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Shaq Thompson steals the show at UW's 11th spring practice

It was brisk but dry at Husky Stadium tonight, as the Washington football team completed its 11th practice of the spring -- in full pads -- outside under the lights.

And it was again junior linebacker Shaq Thompson who shone brightest, pulling on a purple offensive jersey -- Dwayne Washington's No. 12 -- and ripping off a 74-yard touchdown run that looked a little easier than it should have. It wasn't against UW's first-team defense, but it still might have been the most impressive individual play of the spring.

Thompson had three carries total -- the first was a 15-20-yard run, the second was his touchdown, and the third was a 10-or-so-yard carry that gained a first down for the offense.

Running backs coach Keith Bhonapha said afterward that he's been meeting with Thompson 1-on-1 to go over some of the offense -- Thompson doesn't meet with the running backs as a group, because he's in his own linebackers meetings -- and that with Washington and Jesse Callier sidelined, UW has more opportunities to give Thompson some reps during 11-on-11 periods.

Thompson also had a "sack" of Jeff Lindquist, back when he was just a linebacker.

Some additional notes ...

--- Linebacker Travis Feeney turned in the day's second-most impressive play, a 60-yard interception that he returned for a touchdown.

--- Safety Brandon Beaver was in a yellow, no-contact jersey after he appeared to injure his right shoulder/arm during Tuesday's practice. He still snagged an interception off a deflected pass from Jeff Lindquist during a 7-on-7 drill.

--- As previously mentioned, neither Washington or Callier were in pads, each still limited by injury.

--- Didn't see John Ross in attendance tonight. Looked like every other non-suspended or non-injured player was there.

--- With Beaver limited, Trevor Walker and Brian Clay were at safety during the initial 11-on-11 period early in practice.

--- Running back Ryan McDaniel was in full pads, without a yellow jersey.

--- Micah Hatchie and Dexter Charles still aren't participating in practice, but they each participate in as many individual drills as they can, including a footwork drill with the rest of the offensive linemen.

--- The first-team offensive line remained the same -- Jake Eldrenkamp, Siosifa Tufunga, Mike Criste, James Atoe and Ben Riva, with Colin Tanigawa also taking some snaps at center.

--- Deontae Cooper made some noise when he lowered his shoulder and ran over freshman walk-on Aaron Chapman, who needed an extra second or two to get up.

--- Feeney also had a big hit on Josh Perkins, though Perkins held onto the pass.

--- Hau'oli Kikaha had a pretty strong practice in terms of getting to the quarterback, as he forced a couple of hurried throws.

--- Troy Williams threw a touchdown pass to Derrick Brown on the final play of the 11-on-11 period. He'd thrown a touchdown pass to Brown two snaps prior that was called back due to a holding penalty.

--- Kasen Williams ran some routes before practice today and played a little catch on the sidelines, moving around pretty well again and looking like he's progressing fine.

--- Budda Baker and Shane Bowman, UW signees who were teammates at Bellevue High, were in attendance and watched from the sidelines.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple