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Spring Football - Day 9 Practice Wrap

Lots of rain greeted the Huskies on day nine of fall camp, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the players and coaches as they spent the first hour of practice in the comfortable confines of the Dempsey Indoor Facility before spending the final hour out on the Husky Stadium turf...

With a lot of early work indoors, the Huskies spent a lot of time working on special teams and installing both the offense and defense.

We got to see redshirt sophomore Joel Whitford punt and you can see why they went out and got him. He's great at angling kicks to either side of the field and his ball is very difficult to read and catch.

Dante Pettis did a good job of either letting the ball bounce and calling off the blockers or catching it on the fly, but he definitely was tested.

Race Porter also boomed one which was downed by the coverage team after it rolled around for a 50-yard punt.

In early 11v11 work, Vita Vea made his presence felt when he pushed center Coleman Shelton about five yards into the backfield, making RB Myles Gaskin bow to the outside which allowed he rest of the defense to flow and stop him for a two-yard loss.

LB Keishawn Bierria beat OT Kaleb McGary off the edge and knocked the ball out of QB K.J. Carta-Samuels' hands for a "sack".

Byron Murphy and Jomon Dotson each had interceptions off of tipped passes once the team headed outside.

WR Brayden Lenius had one of his most productive days, making some nice grabs for first downs.

On one play, Lenius beat LB Tevis Bartlett and S JoJo McIntosh and hauled in a pass of close to 15 yards for a first down and then a couple of plays later, he ran a crisp route, getting separation out of his break for a first down on 3rd-and-5.

One observation was that Sean McGrew seems to be getting more comfortable in the offense and in his role. 

He's making decisive cuts, running hard and using good vision. As running backs coach Keith Bhonapha said on Monday, they brought McGrew in to play as a true tailback, so that is where they expect him to get all or most of his reps.

The first team offensive line was the same as it's been for all of camp, but the second unit saw a switch at guard.

Henry Roberts had been handling left guard duties with the second team offensive line, but today, Jesse Sosebee made the move from the right to the left side and walk-on A.J. Kneip filled in at right guard.

In the secondary, Murphy and Jordan Miller seem to have solidified themselves as the top two corners, but there has been a rotation at the nickel corner spot all throughout the spring. Today, walk-on Myles Bryant was handling things at the position and he did a good job of locking things down.

Taylor Rapp was rotating up closer to the line today while McIntosh was playing more of the free safety spot.

The Huskies will take Thursday off and then return to the field on Friday and Saturday (both closed to the media) to finish out the week.

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Out: OL John Turner was the only change to this list. He had been running with the third team most of camp, but today he was on the sidelines watching. In addition to him, the regular group of DL Greg Gaines; WR K.J. Young; P Van Soderberg; LB DJ Beavers, CB Brandon Lewis; LB Connor O'Brien; LB Ben Burr-Kirven; TE Michael Neal and WR Nik Little were all on the sidelines with various injuries.

Benning Potoa'e was in a yellow "no contact" jersey for the second-straight practice, but he did take part in most of the team and position drills.

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Visitors: 2018 Bothell (Wa.) QB Jacob Sirmon and 2018 Mission Viejo (Ca.) WR Austin Osborne were both in attendance while former Husky defensive line coach Randy Hart was also watching as well.


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