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Notes and observations from Washington’s fall camp at Husky Stadium:
Gear: Shells (shoulder pads, helmets and shorts).
Quarterback quick reads:
Play of the day: The Williams-to-Williams connection emerged again, as redshirt freshman Troy Williams hit WR Kasen Williams, who used a double-move to get around CB Jermaine Kelly, in stride deep along the right sideline.
— The quarterbacks continued to rotate and share snaps evenly. Williams got the first snaps in the first 11-on-11, followed by Cyler Miles, Jeff Lindquist and K.J. Carta-Samuels. Lindquist later got the first snaps in a passing drill. Again, as Chris Petersen said Wednesday, there’s probably not much we should try to glean from the rotation at this point.
Other practice highlights:
— Quite a few nice plays during one prolonged passing drill, run at both sides of the field (with a receiver/running back going 1-on-1 vs. a defender): LB Travis Feeney had a pick-six of Carta-Samuels on one side of the field, then did a celebratory dance in the end zone.
— FS Budda Baker, SS/CB Brian Clay and CB Darren Gardenhire (“G-Man!”) each had a nice pass break-ups
— Carta-Samuels lofted two nice balls for RB Dwayne Washington and RB Gavin McDaniel on deep passes.
— On the first play of the final, and usually most competitive, 11-on-11 drill, Feeney stepped in front of a Troy Williams slant pass and returned it about 15 yards for a pick-six, his second touchdown of the day.
— Williams’ next pass was then intercepted by FS Brandon Beaver. The play after that, Dwayne Washington showed an impressive burst, cutting left and busting up field for what would’ve been an 85-yard touchdown (whistle blew about halfway through the run).
— DE Andrew Hudson had a sack of Miles.
— Shaq Thompson was the first to get carries at running back in the first 11-on-11 drill. He later fumbled on another carry, but quickly jumped on the loose ball.
— A shakeup on the offensive line: LT Micah Hatchie and LG Dexter Charles, both returning starters coming off offseason surgeries, returned with the first-group. That was expected. A bit unexpected was Colin Tanigawa, the starting right guard in 2013, shifting to the first-unit at center, with Mike Criste running with the twos. (Again, it’s Day 4, so lots of movement yet.) RG James Atoe and RT Ben Riva counting out the first five.
— The second O-line (from left): Jake Eldrenkamp, Siosifa Tufunga, Criste, Shane Brostek and Ross Dolbec.
— The third O-line (from left): Coleman Shelton, Cory Fuavai, Dane Crane, Michael Kneip, Andrew Kirkland.
— The first D-line remains the same: Andrew Hudson, Danny Shelton and Evan Hudson, with Hau’oli Kikaha at buck linebacker, and Shaq Thompson, John Timu and Travis Feeney at their usual linebacker spots.
— The No. 1 secondary: Marcus Peters and Jermaine Kelly at corner, Brandon Beaver at free safety and Trevor Walker at rover.
— Freshman Will Dissly again got some work with the No. 2 D-line, along with Taniela Tupou and Drew Schultz.
— Freshman FS Budda Baker and freshman CB Naijiel Hale continued to run with the No. 2 defense, with sophomore Kevin King again getting some run at rover/strong safety and senior Travell Dixon at the other corner.
— Cameron Van Winkle had his first missed field goal of camp, from what I’ve seen, at least, on his first attempt Thursday. A few minutes later, he drilled a 35-yarder on the other side of the field. Another hit off the left upright, but he made the final one of the day. He’s been solid so far this week.
— Tight ends Joshua Perkins and Michael Hartvigson did not participate. LB Scott Lawyer remained in yellow. Freshman S Brandon Lewis, freshman CB Aaron Chapman and freshman WR Max Richmond were also sidelined.
Next: A celebration of life for Abner Thomas is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the Don James Center. It’s open to the public.
Friday’s practice is off-site and it’s closed to the media and public. The team returns to Husky Stadium for a 10 a.m. practice Saturday and that’s open to the public.