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Notes and observations from UW's first practice of camp

This was a different start to fall camp than the Washington Huskies are accustomed to, primarily because there weren't any freshman involved -- aside from kicker Tristan Vizcaino, who was the only newcomer to practice with the veterans at 10 a.m.

The rest of the newcomers -- as well as a few returning players -- will take the field for a separate practice at 4 p.m. First, we have a few notes and observations to pass along from the morning session.

--- These are the 57 players I counted as participants in the morning session, broken down by position group:

QB (2) -- Troy Williams, Jeff Lindquist

RB (4) -- Dwayne Washington, Deontae Cooper, Lavon Coleman, Jesse Callier

WR (6) -- John Ross, Kasen Williams, Jaydon Mickens, Kendyl Taylor, Marvin Hall, DiAndre Campbell

TE (4) -- Darrell Daniels, Derrick Brown, Josh Perkins, Michael Hartvigson

OL (11) -- Jake Eldrenkamp, Ben Riva, Shane Brostek, Ross Dolbec, Colin Tanigawa, Siosifa Tufunga, Michael Kneip, James Atoe, Micah Hatchie, Dexter Charles, Mike Criste

DL (7) -- Joe Mathis, Danny Shelton, Drew Schultz, Evan Hudson, Taniela Tupou, Andrew Hudson, Jarrett Finau

LB  (8)-- Shaq Thompson, Hau'oli Kikaha (OLB), John Timu, Keishawn Bierria, Azeem Victor, Travis Feeney, Cory Littleton (OLB), Scott Lawyer

DB (9) -- Jermaine Kelly, Brandon Beaver, Travell Dixon, Kevin King, Marcus Peters, Trevor Walker, Brian Clay, Jonathan Kwon, Thomas Vincent

SPECIALISTS (6) -- K Tristan Vizcaino, P Korey Durkee, LS Ryan Masel, K Cameron Van Winkle, K Mitch Johnson, LS Luke Hutchinson

--- Lawyer was the only player wearing a yellow, no-contact jersey, and was the only player who appeared limited, though the Huskies obviously weren't in pads -- just helmets, jerseys and shorts -- so there wasn't much reason to hold anyone out who isn't seriously hurt.

--- Kasen Williams was a full participant, though he didn't quite seem to be moving at full speed. That's expected as he shakes off the rust from his injury rehab. But he did catch a few passes during 11-on-11 period and seemed to come out of everything OK.

--- The first-team offensive line featured, from left to right: Eldrenkamp, Tufunga, Criste, Atoe, Riva. That group obviously is missing the names of Hatchie and Charles, who started out with the No. 2 offensive line unit, along with Tanigawa at center, Brostek at right guard and Ross Dolbec at right tackle.

--- The first-team defense pretty much matched what we saw in spring. Hau'oli Kikaha, Evan Hudson, Danny Shelton and Andrew Hudson up front, though Kikaha's position is now defined as a "buck" linebacker, which is just another way of saying he's a hybrid rush end who will also drop into coverage occasionally. Thompson, Timu and Feeney were at linebacker, Peters and Kelly at cornerback, and Walker and Beaver at safety.

--- The defense got the better of the offense overall, forcing three turnovers throughout the day -- which forced the offense to run one gasser after practice.

Dixon prompted the first air horn of the day, intercepting a pass by Williams during 1-on-1 period that was intended for John Ross.

Drew Schultz recovered a fumbled snap during 11-on-11 period for the second turnover. And the third resulted in a defensive touchdown, as Williams threw a sideways pass toward Ross, who couldn't haul it in, and Peters scooped it up and took a few steps into the end zone for a touchdown.

--- As for the quarterbacks, Williams settled down and made a few pretty decent throws during 1-on-1 period, and his 7-on-7 work wasn't bad, either. That period was highlighted by a tight throw to Taylor over the middle that Taylor snagged between three defenders -- one of those throws that Williams might not be able to make in a game.

Lindquist made a few solid completions during 11-on-11 period. Both quarterbacks struggled during a scramble drill in which a receiver ran a route, then broke back to the quarterback toward the right sideline as the QB rolled to the right. Timing appeared to be an issue there.

--- Coleman took the first snaps at running back during the team period. Dwayne Washington ended the practice with two consecutive carries up the middle, and Deontae Cooper, now wearing No. 6, had a few carries, too, and looked fine on each of them.

--- About halfway through practice, participants in the 4 p.m. practice came out to watch the veterans and listen in during instruction -- yes, Cyler Miles included.

All for now. We'll be back after the afternoon session.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple