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Day 4: More turnovers for the defense, and other notes from UW camp

The Huskies practiced for a little more than two hours at Husky Stadium this morning, and will take tomorrow's practice off-campus -- they can't say where -- for a closed session before Saturday's open practice back at the stadium.

They were in helmets and shoulder pads on Thursday. Here are the highlights.

--- TEs Josh Perkins and Michael Hartvigson attended but did not participate. LB Scott Lawyer is still in a yellow, no-contact jersey, and freshmen DBs Aaron Chapman and Brandon Lewis were again on the sidelines and not in pads.

--- There was a shakeup on the first-team offensive line today -- some of it expected, and some of it not. LT Micah Hatchie and LG Dexter Charles, presumed starters, had been working with the second unit, but they were with the 1s today. And so was Colin Tanigawa, stepping in at center while presumed starter Mike Criste worked with the No. 2 group.

--- Criste was joined on the No. 2 offensive line by Jake Eldrenkamp, Siosifa Tufunga, Shane Brostek and Ross Dolbec.

--- QB Troy Williams took the first snaps with the No. 1 offense during the first 11-on-11 period, but as coach Chris Petersen said yesterday, don't read too much into that. Each quarterback took plenty of reps throughout practice, with each of them mixing and matching with different offensive line and receiver personnel, and throwing against varying defensive personnel, too.

--- Williams had a bit of a rough day, throwing interceptions on consecutive passes during the final 11-on-11 session. The first pass was picked off by LB Travis Feeney, who easily returned it for a touchdown. The next snap was a running play. And then Williams threw an interception to safety Brandon Beaver. Feeney also forced a turnover during a 1-on-1 period against freshman QB K.J. Carta-Samuels, though I was watching the other side of the field and didn't see if it as an interception or forced fumble or what have you.

Williams did have a nice throw earlier in the day, though, a long completion to Kasen Williams over Jermaine Kelly up the right sideline.

--- LB Shaq Thompson took his first repetitions at running back in a team setting, though he didn't do any work there after the early portion of practice. He fumbled on one of his carries but was able to recover it.

--- RB Dwayne Washington had his best day of camp, taking a long carry up the right sideline during an early team session, then rushing for an 84-yard touchdown on the play after Beaver's interception. The whistle was blown about halfway through Washington's run, but he certainly would have scored in a live setting (assuming he hadn't been tackled at the line of scrimmage, of course, because there's no live tackling yet with players not yet in full pads). RB Lavon Coleman also had a couple of nice carries.

--- Freshmen DBs Budda Baker and Naijiel Hale each worked with the No. 2 defense again, as did freshman DL Will Dissly.

--- LB John Timu snagged his third interception of the last two days, this one off a pass from Cyler Miles.

--- Miles ran the offense pretty efficiently during an up-tempo 11-on-11 session in which he completed two passes to Kendyl Taylor and two to freshman tight end Drew Sample. RB Jesse Callier capped the possession with a short touchdown run.

--- LB Connor O'Brien pulled down an interception from Carta-Samuels during a 1-on-1 drill.

--- The third-team defense at times went with a lineup of Jaylen Johnson, Kaleb McGary, Vita Vea and Dissly up front, Sean Constantine, O'Brien and Matt Preston at linebacker, Sidney Jones and Darren Gardenhire at cornerback, and Jojo McIntosh and Brian Clay at safety.

--- The first-team defense looked the same as the first three days, with Hau'oli Kikaha, Evan Hudson, Danny Shelton and Andrew Hudson up front, Thompson, Timu and Feeney at linebacker, Marcus Peters and Kelly at corner, and Beaver and Trevor Walker at safety.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple