Wednesday Practice Report

SEATTLE - Under sunny skies at Husky Stadium, Chris Petersen gathered all his players together for the first time and put them through their paces. The defense produced five interceptions, two coming from John Timu, and a true freshman also made his presence felt as the pads started to pop a little bit.

We won’t see Washington go full pads until Saturday’s open-to-the-public scrimmage, but that didn’t stop the players - who were wearing light pads and shorts - from introducing themselves.

Scott Lawyer continued to wear yellow Wednesday, while a pair of frosh defensive backs - Aaron Chapman and Brandon Lewis - also did not participate.

Considering this was the first full practice of the fall - the first two days were split practices between the veterans and the newcomers - it was a chance to see how the new Washington coaching staff has their ‘seating chart’ displayed. Clearly there’s not a ton to be revealed here and so much will change from now until the moment the Huskies hit the field in Honolulu August 30th, but it was interesting to see nonetheless.

The first team offensive line was still, from left to right - Jake Eldrenkamp, Sifa Tufunga, Mike Criste, James Atoe, and Ben Riva. The twos were, from left to right - Micah Hatchie, Dexter Charles, Colin Tanigawa, Shane Brostek, and Ross Dolbec. The threes were, from left to right - Coleman Shelton, Cory Fuavai, Dane Crane, Michael Kneip, and Andrew Kirkland.

Cyler Miles, suspended for the Hawaii opener, was the quarterback for the team period at the end of the day, but Troy Williams was first running the up-tempo period. Lavon Coleman started at RB during the up tempo period, but Jesse Callier was the first running back in during the team period. Josh Perkins was the first tight end to play, but Darrell Daniels was mixed in liberally.

All the quarterbacks had a chance to show off during the 7-7 period. Miles went 4/7 during his chances, while Williams was 2/4. Jeff Lindquist went 4/5, with the offensive play of the day - a DART to Kasen Williams down the sidelines over Travell Dixon. But he also threw a pick-six to Timu, who was laying in the weeds. K.J. Carta-Samuels was 1/4 during the period. Timu was also the beneficiary of a tipped pass, taking the ball into the end zone from short yardage. It was thrown by Miles and tipped by Danny Shelton.

It was honestly hard to separate one of the quarterbacks from the others, as they each had some very good throws, followed up by poor decisions. Miles and Lindquist certainly showed off their running abilities when a play broke down and they had to scramble.

The defensive play of the day came courtesy of frosh cornerback Sidney Jones, who went high in the air to stab the ball away one-handed from Jaydon Mickens on a bomb thrown by Troy Williams. Jones also had a big play during the team period, forcing a turnover. Marcus Peters also had a really nice pick on a play where he defended Kasen Williams and when Williams got tripped up, the junior corner pounced.

Defensively, the ones lined up with Hauoli Kikaha and Andrew Hudson at the end spots, and Danny Shelton and Evan Hudson inside. The twos that came out were Drew Schultz and Tani Tupou inside, while Psalm Wooching and true frosh Will Dissly lined up outside. The threes were Jaylen Johnson and Shane Bowman outside, with Greg Gaines and Damion Turpin inside. They rotated inside with the pairing of Kaleb McGary and Vita Vea.

The number one linebackers were John Timu, flanked by Shaq Thompson and Travis Feeney. Azeem Victor was flanked by Cory Littleton and Keishawn Bierria for the twos, and frosh walk-on Jake Wambaugh was inside with the threes, flanked by Sean Constantine and Connor O’Brien.

In the secondary, the ones were Marcus Peters and Jermaine Kelly, with Naijiel Hale and Travell Dixon running the twos and Darren Gardenhire and Jonathan Kwon the threes. At safety it was Brandon Beaver and Trevor Walker with the ones, Budda Baker and Kevin King the twos, and the threes were Thomas Vincent and Lavon Washington.


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