The Huskies held their first full-squad practice Monday on the third day of preseason camp. They wore shoulder pads (and shorts, jerseys, helmets, socks and shoes), so there was a bit more physical contact than on the first two days.
It was also maybe the best practice of freshman quarterback Jake Browning’s (very) young career. Read on for a few notes.
--- Probably safe to say we’ve yet to see Browning throw with the kind of touch and accuracy he displayed today on a handful of deep passes. The highlight might have been the 50-yard pass Browning completed to walk-on receiver Max Richmond during the final 11-on-11 period, a perfectly-placed throw against the No. 2 defense that Richmond easily caught in stride.
Later, Browning found Jaydon Mickens near the right sideline for a 21-yard strike – Mickens made a nice play to haul it in and get his feet in bounds – and Browning also hit a series of really nice throws during 1-on-1s (to Marvin Hall and Dante Pettis) and 7-on-7 period (to Richmond and Mickens).
Browning’s series during the final 11-on-11 period did not end in a score, however. He threw three incompletions – one of which was forced by linebacker Scott Lawyer, who hit freshman receiver Isaiah Renfro hard enough to prevent him from catching a well-thrown ball – and was forced to take a fourth-down sack after a bad snap got behind him.
Browning also spoke with reporters after practice for the first time since joining the team in spring. We’ll have more on that a little later.
--- There were two turnovers today. The first came when linebacker Cory Littleton picked off quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels during the first 11-on-11 period of the day, and later, sophomore cornerback Darren Gardenhire made one of the more impressive plays of camp when he dove and picked off what was actually a pretty decent throw by Carta-Samuels intended for Mickens.
The defense celebrated wildly, and Littleton managed to snag Petersen’s turnover airhorn and sound it a couple times.
--- Coleman Shelton again spent some time at right tackle with the first-team offensive line, with Jake Eldrenkamp at left tackle, Dexter Charles at left guard, Siosifa Tufunga at center and Shane Brostek at right guard. Matt James continues to get some work at right tackle with the No. 1 offense, too.
The second-team offensive line typically consisted of Andrew Kirkland at left tackle, Michael Kneip at left guard, Dane Crane at center, Jesse Sosebee at right guard and James at right tackle. Kneip is also an option at center.
--- Kind of an unremarkable day for Jeff Lindquist, who went 1-for-4 during his final 11-on-11 series (with the third-team offense against the third-team defense).
--- The Huskies were down a couple of defensive backs. Budda Baker was present but because he missed the first day of practice due to illness, he couldn’t put on shoulder pads yet. Would imagine he’ll be back in the mix tomorrow. And safety Brian Clay, Petersen said, is busy this week finishing his grad-school duties, so him and tailback Deontae Cooper were both absent for that reason.
UW’s first-team defense showed some nickel today, with Gardenhire, Sidney Jones, Jojo McIntosh, Brandon Beaver and Kevin King on the field together. Travis Feeney, Littleton, Keishawn Bierria and Azeem Victor continue to comprise the first-team linebackers group, and there’s still a lot of rotating up front – though Elijah Qualls, Will Dissly and Joe Mathis seemed to get a lot of work there.
--- Linebacker Connor O’Brien and freshman offensive lineman Trey Adams got into a minor skirmish during a drill. It didn’t last very long.
--- The Huskies practice again tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.
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