Washington continued their work this spring with their 11th practice and there were some big plays on offense and on the defense with different players stepping up on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, Washington got another nice day out of junior quarterback Tony Rodriguez who hooked up with John Ross III on a pretty 30-yard touchdown pass, dropping the ball in just out of the reach of Darren Gardenhire.
For his part, Little had probably his best practice, hauling in several passes including the final touchdown of the day, a seven-yard touchdown from a scrambling Jake Browning.
Up front, there were some protection issues during Friday's practice with consistent pressure coming from each set of defensive linemen during full team work.
On one play, junior defensive tackle Elijah Qualls occupied two blockers and held strong in the middle of the line while first-team BUCK Joe Mathis beat Trey Adams and got pressure. Browning was unable to step up and that allowed Mathis to get the touch sack.
A player we haven't seen much of in full team work is cornerback Sidney Jones, but he did get some work today, batting away a pass from Browning to Little.
Sophomore corner Jordan Miller also added another pick, hauling in an errant pass from Rodriguez.
A large portion of Washington's practice was devoted to installation and special teams work as the coaches continue to stress fundamentals, proper angles and making sure the team is as precise as possible, no matter what they are being asked to do.
Players Out/Limited: The normal group continued to work off to the side -- Quinten Pounds, Kaleb McGary, Jared Pulu, Austin Joyner, Ben Burr-Kirven, Brayden Lenius, Brandon Beaver and Jason Scrempos -- while Keishawn Bierria had his right leg worked on by trainers and missed most of the practice.
In Bierria's absence, D.J. Beavers got most of the work with the first team at the WIL linebacker spot.
Coaches Clinic: A handful of prep and CFL coaches were on campus for Friday's practice. All of them are in town and on campus for the start of the Husky Coaches Clinic later tonight and there is expected to be close to 200 coaches on campus for the two day event.
Recruits and Former Players/Coaches at practice: Former UW coach Chris Tormey, who is coaching for the BC Lions of the CFL, was there along with Hugh Millen, Tani Tupou, Micah Hatchie and Mike Criste.
The only big-name recruit that we saw during Friday's practice was Addison Gumbs from Stellar Prep in Hayward, California, a four-star linebacker, but there are many more expected over the next couple of days (today's Dawgman Recruiting Blog has a list of the players expected over the weekend and on Monday).null