Senior end Damion Turpin leads the way for another strong day for UW's defense.
Notes and observations from Day 3 at Washington football fall camp:
Who: First full-squad workout for practice No. 3 Wednesday afternoon at Husky Stadium.
Gear: First day in shoulder pads
Weather: Partly sunny
— For the third day in a row, the defense pitched a shutout team the 11-on-11 team drills. The offense cut down on its turnovers compared to the first two days — one lost fumble and no interceptions, by my count — but it has yet to get in the end zone in the first three days of camp. To be fair, this early in camp defenses typically are ahead of the offense, and in this case the Huskies have been installing some new offensive plays — while the defense hasn’t missed a beat from last fall.
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— Chris Petersen, of course, wants to see the offense gain some momentum (and score some points), but hardly seemed panicked after just three days. “We’re making strides,” he said of the offense, “and when it’s all said and done I think we’ll be OK.”
— On the second play of the final team period, Myles Gaskin had a 20-yard run that got the offense’s sideline fired up. It was, however, the only really notable highlight of the 26 plays in that 2-minute drill.
— More often than not, the offense was pushed backward, with senior DE Damion Turpin and sophomore DT Vita Vea getting in the backfield on several occasions. On third-and-12, DE Jaylen Johnson and LB Connor O’Brien (the defense was substituting quite a bit) combined on a touch sack of Jake Browning to end the first series for the No. 1 offense.
— Vea, Shane Bowman, DJ Beavers and Amandre Williams (jail break!) were all in the backfield as part of a sack of Tony Rodriguez to end the next series for the No. 2 offense.
— Rodrigez and K.J. Carta-Samuels have been splitting reps with the No. 2 and No. 3 offense. Carta-Samuels did well to scramble away from pressure on one play, but Nike Little couldn’t haul in the pass on right sideline (Taylor Rapp had tight coverage).
— The offense was able to get one sustained drive on the final series of the day but needed two defensive penalties (a pass interference on Kevin King on fourth down, and a personal foul on Jordan Miller when he got tangled up with Darrell Daniels) to do so.
— Browning had one throw into the end zone from the 24-yard line, but his pass for an open Chico McClatcher was long. His next pass was batted down at the line (couldn’t see by whom), and safeties Brandon Beaver and Trevor Walker ended practice by combing to break up a pass across the middle intended for Aaron Fuller.
— Nothing’s changed with the depth chart. The first-team O-line featured (from left) Trey Adams, Jake Eldrenkamp, Coleman Shelton, Shane Brosket and Andrew Kirkland, with TE Drew Sample working often with the ones. The second-team line (from left): Jared Hilbers, Michael Kneip, Matt James, Jesse Sosebee, Kaleb McGary.
— This was the first of two practices open to the general public, and a couple hundred fans showed up to watch the 2-hour, 20-minute workout. Saturday’s practice in Husky Stadium (at 2:30 p.m.) is also open. (UW has also invited season-ticket holders to a scrimmage on Aug. 19.)
Next: Another full-squad practice at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.