Notes and observations from Day 12 at UW fall camp Saturday afternoon:
— The Huskies held their final practice open to the media at the Dempsey Indoor Facility. It was a relatively quiet, 90-minute workout, run at about three-quarters’ speed in T-shirts and shorts (no pads) — it was essentially a walk-through — though there were a couple quality team periods toward the end of practice. Some highlights on those in a moment. First, some depth chart movement:
— Henry Bainivalu, a 6-foot-5, 298-pound freshman out of Skyline High, has taken over as the No. 2 left tackle. Folks have asked who “the next” Nick Harris could be for this team — an unexpected freshman emerging as a contributor — and Bainivalu just might be that guy. Depth on the offensive line might be the most pressing issue for this team right now — particularly with redshirt freshman Luke Wattenberg sidelined with an unspecified arm injury — and Bainivalu could be counted on soon enough. He would be just the third true freshman offensive lineman to play for Chris Petersen in 12 years (following Trey Adams and Harris the past two seasons).
— Another true freshman, CB Elijah Molden, also earned a promotion to the second-team. Freshman safety Brandon McKinney and freshman CB Keith Taylor has also been getting regular reps with the No. 2 defense. (RB/WR Salvon Ahmed, WR Ty Jones and TE Hunter Bryant are three other freshmen who will almost certainly play this season.)
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Here’s what the offensive line depth chart looked like Saturday:
LT: Trey Adams
LG: Andrew Kirkland
C: Coleman Shelton
RG: Nick Harris
RT: Kaleb McGary
LT: Henry Bainivalu
LG: Jesse Sosebee
C: Matt James
RG: Devin Burleson
RT: Henry Roberts
LT: Jared Hilbers
LG: Chase Skuza
C: Cole Norgaard
RG: A.J. Kneip
RT: Jaxson Kirkland
Note: We’ll have a full analysis of the depth chart Monday.
Highlights from Saturday:
— Jake Browning lofted a beautiful pass to the right sideline for Andre Baccellia, who hauled in the over-the-shoulder catch in front of Byron Murphy. (Again, players were running at about three-quarters’ speed, with no contact allowed, so defenders weren’t as aggressive as usual.)
— Browning then found Brayden Lenius on consecutive throws in the middle of the field, with Lenius reaching high to grab the ball over the head of Ezekiel Turner. Behind the first-team receivers — Baccellia, Dante Pettis and Chico McClatcher — Lenius continued to rotate in with the first team alongside Aaron Fuller and Ty Jones.
— Freshman Jake Haener completed a deep pass to Ahmed, and he threw a short TD pass to freshman Alex Cook on a crossing route during one red-zone drill. Redshirt freshman Daniel Bridge-Gadd added a 10-yard TD run to the right front corner.
— Hunter Bryant made a nice over-the-shoulder grab on a K.J. Carta-Samuels pass.
— The final snap of the day ended with a Carta-Samuels TD pass to the far left corner for Fuller.
— As usual, a handful of periods were dedicated to special teams, mostly kickoff and punt coverage. This staff spends as much time on special teams as anyone. Murphy and Baccellia were the gunners on the No. 1 punt coverage team, with Vita Vea and Will Dissly back as the shield in front of Joel Whitford.