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Above you’ll find a few minutes of highlights, if you want to call them that, of quarterbacks Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams working with new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith on Tuesday morning inside the Dempsey Indoor Facility. Former UW quarterback Damon Huard, now the program chief administrative officer, even jumps in to throw a few passes during the final drill featured. (The package is from the 20-minute period at the start of Washington practice during which the media are allowed to shoot video and pictures.)
Some quick-hit observations:
- Most of the practice was devoted to positional drills. There was still music and still a lot of energy, more so than the typical fall practice.
- The quarterbacks were inconsistent, which is to be expected on the first day from two young guys who didn’t get many, if any, real reps last season. “Some good throws, some bad throws” is how Chris Petersen described their day. Lindquist had a nice start to the 2-hour, 15-minute practice and, of the two, appeared more comfortable in the pocket, more crisp with his throws. Lindquist was, however, intercepted twice in the final 11-on-11 drill, once by Shaq Thompson and the other by linebacker Devon Phillips. One defender dropped a would-be interception of Williams in that final drill, which, in my estimation, was won handily by the defense.
Senior running back Deonate Cooper, who had three ACL tears in three years, was not wearing knee braces. He had an extra bounce to him today. Very energetic.
- The offensive players available for interviews after practice talked about the detailed-oriented nature of the new staff. “The coaching staff’s way different,” senior center Mike Criste said. “The plays are different, the calls are different, but I think we have a good start on it. … (They) are a lot more focused on the tiny, tiny, tiny details instead of the big picture.”
Here’s how receiver Jaydon Mickens described it: “First day, we all let the coaches know how we are, which is an up-tempo, have-fun kind of team. And they let us know how they are, which is all about business, but they can have fun also. … These guys are more into the details. They take pride in the little things.”
- Two words: Marcus Farria. Two more: Watch out.
- The most entertaining drill was set up by strength coach Tim Socha, who set down a 3-foot wide soft, flat contraption (I don’t know how else to describe it, really) in tug-of-war-style competition between one offensive and one defensive player. It was best two-out-of-three … and it was heated. Elijah Qualls won it for the defense when he beat Dane Crane in the tug off. The offense had to run sideline-to-sideline sprints.
Here’s an interview with Lindquist after practice. Williams will not available for interviews, per team policy. All freshmen, redshirt freshmen and injured players are off limits for interviews.
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