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Notes from UW's newcomers practice

Washington's long first day of fall camp is over, as the newcomers (and a few non-newcomers) practiced for about an hour and 40 minutes at Husky Stadium. We have notes.

--- As we mentioned earlier, kicker Tristan Vizcaino was the only true freshman who practiced with the veterans in the morning. Every other freshman on the roster was in attendance during the afternoon session, and every player on the roster was in attendance at one or the other. So, no no-shows.

--- The only player sidelined by injury for the afternoon practice was defensive back Aaron Chapman (knee), whom coach Chris Petersen said on Sunday would be unavailable.

--- Early impression of freshman quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels: he's big (listed at 6-foot-2, 228 pounds, and that seems an accurate measurement), and he appears to have a pretty decent arm. He missed a few throws, which is to be expected for a freshman QB in his first collegiate practice. DB Darren Gardenhire stepped in front of one of his passes early and returned it for a touchdown, one of three interceptions gathered by the defense during the afternoon practice. Third-year sophomore QB Cyler Miles didn't have his best day. Miles made a couple of strong throws early on, completing passes to Braden Lenius, David Ajamu and Neel Salukhe. But then came the 7-on-7 period, in which Miles first threw a badly overthrown pass that was intercepted by freshman DB Jojo McIntosh -- that one looked like it might have been a miscommunication -- then on his next attempt threw an interception to freshman DB Lavon Washington. Maybe Petersen wasn't exaggerating when he said Miles would be a ways behind after sitting out all of spring while serving a suspension. Or maybe a receiver messed up. Stay tuned.

--- Tight end Drew Sample made a great catch of a pass over the middle, going up high in traffic to clutch with both hands a ball thrown by Carta-Samuels.

--- DB Budda Baker nearly intercepted a pass during 1-on-1 period off Carta-Samuels, but dropped it. He performed a few pushups as atonement.

--- Damion Turpin and Kaleb McGary each had strong pass-rushes that would have been sacks in a live setting. McGary, listed at 6-foot-7, 291 pounds, is another newcomer who passes the eye test. Jaylen Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 254-pound defensive end, also seems to have pretty good size for a freshman, and got into the backfield pretty quickly on one play.

--- The Huskies had an interesting practice visitor: Lake Stevens QB Jacob Eason, who last month announced a commitment to Georgia. Eason was a regular at UW practices in the spring, and is one of the top QB prospects in the 2016 class.

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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