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Notes and observations from UW’s first fall-camp practice at Husky Stadium:
Who: Veterans practice (56 players, by my count)
Gear: Helmets, shorts and (new) jerseys. No pads.
Quarterback quick reads:
— Sophomore Jeff Lindquist and redshirt freshman Troy Williams continued to share snaps, as they did throughout the spring. There were good throws and bad throws, as one might expect on Day 1. During on scramble passing drill, the two quarterbacks combined to throw five consecutive incompletions. Williams threw the lone interception of the day on a nice play by senior CB Travell Dixon, who stepped in front of John Ross on a slant pass.
Play of the day: Williams zipped a pass across the middle to WR Kendyl Taylor, who stretched out in traffic to make a nice running catch.
Noteworthy: Sophomore Cyler Miles, suspended for the season opener at Hawaii, will practice with the newcomers at 4 o’clock this afternoon, along with freshman QB K.J. Carta-Samuels.
Other practice highlights:
— The defense reached its daily goal of forcing three turnovers, meaning the offense had to run gassers at the end. Two of the turnovers came in the final 11-on-11 period: Colin Tanigawa, playing center with the No. 2 offensive line, appeared to snap the ball too early and DL Drew Schultz recovered the fumble. A few plays later, Williams threw a lateral pass a bit behind and off the right hand of Ross. Junior CB Marcus Peters scooped up the loose ball and ran it in about 10 yards for a touchdown.
— Among running backs, Lavon Coleman was first in line to get carries. I wouldn’t necessarily read too much into that, but the redshirt freshman picked up where he left off in the spring. He looks like he’s going to play this season — and maybe play a lot. He showed some nice hands, too, in catching the ball out of the backfield a couple times.
— Senior WR Kasen Williams (leg/ankle), senior LT Micah Hatchie (shoulder) and junior LG Dexter Charles (shoulder) all participated full-go after missing the entire spring while recovering from surgeries. Williams had a couple nice catches during team periods, and more or less appeared to be close to 100 percent.
— Sophomore RB Dwayne Washington, senior RB Jesse Callier and junior OLB Cory Littleton also participating after missing much of spring ball.
— The first-unit offensive line, from left: Jake Eldrenkamp, Siosifa Tufunga, Mike Criste, James Atoe and Ben Riva. The second unit: Hatchie, Charles, Tanigawa, Shane Brostek and Ross Dolbec. (Again, it’s Day 1, so don’t read too much into the unofficial depth chart, though it does give us a sense of where guys stand coming into camp.)
— Redshirt freshman CB Jermaine Kelly joined Peters, free safety Brandon Beaver and strong safety Trevor Walker as the “ones” in the secondary. At linebacker: John Timu, Shaq Thompson, Travis Feeney and senior Hau’oli Kikaha, who is officially listed as a “Buck” outside linebacker now. Kikaha dropped into coverage a few times, which defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski said is something Kikaha will be asked to do more of this year.
— Tristan Vizcaino, expected to compete at kicker and punter, was the only true freshman participating at veterans’ practice.
— Two number changes: RB Deontae Cooper is now wearing No. 6 and WR Kendyl Taylor is No. 13.
— Defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake will be busy this afternoon with seven freshmen defensive backs set to make their UW practice debut. Lake said he expects at least half of the incoming class to play this season.
— There was no music at practice. Instead, where the giant speakers used to be, were two big pools filled with ice, in which players got to sit after practice.
— Defensive players and coaches were available for interviews after the morning practice. There is no interview availability after the afternoon practices. Offensive players and coaches are scheduled to talk after Tuesday morning’s practice.
— Linebacker Scott Lawyer was the only player in a yellow (no contact) jersey, but he did participate in some of the individual drills.
“Everybody expects greatness out of him — and so does he,” Kikaha, on good friend Danny Shelton, UW’s senior nose tackle.
Next: Newcomers practice at 4 p.m. today. Veterans return at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The first open practice is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Husky Stadium.