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August 13, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Huskies fall camp observations, Day 10

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Gear: Shells – helmets and shorts.

Weather: Partly sunny, 73 degrees.

Quarterback quick reads: 

The good: During an 11-on-11 period in the red zone against the first-string defense, redshirt freshman Troy Williams zipped a short pass across the middle to Jaydon Mickens who weaved around defenders for a 30-yard touchdown. Williams looked impressive while throwing with anticipation and avoiding the big turnovers. He moved around nicely in the pocket even though he appeared to be sacked twice. (Quarterbacks wore yellow no-contact jerseys).

The bad: Tough day for Cyler Miles. In the 11-on-11 red-zone period, the sophomore signal caller telegraphed a throw to receiver John Ross on the right side, which was intercepted by freshman linebacker Keishawn Bierria. During another 11-on-11 drill, Miles looped a pass over the middle that was intended for receiver Kendyl Taylor. However, sophomore Kevin King intercepted the throw for a long return.

Noteworthy: The Huskies continued to divvy up drives evenly between Williams, Miles and sophomore Jeff Lindquist, who had two drives in the 11-on-11 period. The first four-play possession in the red zone stalled. However, he engineered a nine-play drive for a score. During the drive Lindquist converted a long pass on fourth down and capped the drive with a short TD run.

Quote: “All of them really bring some good things to the table and we’re deciding on that for sure. I just think we’ve got some guys that haven’t played a whole lot and the quarterback is such a huge piece to what we’re trying to do. We got to get some good play out of that position. Inexperience is something that you work through. … Cyler has the most (experience), but it’s not very much.” – UW offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith

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Other practice notes/highlights:

Washington held a closed practice in the morning and in the afternoon the Huskies hosted their second (of three) open practice for fans and media. Fans began arriving at Husky Stadium opened at 3 p.m. and practice began at 4:30 p.m. Afterwards fans gathered on the field for pictures with players and things wrapped up at 7 p.m.

— UW coaches raved about DL Taniela Tupou following Monday’s closed scrimmage and he had a nice play early in an 11-on-11 period when he charged through the line and had what would have been a sack against Williams. Williams continued the play and threw a strike down the sideline to Marvin Hall for a long TD reception.

— Several freshmen looked as if they had a nice practice. Right tackle Coleman Shelton and Bierria began drills with the first team. Safety Budda Baker worked with the No. 1 defense at nickel late in the day while DB Naijiel Hale and DL Shane Bowman got some work with the No. 2 defense. Also punter Tristan Vizcaino drew a few oohs and ahhs from fans after a couple towering boots that covered at least 45 yards.

— The first-team offensive line looked like Micah Hatchie, Dexter Charles, Mike Criste, James Atoe and Shelton (from left to right). The second unit was mostly comprised of Jake Eldrenkamp, Siosifa Tufunga, Dane Crane, Ross Dolbec and Andrew Kirkland.

— No changes with the defensive starters.

— Mickens, Hale, Hall and freshman DB Sidney Jones worked on punt returns while Ross was the primary kickoff return man.


Note: UW asked the media to not report injury or participation information from open practices, as a condition for having practices open. We will respect the request for the time being.

Next: The Huskies are off Thursday. They return Friday and will conduct an off-site practice that’s closed to the media and public. Saturday’s 3 p.m. practice, which includes a scrimmage, is open to the public.

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