It was a sunny morning at Husky Stadium for the Huskies’ second day of fall camp. It’s another split-squad day, with the veterans practicing this morning and the newcomers and redshirt freshmen going later this afternoon.
We have some notes and observations, but first, here’s a reminder of who was present this morning.
QB (2) – Jeff Lindquist, Jake Browning
RB (3) – Dwayne Washington, Lavon Coleman, Deontae Cooper
WR (6) – Jaydon Mickens, Dante Pettis, Marvin Hall, Brayden Lenius, Quinten Pounds, Chico McClatcher (plus John Ross III, who is injured)
TE (3) – Joshua Perkins, Darrell Daniels, David Ajamu
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) – Joe Mathis, Elijah Qualls, Damion Turpin, Jarett Finau, Will Dissly, Greg Gaines
LB (10) – Travis Feeney, Cory Littleton, Azeem Victor, Keishawn Bierria, Scott Lawyer, Sean Constantine, Jake Wambaugh, Tevis Bartlett, Psalm Wooching, Connor O’Brien
DB (8) – Darren Gardenhire, Brandon Beaver, Brandon Lewis, Kevin King, Sidney Jones, Budda Baker, Brian Clay, Hayden Schuh
Specialists (4) – Korey Durkee, Cameron Van Winkle, Ryan Masel, Luke Hutchison
Pounds practiced with the newcomers yesterday, while freshman receiver Isaiah Renfro spent the first day with the veterans. Browning, Mathis and Gaines all practiced with the newcomers yesterday, too, so those are the other changes. McClatcher, Pounds and Bartlett were the only freshmen who participated this morning. And Baker, who missed Saturday’s practice due to illness, was present today but I didn’t see him participate much.
--- The first-team offensive line looked the same, with Eldrenkamp at left tackle, Charles at left guard, Tufunga at center, Brostek at right guard and James at right tackle, though we also saw Shelton take a few snaps at left tackle with the first team, too.
The second-team offensive line typically featured, from left to right, Kirkland, Crane, Kneip, Sosebee and McGary.
--- Lindquist looked much better today than he did yesterday. He still tends to miss throws high, and there were a couple misfires of passes to open receivers. But he also made a few throws that showcased his potential. Like the dime he dropped into the hands of tight end Darrell Daniels on a corner route during an 11-on-11 period late in practice. The ball found Daniels perfectly in stride, and he easily outran safety Brandon Beaver to the end zone for a 50-yard touchdown. Lindquist made a similar throw to Jaydon Mickens for a big gain during a 1-on-1 period, too. And during 7-on-7, Lindquist threw a nice deep ball up the left sideline to Brayden Lenius, who beat Darren Gardenhire on the play before running into the end zone.
--- Browning, working with the veterans today after spending Saturday with the newcomers, wasn’t quite as sharp during competition periods. On the final 11-on-11 period of practice, Browning had the first series, and he began it with an overthrown deep ball to Dante Pettis. After Dwayne Washington lost a yard on a rush, Browning threw incomplete again over the middle for a three-and-out.
Lindquist then stepped in and, after a 9-yard completion to David Ajamu and a 13-yard throw to Chico McClatcher – plus a pair of rushes by Lavon Coleman – threw the aforementioned touchdown pass to Daniels.
Browning’s next series showed a little more promise, as he evaded pressure from Travis Feeney on one play to find Joshua Perkins for a 13-yard gain. But that drive stalled at the offense’s 37-yard line after Psalm Wooching zoomed in for a “sack” on third down.
--- Freshman linebacker Tevis Bartlett made a couple of nice plays on Lindquist’s final series, batting down a pass attempt before forcing Lindquist to throw out of bounds after pressuring him on a blitz. Lindquist also had a pass batted down by Cory Littleton during an earlier 11-on-11 period.
--- Kevin King had the only interception of the day when he picked off a Browning pass intended for Marvin Hall during 7-on-7. The ball was underthrown, and King tracked it well.
--- They’re still not wearing pads, so it’s a little difficult to truly evaluate the running backs. But Coleman did have a few pretty solid runs, for whatever that’s worth at this point. Seemed a little more decisive at the line of scrimmage.
--- The first-team defense remained more or less the same, with Jones and Gardenhire at corner, Beaver and Clay at safety, Feeney, Littleton, Victor and Bierria at linebacker, and Qualls, Turpin and Mathis along the defensive line – though that group still appears pretty fluid, with Dissly, Gaines and Finau getting a look, too.
--- Amandre Williams, a defensive end prospect from Tahoma High, attended practice and later announced a commitment to play for the Huskies.
That’s all for now. I’ll have some more notes and such after this afternoon’s newcomers practice.
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