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April 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM

UW spring practice notes: Kasen Williams making progress in rehab

The Huskies are back inside Husky Stadium tonight for their 11th spring practice, and they’re back in full pads, too.

Here are some highlights from the 20-minute window in which we’re allowed to take photos and video:

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UPDATED late-night notes, quotes and observations:

  • In the first scrimmage-like competition of the spring, with full tackling, Shaq Thompson was back in the backfield — but, with the ball in his hands, he didn’t stay back there for long. Thompson’s first carry went for about 20 yards to the right. His next went 74 yards for a touchdown to the left. Yeah. Sweet. “I felt like Dwayne out there,” Thompson said, smiling as he walked off the field after practice wearing Dwayne Washington‘s No. 12 purple jersey. Washington remains sidelined with a (seemingly minor) leg injury, so Thompson put No. 12 on between his first and second carries. (Thompson was not one of the players scheduled for interviews Thursday, unfortunately, so nothing more from him.) Thompson had one more carry, breaking several tackles en route to a 12-yard gain. So that’s about 106 yards on three carries. More and more, this “experiment” with Thompson as a two-way player is becoming a very real, very awesome possibility come the fall.
  • WR Jaydon Mickens on Thompson: “I could see him back there playing (as the) starting running back and starting linebacker-safety. I could see him really doing that.”
  • In addition to Dwayne Washington, RB Jesse Callier also remained sideline with what appears to be a minor injury. That left extra carries for Deontae Cooper and Lavon Coleman in the late “live” period, and both showed a nice burst. Cooper got the first two carries, for a few yards each. He had a nice cut in the backfield on his second carry, and popped right back up each time after getting tackled. Coleman made a great juke in the backfield to avoid Thompson (playing linebacker) and then gain about 10 yards. These are rough stats, but I have Cooper with five carries for 26 yards, and Coleman with five carries for 37 yards.
  • The Huskies ran about 50 plays in the scrimmage-like period, with a crew of officials. QBs Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams alternated series. Thompson had a nice third-down pass-breakup on Lindquists third attempt, intended for Coleman. Lindquist had a nice running throw to TE David Ajamu to covert one third down.
  • Aside from Thompson’s long touchdown run, the highlight was LB Travis Feeney‘s interception of Williams, which he returned 60 yards for a touchdown. Feeney dived over the front left pylon and into the end zone as Coleman chased. Feeney earlier had a big hit on TE Joshua Perkins after a short reception.
  • Williams later lost a fumble while trying to pitch to RB Ralph Kinne near the sideline. LB John Timu recovered. On the next play, Timu sacked Williams (the QB, of course, was not tackled.)
  • Williams did complete the only touchdown pass of the competition, finding TE Derrick Brown on a well-thrown ball near the left pylon for a 14-yard TD (which came three plays after Williams’ 6-yard TD pass to Brown was negated by a holding penalty).
  • DT Joe Mathis was flagged for a personal foul after the whistle while tangled with LT Coleman Shelton.
  • Cameron Van Winkle wrapped up the scrimmage-like competition, and practice, by converting a 37-yard field goal.

Earlier notes:

  • Cyler Miles remains suspended.
  • John Ross is not in attendance today. Jarett Finau remains sidelined with a leg injury.
  • Bellevue teammates Budda Baker and Shane Bowman are watching from the sideline.
  • Kasen Williams, rehabbing from his broken leg, jogged through some warmup routes with the rest of the receivers. It’s the first time he’s done something like that.
  • Walk-on Brian Clay, a bit of a revelation at cornerback this spring, played free safety during the first 11-on-11 team drill with Brandon Beaver sidelined. Beaver, one of this spring’s breakout players, injured his right shoulder/arm on Tuesday morning, but he did take part in a 7-on-7 drill a few moments ago and came up with the day’s first turnover — an interception of Jeff Lindquist on pass tipped by Kendyl Taylor.
  • Kevin King, coming off shoulder surgery, had his most extensive action of the spring at safety, making a leaping tip to break up  one Troy Williams pass near the sideline.
  • Troy Williams threw a beautiful, 41-yard touchdown pass to DiAndre Campbell down the left sideline on the first pass of the second 11-on-11. Williams next pass was nearly intercepted by John Timu. A couple minutes later, safety Thomas Vincent dropped an easy interception from Williams (with Jaydon Mickens hauling in the reception on the tip). On the next play, Williams hit Darrell Daniels for a wide-open, 41-yard TD.
  • Most entertaining drill of the night so far involved a 3-on-2 linemen drill, in which one offensive or defensive lineman tried to score from the 15-yard, with two linemen (starting at the goal line) tried to tackle him, with two others blocking. Those guys were having a blast. Would be fun to see Danny Shelton or Elijah Qualls get a goal-line carry at some point. No one’s tackling those dudes.



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