First, some stats from Saturday’s open scrimmage at Husky Stadium, in which the Huskies ran about 130 plays. Note that these are unofficial.
Cyler Miles: 10 of 16 for 145 yards
Jeff Lindquist: 7 of 15 for 84 yards
Troy Williams: 7 of 14 for 36 yards, 1 interception
K.J. Carta-Samuels: 4 of 12 for 30 yards
Lavon Coleman: 3 carries for 24 yards
Deontae Cooper: 12 carries for 56 yards (plus a 3-yard TD run during a red-zone drill)
Dwayne Washington: 8 carries for 64 yards, including a 23-yard TD run
Jesse Callier: 9 carries for 42 yards, including a 5-yard TD run
Jomon Dotson: 8 carries for 37 yards, including a 4-yard TD run on the final play of the day
Gavin McDaniel: 5 carries for 24 yards
Ralph Kinne: 5 carries for 13 yards
The Huskies were in full game-day gear today, including their new uniforms, for their last open practice of the season.
The offense overall was better than what we had heard about from Monday’s closed scrimmage, in which the defense said it created four turnovers (two of which were returned for defensive touchdowns).
Some notes, highlights and general impressions:
— His passing numbers don’t necessarily jump out at you, but this was as good as I’ve seen Jeff Lindquist. I think he helped himself today.
— Troy Williams, working mostly with the No. 2 offensive line, continued to make rookie mistakes. He had the only interception of the scrimmage — by linebacker Sean Constantine, who had a great day — and had was rightfully flagged for the most intentional intentional grounding penalty you’ll ever see. Williams was also sacked twice (by Will Dissly and Elijah Qualls on the same drive), though those aren’t all the quarterback’s fault, of course.
— Cyler Miles was solid. He had perhaps the best throw of fall camp so far when, on fourth down, he found Jaydon Mickens for a 27-yard gain near the right sideline. Great touch. Miles also had some tough, smart runs.
— The quarterbacks did go “live” again during one goal-line drill, with Lindquist the only one to get tackled.
— Lindquist led probably the two best drives of the day:
- On the first drive, playing with most of the No. 2 offensive line and against most of the No. 1 defense, Lindquist made a great deep throw for freshman WR Dante Pettis, only to have redshirt freshman CB Jermaine Kelly break it up at the last moment. On the next play, Lindquist scrambled to his right and found redshirt freshman TE David Ajamu, who made an impressive finger-tip catch for a 15-yard gain. On the next play, Lindquist hit WR Marvin Hall for a 27-yard gain. And on the play after that, RB Dwayne Washington rushed 23 yards to the left for a touchdown. The drive: 4 plays, 65 yards.
- Miles opened as the quarterback in that second-best drive, which started at the offense’s 28-yard line. Lindquist took over a few plays later. Washington had a couple nice runs, including a 19-yard gain, and Callier capped the drive with a 5-yard run. The drive: 14 plays, 72 yards.
— In addition to his interception, Constantine appeared to come up with a fumble near the goal line after Troy Williams and Jesse Callier botched a handoff.
— Pettis, after hauling in a quick pass from Miles, had a sweet run in which he juked CB Naijiel Hale for a 20-yard gain to the 5-yard line.
— Redshirt freshman LB Azeem Victor, playing with the No. 3 defense, just destroyed the No. 3 offense in one series. He had a hand in seven of the eight plays and he nearly intercepted Carta-Samuels.
— John Ross was first in line to return kickoffs during the day’s opening drill. Budda Baker was next up, and he had a return that looked like it would’ve gone all the way (the whistle blew). Later, Baker also had a partial blocked punt.
— I didn’t see Cameron Van Winkle missing at all today, on about eight attempts, including a 42-yarder.
— Korey Durkee had a coupe of really nice punts. They had to have gone 70 yards.