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A few quick notes and observations live from Dempsey Indoor Center, where the Huskies are in the middle of practice No. 8 this spring. Wanted to pass along the above video from the first 20 minutes in which we’re allowed to shoot photos and video. I’ll update this later tonight, after practice wraps up around 9:30 or so.
- Cyler Miles is not here tonight.
- As I type this, from Lane 6 in one corner of Dempsey, Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams are doing a footwork drill about 15 yards in front of me. They’re weaving in and out of four cones, placed just a few yards a part in a makeshift pocket, then throwing into a net. Stimulating stuff.
- Shaq Thompson participated in one running back drill, taking some handoffs and catching a few passes out of the backfield. The ball looks so small in his hands, but he’s very smooth as a pass-catcher.
- Thompson also worked in a drill a kick returner, along with John Ross, Jaydon Mickens, Jermaine Kelly, Jesse Callier and Marvin Hall.
- Dwayne Washington injured his left leg in one of the first 11-on-11 drills, and has been sitting with a trainer. The injury doesn’t appear too serious.
- DiAndre Campbell just had a great, over-the-shoulder diving catch on the sideline for a 30-some-yard gain off a pass from Lindquist. Kelly had solid coverage on the play. Two plays later, new walk-on Aaron Chapman intercepted a Lindquist pass on a crossing route.
- John Timu and Patrick Enewally also intercepted Lindquist, one of the defenses four or five takeaways on the day, and Brian Clay added a nice interception of Williams on the sideline for what would’ve been a pick six.
- Thompson added three carries in the final 11-on-11, including a powerful run to the right for a good gain. Deontae Cooper flashed a great burst on three long carries up the left sideline, and John Ross had a ridiculous cut to make a defensive back miss in the open field.
- Afterward, in the usual huddle at midfield, the team gathered around Chris Petersen for longer than usual, at least 10 minutes. James Atoe and Josh Shirley both standing up and speaking to the group, with many laughs, as part of a new buddy system, if you will, that pairs up teammates who might not otherwise know much about each other. “Coach expects us to learn their life story, something new that people don’t really know,” nose tackle Danny Shelton said. “I’m sitting next to Lavon Coleman and Devon Phillips, so I still gotta learn about them.”
- Shelton, who missed Tuesday’s practice, had been in New York over spring break to attend the funeral of his 95-year-old paternal grandmother. “I was blessed to have my grandma live so long. She was a strong lady,” he said.