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Notes and observations from UW’s second practice of spring

Post by Christian Caple on March 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm with No Comments »
March 6, 2014 1:50 pm

Washington practiced for a little more than two hours inside the Dempsey Indoor facility again this morning. Here are some notes and observations …

— First, a personnel update. The list of players who were either out or limited now includes WR Kasen Williams, RB Ryan McDaniel, WR Taelon Parson, LB Scott Lawyer, DE CoryLittleton, OL Micah Hatchie, OL Dexter Charles, S Kevin King and DE Jarrett Finau. WR Marvin Hall also rode some stationary bike after he appeared to tweak his ankle on Tuesday, but he also participated in practice and seemed to move fine. WR Kendyl Taylor and LB Connor O’Brien each left practice with leg injuries (hamstrings).

Additionally, sophomore defensive lineman Marcus Farria was not at practice. No reason was given for his absence.

Running back Jesse Callier practiced after missing Tuesday’s session while handling an academic issue.

— As mentioned earlier, Shaq Thompson took a few handoffs during a running back drill, and John Ross did some work with the defensive backs during individual drills. Both were mentioned by Chris Petersen on Monday as potential two-way players.

— The “first-team” offensive line remained the same as Tuesday, from left to right: Jake Eldrenkamp, Colin Tanigawa, Mike Criste, James Atoe and Ben Riva.

— The “first-team” defense looked essentially the same as Tuesday, except Josh Shirley took quite a few more reps at defensive end instead of Hau’oli Kikaha, who worked mostly with what appeared to be the “second team.”

— It was a better day for quarterbacks Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams, both of whom struggled a bit on Tuesday. Lindquist had a couple of impressive deep throws. The first was on a roll to his right when he unloaded a long pass down the right sideline that Darrell Daniels caught for a touchdown. The second was on a roll to the left, which Lindquist followed by throwing a deep, accurate pass that John Ross hauled in (and would have taken for a touchdown had it been totally live).

Williams also took a deep shot for Ross that Travell Dixon broke up with a nice diving attempt. Both quarterbacks again spent quite a bit of time working on a very deliberate drop-back drill under the watchful eyes of offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith. Footwork has been emphasized quite a bit during the first two practices.

— Today’s off-the-wall conditioning competition involved an offensive and defensive player each pushing a weighted sled 30 yards as quickly as they could. When each player reached the finish line, another player stepped in and pushed the sled 30 yards back in the other direction (think two-man teams of two offensive players vs. two defensive players).

First, DL Andrew Hudson and DL Evan Hudson went against OL Colin Tanigawa and OL Mike Criste. The defensive players won that round.

Next, a defensive player whose identity couldn’t be determined — we’re contained in one corner of Dempsey and our vision is blocked at times — teamed with LB Shaq Thompson against TE Michael Hartvigson and RB Deontae Cooper. The offense won that round, with Cooper finishing particularly strong.

The final round featured DL Taniela Tupou and LB Brian Clay against an unidentifiable offensive player and WR Jaydon Mickens. Clay cruised to an easy victory for the defense as Mickens struggled to the finish line. John Ross and Derrick Brown stepped in to help him out. The offense ran sideline-to-sideline afterward as punishment for their defeat, much to the joy of the defense.

— The defense, though, wound up running lines at the end of practice, presumably because it didn’t force any turnovers during 11-on-11 periods.

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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