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Spring practice: Day 10 notes and observations

There is rain in the forecast, though there wasn't any on Tuesday morning at Husky Stadium as Washington completed its 10th practice of the spring. There are five remaining. For those blessed with mathematical skills or calculators, that means the Huskies are two-thirds of the way through their spring practice schedule.

We have some notes and such from this morning's workout ...

--- As always, the personnel stuff comes first. And since this was a Tuesday morning, there were a handful of players again missing, presumably for academic reasons. Absent from practice were tight ends Josh Perkins and Derrick Brown, cornerback Marcus Peters, defensive end Hau'oli Kikaha and cornerback Travell Dixon. A couple of other players left practice early, presumably, again, to make it to class.

--- Running backs Jesse Callier and Dwayne Washington, each of whom were banged up in recent practices, were present but didn't wear pads, instead participating in the kind of conditioning exercises one participates in when injured. Dexter Charles, Micah Hatchie and Taelon Parson remain sidelined. Kevin King, Cory Littleton and Ryan McDaniel are still in yellow jerseys, though each did some drill work.

--- Defensive end Jarett Finau was not in pads. He appeared to injure his left leg on Saturday.

--- Safety Brandon Beaver left with what appeared to be some sort of right arm injury. He had ice on his right shoulder and was resting his right arm pretty delicately against his stomach.

--- Chris Petersen again spent some time working with the punt returners, even spending some 1-on-1 time with Marvin Hall. Later in practice, Hall, Jaydon Mickens, John Ross and Jermaine Kelly worked on fielding punts, sometimes catching them with a ball already tucked under one of their arms.

--- The defense forced only two turnovers today -- an interception by Beaver off Jeff Lindquist, and a strip-fumble taken by Shaq Thompson from Ross. Ross caught a pass, turned right into Thompson, and he took the ball from him and proceeded to run a long way with it. The offense and defense ran one gasser each after practice.

--- Speaking of Thompson, he again spent some time at running back, getting three carries during the final 11-on-11 session. Some of that might have been dictated by a lack of depth at the position, with Callier and Washington both out. Lavon Coleman has also received quite a few carries, and Petersen spoke highly of him after practice.

--- Today's competition drill crafted by strength coach Tim Socha was typically unique. It was essentially a 1-on-1 drill in the end zone, with a quarterback trying to complete a touchdown pass to a receiver defended by one player. Evan Hudson began the drill by throwing a touchdown pass to Danny Shelton, who beat Siosifa Tufunga in coverage.

On the next rep, Coleman threw incomplete to David Ajamu, with Joe Mathis providing coverage. Defensive back Brian Clay caught a touchdown pass on the next rep, giving the defense the victory. The offense ran.

--- The defense came close to forcing that magical third turnover a couple of times, as quarterback Troy Williams had to hurriedly fall on a pair of fumbles -- one on the center exchange -- to avoid giving the ball away.

--- Cameron Van Winkle looked solid kicking field goals, knocking three consecutive attempts through the uprights from about 35 yards.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple