The Husky staff led the players through their paces and there were a handful of new faces on hand for their first taste of college football.
DE/BUCK Myles Rice was a 2015 signee who greyshirted while he recovered from a knee injury and he was joined by 2016 class members QB Daniel Bridge-Gadd, S Taylor Rapp, P Van Soderberg and DE/BUCK Amandre Williams who all enrolled early.
For those wondering, RB Sean McGrew was hoping to enroll early as well, but he was unable to finish up his credits in time and so he plans to enroll with the other 12 players from the 2016 class at the start of summer.
Unlike last spring, this year, the Huskies did most of their work on the east practice field.
One difference you can see is the comfort level between the coaches and the players.
In year one, the coaches were still trying to remember the players' names while instructing the players on how they wanted things done.
For their part, the players were trying to figure out exactly how the coaches expected them to do different things
This year, now the third spring for the coaches and most of the players, things are much more efficient. The coaches are demanding precision and excellence and the older players, especially the ones who have been through the ringer already, are helping the younger players get things right.
In the wide receiver/defensive back one-on-ones, you can see the speed and athleticism that runs throughout the secondary.
Players like Sidney Jones, Kevin King and Darren Gardenhire all have that length that coaches are looking for at corner and then when you throw in the aggressive nature with which each plays the game, it can make for some fun matchups when the receivers get out there.
One of the better battles of the day was when Dante Pettis and Jones were matched up for a rep.
QB Jake Browning dropped back and threw a pin-point pass to Pettis who had beaten Jones out of his break to make the grab.
WR John Ross III showed little ill-effects of the knee injury he suffered last spring.
His speed is something to behold and he was a mismatch outside for most of the defensive backs.
Former walk-on TE Connor Griffin has moved to wide receiver and while he is still pretty raw, he showed off his soft hands, hauling in a pass while being heavily covered by Ezekiel Turner on one play while catching a ball in front of Gardenhire on the sidelines a little bit later.
Overall, the team looked fit and much bigger.
The offensive line was impressive throughout the day showing the depth that has been evolving over the past couple of years.
When the offense took the field for the first time early on in practice, Trey Adams was working at left tackle, while Jared Hilbers manned the left guard spot. Eventually, veteran Michael Kneip came in and took over left guard duties when the team went into the full 11v11 session.
Later on, Damion Turpin slid in for Johnson and Gaines moved over to the nose tackle spot.
For a more in-depth view of practice, click here for our practice thread with a lot more player observations and one-on-one recaps.
Washington will take Tuesday off before returning back to the practice field on Wednesday morning for their second spring practice.
Players Out/Limited: Some players were limited while others were out of practice altogether.
As far as players who sat out practice -- Jake Eldrenkamp, Jared Pulu, Jason Scrempos, Brandon Beaver, Quinten Pounds and John Clark were all in attendance, but they were not actively taking part in things.
Recruits In The House: Washington hosted some big fish on Monday with a pair of St. John Bosco players -- OL Wyatt Davis and WR Terrell Bynum -- and they also were hosting one of the top interior line prospects in the country in Santa Margarita Catholic's Brett Neilon.
2018 QB Jack Tuttle from Mission Hills in So Cal was also there along with his parents.null