Brayden Lenius' diving catch from Jake Browning highlights Huskies' second spring practice.
Who: Full-squad workout in Husky Stadium
Gear: Helmets and shorts
Weather: A bit chilly, but no complaints
Quarterback quick reads:
— The highlight of the day came on the second pass of the first series in the final 11-on-11 drill, when sophomore WR Brayden Lenius made a diving catch to haul in a Jake Browning pass for a 30-yard gain. Sophomore CB Sidney Jones had fairly tight coverage on the play, too.
— That series ended when redshirt freshman LB Jake Wambaugh intercepted Browning at midfield and returned it for a would-be pick six.
— Of the three series in the final 11-on-11, redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels orchestrated the lone scoring drive when he threw a long strike across the right side of field to Marvin Hall for a 40-yard touchdown. Beautiful pass.
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— Carta-Samuels also threw his first interceptions of the spring during passing drills. Jones returned the KJCS pick for a TD, and sophomore CB Darren Gardenhire had the other. Each time, two throws later, Carta-Samuels came back and hit a receiver in stride, the first to a leaping Lenius on the left sideline, and the second to Jaydon Mickens across the middle, both for big gains.
— Junior Jeff Lindquist was a bit erratic early but settled down later. It’s only been two practices, but it should be noted that Lindquist is noticeably more comfortable and confident compared to this time a year ago. He was able to lead the first-team offense to one first down on his final 11-on-11 series — finding Mickens in tight coverage for a 10-yard gain — before the drive stalled near midfield to end practice.
— Browning was the last player to leave the field. He stayed for an extra 15 minutes after practice, throwing to Budda Baker (yes, Budda) and Joshua Perkins.
— Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski, as you can see in one clip in the video above, has been working closely with the Buck linebacker candidates: Cory Littleton, Psalm Wooching, Joe Mathis, Drew Lewis and Kyler Manu.
— Manu, a true freshman in his second practice, had a touch sack of Browning in the first sequence of 11-on-11 drills.
— The linemen took part in an entertaining drill near the west end zone. One of the big guys would stand at the 20 and field a pseudo punt and try to return it to the end zone — often diving for a cone — with two blockers and two defenders. It was fun to see the likes of Vita Vea, Elijah Qualls, Jake Eldrenkamp and Greg Gaines with the ball in the open field (as open as it can be in limited space with those big dudes). Gaines, as he ran into the end zone, did a half leap and turn, a la Marshawn Lynch vs. Arizona (but without the, uh, added grab).
— The first-team O-line remained the same during 11-on-11 drills: junior Jake Eldrenkamp at left tackle, sophomore Dane Crane at left guard, senior Siosifa Tufunga at center, junior Shane Brostek at right guard and sophomore Andrew Kirkland at right tackle. Senior Dexter Charles again participated in the start of practice drills before leaving early.
— The first-team D-line featured sophomore Will Dissly, who had a couple touch sacks on the day, sophomore Elijah Qualls and senior Taniela Tupou. The buck ‘backer was junior Psalm Wooching, with senior Scott Lawyer and sophomore Azeem Victor in the middle and senior Cory Littleton on the outside. The secondary: senior SS Brian Clay, sophomore FS Budda Baker and sophomores Sidney Jones and Darren Gardenhire at the corners.
— Redshirt freshman TE Drew Sample was wearing a Go Pro camera atop his helmet during the first part of practice.
— Sophomore LB Keishawn Bierria, after sitting out Monday’s first practice, was a limited participant today. Junior safety Brandon Beaver and redshirt freshman CB Brandon Lewis wore yellow (no-contact jerseys) and were limited participants.
— Notable players injured and not participating: Senior LB Travis Feeney, junior WR John Ross III, junior S/CB Kevin King, junior S Trevor Walker, sophomore CB Jermaine Kelly and sophomore OT Coleman Shelton.
— Sophomore CB Naijiel Hale (out all week for an undisclosed reason) and senior RB Deontae Cooper were not in attendance.
— Incoming freshman Benning Potoa’e and Jusstis Warren watched practice together from the sideline.
Next: UW’s Pro Day event is Thursday. I’d expect most, if not all, of the 32 teams to have a rep there to see Danny Shelton, Shaq Thompson, Hau’oli Kikaha, Marcus Peters, et al. Pro Day is closed to the general public.
The Huskies return to practice Friday morning.