Just filed our story for tomorrow’s newspaper and finally have some time to pass along today’s practice report. Here we go.
— This is your daily public service announcement to remind that we’ve been asked not to report injuries, player limitations or absences from practice. So, keep that in mind if certain personnel seem funky.
— As has been the case throughout camp, QBs Troy Williams, Cyler Miles and Jeff Lindquist took turns working with the No. 1 offense. Williams was involved in the play of the day, though WR Jaydon Mickens used his speed to turn it into a touchdown. Williams threw a short pass to Mickens over the middle before Mickens sprinted his way for a 30-or-so-yard touchdown. Mickens also caught a short touchdown pass in the red zone. It was a solid day for him.
Speaking of Williams, he seems to be making smarter decisions in terms of not trying to squeeze passes in to receivers who are covered. On one play, Williams faked a handoff before looking downfield, where his first option was a deep route that was obviously double-covered. Instead of throwing it deep — something he’s done in an ill-advised fashion a time or two this camp — Williams looked underneath and settled for a short completion to one of his secondary options.
— The defense came up with a pair of interceptions, each of them off Miles. The first was picked off by linebacker Keishawn Bierria, who worked again with the No. 1 defense. And the second was snagged easily by safety Kevin King, working with the second-team defense, on a poorly-thrown ball that had no chance of being completed.
— Coleman Shelton continued to work at right tackle with the first-team offense. Colin Tanigawa took most of the snaps at center with that first group, though Mike Criste also got some work with the No. 1 offensive line later in the day.
— It seemed only a matter of time before freshman safety Budda Baker got on the field with the first-team defense. Baker took a few snaps with the No. 1 group as a nickel back — subbing in for Bierria — toward the end of the final 11-on-11 session. Freshmen Naijiel Hale (cornerback) and Shane Bowman (defensive line) got some reps with the No. 2 defense.
— The second-team offensive line typically included, from left to right: Jake Eldrenkamp, Siosifa Tufunga, Dane Crane, Ross Dolbec and Andrew Kirkland.
— DL Taniela Tupou had what would have/should have been a sack of Williams — he got two hands on him and would have hit him pretty hard had it been live — but Williams continued the play and ended up completing a long touchdown pass to Marvin Hall.
— This was the second of three practices open to the public, with a Photo Day event held afterward. Looked like maybe 1,000 or so people attended.
— The Huskies are off on Thursday, and will hold a completely closed, off-campus practice on Friday before holding a public scrimmage at 3 p.m. on Saturday. That scrimmage will be the final practice open to media until spring, aside from a 20-minute window each Monday throughout the season. But reports will not be allowed from those 20-minute sessions. So, we say all that to say that Saturday will be the final practice report of the season.
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