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Notes, observations and some very unofficial statistics from the Huskies scrimmage

Post by Christian Caple on Aug. 16, 2014 at 6:32 pm with 1 Comment »
August 16, 2014 6:32 pm

The Huskies scrimmaged for about 120-130 plays, give or take, on Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium. UW didn’t distribute “official” statistics, so keep in mind that the numbers you see are very, very unofficial, as our vantage point doesn’t necessarily lend itself to perfectly accurate scorekeeping.

With that said, here we go …

— It was a pretty solid day for Cyler Miles, who, by my count, completed 10-of-16 passes for 139 yards without turning the ball over. Miles’ best throw was a 26-yard completion to Jaydon Mickens, who caught the ball just over his shoulder to give the offense a first-down at the 9-yard line.

The drive stalled after that, as Miles threw an incompletion, John Ross took a handoff six yards to the 3, and Lavon Coleman was stuffed on third down before Miles threw incomplete on fourth down.

Miles later had a strong throw up the right sideline to tight end Darrell Daniels, who caught it for a 31-yard gain that set the offense up with a first-and-goal at the 5. But again, Miles couldn’t command the offense into the end zone, as he carried for one yard, Jesse Callier lost about two yards on a carry and Miles threw incomplete to Mickens on the left side of the end zone. Cameron Van Winkle capped that drive by knocking in a 24-yard field goal.

Jeff Lindquist also fared pretty well, completing — again, unofficially — 7-of-14 passes for 87 yards, with a couple of tough drops mixed in. Late in the scrimmage, Lindquist took over for Miles behind the second-team offensive line and helped lead a 14-play, 72-yard touchdown drive that ended when Callier scored on a 5-yard rush. The best play of that drive might have been Lindquist’s 12-yard screen pass to Callier to pick up a 3rd-and-10 from the offense’s 38-yard line.

Lindquist also was the quarterback of the offense’s first scoring drive, which covered 65 yards in four plays. The first was an incompletion on a long pass Lindquist threw to freshman Dante Pettis, who had the ball bounce off his hands as cornerback Jermaine Kelly flashed past him. Lindquist’s next pass was a 16-yard completion to tight end David Ajamu, followed by a 27-yard strike to Marvin Hall, then a 22-yard touchdown run by Dwayne Washington.

Troy Williams struggled a bit. I have him somewhere around 7-of-14 passing for 33 yards, and he was dinged with an intentional grounding penalty and also threw the day’s only interception, a pass over the middle that was snagged by linebacker Sean Constantine. Williams was also sacked twice, by redshirt freshman Elijah Qualls and freshman Will Dissly.

Constantine’s interception came one play after maybe the highlight of Williams’ day, which was an 8-yard completion to Mickens on 4th-and-6. Mickens had to fight for it, catching the pass well behind the sticks before churning through a couple of tacklers and dragging his way past the first-down marker.

K.J. Carta-Samuels took some reps with the No. 3 offense, and I had him with four completions in 12 attempts. But he did quarterback the third-team offense to a touchdown on the final possession of the scrimmage, after freshman running back Jomon Dotson carried six consecutive times before scoring on a 4-yard run. He had an impressive 14-yard carry to set that play up.

— In terms of pure repetitions and who took which snaps with which units, there was again no pattern that would suggest one quarterback has an edge over the others. Coach Chris Petersen and offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith both said afterward that they expect picking a starter some time in the next 12 days will be a difficult decision.

— Same can be said for the running backs. Each had their moments on Saturday, and they combined for a pretty strong attack. Lavon Coleman carried only three times, though one of those — his first — netted 20 yards. I had Washington for eight carries and 59 yards (including the touchdown, plus another 18-yarder), Callier for 36 yards on 10 carries, Deontae Cooper for nine carries and 58 yards (including gains of 15 and 12) and walk-on Gavin McDaniel with six carries for 26 yards, including a couple he kept alive with some tough running. I had Dotson with seven carries for 31 yards, and Ralph Kinne for five carries for 13 yards.

LB Azeem Victor might have stood out more than any other defensive player. On one series with the third-team defense against the third-team offense, he put a big hit on McDaniel to stop a run after just one yard, then dropped McDaniel in the backfield three plays later, and on the next play he broke up a Carta-Samuels pass that he probably should have intercepted. Linebackers coach Bob Gregory said afterward that he thinks Victor has been playing more aggressively lately. He certainly did on Saturday.

— The first-team offensive line featured, from left to right: Micah Hatchie, Dexter Charles, Colin Tanigawa, James Atoe and Ben Riva. The first-team defense remained similar to what we’ve seen throughout camp, though the defensive line shuffled personnel around — Taniela Tupou, Joe Mathis and Jarrett Finau each started the first possession with the first-team defensive line. And there was also some pretty liberal substitution among the secondary. On a couple of plays, cornerbacks Travell Dixon, Naijiel Hale and Marcus Peters were each on the field together. Budda Baker got some more reps with the No. 1 defense as a nickel back. Keishawn Bierria again worked at linebacker with the first-team defense.

— The second-team offensive line at times featured Jake Eldrenkamp, Siosifa Tufunga, Mike Criste, Shane Brostek and Ross Dolbec, though Coleman Shelton also took some snaps at right tackle. The third-team offensive line, at times, featured Andrew Kirkland, Cory Fuavai, Dane Crane, Jesse Sosebee and Matt James.

Korey Durkee had a strong day punting the ball, as he boomed one about 70 yards that rolled into the end zone but likely would have been downed inside the 5-yard line if the cover team had been involved in the drill.

— Likewise, Van Winkle seemed to hit the ball pretty well on each of his field-goal attempts, missing just one (from 42 yards) from what I could tell. There was one drill where Van Winkle and Tristan Vizcaino each attempted a handful of kicks in somewhat rapid-fire fashion, with the entire field-goal team moving forward, backward and to either side of the hashmarks. I didn’t see Van Winkle miss during that period, making each of his attempts between 28 and 42 yards. Vizcaino missed his longer kicks but was pretty accurate on the intermediate tries.

— Mickens and Hall had first crack at punt return. John Ross and Budda Baker each returned kickoffs early.

— Washington may have had the best block of the day, leveling freshman defensive end Jaylen Johnson on an 18-yard completion from Miles to Mickens.

— The Huskies are off on Sunday, and return to practice on Monday. Each session for the rest of the season will be closed, so this will be your final true practice report until spring.

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

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  1. Good stuff. Thanks for the premium content!

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