Miller's two interceptions highlight another dominant practice for the Huskies' defense.
Notes and observations from Day 1 at Washington football fall camp:
Who: Veterans’ workout for the first practice in the morning on the east practice field adjacent to Husky Stadium; newcomers worked out in the afternoon.
Gear: Helmets, jerseys, shorts (no pads)
Weather: Light rain early but otherwise pleasant
— In the first team period, with the No. 2 offense against the No. 2 defense, OLB Jusstis Warren had a leaping interception off a K.J. Carta-Samuels pass. On the next play, CB Jordan Miller intercepted Carta-Samuels.
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— Miller later had the play of the day when he ripped the ball away from WR John Ross III during one-on-one coverage deep down the right sideline. Ross leaped and appeared to come down with the Jake Browning pass before Miller pulled it in for his second pick.
— CB Darren Gardenhire, who played more snaps than anyone on the UW roster last season (defense and special teams combined), had an interception of Browning during a 7-on-7 drill, one of the four turnovers for the offense.
— OLB Psalm Wooching had a couple touch sacks of Browning in the final team period. Wooching and Browning’s shadow appear to be one and the same.
— The first day of camp, as one would expect, featured mostly fundamental work — fumble-recovery drills for quarterbacks and linemen; ball handling drills for running backs and receivers; tackling bags for defenders. Come to think of it, those are all staples of every UW practice. You get the idea, though — it was more of a light workout for the first day.
— During the two extended 11-on-11 periods, the defense picked up where it left off in April, holding the offense out of the end zone, pressuring the quarterbacks and contesting just about every pass.
— First impression: This secondary is deeeeeeep. Miller, a second-year sophomore, continued to impress. He had the most interceptions of anyone in the spring … and then two more today … and yet, barring injury, he won’t get a chance to start until 2017 — at the earliest. And for all the young talent in the secondary (we haven’t even seen Byron Murphy or Isaiah Gilchrist and Kentrell Love yet, and Austin Joyner is working his way back from injury), let’s not forget veteran safeties Trevor Walker and Brandon Beaver, both of whom are coming back from knee injuries.
— In the afternoon practice for (mostly) newcomers, former Oklahoma wide receiver K.J. Young, added to the UW over the weekend, practiced for the first time with the rest of the Huskies’ newcomers/freshmen during their two-hour afternoon workout.
— Not a whole lot of noteworthy tidbits from the afternoon: Tony Rodriguez, competing for the No. 2 QB job, connected with WR Forrest Dunivin across the middle for what was probably the long offensive play of the game, a gain of some 30 yards. Daniel Bridge-Gadd spun away from pressure and ran for a nice gain on one play, and CB Myles Bryant had an interception of walk-on QB Blake Gregory, who otherwise showed a nice touch. A few video highlights below:
— The first-team offensive line looked the same as it did for most of the spring, with Trey Adams at LT, Jake Eldrenkamp at LG, Coleman Shelton at C, Shane Brostek at RG and Andrew Kirkland at RT. Kaleb McGary worked with the No. 2 line at RT.
— The first-team defense featured Elijah Qualls at DT, Greg Gaines at NT and Jaylen Johnson at DE. The linebackers: Joe Mathis, Azeem Victor, Keishawn Bierria and Psalm Wooching. The secondary: Kevin King, Budda Baker, Jojo McIntosh, Sidney Jones and Darren Gardenhire.
— Qualls said he’s up to 320 pounds now — he typically loses 10-15 pounds during camp — and has been working at playing all three positions on the D-line, the idea being that Qualls, Gaines and Vea can all play together in certain packages.
Roster: Here’s the most recently updated roster available from UW.
Next: Newcomers practice at 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. The veterans return to Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to practices on Wednesday (2:30 p.m.) and Saturday (2:30 p.m., with Picture Day starting around 4:30 p.m.).