Freshman Jake Browning practices with veterans, and Jeff Lindquist shows off an improved touch.
Who: About 50 players, mostly veterans, for the second two-hour practice of fall camp (the rest of the team practices at 4 p.m. this afternoon)
Where: Husky Stadium
Gear: Jerseys and shorts only; no pads.
Quarterback quick reads:
— For the second day in a row, junior Jeff Lindquist was errant early, missing on his first handful of throws, but he bounced back late. In the final 11-on-11 period, a two-minute drill, he showed off an improved touch — an emphasis for him in the spring — with a beautifully placed throw to TE Darrell Daniels on a “flag” route, the best pass we’ve seen so far in the first day and a half of camp. Daniels hauled in the pass near the right sideline and finished off the 50-yard touchdown, setting off a celebration for the offense. During an earlier passing drill, Lindquist hit WR Marvin Hall and WR Chico McClatcher for long gains.
— Freshman Jake Browning was working with the veterans in the morning, after practicing with most of the newcomers Saturday afternoon. (He switched with K.J. Carta-Samuels; starting Monday, the full squad will practice together in the morning.) Browning took the first snaps with the first-team offense during the first team period, although I wouldn’t read anything into that. Browning was sharp in a 1-on-1 passing drill, throwing one pass perfectly high to the left sideline for 6-5 WR Brayden Lenius, who leaped and reached over CB Kevin King to haul it in and get one foot in bounds. Browning did throw the only interception of the day during a 7-on-7 drill when King made a nice play to shield off Hall on a fade route.
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— In the afternoon practice, redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels capped the day’s final drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to walk-on TE Connor Griffin, the former Gonzaga basketball walk-on. KJCS started the drive from his own 20 by hauling in an errant snap with his right hand, then throwing off balance to walk-on WR Drew Before for a 36-yard gain. KJCS missed an open WR Max Richmond on the next play, but came back with a well-thrown pass to TE Drew Sample for a 31-yard gain on third down, setting up his winning TD throw.
— The offense, with only one turnover, “won” the day for the second day in a row, meaning the defense had to run gassers again afterward. It doesn’t look like the defense is mostly running “base” stuff this early in camp — very few blitzes, for example — which gives the offense a bit of an advantage. Offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith said the offense has less than 50 percent of its playbook implemented so far.
— FS Budda Baker, reportedly sick, suited up but did not participate in practice.
— RB Dwayne Washington was the last player to leave the field after practice. He spent extra time with his position coach, Keith Bhonapha, working on passing routes. Washington, like the rest of his teammates, then spent 10 minutes in an ice bath before he slowly walking back up the tunnel toward the locker room. (Washington, a bit camera shy it seems, again declined media interviews.)
— MLB Azeem Victor dropped an easy interception on a Lindquist pass during a 7-on-7 drill. Victor immediately dropped to the ground and started doing push-ups.
— True freshman OLB Tevis Bartlett practiced with the vets again and he’s been getting quality reps with the second-team defense. In the final series of the day, he batted down a Lindquist pass in the backfield; two plays later, Bartlett pressured Lindquist again, forcing the QB to throw the practice’s final pass out of bounds.
— Quinten Pounds joined McClatcher as the two true freshmen working with the veteran receivers.
— Some shuffling on the offensive line: Coleman Shelton got some work at left tackle, Dane Crane got some work in at center and Michael Kneip was at guard for a bit. For the most part, the first line has been, from left, Jake Eldrenkamp, Dexter Charles, Siosifa Tufunga, Shane Brostek and Matt James. The second line has usually been, from left: Andrew Kirkland, Crane, Kneip, Jesse Sosebee and Kaleb McGary.
— The D-line has shifted quite a bit, as it likely will throughout the season, but Will Dissly, Elijah Qualls and Joe Mathis got a lot of work with the first unit today. Mathis, who practiced with the newcomers Saturday, was at D-end; it seems his spring experiment as a Buck ‘backer is over. Damion Turpin, Greg Gaines and Jarett Finau worked mostly with the second line.