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Spring Football - Day 4 Practice Wrap

The start of week two of Washington's spring football practices featured a fully padded two-hour workout on the east practice field...

The team seemed to be a bit energized with pads on and you could hear a few cracks of the pads which drew some "oohs and ahhs" from the players along the sidelines.

Offensively, the biggest plays of the day came when QB K.J. Carta-Samuels connected twice with wideout Andre Baccellia on long pass plays down the sidelines.

The first connection came down the west sideline as Carta-Samuels perfectly placed the ball over the outstretched hands of CB Byron Murphy.

The second was on the east sideline as Baccellia had gotten behind CB Myles Bryant.

With full pads, you definitely saw more of a focus on the running game and it was the first chance we had been able to see RB Sean McGrew as a true tailback.

It's a mixed bag with the redshirt freshman. You can see his skills and he appears to have pretty good vision, but you can also see him run into the pile and get stopped for a loss.

On a third-and-two during one 11-on-11 session, McGrew took a handoff and appeared to be heading just off left guard, he saw an opening to his left, he made a nice lateral step and then exploded for a five yard gain, giving the offense a fresh set of downs.

Not to be outdone, Daniel Bridge-Gadd escaped the pocket to his rightin 11-on-11 work. Keeping his eyes down the field, Bridge-Gadd found TE Drew Sample along the sideline for a nice gain.

The first and second offensive lines haven't changed since week one with Trey Adams (LT), Andrew Kirkland (LG), Coleman Shelton (C), Nick Harris (RG) and Kaleb McGary (RT) comprising the first group and Jared Hilbers (LT), Henry Roberts (LG), Matt James (C), Jesse Sosebee (RG) and Devin Burleson (RT) making up the second group.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Husky coaching staff was mixing and matching a lot.

Myles Rice was at the BUCK with the first unit and he made some plays off the edge while Tevis Bartlett handled duties at the SAM.

Playing inside next to Vita Vea was Shane Bowman as well as Jaylen Johnson.

Both had their moments although Johnson was more of the pass rusher while Bowman appeared to be more of the run-stopper.

In the secondary, we got our first extended look at Austin Joyner who was playing in the nickel and dime packages with the second unit.

Joyner was beaten several times by Jordan ChinAaron Fuller and Baccellia.

He did look good when he was asked to come up against the run.

The nickel spot was manned mostly by Taylor Rapp with the first group, but Isaiah GilchristKentrell Love and Bryant were all getting some reps with the ones there as well.

On the day, Bartlett intercepted a pass from Carta-Samuels that was intended for Chin and returned in 20 yards and he also forced a fumble by McGrew that was recovered by the defense as well.

The Huskies will take tomorrow off before returning to the field on Wednesday for their sixth spring practice.

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Out: There were some new additions to the "out"/"limited" list on Monday. In addition to DL Greg Gaines (shoulder); LB DJ Beavers (knee); LB Ben Burr-Kirven; LB Connor O'Brien (knee); and TE Michael Neal (leg); WR Nik Little; LB Benning Potoa'e; P Van Soderberg; WR K.J. Young, DB Brandon Lewis and OL Luke Wattenberg.

RB Lavon Coleman continues to be missing from practice as well.

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Visitors: 2017 signees Hunter Bryant and Ali Gaye were both in attendance while 2018 LB Jack Lamb was there as well.


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