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Notes and observations from Washington’s fall camp at Husky Stadium on Tuesday afternoon inside Dempsey Indoor:
Rewind: The Huskies held their first scrimmage of camp on Monday, and it was closed to the media and public. The general reaction today was that the defense dominated the offense in the fully live, 100-play scrimmage.
The defense created four turnovers and two were returned for touchdown. DL Taniela Tupou created one of those when he hit an unknown quarterback, knocking the ball loose for LB Travis Feeney to scoop up and return for a score.
Senior DL Evan Hudson said the offense “maybe” sneaked in one score in a late goal-line drill.
“We laid it on ’em,” senior NT Danny Shelton said. “They didn’t have anywhere to go.”
The quarterbacks even went “live” for the entire scrimmage Tuesday. That, in a word, is rare.
“It was weird,” Hudson said. “I kind of hesitate one time. But it’s good for them (the quarterbacks) — they’re going to need those live reps and know how to act in the pocket. Because you have to be tough in the pocket.”
Tupou shines: Tupou, the junior from Marysville, drew praise from both Chris Petersen and Shelton, who said Tupou was “outshing some of the ‘ones, too. That’s a good thing to see.”
Shelton also called converted fullback Psalm Wooching, now a buck outside linebacker, a “real physical dude, and that’s great for our depth.” He also mentioned junior Jarett Finau.
‘Ones’ run: Shelton, on what else he learned from the scrimmage: “I learned that the defensive coaches don’t really like us right now. They had us (the first-string defense) in there for like 18 straight plays. But it’s always good to challenge yourself. I never knew I could go that long.”
Shelton has said one of his primary goals coming into this season was to improve his conditioning, which he expects to allow him to play more snaps. “That’s a big personal goal for me,” he said. “It was a good thing to see. One thing that stood out was our effort. We really brought it to the offense, and they weren’t expecting it.”
Other practice notes/highlights: Today’s practice was a fairly light 90-minute workout, which is to be expected the day after an all-out scrimmage. The
— QB Cyler Miles had a nice completion to TE Darrell Daniels along the right sideline for a long catch-and-run touchdown to end practice.
— FS Brandon Beaver came down with an interception off a long Miles pass in the first 11-on-11 period. That wound up being the only turnover of the day. Progress.
— John Ross, expected to be the primary kick returner this season, was the first up during a return drill. Jaydon Mickens was next, and Budda Baker was third (with Shaq Thompson also back deep).
— Redshirt freshman Coleman Shelton got some work in at right tackle with the No. 1 offensive line, and redshirt freshman Keishawn Bierria worked with the No. 1 defense at outside linebacker.
A note on injuries: UW is asking the media to not report injury information from these open practices, as a condition for having practices open. We will respect the request for the time being.
Next: UW will host its second (of three) open practices at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Husky Stadium. Fans are invited onto the field for a Picture Day-style event afterward, at about 6:15 p.m.