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Spring Football - Day 2 Practice Wrap

Due to the weather, Washington's second practice of the spring was held inside, but that didn't hurt the overall tone and effort on the field...

Husky redshirt freshman linebacker Camilo Eifler is an impressive looking player, but it was his efforts in an individual drill that really caught everyone's attention early on.

With linebackers coach Bob Gregory directing things, each player had to come up, use their hands to engage the sled they were using, and then rip and pursue the ball.

Eifler was the second-to-last player on the second time through the drill and he wound up breaking the sled, to the encouragement of his teammates who got a good chuckle out of it.

As a group, the linebackers were definitely very involved in things during the two-hour workout.

Azeem Victor showed why he's widely considered one of the top linebackers in the country, by reading two pass plays and arriving at the receiver at the same time the ball arrived. He broke up one of the passes and the other was completed, but it was stopped for a two-yard loss.

Both plays drew cheers from his defensive teammates.

Victor also figured into another play, but it came more from the fact that he didn't make the play. 

Reading QB K.J. Carta-Samuels' eyes, Victor dropped right into the passing lane and had the ball hit him right in the hands. Had he made the play, the senior linebacker would have been off to the races for a pick six, but instead, he was kicking himself for dropping the pass.

In the secondary, Myles Bryant, a walk-on sophomore, and redshirt freshman Byron Murphy both had solid days.

Bryant really locked up Dante Pettis in one rep while Murphy made several plays, the highlight coming when he made a diving tip of a pass intended for Jordan Chin.

Along the defensive line, because the players aren't in pads, it's really tough to tell how well they are playing, but Vita Vea really makes this difficult for the offensive line up front.

Levi Onwuzurike, a redshirt freshman, is a specimen. He still needs to add some size and his legs look like they can still get bigger and stronger, but he looks like he could be ready to push for reps this fall.

The big play of the day came when Carta-Samuels found Pettis down the middle of the field on a deep pass. CB Kentrell Love tipped the ball, but Pettis was still able to haul it in. As he ran toward the endzone, Isaiah Gilchrist stripped the ball and then returned it to midfield. Eventually, head coach Chris Petersen ruled it a turnover, drawing cheers from the defensive side and boos from the offensive side.

Daniel Bridge-Gadd rolled right after being flushed from the pocket and found freshman WR Ty Jones down the sidelines for a big gain.

For the second-straight practice, Jones showed why he was such a coveted player during the recruiting process.

Redshirt freshman RB Sean McGrew rebounded to have a solid practice. He showed a good burst and nice hands on a couple passes while demonstrating his outstanding quickness, putting one defender on skates before heading down the field for 10 more yards.

Worth noting is that walk-on wideout Paul Wells got several carries out of the backfield in the absence of Lavon Coleman who was nowhere to be seen on Wednesday.

Tony Rodriguez, who also was missing on Monday, was in attendance and took several reps with the first and second units.

TE David Ajamu and OT Trey Adams sealed off the left side of the line allowing RB Myles Gaskin to get free from the biggest run of the day. The hole they created was big enough for a semi to drive through.

Washington will take tomorrow off before returning to the field on Friday.

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Out: RB Lavon Coleman; LB Connor O'Brien (leg/knee); DL Greg Gaines (shoulder); LB DJ Beavers (knee); CB Brandon Lewis; TE Will Dissly (limited).

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Visitors: 2018 OL Marco Brewer from Corvallis (Or.) High School was therere as well as 2017 Eastside Catholic TE Hunter Bryant; former UW coach Chris Tormey, who is coaching with the BC Lions from the CFL was in town and had at least a couple of other coaches with him; WR John Ross III was there as well.


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