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Notes and observations from Washington’s fall camp at Husky Stadium on Saturday. It was the first of three practices open to the public, with several hundred fans in attendance:
Gear: Full pads.
Quarterback quick reads:
The good: Redshirt freshman Troy Williams scrambled to his right and threw a long pass on the run to sophomore TE Darrell Daniels, who beat the coverage of freshman FS Budda Baker and hauled in a nice over-the-shoulder catch for a 50-yard touchdown.
The bad: Williams also had the most egregious turnover of the day, as he took a hit (more on that in a moment) at the goal line and fumbled into the end zone. In a mad pile up, the defense recovered the ball, setting off a wild celebration.
Of note: This was a shock to see: The Huskies, in full pads for the second day, went “live” for the final nine plays of the morning practice — and that included the quarterbacks. Lindquist, Williams and Miles all changed out of their no-contact gold jerseys and put on regular white practice uniforms, meaning each was eligible to be tackled.
Each of the three QBs then got three plays from the 3-yard line in a late-game, hurry-up drill:
— Sophomore Jeff Lindquist was up first and on a quarterback keeper he rushed two yards to the 1, going down in a big pile up. Redshirt freshman RB Lavon Coleman then got back-to-back carries: On the first, he was stopped for no gain, with DT Evan Hudson and S Trevor Walker the first in there; on the second, Coleman got just enough push to cross the goal line to score the touchdown.
— It was then up to Williams, who did complete a pass to TE Joshua Perkins, but the back judge ruled that Perkins was out of bounds on the right side. RB Deontae Cooper then rushed for no gain. On the third and final play, Williams lost that fumble at the goal line.
— Sophomore Cyler Miles got the final “live” series — against the No. 3 defense. On the first play, Miles ran in easily to the left for a 3-yard TD. On the next play, Miles was looking to throw, then scrambled left and ran in again for a 3-yard score. (So that was it. The all-out live period ended up being eight plays instead of the scripted nine.)
Quote: Chris Petersen on the QBs taking hits:“Those drills are usually few and far between, but I think most of these guys haven’t played at all, in terms of the college level. And one has played just a little bit. And I think you can fall into a real false sense of security if you never make them ‘live.’ It’s a scary proposition — it’s a scary proposition when anyone goes ‘live,’ to tell you the truth. These other guys go live a decent amount and I’m always keeping my fingers crossed. But we’re always as smart as we can be and trying to balance getting smart, good work and realistic work.”
Other practice notes/highlights:
— The Huskies in were full pads for the first time Friday during their closed off-site practice at Bothell’s Pop Keeney Stadium. “I thought yesterday’s energy was probably a little bit better than today,” Petersen said. “Today, Day 6, and I think to some of these guys it probably feels like Day 60 instead of 6. …
“I thought it was good at the end. You let ‘em loose a little bit and they crank up the energy, but we need to be able to get that done more than just 10 minutes at the end.”
— Before that final “live” goal-line drill, all four quarterbacks (including freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels) ran an 11-on-11 red-zone drill. They had four plays each to try score from the 20-yard line:
— Williams’ first group didn’t score, with Coleman gaining just one yard on the final carry. (During that series, sophomore TE Darrell Daniels did have a big block on DE Andrew Hudson that drew quite a few “ooohs” from the crowd.)
— Lindquist was up next: He completed a pass to WR Jaydon Mickens to the 1-yard line, but someone on offense was flagged for illegal procedure. RB Deontae Cooper then rushed for about 5 yards. Lindquist gained about four yards on a keeper, and then threw incomplete into the end zone (intended for Mickens) on fourth down.
— Carta-Sameuls’ third group was the only one to score on this drill, when the freshman threw a swing pass to the right to TE Derrick Brown for a 5-yard score.
— Miles went last, running with most of the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense. LB John Timu had a sack on first down; Cooper ran for 3 yards; Miles threw incomplete into the end zone on a pass that appeared to bounce off the foot of WR Marvin Hall (and was nearly intercepted by CB Jermaine Kelly). RB Ralph Kinne then rushed for a couple yards to the 2, with Evan Hudson coming up with the stop.
— Miles had a well-thrown touchdown pass, of about 25 yards, to Perkins on the right of the end zone during an earlier 7-on-7 passing drill.
— Shaq Thompson was again the first to get carries at running back in the first 11-on-11 drill. He then, as usual, spent most of the day working at linebacker.
— Redshirt freshman LB Connor O’Brien got in a good lick on Cooper after Cooper caught a floated pass from Miles in the right flat. Coaches immediately sent O’Brien off the field (Cooper was fine, but guys aren’t supposed to go to the ground yet).
— Colin Tanigawa and Mike Criste, the returning starter, both split time as the first-string center. The rest of the first line was the same: LT Micah Hatchie, LG Dexter Charles, RG James Atoe and RT Ben Riva.
— Freshman DE Shane Bowman had a sack of Williams in the first 11-on-11 period. NT Danny Shelton later had a sack of Williams, too.
— In the first extended punting drill we’ve seen, Korey Durkee looked much more comfortable with the rugby-style kick (which seems to be the preferred method now) and had a couple impressive boots.
— Sophomore WR John Ross, poised for a big season, had a boot on his left foot and did not participate today. TE Michael Hartvigson had a sling on his right arm. LB Scott Lawyer remained in yellow. Freshman S Brandon Lewis, freshman CB Aaron Chapman and freshman WR Max Richmond also remained sidelined.
More from Petersen, when asked about the importance of every detail: “I turned to one drill and it’s pretty good. I turn around and look at another drill and I’m disappointed and depressed. And I’m thinking, ‘I wonder if this is ever going to get where it needs to look at all times?’”