Fall Camp Day 6 News, Notes, Wrap

Under beautiful, sunny Seattle skies, things heated up at Husky Stadium - and it wasn’t just the field turf. The Washington Huskies concluded Day Six of their fall camp with nine live reps, meaning even the quarterbacks could be hit. It was all goal-line reps, and the hitting could be heard from Hec Ed.

Head Coach Chris Petersen ticked up the intensity a notch by working the final hour of practice on the east field, surrounded by Tyees, recruits and media. Whether intentional or not, the tight spaces made the live scrimmage feel even more like a true game situation.

Going live inside the five meant plenty of jumbo package on the defensive front, namely Elijah Qualls and Vita Vea inside. Damion Turpin continued to get more reps with the ones, and Jaylen Johnson is factoring in the mix with Will Dissly. It’s very much a mix-and-match phase for the Huskies while they accumulate tape and look to put each player in the best position they can to be successful.

Live action also meant players like safety Ezekiel Turner, brought in to add some heft to the Washington secondary, got a chance to lay some lumber.

Offensively, it’s very difficult to assess the quarterback position yet, but if you want to read anything into who went first with the live reps, it was freshman Jake Browning. He had two touchdown passes - one to Lavon Coleman and one to Dante Pettis - in his three taken reps.

Up with the twos was junior Jeff Lindquist, who threw an easy touchdown to tight end Drew Sample before bulling his way in for a score despite his helmet getting ripped off. Always teaching, Petersen noted that because Lindquist’s helmet came off, he couldn’t be on the field for the subsequent PAT - so that meant Jaydon Mickens had to be on the ready. Overall, Lindquist was responsible for three touchdowns with his three reps - the last coming via a Jomon Dotson run. Dotson stretched for the end zone and it was ruled a score despite the ball bounding off the turf and right into the hands of linebacker Scott Lawyer.

K.J. Carta-Samuels was last up for his three reps, and he tried to force a quick pass in the middle of the field, ala Russell Wilson in the Rose Bowl. In the scramble, linebacker Connor O’Brien snagged the ball out of the air and trucked the other way while the rest of the defense screamed out their approvals. The final two plays of Carta-Samuels’ series were two stuffed runs. The first was by frosh RB Myles Gaskin, and then Carta-Samuels called his own number.

Going back to the team thud tempo period, it was Lindquist that got the reps with the ones, throwing a strike to David Ajamu for six, and then Carta-Samuels threw a touchdown each to Drew Before, Quinten Pounds, and Lenius.

Browning was last up, throwing a quality pass to Andre Baccellia for a score right in the heart of the Huskies’ secondary. It was a pretty pass.

Because of the turnovers, including the play of the day - a Browning pass thrown back into traffic that was tipped by Sidney Jones and picked off in dramatic fashion by Brandon Beaver, as well as a pass unintentionally tipped by Pounds that ended up in the hands of frosh LB Ben Burr-Kirven - the offense ran gassers to finish off practice.

Earlier in practice during the main 7-7 session, Brayden Lenius was targeted often in the red zone and came up with four touchdowns. The 6-foot-5 sophomore will certainly be counted on as a red zone mismatch.

There still seems to be some mixing and matching along the offensive line. Dane Crane and Michael Kneip spent some time switching positions, Crane to center and Kneip to left guard. Crane came to Washington initially as a center, so it makes sense to add him to the mix of players that can snap at a moment’s notice.

Defensively, Tevis Bartlett was getting plenty of turns early in practice at BUCK, and D.J. Beavers was with the first team during the final live goal line stand. It’s clear the Washington coaches have no problem sticking the true frosh right in the deep end to see if they can swim.

NOTES: There were plenty of folks in attendance Thursday, including former DL Terry ‘Tank’ Johnson. Jacob Sirmon, a 2018 quarterback recruit from Bothell was there with his father David.


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