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UW Fall Camp - Day 9 Recap

Fall camp is winding down and Wednesday's practice was the final one open to the media as the Huskies will start their game week prep over the next couple of weeks as they get ready for Rutgers on September 3rd. Here's a recap of what we saw and some of the players that stood out during the two-hour plus practice...

Receiving Picks Up

The receivers had a good day, hauling in several tough catches over the course of the practice.

Sophomore Quinten Pounds had a couple of nice grabs and he consistently got open for the quarterbacks.

On one play, Pounds broke free from Darren Gardenhire as K.J. Carta-Samuels rolled out to his right. He did the same things when Jake Browning rolled right to escape the rush during a team session.

John Ross III showed off his blazing speed on one play where he was running stride for stride with Sidney Jones and then switched it into a higher gear to track down a pass from Browning down the sidelines for a long gainer.

Connor Griffin had some really nice grabs including a pass he hauled down on the sideline, going up high to haul it in and then dragging his feet for a 20-yard gain.

Ballhawks On The Prowl

Today was a day when interceptions really took center stage.

Walk-on freshman corner Myles Bryant had two picks including one he leaped and snatched out of the air from quarterback Tony Rodriguez to wide receiver Forrest Dunivin.

BUCK linebacker Benning Potoa'e made yet another diving interception, this one coming off of the hands of Drew Sample, eliciting cheers from his defensive teammates and coaches.

Junior safety Budda Baker undercut a route run by Chico McClatcher and picked off Browning taking it to the house.

The last interception of the day was a spectacular juggling catch made by freshman corner Isaiah Gilchrist who finally hauled it in while laying flat on the ground.

Baker Gets Offensive

In addition to his work on the defensive side of the ball, Baker also got some reps with the offense during 7v7 work.

On one play, Baker drove the defensive back covering him down the field and then came back to the quarterback and hauled in the pass on the sideline. 

His catch came on the sideline where all of the defensive backs were standing and each gave him a shot and also tried to strip the ball from him as he ran back to the huddle.

More Trouble Along The Offensive Line

The first team line handled their business most of the day although in 11v11 work as they were trying to get out from under the shadow of their own endzone, they weren't able to open much in the way of a hole for running back Myles Gaskin to get some yards.

The second team line, which comprised Andrew Kirkland and Devin Burleson at the tackles, Michael Kneip at center and Shane Brostek and Jesse Sosebee, struggled to keep the pass-rush at bay.

Tevis Bartlett got in for a quick sack while Joe Mathis and Elijah Qualls both combined for a sack as well.

Other Players Who Stood Out

LB Tevis Bartlett - Bartlett sure seems to be making a move for playing time at the SAM linebacker spot. Sure, Psalm Wooching is still running with the first team, but Bartlett could be pushing the senior for reps.

OL Matt James - James appears to have moved into right guard with the first team and he continues to look pretty good. James added size during the offseason and he's shown a tenaciousness and the ability to really stick with his blocks.

WR Connor Griffin - Griffin may wind up being that ideal redzone target the Huskies have been searching for since Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams left. The junior wideout is big, he's got soft hands and he made a couple of nice catches during today's practice.

RB Lavon Coleman - Coleman showed a nice burst even though he's a rock-solid 225 pounds. He also looks to have improved as a receiver out of the backfield.

WR Chico McClatcher - The second-year wideout was used in different ways during today's practice, even seeing some carries out of the backfield and when he puts his foot in the ground and accelerates, McClatcher just explodes.

DL Levi Onwuzurike - Most of us thought that Onwuzurike would play this season and that may still be the case, but he appears to be working at the three-technique position and he'll need to add a lot more size in order to do that. Onwuzurike struggled to disengage from Brostek on a couple of reps and generally was a non-factor in the practice.

CB Byron Murphy - Murphy looked outstanding vs. every receiver he faced. He is so smooth out of his backpedal and he can run with almost anyone on the team. He looks firmly entrenched with the second team in the secondary.

WR Aaron Fuller - Fuller continues to look like one of the best receivers in camp and most think he will definitely see playing time this fall. He runs crisp routes, he's savvy about finding the soft-spots in zone coverage and he showed great leaping ability, going up over Austin Joyner for a big catch during the .


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