When you talk about chippiness on the field, it always starts in the trenches. Trey Adams led the charge once again, getting involved in a second skirmish in as many days. The Wenatchee frosh rag-dolled fellow frosh Jared Pulu during the OL/DL 1-on-1’s, and Pulu didn’t take kindly to it.
There were also some big inadvertent hits - like when Jojo McIntosh stood Dwayne Washington up after Washington had gotten around end for a sizable gain. And MIK Azeem Victor stonewalled Lavon Coleman on 4th and 3 as the offense was trying to punch it in for six.
With so much red zone work, it didn’t give the quarterbacks nearly as much time to shine as they did yesterday when they were given a lot more of the field to work with. K.J. Carta-Samuels may have shaded it by a nose, but it was close among the top three; Carta-Samuels, Jeff Lindquist, and Jake Browning.
There’s so much film the UW coaches want to look at, they are still in the stage of putting combinations out on the field to see what is working and what isn’t. That was very clear with the offensive line, as OL Coach Chris Strausser had frosh Devin Burleson take some reps at right tackle, while Coleman Shelton - who started some games at RT last year - switched over to left tackle to give it a go.
Right now, the number ones appear to be (from left to right): Jake Eldrenkamp, Dexter Charles, Sifa Tufunga, Shane Brostek, Coleman Shelton or Matt James. Second team is either Andrew Kirkland or Trey Adams, with Dane Crane, Michael Kneip, Jesse Sosebee, and Kaleb McGary.
Along the defensive line, with so many bodies auditioning at BUCK it’s very difficult to tell exactly how the base 3-4 defense is going to look. Right now Cory Littleton and Travis Feeney have been along the outside of the front, with Elijah Qualls sometimes inside, and sometimes Will Dissly. When they went red zone, Vita Vea moved in there with Qualls. And Joe Mathis has been a stalwart at defensive end.
The other stalwart within the front seven has been Azeem Victor. Not saying he has the MIK on lockdown, but I haven’t seen much movement behind him to think he’s going to be challenged much. Sean Constantine has shown some glimpses, while the walk-ons and frosh Ben Burr-Kirven simply need to be developed more.
Outside, Scott Lawyer got some work with the ones ahead of Keishawn Bierria, while Tevis Bartlett, D.J. Beavers, and Kyler Manu all showed out at one point or another during practice.
At defensive back, Sidney Jones and Darren Gardenhire continue to get a lot of the first team reps, but Kevin King and Brandon Lewis had solid moments as well. Jordan Miller continued to look good, and Austin Joyner was tested a couple times; we’ll see how he bounces back Wednesday when the pads come on.
It was good to see Budda Baker back now that his cold has gone away. He’s become very vocal out there in the secondary and you can hear his calls from the stands. Jojo McIntosh asserted himself Tuesday and I can see that he’s working very hard to push himself into the starting free safety conversation. Trevor Walker had a pick-six off of juco quarterback Tony Rodriguez, so it was good to see the Texas junior healthy and involved.
Finally we got to see some special teams on Tuesday. A lot of it was mechanics, but both Cameron Van Winkle and Tristan Vizcaino nailed their 40-yard attempts when asked. And Petersen was right in the thick of working with the punt returners. Dante Pettis, Budda Baker, Chico McClatcher, and Quinten Pounds were the ones back there.