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A dozen to talk about through day two

First of all, it’s hard to really gauge anything when players aren’t in full pads, but that's where we are right now in Washington's spring football campaign. They are just running around, getting great work in, but it’s not line-em-up-and-let’s-see-who-wins football. 

So right away that eliminates both lines when trying to make sense of who is really taking the most advantage of their opportunities. Running around and punching bags is good for muscle memory, but it doesn’t really let you see what the big boys are capable of. 

But just through two days there’s plenty of other players to talk about. Here’s a dozen. 

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Daniel Bridge-Gadd

With Jake Browning out, DBG seems like the one quarterback that could make what Jeff Choate would call ‘splash’ plays. He’s got the legs no doubt, but his arm strength is also there and at least through two days has a decent read on the short and intermediate routes. 

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Myles Bryant

The walk-on corner is always feisty, always looking to compete. He may be listed at 5-foot-8, but the coaches like him at corner and at nickel. He’s gonna get beat a few times this spring, but it never seems to lessen his confidence. I’d be shocked if he didn’t play at least 11 games this year, because that’s the number he played last year.

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Sean Constantine

It’s great to see Sean back, and it’s disappointing he didn’t have a redshirt year available last year but he’s healthy again and already showing that he’s ready to compete and make plays. 

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Isaiah Gilchrist

Probably the biggest reason the redshirt frosh-to-be has stood out so far is because of his switch from corner to safety, but if the first two days are any indication he’ll be a natural. He’s been following Budda Baker’s footsteps since his Bellevue days, and now it’s time for Gilchrist to carve his own purple and gold legacy. 

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Ty Jones

The true freshman has lived up to all the early billing, showing good hands and the look of a player that is bound to get significant playing time his first year at Montlake. 

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Brayden Lenius

At 6-foot-5 and 234 pounds, Lenius is a receiver in the pro mold, just like you’d draw them up. As a taller receiver and red zone threat, he was missed last year, but if he can put his troubles behind him he’s going to get every opportunity to be a playmaker for the Huskies this fall. 

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Jordan Miller

Miller is expected to be the leader of the new crop of cornerbacks taking over for Sidney Jones and Budda Baker, and all indications are - so far, so good. He’s leading the group, getting his work in and practicing as you’d expect he would. 

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Byron Murphy

We all thought Murphy would play last year, but it was hard to justify it. After all, he would have had to beat out two potential first-round draft choices. The redshirt year has clearly had its intended effect, and right now he looks like the one to beat opposite Miller. 

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Dante Pettis

Through two practices, Pettis looks eager to show all the cornerbacks that he’s the unquestioned leader of the receivers now that John Ross is gone. He’s chatting up Jordan Miller, Byron Murphy, and any other defensive back he’s going up against. In short, he’s acting like he has a point to prove. 

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Azeem Victor

It’s great to see Azeem getting in as much work as he is. Truthfully I thought he would be more limited at the start of spring, but there he was Monday, going through everything full speed. It’s a positive development, as the UW defense definitely needs their emotional and physical leader back. 

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Paul Wells

Who? Exactly. Wells is a third-year sophomore walk-on running back, and chances are good you’ll probably not hear about him again the rest of the year. But in the Wednesday practice he was given some turns with Lavon Coleman out and was even getting some props by Chris Petersen for his effort. 

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K.J. Young 

He didn’t quite stand out as much Wednesday as he did Monday, but if the former Oklahoma transfer can keep grinding out these practices and keep improving under the tutelage of new WR Coach Matt Lubick, Young could be become another vital weapon in Jonathan Smith’s arsenal come the fall.

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