Spring Ball Day 5: News and Notes

Day five of Washington’s spring football was held under cold conditions Monday at Husky Stadium, but that didn’t stop the Dawgs from getting their two-hour-plus workout in. The offense made the defense run after practice, but was it all one-way traffic? There were some defensive players that had their moments, but the offense did their part to bounce back from Friday.

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Generally-speaking, the offense played much better Monday, and the defense was the one running gassers at the end of the day. Some of that may have been because of what both sides were working on, but I’d say the quarterbacks looked more comfortable and sharper as a rule.

Jeff Lindquist definitely stood out as my offensive player of the day. He had a few sequences with linemen in his face that he made pin-point passes. On Friday, some of those passes went begging.

K.J. Carta-Samuels had some solid moments as well, but you can definitely tell who the high school passer of this group is when Jake Browning throws the ball. He had a pass to walk-on TE James Boker that was just smoked between about four defenders. It was a thing of beauty.

Problem is, when Browning starts ‘feeling it’, that’s when he usually get picked, or nearly picked. He had one sequence where he threw a couple of beautiful passes, and then finished it off with a forced throw into coverage that Brian Clay and Darren Gardenhire nearly picked off. They couldn’t get to it fast enough.
Players Making Plays:
The quarterbacks completed a lot of passes Monday, and they threw it a lot to the tight ends.

David Ajamu was dressed, but didn’t see a whole bunch of action. As it was Friday, Joshua Perkins, Darrell Daniels, and Drew Sample were the targets, and they caught a ton of balls.

Sample had probably the highlight catch of the day, one that looked like it was kind of over his shoulder in the end zone he was able to haul in after Lindquist found himself free after a scramble.

Defensively, walk-on corner Sean Vergara had arguably the play of the day, a great pick on a deep pass where he elevated and came up with the ball. The whole defense went nuts after that play.

Brandon Beaver continues to have his nose around the ball, coming up with a pick-six off of KJ Carta-Samuels.
Injury Woes: DB Trevor Walker, DB Kevin King, DB Jermaine Kelly, LB Keishawn Bierria, OL Coleman Shelton, OL Devin Burleson and WR John Ross were all non-participants in practice due to various injuries while LB Travis Feeney, DB Brandon Beaver and DB Brandon Lewis continued to wear the yellow (no contact) jerseys. Beaver and Lewis did get some time in during some team periods. Bierria worked out some at practice, but wasn’t given a helmet so his time out there was very limited.

It was good to see the running back room get somewhat replenished with Jomon Dotson and Dwayne Washington practicing Monday, but Deontae Cooper has not made it back to practice yet. Dotson got some extended work and made the most of it. The redshirt frosh RB also looked the part during pass protection drills, obviously reaping the benefits of gaining over 10 pounds in the off-season workouts.

The top news of the day was the return of cornerback Naijiel Hale. The sophomore missed the first week of practice, and while DB Coach Jimmy Lake was hopeful for Hale’s return this week it didn’t seem set in stone. But Hale did come back Monday, and he put in a full practice.
The Seating Chart:
Again, not too much new here compared to what Scott laid out early last week.

First Team OL: LT Jake Eldrenkamp, LG Dane Crane, C Siosifa Tufunga, RG Shane Brostek and RT Andrew Kirkland. Matt James played a lot at right tackle Monday, and Andrew Kirkland saw some time at left tackle behind Eldrenkamp.

First Team DL: DE Will Dissly (Jarett Finau), DT/NT Vita Vea (Elijah Qualls) and DE Taniela Tupou. When UW goes into an even (four) front, Dissly, Qualls, Tupou, and Mathis have had their hand down.

Second Team OL: LT Matt James, LG John Turner, C Michael Kneip, RG Jesse Sosebee and RT Kaleb McGary.

First Team LBs: 'BUCK' Joe Mathis, LILB Scott Lawyer, RILB Azeem Victor and WIL Cory Littleton.

First Team DBs: CB Sidney Jones, CB Darren Gardenhire, FS Brian Clay and SS Budda Baker.
Worth Mentioning:
— Luke Wattenberg, a Scout.com top-300 player nationally, was at practice this morning. Washington has offered him a scholarship. Also 2015 UW RB signee Myles Gaskin was spotted at practice.

- Will Dissly talked a little after practice about getting some work with the BUCK linebackers. Dissly, even though he’s listed at 275 pounds, is very athletic for his size and he showed some nifty coverage skills by batting down a couple balls.

- Very little in the way of special teams today. UW tried a couple field goal attempts from the 34-35 mark. Cameron Van Winkle made his; Tristan Vizcaino didn’t.

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