Knocking The Rust Off: Cyler Miles missed all of spring and it showed quite a bit on Monday as he definitely had some rust on his throwing arm. The third-year sophomore threw picks on back-to-back plays, both of which likely would have resulted in touchdowns (one by Jojo McIntosh and the other by Lavon Washington) if the coaches hadn't blown the play dead.
Not to be outdone, Carta-Samuels was also in a giving mood early on as he threw right into the waiting arms of Darren Gardenhire who took it the distance as well.
Should Have Been More: As noted, the secondary had three picks, but head coach Chris Petersen reminded his charges, especially the defensive guys, that it could have easily been six as there were three dropped interceptions (one by McIntosh, one by Budda Baker and one by Naijiel Hale).
The staff always preaches taking advantage of your opportunities and when those three picks were dropped, the players responsible were doing pushups along the sideline.
Fundamentals, Fundamentals, Fundamentals: The first session of practice this morning dealt with a little bit of teaching, but the second session was almost all about fundamentals -- from getting low in your stance, form tackling, positioning yourself, footwork, exploding out of our stance, etc. -- so there was more teaching going on than anything.
Returning Players Who Worked With The Newcomers - DT Elijah Qualls; OT Andrew Kirkland, TE David Ajamu, RB Ralph Kinne, LB Connor O'Brien, LB Sean Constantine, QB Cyler Miles, DL Damion Turpin, DE/Buck Psalm Wooching, OT Coleman Shelton, OC Dane Crane and OG Cory Fuavai.
Recruits In The House: Lake Stevens (Wa.) QB Jacob Eason (2016) -- a commit to Georgia -- was there; Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wa.) ATH Brandon Wellington (2016); Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wa.) DE John Kellum (2015); Etiwanda (Ca.) TE Mike Neal (2015) -- UW commit.
Who Stood Out (in the afternoon session)
DE Jaylen Johnson - Johnson definitely passes the eye test. He's bigger than I expected and appears taller than the 6'2" he's listed at on the roster.
DT Vita Vea - Seemed to have a really good practice. He runs well for a guy his size, but he definitely needed to take some breathers, so he's got some work to do to get into camp shape. One tailback ran into him and bounced back about five feet.
OL Jesse Sosebee - Another one that passes the look test. Sosebee looks like he's already got a body ready for the rigors of Pac 12 play, but he's got a long way to go to be ready to play so don't expect him to see the field anytime soon.
QB K.J. Carta-Samuels - Really throws a nice ball and he's got a great arm. He threw one pass like a laser down the field in tight coverage, but then he showed his youth when he made a bad read that was picked by Gardenhire and returned for a touchdown.
WR/TE Braden Lenius - The kid is huge and then throw on that his athleticism, he's going to be a real weapon for the Dawgs in the near future. On one route, Miles appeared to throw the ball well over his head, but Lenius elevated quickly, flashing an impressive vertical, to go up and snag it to the applause of the coaches watching the drill.
OT Andrew Kirkland - Kirkland has put on a lot of size and looked great manning the left tackle spot in the afternoon session. He looks poised to push for playing time although I doubt it would be at left tackle with Micah Hatchie and Jake Eldrenkamp holding down the top two spots.
TE Drew Sample - Sample looked weird wearing Austin Seferian-Jenkins' number, but he showed soft hands on one play, hauling in a pass from Miles with guys all around him.
Connor O'Brien - The redshirt freshman looks like he will be a terror on the coverage units this fall. He's in great shape and he's put on at least 15 pounds (now tipping the scales at 240 pounds).
Fall Camp - Day 1 (Afternoon Session)
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