Unlike Wednesday's practice, the offense held their own with the defense on day three, posting several big catches and runs that appeared to give the offense the edge on Friday even though the defense did force three big interceptions.
Sophomore QB Jake Browning had a solid morning, showing several times why he's the unquestioned leader of the offense.
On several plays, the second-year starter evaded a rush and threw a pinpoint pass to a receiver who had broken off his route to get open.
On one particular play, Browning showed his elusiveness, avoiding an outside rush by Joe Mathis who was locked up with RT Kaleb McGary and then running away from LB Azeem Victor who came free up the middle.
Showing good presence of mind and patience, Browning ran parallel to the line of scrimmage and hit emerging WR Andre Baccellia for a short gain.
As we've been saying for a while, K.J. Carta-Samuels looks much more at ease in the pocket this spring and he actually led the Husky offense on the drive of the day, moving from the offense's 30 all the way to the defense's five yard line, hitting Baccellia and tight ends David Ajamu and Mike Neal for first downs along the way.
Dotson also had the big play of the day in 7-on-7 work, running a nice route down the sidelines where he beat walk-on LB Gerran Brown and S Taylor Rapp was late coming over. QB Tony Rodriguez hit Dotson in stride for a 60-yard touchdown to the delight of their offensive teammates.
The starting offensive line, at least at four spots, has remained relatively consistent since the start of spring -- LT - Trey Adams, C - Coleman Shelton, RG - Shane Brostek and RT - Kaleb McGary -- with left guard being somewhat influx with unclear status of projected starter Jake Eldrenkamp. Today, senior Michael Kneip lined up at left guard in Eldrenkamp's place and he held up pretty well.
The second offense line was the same as it's been with with Devin Burleson at right tackle, Jesse Sosebee at right guard, Matt James at center, Henry Roberts at left guard and Andrew Kirkland at left tackle.
The defensive front seven was a mix and match group today, but for the most part things remained static with Elijah Qualls, Greg Gaines along the defensive line (with Jaylen Johnson coming in when the team wasn't in the nickel).
Azeem Victor (MIK), Keishawn Bierria (WIL), Psalm Wooching (SAM) and Joe Mathis (BUCK) were the linebackers and in the secondary the Huskies featured the typical group of Budda Baker and Jojo McIntosh at safety, Sidney Jones and Darren Gardenhire at corner with Kevin King added in when the team went to the nickel.
King was the big defensive player of the day, hauling in two interceptions of freshman Daniel Bridge-Gadd.
Gardenhire chipped in with a pick of Browning as well.
With the team in shoulder pads for the first time this spring, there was a bit more pop with the defensive guys letting the offensive players know they were there.
Things also got a little chippy between the offensive line and the front seven players with a few extra shoves and words shared throughout.
Washington will have a closed practice tomorrow and then take the field again on Monday.
Players Out/Limited: One thing worth keeping an eye on, until we find out differently, is the status of Isaiah Renfro who was not out at practice on Friday.
Brayden Lenius returned to action on Friday, but he was limited and did a lot of work with the trainers on the side.
Recruits In The House: Saw Emerald Ridge (Puyallup, Wa.) ATH Andrew Boston and Peninsula (Gig Harbor, Wa.) OT Cody Kanouse were both at practice today along with several players and the coaches from Archbishop Murphy.null