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Day 7: Troy Williams to John Ross highlights Huskies’ practice

Post by Christian Caple on Aug. 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm with No Comments »
August 10, 2014 1:16 pm

With another practice in the books, let’s get right to the news and notes …

— First, a note that the Huskies were just in shorts and helmets, so none of the team periods were live and there was obviously no tackling.

— There was good news for the Huskies on the personnel front: WR John Ross, who watched Saturday’s practice while wearing a walking boot, was out of the boot and a full participant in practice. And as the headline notes, he also was involved in the day’s best play.

TE Michael Hartvigson was no longer using a sling to support his right arm, though he was still limited. DBs Aaron Chapman and Brandon Lewis also remain sidelined.

LB Scott Lawyer, who had been wearing a yellow no-contact jersey, was a full participant for the first time. He worked with the No. 2 defense.

— The first 11-on-11 session was pretty straightforward — the No. 1 offense faced the No. 1 defense, the No. 2 offense faced the No. 2 defense, and the No. 3 offense faced the No. 3 defense.

Troy Williams worked at QB with the No. 1 offense, and took exactly three snaps. He threw a screen pass to RB Lavon Coleman that was dropped, then completed a pass near the right sideline to RB Dwayne Washington over OLB Hau’oli Kikaha — Washington went up and made a nice play to bring it down while also keeping his feet in bounds — and Williams then threw a 53-yard strike to WR John Ross for a touchdown over CB Marcus Peters. The throw seemed to prove two things — that Williams is starting to show some consistency with his deep ball, and that Ross’ injury is likely pretty minor.

Cyler Miles took the QB reps with the No. 2 offense. Unofficially, I had Miles at 4-for-8, with completions to Jesse Callier, DiAndre Campbell, and two to Darrell Daniels. But the drive stalled when he threw three consecutive incompletions — the first broken up by Kevin King, the second broken up by Naijiel Hale — with a false-start penalty mixed in.

Still, offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith said he likes what he’s seen from Miles since the first few days of practice.

“I think Cyler has a chance to really be good, and he’s been working hard,” Smith said. “First couple of days you could see he was really raw, but I think he’s really dialed in the last two or three.”

Jeff Lindquist took the snaps with the No. 3 offense, and was only on the field for two plays — the first was a short completion in the flat, and the second was a pass to Taelon Parson that was bobbled into the air and intercepted by freshman defensive end Jaylen Johnson.

Cameron Van Winkle followed with a 35-yard field goal to cap that practice period.

— The first-team offensive line featured LT Micah Hatchie, LG Dexter Charles, C Colin Tanigawa, RG James Atoe and RT Ben Riva, though Jake Eldrenkamp worked at LT with the first-team offense during the later 11-on-11 session.

— The first-team defense remained the same, with Andrew Hudson, Evan Hudson, Danny Shelton and Hau’oli Kikaha up front; Shaq Thompson, John Timu and Travis Feeney at linebacker, Marcus Peters and Jermaine Kelly at cornerback, and Trevor Walker and Brandon Beaver at the safety spots.

— The second-team offensive line, from left to right: Eldrenkamp, Siosifa Tufunga, Mike Criste, Ross Dolbec, Coleman Shelton.

— Freshmen DBs Hale and Budda Baker continue to work with the No. 2 defense, along with freshman DL Will Dissly. Dissly was joined on the second-team defensive line by Taniela Tupou, Elijah Qualls and Psalm Wooching (who plays the buck linebacker position). Lawyer stepped in at linebacker along with Cory Littleton and Keishawn Bierria. Hale and Travell Dixon were the cornerbacks, and Baker and King played safety.

— The third-team offensive line: Andrew Kirkland, Cory Fuavai, John Turner, Jesse Sosebee, Matt James.

— The third-team defense was somewhat fluid, but here’s what it looked like to start: Jaylen Johnson, Drew Schultz, Damion Turpin and Shane Bowman up front; Sean Constantine, Azeem Victor and Connor O’Brien at linebacker; Sidney Jones and Darren Gardenhire at corner, and Jojo McIntosh and Brian Clay at safety.

— During the next 11-on-11 period, Lindquist took snaps with the No. 1 offense on a series that started at the defense’s 16-yard line. A rush by Ross, a short completion to Ross and an incompletion set up 4th-and-short, which Callier converted on a carry up the middle. Lindquist then scrambled on the next play and got near the goal line, but it was unclear if it was ruled a touchdown. Guessing it was, since Miles took over after that.

Miles handed off to Coleman three times before throwing a pass that should have been intercepted by Bierria, but instead bounced off his hands as he flashed in front of a receiver near the goal line.

The next snap resulted in a fumbled exchange between Miles and Coleman, and Qualls fell on it for the defense’s second turnover of the day.

QB K.J. Carta-Samuels then took a few snaps, completing a pass to Derrick Brown before Deontae Cooper scored on about an 8-yard touchdown run.

— On the final 11-on-11 period to end practice, it was Miles who worked with the first-team offensive line, with Eldrenkamp stepping in at left tackle for Hatchie. Miles’ first pass was a nice throw to Campbell for a first down, and Miles again found Campbell for a fourth-down conversion after three carries by Washington.

Cooper carried three times before Miles completed a pass to Ross for a first down inside the 30-yard line, then Coleman carried three times — with an offsides penalty mixed in — before Miles threw incomplete on fourth down to end the series.

Williams took over with the No. 2 offense against the No. 2 defense inside the 20-yard line. Williams’ best play was a scramble that gave the offense a first down at about the 2-yard line, but the possession ended after Washington was stuffed at the line and Williams threw two incompletions.

Carta-Samuels came in with the No. 3 offense heading in the other direction, and put together a nice drive highlighted by tough completions to — and great catches by — freshmen Drew Sample and Brayden Lenius.

But after driving inside the 20-yard line, Carta-Samuels threw incomplete before being “sacked” by Wooching and then was again chased out of the pocket before throwing the ball away.

— Practice ended with Tristan Vizcaino and Mitch Johnson both connecting on 37-yard field goals, though Cameron Van Winkle missed his try from the same distance. Van Winkle did, however, hit from 42 and 35 yards earlier in practice.

— Ross, Kasen Williams, Jaydon Mickens and Marvin Hall worked at punt returner.

— The Huskies’ practice (a scrimmage, according to the original schedule) is closed tomorrow.

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

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