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Day 9: Coaches, players talk Day 8 scrimmage, plus other notes

Yes, today was the Huskies' ninth day of fall camp, and they spent it by practicing for roughly an hour and a half inside the humid confines of the Dempsey Indoor.

But most of the day's curiosity centered around what happened at Husky Stadium on Monday, when the Huskies held their first scrimmage of the camp. It was closed to media. So we asked what happened.

UW coach Chris Petersen summed it up thusly: "Defense a little bit ahead, maybe a lot ahead of the offense. Typical first scrimmage. I think that’s probably how it needs to be, maybe, from a head coach perspective, where you’re never good because whoever does well, you’re really worried about the other side of the ball. I think at this point, if your offense is doing some really good things against your defense, that’s probably not good in the long run. Defense got about four turnovers, two of them went for scores, so they were flying around pretty good. Eventually we got a few things going on offense, but we’ve definitely got to shore up some details.”

Petersen, nose tackle Danny Shelton and defensive tackle Evan Hudson each singled out fourth-year junior defensive lineman Taniela Tupou as one of the stars of the scrimmage. Quarterbacks were live throughout the 100-plus snaps, and Tupou apparently made one of the day's biggest plays by putting a hit on a quarterback and forcing a fumble that linebacker Travis Feeney scooped up and returned for a touchdown.

--- Shelton also said the first-team defense was kept on the field for 18 consecutive plays at one point, though defensive line coach Jeff Choate later corrected that number to 17, joking that Shelton was "exaggerating by one."

That endurance test was by design, Choate said, to remind everyone that they're not quite in proper football shape just yet.

--- As for Tuesday's practice, it was the lightest work we've seen so far, with the Huskies in helmets and shorts and not quite as much 11-on-11 action. Coleman Shelton worked as the primary right tackle with the first-team offense. Colin Tanigawa was again the starting center with the No. 1 offensive line. He was joined by LT Micah Hatchie, LG Dexter Charles and RG James Atoe.

--- The first-team defense looked the same as it has throughout camp, with the exception of Keishawn Bierria stepping in at linebacker with Shaq Thompson and John Timu.

--- Just one turnover on Tuesday -- an interception by free safety Brandon Beaver of an ill-advised deep throw by Cyler Miles. He was looking for John Ross over the top, but he was well-covered and the ball was underthrown.

--- Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams each took their share of reps during 11-on-11 periods, though we should note that at Dempsey, it can be pretty difficult to gauge yardage gains and such because our vantage point is in the corner of the end zone. The final play of practice was a completion from Miles to tight end Darrell Daniels for a decent gain up the right sideline, which the offense celebrated with great fervor, because it meant they had survived the day with just one turnover. That meant the defense had to run two gassers to end the day.

--- Ross, Jaydon Mickens, Budda Baker and Marvin Hall each caught kickoffs during a brief return drill.

--- Freshmen CB Naijiel Hale, FS Baker and DL Will Dissly continue to work with the second-team defense. Tupou, Elijah Qualls and Psalm Wooching (buck linebacker) continue to work with the second-team defensive line.

All for now.

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

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