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Spring Football - Day 5 Practice Wrap

Both sides of the ball made big plays on day five of Washington's spring football practices. Here's an update on what happened and who stood out...

Last week, during a downpour, the Huskies headed into the relatively comfortable confines of the Dempsey Indoor Facility, but seven days later, in a steady rain, the team took the field and went through a two-hour workout.

Early on, the offense did their best to take care of the ball. No balls hit the ground in a 9-on-7 drill where the team focused on the running game.

One of the standouts during the drill was sophomore OL Henry Roberts. The former Bellevue Wolverine pancaked one player on one rep and then he got to the second level and took out a linebacker which opened a hole for RB Sean McGrew.

Another offensive lineman, Jesse Sosebee, also got after it with a couple of defensive guys, getting into a verbal altercation with Azeem Victor and a shoving match with defensive lineman Jason Scrempos.

Ricky McCoy flashed in the same drill, taking on the block of Matt James before bringing down McGrew for a short gain.

The big play of the day came in 11-on-11 work when QB Tony Rodriguez found freshman wideout Ty Jones down the sidelines for a long gainer, about 60 yards, as CB Kentrell Love gave chase.

As far as big plays on the defensive side of the ball, all of those seemed to come in the later stages with interceptions by Victor and Jomon Dotson, the latter coming in a battle for the ball with Jones, and two fumbles that brought cheers from the defensive sideline.

Also worth noting was that QB Jake Browning took his first snaps in 11-on-11 work. Now, we should also point out that he didn't drop and throw the ball, but this is a noted step in the right direction for the leader of Washington's offense.

"Every day we’re holding him back," head coach Chris Petersen noted after practice. "Every day he’s like, ‘I can throw more, I’d like to throw more.’

"That’s how you want them, but it’s not difficult, because Jake understands the big picture. You’d much rather be pulling guys back than pushing them, ‘let’s go.’ And we’re always trying to hold him back. Part of the problem was I think because he’s thrown so many balls, that kind of perpetuated the injury a little bit itself. So we’ve got to learn, all of us, with Jake, moderation. Work our tail off, but we’ve got to balance throws and workouts and all those things."

Washington will take Thursday offer before hitting the field again on Friday and Saturday. Both of those practices, however, will be closed to the media.

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Out: DL Greg Gaines; LB Benning Potoa'e; WR K.J. Young; P Van Soderberg; LB DJ Beavers, CB Brandon Lewis; LB Connor O'Brien; OL Luke Wattenberg; LB Ben Burr-Kirven; TE Michael Neal and WR Nik Little.

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Visitors: 2018 Fife OL/DL M.J. Ale was there with his family. 2017 UW signees TE Hunter Bryant, RB Salvon Ahmed and DL Ali Gaye were also there watching things. Former Husky QB Jake Locker was there with his son as well.


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