Washington Athletics

Spring Football - Day 12 Practice Wrap

Washington held their 12th practice of the spring under partly cloudy skies and it was a practice that featured a lot of install and special teams work...

Practice was in shells and shorts, so there wasn't a lot of hitting, but the Huskies did focus a lot on fundamentals as well as special teams work.

There were only two 11v11 sessions, so there wasn't a lot of "live" work, but Jake Browning got more work than we've seen as he got almost every snap with the first unit when they were on the field.

Browning looks at ease in his role as the leader of the team.

He made one read where he looked to one side of the field and then came back to the other, before finally finding Drew Sample open in the middle of the field for a first down.

While Browning's reps were notable, the big performer, at least offensively, on the day was wideout Brayden Lenius who was all over the place making grabs with both the first and second units.

Lenius got a lot of work with the first team and he had at least two clutch catches for first downs as the first team was driving down the field.

The fourth-year junior also had a nice grab in traffic, between Isaiah Gilchrist and Ben Burr-Kirven, for another nice gain.

The pass of the day came when Daniel Bridge-Gadd spotted wideout Jordan Chin streaking down the sidelines after he'd beaten Gilchrist off the line. Bridge-Gadd put the ball right on the money, but Chin was unable to haul it in as he appeared to get "alligator arms" when he saw Kentrell Love coming over from his safety spot.

As has been the case for the past three weeks, the first unit offensive line of Trey Adams (LT), Andrew Kirkland (LG), Coleman Shelton (C), Nick Harris (RG) and Kaleb McGary (RT) remained the same, but the second group had a bit of a revolving door throughout the day.

The first time the second team offensive line took the field it had Devin Burleson and Jared Hilbers at the tackle spots with Matt James at center and Jesse Sosebee at right guard with Luke Wattenberg, who'd missed most of the past week with an undisclosed injury, but when they took the field later on, Henry Roberts was the player at left guard.

When the defense took the field, Shane Bowman and Jared Pulu were the two interior players, but Vita Vea and Jaylen Johnson also got a lot of reps with the first group.

Vea, Tevis Bartlett and Myles Rice all got touch sacks on the day.

The secondary seems to be firming up a bit. 

Jordan Miller and Byron Murphy both seem to have solidified their positions at corner with Taylor Rapp and JoJo McIntosh both playing safety, but for the second week in a row, Myles Bryant was handling nickel back duties and getting a lot of work over the slot.

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Out: LB Kyler Manu and WR Chico McClatcher were both doing work on the side with the trainers, apparently nursing injuries they sustained last week. In addition to those two players, the regular group of OL John Turner; 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.

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Visitors: 2018 Servite (Anaheim, Ca.) S Julius Irvin was on hand for practice as well as 2017 signee Hunter Bryant. In addition to those two recruits, former Husky QBs Brock and Luke Huard were there as well as former wideout DiAndre Campbell and safety Budda Baker.


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