Washington held its first practice of the season in new Husky Stadium. All reporters present were thrilled to see the press box now apparently attached to the roof by more than three rusty bolts and hope.
Some quick hits from practice:
> Kasen Williams said he twice apologized to teammates (there are two lifting groups in the summer) for being pulled over this summer after drinking.
“I made a mistake and I’m definitely learning from it,” Williams said. “Now, I’m just focusing on the season. We have a beautiful stadium and a chance to do some big things this year. I just want to focus on that. If anything, that’s helping me go harder in the offseason.”
> There’s been a shuffle on the offensive line. Micah Hatchie is no at right tackle and the Huskies have moved Ben Riva to left tackle. Left to right, the No. 1 offensive line was Riva, Dexter Charles, Mike Criste, James Atoe and Hatchie.
> First-team defensive line: Josh Shirley, Danny Shelton Evan Hudson, Andrew Hudson. Though, there was a lot of movement with that group. Connor Cree is in the mix. Hau’oli Jamora participated in drills, but was limited in team settings.
> The clear quarterback depth chart was Keith Price, Cyler Miles, Jeff Lindquist.
> The three freshmen receivers Washington is touting had varying days. Damore’ea Stringfellow is huge. He’s officially listed at 6-3, 225 and made a couple nice catches. John Ross showed good speed, as expected. Darrell Daniels had a couple welcome-to-college moments and was pushed around be DB Tre Watson.
> Steve Sarkisian said afterward he thought Price looked sharp.
> RB/WR Kendyl Taylor dropped several passes, both short and long, during the day.
> RB Deontae Cooper (knees) participated in all the drills without a knee brace. He was in one team session. Upbeat per usual afterward, he said he was looking forward to tomorrow.
> RB Jesse Callier had a knee brace on and didn’t have any carries during the team portions. “At the beginning of camp, we talked with the trainers and coaches how limited I’m going to be,” Callier said. “Progress every day, not try to get in there too fast. I feel like I got a lot of good reps in.”
> Dwayne Washington was the No. 2 back behind Bishop Sankey. Ryan McDaniel was behind him with freshman Lavon Coleman working with the 3s.
> Derrick Brown, wearing No. 18, is intriguing at H-Back. We saw him plow over defenders during gauntlet drills when he was with the quarterbacks. He and Psalm Wooching were involved offensively more than fullbacks were last season. At least for one day.