Practice Impressions: Day Seven

Despite a slow beginning, the first UW football practice since returning from finals week and spring break became rather event filled with both the good and bad as the defense led the way with several big plays. However, the offense had their moments as well.

Brown getting his kick on: Derrick Brown spent the beginning of practice during warm-ups with the special teams unit working on punting. He only took a few kicks before going back with the quarterbacks.

More punting action: Marvin Hall took all the punt returns later in practice as the Huskies worked with their special teams unit. Evan Hudson was handling long snapping duties and Thomas Vincent has emerged as the number one holder right now.

Taking it old school: After warm-ups, the defensive coaches and players had a session of one-on-one tug-a-war. It lasted only a few minutes but was a new element to practice not seen this spring and brought some added energy to the group.

Work on the side: Pio Vatuvei, Sione Potoa'e and Lawrence Lagafuaina all got footwork work on the side with the speed ladder. Coach Steven Sarkisian mentioned at the end of practice that Potoa'e had his hand in a club resulting from a broken finger.

Unstoppable: Kasen Williams potentially had the co-play of the day during positional drills with an impressive one-handed catch on the sidelines while managing to drag on foot in bounds. It looked effortless and no one even seem surprised.

Rising up: Travell Dixon had the other play of the day with a great diving interception on a pass from Jeff Lindquist. Dixon also added several pass breakups and finally appeared to be getting in the grove on the defensive side of the ball.

Looking like the backup: Erich Wilson II secured all of the second string running back snaps today. Previously, that honor had been shared with Dwayne Washington.

More interceptions: Trevor Walker got the party started with an interception on Cyler Miles in the beginning of practice. However, not to be out done by the incoming freshman, Brandon Beaver added two interceptions on passes thrown by Troy Williams. Both Beaver and Taz Stevenson saw time as the backup safeties.

To the left: Incoming freshman Cameron Van Winkle was out in his first UW practice and had his struggles early on as he went 2-5 from 27, 32, 37 and 42 yards out. All of his misses went to the left. Travis Coons was 5-5 from the same spots.

Time from the center: Seeing time at center was Mike Criste, Erik Kohler and Siosifa Tufunga. Criste was with the first team.

In the crowd: Damon Huard was on the sidelines with his son today, as was incoming freshman Dane Crane and 2014 recruit Isaiah Brandt-Sims. Top Stories