The Huskies near the halfway point of spring football with a lively two-hour workout

It was a good day for the offense as Washington neared the halfway point of their spring football practices...

The big news of the day was when sophomore OT Kaleb McGary went down with an injury to his left knee early on. He was seen at practice limping a bit, but head coach Chris Petersen said that the starting right tackle should be fine.

On the field, the offense was clicking much more than they had been with two big pass plays from Jake Browning to wideout John Ross III.

The first pass was in a full-team session where Browning dropped back and immediately saw that Ross had beaten Kevin King off the line by about half a step. Browning cranked and and launched the ball down the field over the outside shoulder and perfectly into the arms of Ross who caught the ball between King and safety Jojo McIntosh who had come over from the middle of the field.

Ross got both feet down and scored just getting the ball over as he was being knocked out of bounds by McIntosh.

The second big play came in 7-on-7 work with Ross matched up in man-to-man coverage with King.

Ross got a step on King and Browning again laid a perfect pass over Ross' outside shoulder. 

The junior wideout hauled in the pass and then out-raced King to the endzone, to the delighted cheers of his offensive teammates.

Back to the offensive line, when McGary went down, the Washington coaches, who already had Trey Adams limited (in a gold jersey today), decided to bring Jared Hilbers in at left tackle and slid second-team left tackle Andrew Kirkland all the way over the right side in place of McGary.

The good news is that senior OL Jake Eldrenkamp returned to full participation and was working at left guard with the first-team offensive line.

Junior safety Ezekiel Turner made his presence felt when he came up and belted sophomore wideout Chico McClatcher on a route, knocking him to the ground and separating the ball from him before he could haul it in.

Senior BUCK linebacker Joe Mathis got a "sack" on Browning and junior safety Budda Baker was his typical self, hauling in poorly thrown ball by Browning right before the ball hit the ground.

Walk-on CB De'Andre' Watson made a nice break on pass thrown by freshman QB Daniel Bridge-Gadd.

One player really starting to show some versatility is sophomore defensive lineman Shane Bowman

During Friday's practice, Bownman lined up at three positions -- strongside defensive end, weakside defensive end and also defensive tackle -- and he continues to show why the coaches will have a hard to keeping him off the field as long as he continues to play with the same intensity.

Players Missing/Out: Players who were limited during practice included Adams and Michael Kneip, both of whom were in pads but wearing yellow, non-contact jerseys.

Other players missing action, but out for practice included LB Ben Burr-Kirven, DB Brandon Beaver, DL Jared Pulu, DL John Clark, WR Brayden Lenius, WR Quinten Pounds and DL Jason Scrempos.

Husky head coach Chris Petersen addressed the issue of missing wideout Isaiah Renfro and said that the sophomore was dealing with a personal matter and he would not be returning for the rest of spring ball, but left open the possibility he could return for fall camp. He made clear this was not a disciplinary or injury-related matter.

Recruits On Hand: There were a handful of high school coaches on hand as well as a scout from the Calgary Stampeders, but the only recruits we were able to see were 2017 Eisenhower (Yakima, Wa.) OL Brian Greene and 2016 signee Jacob Kizer.


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