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Day 2: Notes and observations from UW's early practice

An overcast morning gave way to sunlight at Husky Stadium, though if you sat in the shade, the breeze blowing through made the place almost chilly. Not that we're complaining.

Anyway, the morning session is in the books, and we have a few notes and observations to pass along, as usual.

--- The overall health of the team remains pretty strong, with LB Scott Lawyer again the only player wearing a yellow no-contact jersey (and even Lawyer participated in some 7-on-7 work). But keep in mind the Huskies still aren't wearing pads, so once those come on, and once there's tackling and scrimmaging and all that, we might see a few more guys limited in some capacity. For now, everyone else appears full-go.

--- There was one player who practiced with the newcomers on Monday who was with the veterans this morning -- third-year sophomore DL Damion Turpin. Aside from that, there weren't any changes to personnel, and the freshmen again came out to watch the last part of practice after they got out of their meetings.

--- LT Micah Hatchie and LG Dexter Charles are still working with the No. 2 offensive line, though as Charles noted a couple of times during an interview afterward, "It's Day 2." That's probably the most appropriate response. Both players missed spring practices while recovering from shoulder injuries. Charles said his shoulder feels "great."

--- With Hatchie and Charles still with the No. 2 unit, the No. 1 group consisted again of Jake Eldrenkamp, Siosifa Tufunga, Mike Criste, James Atoe and Ben Riva. Colin Tanigawa again played center with the No. 2s, with Shane Brostek at right guard and Ross Dolbec at right tackle.

--- The starting defense remained the same as Monday -- Danny Shelton, Evan Hudson, Andrew Hudson and Hau'oli Kikaha up front; Shaq Thompson, John Timu and Travis Feeney at linebacker; Brandon Beaver and Trevor Walker at safety; and Marcus Peters and Jermaine Kelly at cornerback.

--- There was quite a bit of instruction today, with the defense moving to its own practice field for a while and the offense staying in the stadium. Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams threw passes to receivers on air, and while there were a few misfires here and there, both quarterbacks seemed to generate pretty decent velocity and seemed a little crisper than in yesterday's somewhat disjointed session (though instead of disjointed, you could also just call it Day 1).

--- Of course, there were still the standard passing competitions, with 1-on-1s, 7-on-7 and another version of 7-on-7 that was really more like 4-on-5 or so.

From what I saw, Williams completed 4-of-5 passes (unofficially) during the 1-on-1 period, including a couple of nicely-thrown corner routes to Kendyl Taylor and Jaydon Mickens. Lindquist was 1-for-4 in the time I watched, though at least one of those incompletions -- a pass that Kasen Williams almost always catches -- wasn't his fault.

The day's only interception was thrown by Williams during that truncated version of 7-on-7, when he tried to rifle a pass through a pack of defenders and Beaver picked it off easily. His best throw during that period was a sharp toss over the middle to Marvin Hall, who made a pretty good play to haul it in.

Lindquist connected with Williams down the right sideline for what would have been a big gain, and was 4-for-5 during the session.

--- To cap practice, the Huskies went 11-on-11 for 19 plays (plus two false-starts) from the offense's 14-yard line. Unofficially, I had Lindquist at 2-for-4 in that span, with Williams at 1-for-4. The rest of the snaps were running plays (three carries for Lavon Coleman, three for Jesse Callier, two for Dwayne Washington and one pitch to Hall).

Feeney had a sure pick-six when he jumped a route perfectly on a throw by Lindquist, but after making initial contact on the ball with his hand, he couldn't find it and it fell to the turf, much to the defense's chagrin. It would have been their third turnover of the day, if you count the rather late strip Kevin King made of Hall during 7-on-7 period (the airhorn blew, so I guess it counted).

(It should also be noted that offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith said afterward that he's only installed about 15 percent of the offensive playbook, so remember that side is working with a pretty limited sheet of calls at the moment. "There's a steady approach, (and) we're going to repeat some things," Smith said, adding that it will be a couple weeks before the offensive will be given access to their entire arsenal.)

--- After forcing three turnovers on Monday and watching the offense run after practice, the defense had to run a gasser today when Cameron Van Winkle made a 35-yard field goal to end the session. When the ball went through the uprights, offensive players cheered, and defensive players shuffled to the sideline to prepare for their sprint.

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

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