Twelve down, three spring practices to go for the Washington Huskies. They were outside again today at Husky Stadium. So were we. Here are notes and such.
— Your daily personnel update: WR John Ross was absent for the second consecutive practice with what coach Chris Petersen termed “the sniffles.” Must be quite the bout.
RB Jesse Callier also was absent, though he’s been held out of the last few practices due to injury. RB Dwayne Washington also remains sidelined by injury, as does DE Jarett Finau. OLs Micah Hatchie and Dexter Charles participated in some positional drills, as usual.
WR Kasen Williams continued to do some light running, and again had a helmet on and caught some passes during a drill.
S Brandon Beaver is still in a yellow, no-contact jersey.
— With Beaver and Kevin King both wearing yellow, Brian Clay and Trevor Walker were the “starting” safety combination during the first 11-on-11 period, with Marcus Peters and Jermaine Kelly at the corner spots, Shaq Thompson, John Timu and Travis Feeney at linebacker, and Andrew Hudson, Evan Hudson, Danny Shelton and Hau’oli Kikaha along the defensive line.
— The Huskies were in full pads, though the live 11-on-11 periods didn’t feature much actual tackling. The first was a short-yardage competition, with quarterbacks Troy Williams and Jeff Lindquist each taking one series. The offense moved the ball with relative ease — Lindquist connected with DiAndre Campbell for a long gain, Deontae Cooper had about a 14-yard run, then Lindquist hit Michael Hartvigson for another long gain before keeping the ball and picking up what probably would have been a pretty decent gain.
When Williams took over, he first kept the ball for what probably wouldn’t have been much of a pickup, completed a short pass to receiver David Garlington, handed the ball to Lavon Coleman for a short gain, then flipped the ball to Jaydon Mickens for a short gain.
The offense was declared the winner of the drill, and the defense had to run two gassers.
“We need to learn to compete at a consistent high level all the time, and today wasn’t what we needed,” Petersen said. “Put them in a hard situation, short-yardage situation, offense really had their way with it. Now, that’s kind of what happens. Offense gets challenged a little bit, they come back and they did a really nice job. I think we’re better than that on defense.”
UW ran another 30-or-so plays during 11-on-11 periods, though they didn’t involve full tackling. Shaq Thompson had four carries, by my count. None of them went 74 yards.
— Today’s strength-and-conditioning competition was a wheel-barrow race between offensive and defensive players. One player had to wheelbarrow the other player down the field, then the wheelbarrowing player had to give his partner a piggyback ride to the other side. It was a relay consisting of four pairs each from the offense and defense. The defense was staked to a solid lead by Danny Shelton and Elijah Qualls, and eventually emerged victorious after Travell Dixon and Trevor Walker finished it off.
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