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Day 1: Notes, observations from Huskies first practice of fall camp

By Christian Caple

Staff writer

The first day of Huskies fall camp is in the books. Half of it, anyway. There’s another practice today at 4 p.m. for newcomers and younger players, but the veterans are done for the day after about a two-hour session at Husky Stadium.

For reference, here’s a list of the players I saw in attendance at the veterans practice:

QB (2) – Jeff Lindquist, K.J. Carta-Samuels

RB (3) – Dwayne Washington, Lavon Coleman, Deontae Cooper

TE (3) – Joshua Perkins, Darrell Daniels, Drew Sample

WR (6) – Jaydon Mickens, Marvin Hall, Dante Pettis, Brayden Lenius, *Chico McClatcher, *Isaiah Renfro (John Ross III was also in attendance, but is obviously injured and out for the season so he wasn’t participating)

OL (11) – Jake Eldrenkamp, Dane Crane, Kaleb McGary, Shane Brostek, Siosifa Tufunga, Michael Kneip, Matt James, Andrew Kirkland, Jesse Sosebee, Dexter Charles, Coleman Shelton

DL (6) – Elijah Qualls, Damion Turpin, Taniela Tupou, Jaylen Johnson, Jarett Finau, Will Dissly

LB/OLB (10) – Travis Feeney, Cory Littleton, Azeem Victor, Keishawn Bierria, Psalm Wooching, Sean Constantine, Connor O’Brien, Scott Lawyer, Jake Wambaugh, *Tevis Bartlett

DB (7) – Darren Gardenhire, Brandon Beaver, Brandon Lewis, Kevin King, Sidney Jones, Hayden Schuh, Brian Clay

Specialists (4) – Korey Durkee, Ryan Masel, Cameron Van Winkle, Luke Hutchison

*McClatcher, Renfro and Bartlett were the only newcomers I saw who participated in the morning practices. You might notice that sophomore safety Budda Baker’s name wasn’t included. That’s because he’s sick, so he’s being held out of today’s workouts. And obviously freshman quarterback Jake Browning will practice with his young teammates this afternoon.

--- As mentioned above, Ross was in attendance. He wore a jersey and seemed to make a concerted effort to interact with teammates during 11-on-11 drills, which aligns with what coach Chris Petersen has said about Ross maintaining a positive attitude as he recovers from ACL surgery.

--- Mickens had a GoPro camera strapped to his helmet.

--- The first-team offensive line at times featured, from left to right, Eldrenkamp, Charles, Tufunga, Brostek and James. Shelton, who is healthy again after sitting out spring due to injury, also took some snaps at left tackle.

The second-team offensive line usually looked like this: Kirkland, Crane, Kneip, Sosebee and McGary. And as always, there were some other different combinations as a result of substitution.

--- Feeney is indeed working at BUCK linebacker, and we’ll have more on that in today’s story. He took the field with a first-team defense that had Littleton, Victor and Lawyer alongside him at linebacker (though Bierria saw some time with the first-team defense, too). Jones and Gardenhire played cornerback, Beaver and Clay played safety, and the defensive line rotated pretty liberally throughout – though it appeared Qualls, Johnson and Dissly took the field first.

--- Carta-Samuels seemed to be the sharper of the two quarterbacks today. He was accurate during the 7-on-7 period, starting it off with a nice throw to Pettis and an easy toss to Perkins over the middle. Renfro probably had his best catch of the day on a pass that Carta-Samuels threw to him near the left sideline, as the freshman hauled it in and kept his feet in bounds.

In fact, Carta-Samuels completed his first six passes before firing one a little too high over the middle and into the hands of walk-on defensive back Hayden Schuh. That was the only turnover of the day.

--- Lindquist had some accuracy problems on his first few throws early in practice, though he settled down some and made some nice throws during the final 11-on-11 period. His best play was probably a completion to Perkins on which he had to scramble out of the pocket to his right and throw on the run. Lindquist also scrambled to pick up 10 yards and a first down a few plays later.

After Hall dropped a catchable pass, the offense settled for a 32-yard field goal by Van Winkle.

--- Carta-Samuels played with the first-team offensive line for his final 11-on-11 series, which began with a deep pass intended for Lenius. King provided tight, physical coverage from his corner position with Clay helping over the top, and the pass fell incomplete. But Petersen, standing in the backfield, called King for pass interference. (It was probably the correct call.)

Carta-Samuels later completed passes to Pettis and Lenius, and the session ended after Coleman appeared close to picking up a first down on a fourth-down rush. The defense had to run a set of gassers after forcing just a single turnover.

--- Aside from Ross, it looked like everyone present and in uniform was able to participate fully.

--- During individual drills, Petersen and offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith each worked 1-on-1 for a while with the two quarterbacks – Lindquist would talk to Petersen while Carta-Samuels talked to Smith, then the two would switch stations.

--- Petersen, as usual, also spent some individual time with Pettis and McClatcher on punt returns. Looks like the coaches want to get a long look at how the speedy freshman from Federal Way might be able to help them this season.

That’s all for now. We’ll have a few observations after the newcomers practice later today.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple