Young Linebackers Leave Their Mark
Three young linebackers showed up big time during the 11v11 heavy practice.
Brandon Wellington had the big play of the day, picking off QB Jake Browning in the endzone to end practice. It was the first interception by a linebacker since the start of camp according to linebacker's coach Bob Gregory.
Not to be outdone, fellow freshman Camilo Eifler also had a nice day, showing outstanding quickness and instincts as well as a physical side, delivering a solid lick to tailback Sean McGrew when he tried to take it up the middle.
One second-year player, Tevis Bartlett, also seems to be making a move for playing time at the strongside linebacker spot.
He had two sacks that were so quick K.J. Carta-Samuels had no chance to escape or even get the ball out.
Bartlett was also right on his assignment's in coverage and he delivered a wallop to Kamari Pleasant on a running play.
While it was a struggle to get the ball out before they were harassed the quarterbacks connected on a couple of big plays with receivers down the field.
The newest Husky, wideout K.J. Young, also had a solid day, hauling in three big grabs that gave the Huskies first downs. The third reception came late in one of the full team sessions and Washington a first and goal from the defense's five yard line, but time expired before the offense could "clock" it and the defense erupted in cheers when head coach Chris Petersen said the offense didn't stop the clock in time.
Offensive Line Mix-And-Match
The offensive line had a different look today as Matt James was taking snaps at right guard instead of Shane Brostek with the first team and he held his own, opening a couple of holes on the right side, along with Kaleb McGary, for tailback Myles Gaskin who had a couple of nice bursts during the 11v11 sessions.
Jesse Sosebee got some reps with the first team at left guard although most of his work was at right left guard with the second unit, Michael Kneip took snaps with the second team while Andrew Kirkland and Brostek handled duties on the right side with the second team as well.
Other Players Who Stood Out
LB Azeem Victor - Continues to set the tone for the defense and had a couple of plays that just wowed those in attendance.
CB Kevin King - There are several leaders in the secondary, but King is the most vocal. The senior called a meeting at the center of the field halfway through practice and got after his teammates, both offensive and defensive players, to give more effort and amp things up. For his part, King had a huge hit on Connor Griffin, drawing cheers from his teammates, but then drew a flag and Petersen's ire, in the form of being kicked out of the 11v11 session, for taking off his helmet on the field.
DL Jason Scrempos - Scrempos has really trimmed down and he looks fantastic out there running around. He made a couple of plays including getting in for a tackle-for-loss on McGrew.
LB Joe Mathis - Mathis had the first sack of the day, beating McGary who had set up too short on the edge. Mathis also held strong at the point-of-attack and made things very tough vs. the running game.
TE Darrell Daniels - You can stand out by making some mistakes too and that was where Daniels found himself after Monday's practice. Daniels dropped an easy catch trying to run before he brought the ball in and then a play later he almost came to punches with a couple of defensive backs on the far sideline. Not Daniels' best day.