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The Huskies are inside Dempsey again for their ninth spring practice and they’re in full pads. Which, yippee, means we’ve seen some tackling today. A little bit, anyway.
During one passing drill, tight ends worked on catching a short passes and breaking away from a pursuing defensive linemen who was trying to make the tackle. Each of the tight ends — Josh Perkins, Michael Hartvigson, Darrell Daniels, Derrick Brown and David Ajamu — flashed some nice moves to break at least one tackle.
Some updated notes and observations:
- The final 25 minutes of the two and half hour practice was dedicated to red-zone drills, and it was probably the most intense thing the Huskies have done all spring. As Jeff Lindquist said afterward, he wasn’t sure if it was totally “live,” but there was a lot of hitting and some tackling of the running backs.
- Troy Williams, on plays that started at the 15-yard line, appeared to make two great touchdown passes — perhaps his two best throws of the spring — during one red-zone period. On the first, he threaded a pass between three defenders to find DiAndre Campbell in the back of the end zone. A couple minutes later, Williams threw to the right back corner for Hartvigson, who hauled in the pass and got a foot in with safety Trevor Walker all over him.
- Receiver Kendyl Taylor had perhaps the catch of the day, diving out of the right side of the end zone while keeping his feet in to snag a well-thrown Lindquist pass for a touchdown.
- Williams and Lindquist each had a touchdown on a quarterback keeper.
- Deontae Cooper had one touchdown and was tackled several times. With Dwayne Washington hobbled by leg injury he suffered Thursday (it appears relatively minor), and Jesse Callier also limited, redshirt freshman Lavon Coleman also had a more carries with the first- and second-unit offense. He had two explosive runs to the left in an earlier 11-on-11 drill, and he had a couple TD runs in the extensive red-zone drills.
- The offense didn’t commit any turnovers today, after having five on Thursday night.
- Budda Baker watched practice from the sideline. Lake Stevens sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason attended his third straight practice with family and friends. Marysville running back/defensive back Austin Joyner was also in attendance.