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Day 10: Huskies defense forces 5 turnovers

Another sunny day at Husky Stadium, where defensive players caught many passes thrown by quarterbacks. Read on for some notes, observations, and a final tally of all the interceptions.

--- This was not the finest performance for the Huskies’ offense.

Some struggles, of course, were to be expected, because it sounds like the offense installed quite a few more plays between Saturday’s scrimmage and today. But coach Chris Petersen and staff probably didn’t anticipate a five-turnover day.

Two of those turnovers came during a 7-on-7 period, when freshman quarterback Jake Browning threw a pair of interceptions – first to freshman cornerback Austin Joyner, who made an impressive leaping grab and came down with the ball, and then to sophomore cornerback Sidney Jones.

Browning threw a third interception later in practice during the final 11-on-11 period of the day, throwing too long and directly into the waiting arms of safety Brian Clay.

Redshirt freshman quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels was picked off on the final play of practice by sophomore safety Budda Baker, one play after he was “sacked” by fifth-year senior defensive lineman Jarett Finau.

And earlier, sophomore cornerback Darren Gardenhire intercepted a pass thrown by junior quarterback Tony Rodriguez.

(Brandon Beaver also appeared to strip the ball away from sophomore tailback Lavon Coleman during an 11-on-11 period, but not sure if that was actually ruled a turnover.)

--- There was a funny moment during a 1-on-1 passing drill when Gardenhire just missed intercepting a pass that he certainly could have caught. Petersen, who controls the turnover airhorn, sauntered over to Gardenhire, waving the horn at him in a taunting fashion, then mockingly said, ‘oh, sorry!’ before turning around and walking back to where he was standing.

--- Without Dexter Charles, who is officially done with football due to a recurring knee injury, Jake Eldrenkamp slid inside to left guard and Coleman Shelton worked with the first-team offensive line at left tackle. The rest of that group remained familiar, with Siosifa Tufunga at center, Shane Brostek at right guard and Matt James at right tackle.

--- True freshman offensive lineman Trey Adams, who has already shown a bit of a mean streak by involving himself in a couple of brief skirmishes, spent the day working with the No. 2 offense at left tackle. Dane Crane was at right guard with that group, with John Turner at center, Jesse Sosebee at right guard and Kaleb McGary at right tackle.

--- The first-team defense remains pretty much the same, with Baker and Beaver at safety, Jones and Gardenhire at corner, Feeney, Azeem Victor, Keishawn Bierria and Cory Littleton at linebacker, and a fluid defensive line – though Elijah Qualls, Taniela Tupou and Joe Mathis continue to get quite a few snaps. Jaylen Johnson and Will Dissly have been involved with the first-team, too.

--- The highlight of the 11-on-11 periods, for the offense, anyway, was Carta-Samuels’ 37-yard completion to tight end Josh Perkins that moved the ball into the defense’s side of the field … but Carta-Samuels was “sacked” by Travis Feeney on the next play, and the drive went nowhere thereafter.

Psalm Wooching also had a “sack” during the final 11-on-11 period. Not a bad day for the defense.

--- Jaydon Mickens, Chico McClatcher and Baker practiced kick returns.

The Huskies are off tomorrow (Tuesday) and have a closed, off-site practice on Wednesday.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple