UW Fall Camp - Day 1 (Veterans)

Although the weather seemed more like early October, it was the first day of Washington's 2016 fall camp and there was a lot of activity to recount during the two-plus hour workout...

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Ballhawks On Defense

The defense had a great day, hauling in four interceptions on the day.

Both quarterbacks -- K.J. Carta-Samuels and Jake Browning -- threw two interceptions.

Carta-Samuels was picked off by Jordan Miller on a short pass to Brayden Lenius and the second-year corner came back a few reps later and stole a Jake Browning pass from wide receiver John Ross III.

On the pass intended for Ross, the junior wideout actually appeared to bring down the pass, but as he landed, Miller reached in and stole the ball and then took off running the other way.

Jusstis Warren grabbed a short pass from Carta-Samuels that was intended for tight end Will Dissly and corner Darren Gardenhire hauled in an underthrown pass by Browning on the sideline that was intended for Ross.

While he didn't come up with a pick, Trevor Walker had a great day, knocking down several passes, including a diving stab at a pass from Browning that was intended for Darrell Daniels.

Pressure Cooker

The defense consistently got pressure on both quarterbacks throughout practice.

Defensive tackle Elijah Qualls was almost unstoppable up front. He regularly got penetration, regardless who was across from him and he rushed from several different positions.

LB Joe Mathis got some early pressure on Carta-Samuels on one play, forcing him to step up right into the arms of Vita Vea.

On another play, Qualls got pressure off the edge and got a sack on Browning and two plays later, he forced Browning to move up and Psalm Wooching was able to get the touch sack before he could get the ball off.

Offensive Line Rotation

The number one offensive line today was Trey Adams at left tackle, Jake Eldrenkamp at left guard, Coleman Shelton at center, Shane Brostek at right guard and Andrew Kirkland at right tackle.

The second team offensive line consisted of Jared Hilbers at left tackle, Michael Kneip at left guard, Matt James at center, Jesse Sosebee at right guard and Kaleb McGary at right tackle.

It's hard to really read anything into who starts fall camp at a certain position, but it is interesting to see Kirkland in the spot that McGary had manned as a redshirt freshman last season.

Mixing And Matching

Qualls, Damion Turpin and Jaylen Johnson all got most of the reps with the first unit while Vea, Warren, Greg Gaines and Shane Bowman all got reps with the second team.

Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria both handled inside linebacker duties with the first team with Ben Burr-Kirven and Sean Constantine got work inside with the second team.

The outside 'backers included Connor O'BrienJake WambaughTevis Bartlett, Warren, Mathis and Wooching at different times.

Sidney Jones didn't take reps during the full-team work, so Gardenire and Kevin King were the two corners with the first team.

Budda Baker and Jojo McIntosh were the two starting safeties while Walker and Brandon Beaver were with the second team.

Down But Not Out

While the defense definitely won the day, evidenced by the offense running gassers at the end of practice, the offense still made some plays worth noting.

On a short pass from Browning to running back Myles Gaskin, the second-year tailback got into space and made Victor's legs buckle as he cut back against the grain.

The move drew ohs and ahs from his teammates and those in attendance.

Carta-Samuels actually had the pass of the day, hitting tight end Jeff Lindquist in between two defenders. 

The sophomore quarterback had to drop the ball over Sean Constantine and in front of McIntosh and it was placed perfectly for Lindquist to grab it in traffic.

Visitors In The House

2019 Graham (Wa.) Kapowsin QB Dylan Morris was on hand for today's workout while two coaches from Eastside Catholic, including head coach Jeremy Thielbahr, were also there.

The players who will take part in the second workout of the day, mostly the true freshmen, redshirt freshmen and a few select veterans, were also on hand to watch the vets take the field and get to work.

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