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Notes and observations from Washington’s fall camp at Husky Stadium:
Gear: First day in shells (shoulder pads, helmets and shorts).
Weather: Cool and cloudy early, then sunny and warm.
Quarterback quick reads:
Plays of the day: During the final 11-on-11 period, redshirt freshman Troy Williams zipped a pass behind the defense to a streaking WR Kasen Williams down the left sideline for a 50-yard touchdown on the second-to-last play of the day.
— Sophomore Cyler Miles, in his first full-squad practice since December, got the first snaps with the first-string offense in the first walk-through, the first 11-on-11 drill and the final 11-on-11 drill. Afterward, Chris Petersen cautioned not too read too much into who gets snaps where and when this early in camp. But, for the record, after Miles, the pecking order was Troy Williams, then sophomore Jeff Lindquist and then true freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels in the final 11-on-11.
— There were a lot of turnovers today: five, in all. LB John Timu had two interceptions, the second a pick-six after NT Danny Shelton tipped a Miles pass in the backfield. CB Marcus Peters also had an interception, CB Sidney Jones had one (more on that below) and DT Greg Gaines had an interception/fumble recovery after Jones, on a corner blitz, knocked the ball away from Lindquist.
Quote: “I think they’re doing a nice job. I can tell they’re very in-tune to what they’re doing. If they’re not in, they’re right there getting a mental rep, and that’s what we want at this point. There’s been some very good things and some things we gotta clean up.” — Petersen, on the quarterbacks
Other practice highlights:
— During a passing drill, freshman CB Sidney Jones had the highlight of camp so far: a leaping, falling, one-handed interception at the right pylon on a deep pass from Williams. It was impressive.
— Shaq Thompson participated in a running-back drill for the first time in camp. He made a nifty one-handed grab on first route he ran out of the backfield. Later, Shaq was back, jogging alone from the practice field to the stadium’s west end zone, then putting on a white bib and taking a handoff from Miles.
— Three freshmen worked among the (very unofficial) two-deep in the final 11-on-11: FS Budda Baker, CB Naijiel Hale and DL Will Dissly.
— Secondary coach Jimmy Lake estimated that four or five of the true freshman defensive backs will likely play this season.
— LB Scott Lawyer remained in yellow. Freshman S Brandon Lewis, freshman CB Aaron Chapman and freshman WR Max Richmond were also sidelined.
Next: 10 a.m. Thursday at Husky Stadium, closed to the public.(First practice open to the public is 10 a.m. Saturday.)