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Day 8: Notes and observations from UW spring practice

Washington's eighth practice of the spring finally wrapped up a few minutes ago, so we've got some notes and observations for you before the clock strikes midnight and all that.

--- Every player on the roster was in attendance tonight, with the obvious exceptions of QB Cyler Miles and WR Damore'ea Stringfellow, who remain indefinitely suspended. 

--- OL Micah Hatchie, OL Dexter Charles, LB Scott Lawyer, LB Cory Littleton, WR Kasen Williams and RB Ryan McDaniel remain sidelined by injury. RB Dwayne Washington also tweaked some part of his left leg during a no-contact handoff early in practice, and didn't participate in any drills thereafter. He spent some time on the exercise bike and the training table.

--- OL Taylor Hindy also apparently had some type of injury issue, as he took off his shoulder pads and was an observer thereafter. Didn't see what happened to him. WR Jaydon Mickens also came off the field and was examined at one point, but he returned to practice.

--- Shaq Thompson lined up in the backfield during the final 11-on-11 session of practice, running with the ball twice. He looked pretty good doing it. Thompson also participated in a RB drill earlier in practice.

--- Another ballcarrier who continues to impress is Deontae Cooper, who had three long runs up the left sideline. Cooper showed a different level of explosiveness on the first of those, and showed some craftiness by faking a reverse handoff and keeping the ball for a big gain. Keep an eye on him. He could be a factor this season, if his knees hold up. The last time he looked this good on a football field was his first camp as a freshman.

--- Troy Williams looked fairly sharp, connecting with Jaydon Mickens and Kendyl Taylor for a pair of long gains during an 11-on-11 period earlier in practice.

--- The first-team offensive line was comprised of Jake Eldrenkamp, Siosifa Tufunga, Mike Criste, James Atoe and Ben Riva. Colin Tanigawa also got some work at center.

--- The first-team defense, at least for the initial 11-on-11 period, consisted of Jermaine Kelly and Marcus Peters at cornerback, Brandon Beaver and Trevor Walker at safety, Shaq Thompson, John Timu and Kieshawn Bierria at linebacker, and Andrew Hudson, Danny Shelton, Evan Hudson and Josh Shirley along the defensive line. But as always, it should be noted that there is obviously pretty liberal substitution at this point, and pretty much every healthy player is getting some repetitions during team periods.

--- Timu and walk-on defensive back Aaron Chapman both snagged interceptions off Jeff Lindquist during a 1-on-1 drill.

--- There was no strength-and-conditioning competition tonight. Bummer.

--- The defensive linemen and tight ends participated in what appeared to be a goal-line tackling drill, with one player carrying the ball and another player trying to tackle him before he could take it the three-or-so yards across the "goal line." The most notable exchange from that period involved Danny Shelton with the ball in his hands, running through the tackle attempt of Elijah Qualls.

--- Lindquist's best throw of the day might have been a corner route to John Ross that resulted in a big gain.

--- DB Brian Clay intercepted Williams during the final 11-on-11 portion.

--- UW's next practice is Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple