It was a relatively nice day on the western shores of Lake Washington as the Huskies took the field for the final time this spring.
The typical group of players who had missed all or most of the spring were not dressed out, but in attendance -- Jared Pulu, Sean Constantine, Ben Burr-Kirven, Quinten Pounds, Brayden Lenius, Jason Scrempos, Austin Joyner and Brandon Beaver -- and they were joined by Coleman Shelton who had practiced on Wednesday.
A good sign was seeing Kaleb McGary doing position drills with the rest of the linemen although he did not take part in the full-team sessions.
As per usual, Washington broke up into position specific drills, but then they got to work with some one-on-one and seven-on-seven sessions.
The lines were mixed and matched on both sides of the ball and that gave the advantage, at least early on, to the defensive side.
Third-year defensive lineman Jaylen Johnson took advantage of the situation, coming up with five tackles, three sacks and three tackles-for-loss while basically wreaking havoc no matter who lined up in front of him.
Johnson also had a batted pass that almost became an interception for corner Sidney Jones, but the junior was unable to haul it in.
The top passer, at least from a statistical standpoint, on the day was K.J. Carta-Samuels who went 12 of 17 for 105 yards.
Rodriguez, who had been surging the past couple of weeks, wasn't as sharp as he'd been, completing just six of his 12 attempts for 75 yards and he was sacked twice on the day.
K Cameron Van Winkle had the big special teams highlight of the day hitting on his two attempts including a 51-yarder that elicited a huge cheer from the fans in the stands.
Overall Washington ran 59 "live" plays, more than we'd seen all month long, and head coach Chris Petersen said he was "happy with where we are, but not very happy".
The position coaches will take the next few days to meet with players and they will finalize their plans for the the month of May as they prepare to head out on the road for the Spring Evaluation period.
The players will have a few weeks off before they start their offseason workouts and doing seven-on-seven and conditioning work on their own.null