Practice Impressions: Day Five

In full pads for the second time this spring, the Huskies ran through a brisk two-hour workout in the typical Seattle drizzle on the East Practice Field. On this night, the defense got the better of things, hauling in five interceptions, but the offense also had its moments as well...

Picks abound: Things got started rather ominously for the offense as, during the first 11-on-11 drill, Sean Parker leaped up to snag a short Keith Price pass and then a short time later, freshman safety Trevor Walker picked off Cyler Miles for the first time.

Walker added another acrobatic interception of Miles later in the practice, leaping high into the air to grab the ball, while Will Shamburger went up to grab a Price pass in the corner of the endzone and Cleveland Wallace added what would have been a pick-six when he stepped in front of a Troy Williams pass.

DB coach Keith Heyward, along with defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, has made getting more turnovers a priority this season and it appears the defensive backs are taking notice.

Shaq makes his presence felt: You have to feel sorry for Erich Wilson. The sophomore tailback caught a short pass from Price and as he was turning up field, Thompson just lowered his shoulder and dropped him right in his tracks.

QB rotation is hard to read: Unlike other nights, Derrick Brown didn't appear to get any snaps with the second team. The quarterback getting the most work was Miles and he struggled at times to make the right decisions and throws.

Jeff Lindquist had a very good practice and he really looks like he's getting more and more comfortable with the offense and he could be emerging as a playmaker at the position.

Big plays hard to come by: Offensively, most of the night was erratic to say the least. While the weather wasn't helpful, it also appeared the offense just didn't have "it" tonight. That being said, the play of the night, at least offensively, was Price's beautiful 30-yard touchdown pass to a leaping DiAndre Campbell who went up to snatch the ball out of the air between Parker and Greg Ducre who were in excellent position.

Faces in the crowd: Former Husky QB Hugh Millen was at practice with Mount Si QB Nick Mitchell. Hugh spends a lot of time with the Wildcat football program and has been somewhat of a mentor for Mitchell. The prep signal-caller received his first offer today -- from Oregon State -- and more will likely be on the way.

Trenton Noller was in town with his father and I noticed Sean Constantine also on the sidelines.

Out with injuries: Washington continues to do their best to keep their players healthy and today, two players who missed all or most of the contact work were LB Thomas Tutogi and DL Sione Potoae. Since Washington doesn't comment on injuries, we have no idea the severity or extent of what kept them out of the lineup.

For what it's worth, Tutogi was in pads, but didn't really take part in any full-contact stuff while Potoae had no pads at all and didn't really take part in unit specific drills.


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