClatcher hauled the pass in before taking a big hit from Jojo McIntosh. But he held on. Another point for the offense.
Tony Rodriguez stepped in with the second-team offense and found Andre Baccellia on 3rd-and-4. Another point for the offense.
Rodriguez threw incomplete after being flushed from the pocket and rolling right on 3rd-and-5. Point for the defense.
On 3rd-and-2, freshman tailback Kamari Pleasant plunged up the middle for the decisive first down, winning the drill for the offense. The defense had to run one gasser.
--- An 11-on-11 hurry-up drill followed later in practice. On a drive that began at the offense’s 49-yard line with 55 seconds on the Husky Stadium scoreboard clock, Browning guided the No. 1 offense to the defense’s 5-yard line -- a 17-yard completion to K.J. Young on 4th-and-10 got them there -- but after he spiked the ball to stop the clock, Petersen determined that time had already expired. Browning also had completions of 18 yards to freshman receiver Aaron Fuller and 16 yards to redshirt freshman Quinten Pounds on the drive. Joe Mathis had a sack for the defense.
--- The second-team hurry-up period went quite poorly for the offense, and especially for the offensive line. K.J. Carta-Samuels was hurried on every snap, and was sacked on 4th-and-10 by a blitzing Tevis Bartlett. Third-year sophomore nose tackle Vita Vea had an impressive bull rush on the prior play.
--- In other 11-on-11 action, the offense ran 20 or so plays from its own 32-yard line in various down-and-distance situations. Highlights included a long completion up the right sideline from Rodriguez to Pounds; a big hit by Kevin King that jarred the ball loose from Connor Griffin; a sack of Browning by Azeem Victor; and a huge hit on freshman tailback Sean McGrew by redshirt freshman linebacker DJ Beavers on a toss sweep, which drew a loud celebration from the defense.
--- In an 11-on-11 red-zone period to end practice, the offense scored one touchdown -- a 6-yard pass from Browning to tailback Lavon Coleman. Browning was also intercepted by freshman linebacker Brandon Wellington, and practice ended after Browning missed Pounds on a fade to the back right corner of the end zone.
--- Third-year sophomore Kaleb McGary continued to work at right tackle with the No. 1 offensive line, and there was another change today, too -- third-year sophomore Matt James was at right guard instead of Shane Brostek. The rest of the No. 1 unit looked the same, with Trey Adams at left tackle, Jake Eldrenkamp at left guard and Coleman Shelton at center.
James’ move to first-team right guard meant that Michael Kneip moved to center with the No. 2 offensive line, with Jesse Sosebee moving to left guard, Brostek at right guard and Andrew Kirkland at right tackle. Jared Hilbers remained at left tackle with the No. 2 unit.
--- Players were treated to Kona Ice afterward from a truck set up between the stadium and practice field.
--- Tuesday is a day off.