Fall Camp: Thursday Practice Report

SEATTLE - It wasn’t quite lunch, but the Washington defense feasted on turnovers nonetheless. The UW defense had to run gassers at the end of the day as the Huskies’ D created five more miscues on the day. Brandon Beaver had a forced and recovered fumble and an interception, while Connor O’Brien, John Timu, and Travis Feeney all had interceptions.

In a bit of an unusual twist, linebacker Shaq Thompson fumbled on one of his carries.

One would assume that meant a poor day for the quarterbacks, but that’s not necessarily the case. Counting up the 7-7’s and final team period, the very, very unofficial completion totals looked like this:

Troy Williams - 5/12 with two interceptions
Cyler Miles - 11/14
Jeff Lindquist - 6/10
K.J. Carta-Samuels - 6/10 with one interception

The redshirt frosh Williams had the biggest struggles of the group, getting picked off by Feeney for a pick-six the first play of the final team period. Two plays later he was intercepted by Beaver on a ball he shouldn’t have thrown. To defend Williams a bit, he was the only one of all the quarterbacks to look downfield consistently, as well as throw downfield consistently. He got burned, but he was pretty much the only one taking chances big down the field. He had one pass to Dante Pettis down the sidelines that probably would have gone for six, and he also found Kendyl Taylor with a dart across the middle of the field.

The very next play running back Dwayne Washington gashed the defense for an 85-yard touchdown, the offensive play of the day. Both Washington and Lavon Coleman had solid days running the ball.

The biggest news offensively was that three veteran offensive linemen - Micah Hatchie, Dexter Charles, and Colin Tanigawa - found themselves running with the number-one offense for nearly all of practice. Hatchie and Charles had been replaced on the line in spring by Jake Eldrenkamp and Sifa Tufunga while they rehabbed injuries, and this was the first time the two left-sided offensive linemen had been given work solely with the ones.

Tanigawa’s move was interesting. Mike Criste has been the incumbent center for over a year, but today the senior from Los Angeles was given his chance to shine. He had been getting a lot of reps at the number two center spot since camp broke Monday, but this was the first time he worked pretty much exclusively with the ones.

Apart from those moves, the only significant changes offensively were to the tight ends, who played Wednesday without the services of Michael Hartvigson and Joshua Perkins for most of practice. That meant Darrell Daniels, Derrick Brown, David Ajamu and Drew Sample got all the meaningful Wednesday reps. Brown and Sample, in particular stood out for some great catches and runs after the catch.

Defensively, much looked the same. Along the defensive line, true frosh Will Dissly continued to get reps with the twos. The defensive coaches continue to put Vita Vea and Kaleb McGary together, as if grooming a partnership for the future.

At linebacker, Connor O’Brien had the defensive play of the day with a high, arching pick of a K.J. Carta-Samuels pass intended for David Ajamu.

Budda Baker continues to impress with the number two safeties. The true frosh knocked down a Jeff Lindquist pass before John Ross could get his hands on it. The true freshman is playing alongside sophomore Kevin King behind Beaver and another sophomore, Trevor Walker.

Making Sure Everyone Follows the Rules: Feeney dished a bit of junior leadership on the head of frosh cornerback Naijiel Hale. Apparently Hale has a tendency to not want to keep his helmet all the way on when he’s on the sidelines, and Feeney took exception because the defense never takes their helmets off while the D is on the field. Feeney barked at the frosh for a little bit, questioning him until it eventually died down.

Quick Special Teams Update: This was the first day where the kickers were asked to kick more than just a couple field goals on the day. Cameron Van Winkle was 4-6, Tristan Vizcaino was 2-3, and Mitch Johnson was 1-3, with one of his kicked blocked. All the kicks were from 35 yards in various situations, with some on the left hash and some on the right hash. Korey Durkee remains the number one holder, while Jaydon Mickens got a couple reps in as the backup holder.

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